Sebring schools to aid cancer patient

SEBRING — Sebring and Waterloo may be Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference rivals, but off the court, Sebring High School is joining a Waterloo freshman’s fight with cancer.

Waterloo freshman Brenden Kidikas is battling brain cancer. Throughout February, Sebring students and staff will participate in multiple fundraisers to help support Brenden in his battle.

Battling brain cancer is near and dear to the Sebring community. Emily Waseman, a Sebring first-grader, died of brain cancer in 2014. For the past two years, Sebring Local Schools have sold shirts in memory of Emily to help raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer research charity. This year, the money will support the Kidikas family.

Students and community members have been purchasing these shirts that say “One League, One Team, One Fight #HopeForBrenden.” The back of the shirt reads “In Memory of Emily Waseman.”

For 50 cents, Sebring High School students will have the chance to pie a teacher or coach in the face at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Also, Sebring High School is hosting Penny Wars from Feb. 25-28.

The money raised from these three fundraisers will go to the Kidikas family. If the high school can raise $3,000 during these events, Sebring McKinley High School Principal Joe Krumpak will be pied. If $4,000 is raised, Sebring Local Schools Superintendent Toni Viscounte will be pied. The amount raised will be revealed during an assembly at the high school on March 1.