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New Hyde Park Resident Honors Grandfather by Organizing 'Kick for a Cure'

Lexi Zisselman organizing fundraiser for Multiple Myeloma Foundation.

New Hyde Park resident Lexi Zisselman. Photo credit: Courtesy Albertson Soccer Club/ ENYYSA
New Hyde Park resident Lexi Zisselman. Photo credit: Courtesy Albertson Soccer Club/ ENYYSA

A 12-year old soccer player from New Hyde Park has organized a special fundraiser as part of her bat mitvah project.

Lexi Zisselman, who plays for the Albertson Fury ‘01 and the Albertson Soccer Club, a member of both the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) is organizing "Kick for a Cure" which will be held at the Hofstra Bubble on their campus in Hempstead on Saturday, February 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 pm. Kids ages 6 to 19 are urged to participate and the donation is $10 for two penalty kicks.

Prizes include a 32” flat screen TV, iPad Mini, a pizza party for 20 people plus all participants receive a raffle ticket and a Puma soccer ball (subject to availability). All proceeds benefit the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.

Lexi’s father, Marc Zisselman, a member of the Albertson Board of Directors, started volunteering for the Multiple Myeloma Foundation after his father Isaac was diagnosed with the disease in 2004. Isaac died a year later at the age of 63, when Lexi was 3 years old. Over the past decade, Marc has helped raise money with an annual fundraising event for myeloma research called Laugh for Life, featuring comedians. Last May, “Laugh for Life” raised $900,000 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

For more information, please contact Lexi and Marc at mzisselman@yahoo.com.

“I am very excited to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in memory of my grandfather,” Lexi said. “He died too young so I hope we can eventually find a cure for multiple myeloma.”

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