Levi and Zach Cook
Nov 08, 2012 02:32AM
● By Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Levi and Zach Cook, 10 and 12 years old, respectively, aren’t your typical skater kids.
They are the founders of Skatestrong, a group that hosts skateboarding events in order to raise funds to support children of parents with cancer. Skatestrong is part of the Livestrong Foundation, a cancer awareness and advocacy group started by their role model, Lance Armstrong. “Our dad’s a huge fan,” Levi explains. The boys were particularly inspired by the way Armstrong battled cancer. As a result, they decided to start an organization of their own, one which would allow them to turn their favorite sport into a way to help others.
Skatestrong held its first competition last August, raising more than $3,000 dollars to send kids to Camp Kesem, a camp for children with a parent who has, or has had, cancer. And the boys have no plans to stop anytime soon. “Next year, we’re hoping to get a bigger sponsor, so we can do a series of contests in a bunch of different places,” Zach says. Their father, Chet Cook, has helped and supported them all along the way, and he is understandably thrilled with the boys’ success. “I’m extremely proud,” he says. “They have huge hearts – they’ve always been givers.”
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