Mitzvah Heroes: Madelyn (Maddy) Demchick and Alexandra (Lexie) Moss, both 12, jumped feet first into staging the just-completed Kids Kicking Cancer: 3 vs 3 Festival, which they produced as a benefit for pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The games were held recently at Mondauk Commons in Ambler with the assistance of both families: the Demchicks — parents Andy and Rachel, and brothers, Daniel, 19, and Alex, 16 — and the Mosses — parents Heather and Dan, and brother, Sam, 10.
What It’s All About: The pre-teens — members of the seventh-grade soccer team at Sandy Run Middle School in Upper Dublin/Fort Washington as well as the Upper Dublin Soccer Club — organized the tournament to honor Tina Haig, a teammate who had battled cancer. Haig also participated in the event.
“It means a lot to support my good friend,” says Maddy. “It’s a terrible and sad disease and it makes me feel good that I’m doing something for other kids. I wanted to incorporate my love of soccer and helping the community.”
Lexie had previously supported CHOP by running a pediatric cancer 5K in honor of a friend who had brain cancer. This project, she said, combined her commitment to the hospital with the game she's been playing since she was 4 years old.
“I am also very passionate about soccer," she says. "It is my favorite sport to play."
Not a One-Time Thing: Both kids have been active on other charitable fronts as well, including participating in CHOP walkathons and preparing food for delivery on behalf of the Jewish Relief Agency.
Lexie has also collected donations for the March of Dimes and been involved in H2O for Life, a project which focuses on the global water crisis. Maddy has donated her hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for young cancer patients, and done projects for a local women’s shelter and juvenile diabetes through her synagogue.
Good for Them: In doing this volunteer work and meeting others with cancer, "I realized that some people — including kids — aren't as lucky as I am," says Maddy. "I realized that some things I have been taking for granted." Adds Lexie: "I learned that hard work pays off. Maddy and I received many compliments on how well organized the tournament was as well as how much fun it was. I felt good about doing something positive for someone I care about."