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Loudon County football player kicking cancer to the curb

A local high school student is using his leg to help raise money for childhood cancer research.

Childhood cancer and football.

On the surface the two don’t seem to have anything in common, but they actually do.

High school kickers across the country, and here in the DMV are using their feet to fight the disease.

Nick Van Zandt of Loudon Valley High School is one of them.

He found out about the Kick-It campaign while attending a football camp this summer.

He started out setting a goal of $1000, but he surpassed it, and now has over $1500.

The program benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research.

He decided to take part because of his family friend and neighbor, Bonnie Colantonio.

"When she passed it left a whole to fill," says Van Zandt. "I decided to do it not just for her husband and her family, but for my Mom, too because they were friends."

Nick's coach, Anthony Long says it shows Nick truly cares about people.

It’s not too late to make a pledge to Nick’s Kick-It campaign. It’s open until Nov 15.

Nick Van Zandt ended the season with a total of 27 points.