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UnStoppable Knights founders (left to right clockwise) Ann Michelle Brown, Anthony Policastro, Michael Rappo, Isaiah Castaneda, and Nicholas Seriale

UnStoppable Knights founders (left to right clockwise) Ann Michelle Brown, Anthony Policastro, Michael Rappo, Isaiah Castaneda, and Nicholas Seriale

Sarah Valdez, Community Editor

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As of 2013, approximately 7.6 Million people globally die of cancer. Even more heart breaking is the fact that 4 million of those people perish prematurely, at the ages of 30-69. In fact, 600 teens aged 15-19 die every year of cancer.

 

Junior Michael Rappo is no stranger to the sting of loss due to cancer. At the age of 16, Rappo lost his uncle to brain cancer. Fearing that he was suffering from pneumonia, Rappo’s uncle, age 64 at the time, went to the hospital, only to discover that he had a brain tumor. After a two month battle with his illness, Steven Rappo passed away.

 

Michael, despite his immense sadness, decided that he needed to take action. “He always told me I would do something great. This one’s for him and even though he’s gone he’s still teaching me about the potential I have.”

 

Rappo, along with coordinator Dorene Zacher, and fellow NMHS students Anthony Policastro, Isaiah Castaneda, Ann Michelle Brown, and Nicholas Seriale, started a nonprofit for children who are being treated for cancer – “Unstoppable ”.

 

Rappo has several vital goals he wants to accomplish. “The main goal of Unstoppable is to help children suffering from the traumatic disease of cancer by putting a smile on their faces and making them feel special. We are not looking to donate the money that we raise but will purchase toys and games for the kids, something that they really like, and hand deliver them to the kids in the hospital and spend time with them. By doing this they will feel like people care and want to help, which is our intention.”

 

He says that when he came up with the idea for this organization, he “went to Mrs. Zacher because I knew that she would back me up on it 100 percent, which she did. Then I went to three people who I knew would help me the most with this project and back me up.”

 

How can you help? It’s simple.

 

“What we need most from students, faculty, and the community right now is support and interest in our program. We will be taking our organization to the Board of Education meeting to get it approved so that we can continue with our nonprofit. Once it gets approved, we will be hosting events to raise money for our fight. We are Unstoppable and this is only the beginning.”

 

On March 24, the founders of the organization held a milkshake sale in the school cafeteria to raise funds for their first hospital visit.

 

For more information about how to contribute to this cause, please contact Mrs. Dorene Zacher at [email protected] or DM the organization’s founder Michael Rappo (@be_unstoppable_together) or at ([email protected]).

 

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