FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It’s Peyton Howe’s senior season. This season isn’t just about him or his teammates. It’s about children across the country suffering from cancer.
“I wanted to do something big my senior year,” Howe said.
“For him to tackle this, no pun intended, it’s a special thing to see a kid give of himself,” Bishop Luers Football Head Coach Kyle Lindsay said.
Howe is thinking of others as he gets ready for the football season. The Bishop Luers senior kicker will give it all on the field, and at the same time he’ll be giving back to help kids with cancer.
“It’s more than just a point,” Howe said.
Howe is hoping to raise $2,500 for pediatric cancer research through the Kick-it Champions Program by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. You can donate a straight sum of money or you can pledge a certain amount for every point Howe scores.
“Three points for field goals so that’s a lot of money coming in, and one point for extra points,” Howe said.
Howe knows the heartache of losing someone too soon.
“I lost a cousin. He died in 2005. He was 15,” Howe said. “He died of a heart arrhythmia so it wasn’t cancer, but still it affected our family. I wanted to help so other families don’t have to feel the same way.”
“He’s a special kid, and you hope to see more kids like that,” Lindsay said.
Proud coach Kyle Lindsay said Howe’s intention aligns with the school’s mission which is to put others first. Howe said his teammates are helping him practice to make sure he can score those points, and he hopes it will help the whole team in the end.
“We can do good by scoring points,” Howe said. “The defense can really work harder because they know if they work hard we can score, then we can help out with the cancer research.”
Howe has already raised more than $500 and a ball hasn’t even been kicked yet. Bishop Luers’ first game is August 18. To donate click here.