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Kids Collect 560 Pairs of Sneakers for Pediatric Cancer

dunk your kicksThis past March and April, Scarsdale’s Dean Glucksman and friends collected gently used sneakers for the Max Cure Foundation and the Dunk Your Kicks (DYK) campaign. DYK’s initiative is intended to bring awareness to those families fighting pediatric cancer and to help the environment by keeping old “kicks” out of landfills. The money raised through the resale of this affordable footwear helps low-income and military families living in the U.S. with a child battling this disease.

This year marks the 4th annual sneaker collection. Dean took over this annual collection from his older sister Leah who graduated from Scarsdale High School in June, 2017. Last year, Dean and a couple of his friends collected close to 300 pairs of sneakers. In an effort to exceed what they did last year, he expanded the outreach and enlisted more friends to get involved. With the help of Scarsdale’s Marc Ifrah, Ford Lenchner, Aidan Mansfield, Jack and Max McEvoy, Ted Shearer, and Rahim and Rhomy Mohamed, who attend Ardsley Middle School, this year they collected 560 pairs of sneakers by setting up drop boxes at local and New York City institutions. Locations included Barry’s Bootcamp, FlyWheel Sports, Pushlab Fitness, Club Pilates in Scarsdale & Ardsley, Westchester Reform Temple, The Jewish Community Center of Harrison and Congregation Kol Ami, Temple Beth-El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, and The Hitchcock Nursery School.

In addition to the sneaker collection, Dean reintroduced the 2nd annual March Madness NCAA basketball bracket and raised over $3,000 for the Max Cure Foundation.

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