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Touched by CLCS student, Maple Grove senior begins non-profit

November 21, 2012
By Gavin Paterniti ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

For one particular high school student, sympathy isn't good enough.

When Aili Makuch, a student at Chautauqua Lake Central School, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer, she received overwhelming support from her classmates and administration at CLCS. She was even given the opportunity to shave the head of secondary school principal Josh Liddell after her classmates raised $2,700 to help with her medical expenses. Now support is coming from a friend and fellow student in another school district.

Jesse Pardue, a senior at Maple Grove High School, has taken it upon himself to help with Aili's expenses by starting his own organization. His nonprofit organization is called Kick the Cancer and his aim is to alleviate the out-of-pocket costs that cancer patients and their families must pay for treatment.

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