High school student inspires others to join his fight against cancer
Brad Pickhinke explains to his classmates how they can help raise money to fight cancer.
He's no doctor, but a senior at East Sac County High School has an idea how to defeat cancer.
He's using music and video to mobilize his peers and his community to help find a cure.
"I'm a senior at East Sac County, and I live in the country outside of Sac City," Pickhinke said.
Brad Pickhinke is a lot like your typical high school kid. He studies for tests, and preps for college. But there's something else that's keeping him up late.
"You get these ideas and how to get things and you get people giving you ideas and you get so excited and worked up about how big this can get," Pickhinke said.
Pickhinke's brainchild -- a contest to raise money for cancer research.
"The music video is a challenge for the community, schools, organizations, whoever would like to participate to make the best video and raise the most money," Pickhinke said.
He was moved to take action after losing a close family friend, Nicole Schuett to breast cancer last year.
"I only knew her for a year and a half she was never my teacher, but the lessons she taught me were more than anything I ever learned in a classroom," Pickhinke said.
Schuett was Brad's neighbor. 40-year-old Schuett taught special education in Le Mars, Iowa. And, she would routinely give him pep talks about school.
"For someone to go through so much and be so positive was truly amazing and that's what inspired me to get over my problems and start something like this," Pickhinke said.
And now Nicole Schuett's memory has motivated Brad to reach out to his friends and classmates at East Sac County High School to help him with his cause.
"When Brad comes to you and said I've got this mission, and he shows you want he wants to do, how he wants to do it, basically I just step out of the way and let him do his thing," said Kevin Litterer, East Sac High School Principal.
Participants are asked to buy T-shirts for $10 to participate in a music video making contest to benefit Rock'n Out Cancer, which Brad co-founded in Schuett's honor to raise money for cancer research.
"I just want people to get involved and make a difference because this is an opportunity for young people to make a difference against a disease that affects all of us," Pickhinke said.
You can check out the Rock'n Out Cancer Facebook page for more info by clicking here.