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Chatfield youth is top fundraiser during Yennie Martial Arts kickathon
By Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:24 AM
Treyton Lanning proudly shows off the trophy he earned for raising $1,400 for the Yennie Martial Arts Kickin' for Cancer Kickathon, held Dec. 7. He performed over 3,000 tae kwon do kicks to fulfill his commitment to those who pledged.
Treyton Lanning gets his kicks from $1,400.
And he's so proud, he just had to Post-it.
"For every dollar I raised, I kicked for one minute," said the Chatfield 9-year-old, son of Tim and Laura Lanning, "and that was for one to two hours, and I did about 3,000 kicks. For every 25 kicks, I took a Post-it note off a cardboard, and that was a lot of Post-its."
Treyton, a brown belt in tae kwon do, participated in the Yennie Martial Arts Studio's annual Kickin' for Cancer fundraiser - including students from the Chatfield studio and the Spring Valley studio.
He garnered pledges amounting to an impressive $1,400.
"I got second place the last two years, and this is the third year, so I got first place," Treyton explained. "The first year, I got $500, and the second year, I got $700. I like that how we kick helps other people."
Before the kickathon, Laura explained to her son why raising money for cancer research is so important. She also showed him YouTube videos of children who have survived cancer. However, she's still not certain he fully understands why the feat of one boy raising $1,400 for the cause is so amazing.
He simply recounts that the pledge collection began in early October and ended mid-November and that the actual kickathon lasted five to six hours.
"We had to do extra kicks because it went by so fast, did some punching, kicking and blocking, and then we got to watch a movie, eat a ton of pizza and popcorn, do some sparring, and then they handed out prizes," Treyton recalled as he explained the day's events. "I got the grand prize and I was surprised."
He added that he felt it was very cool to have achieved first place in the fundraising efforts. "I'm going to put my trophy by the picture of when I just started tae kwon do and by my other trophies," he said.
His efforts to raise funds for cancer research earned him a trophy and a $100 gift card from Sports Authority, which he plans to use to buy a Tom Brady jersey, though he admitted he's waiting for the price to go down so he can hopefully get a football, too.
Treyton said he plans to remain in tae kwon do long enough to earn his black belt.
He feels it's "cool" to have people proud of him and that just might start him kicking for more cancer research funds next year...beginning with at least $1,400 and 100 Post-its.
Auntie Decca is SOOOO proud of you Treyton! You are such a strong leader at such a young age, you will change this world, one kick at a time ) love you!
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