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Each field goal means thousands for cancer research

Van Berman, almost 13, is raising money for breast cancer research at his junior football games on Oct. 7 and 14. Here, he makes a kick at a game.

SNOHOMISH — Van Berman, 12 (but turning 13 in “two months!”),
is using his football field goal kicking talent to raise money for breast cancer research, and this October,
he hopes to kick beyond the $2,500 he raised last year.
The breast cancer fundraising event, Kicking For Cancer, will feature Berman kicking field goals. Each successful kick has money pledged behind it. Berman plays for Snohomish Panthers Junior Foot-ball Association, Bantam Red team. Berman will be kicking for cancer research at the Bantam Red’s Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 games.
The effort raises money for the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound organization. Berman started his fundraiser a year ago, when he
found out his best friend’s mom had breast cancer.
“I wanted to help raise awareness,” Berman said while waiting for practice to start last week. He is currently a seventh grader at Centennial Middle School; he hopes to someday play for Snohomish High School. On his team, Berman is just “the kicker” and loves to play football. His best kick was a 35-yard scorcher. His other hobbies include playing baseball and going skiing with his family.
“I had the idea, kicking and raising money, when I talked to my dad about it last year, and he posted it to Facebook and it was shared a lot,” Berman explained. “We raised $2,500 last year and this year, I want to raise at least $3,000 to beat it.”
Berman will give a big check to the Komen organization at the end of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Berman became interested in field goal kicking after learning the ropes from former Glacier Peak Grizzlies kicker Spencer Pettit, who now plays for the University of Nevada. Berman hopes to use his kicking ambitions toward not only cancer awareness, but also a high school and collegiate career.
His efforts caught the attention of the Seattle Seahawks team last year. 
Berman is simply happy his team is willing to let him kick goals for cancer at a few scheduled games.
“My teammates and coaches think it’s pretty cool that I could raise that much money and it’s for something good,” Berman said.

Support the effort
The fundraiser is during two games in October. Pledges can be sent to
Game one will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Monroe High School Stadium versus the Monroe Bearcat Bantams.
Game two will be a home game at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium (Snohomish High School) versus the Glacier Peak Grizzlies Bantams.


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