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Lori, Hannah and Daryl Schultz show off their Caps for the CureMADISON - Now in its fourth year, Caps for the Cure is a school-based fundraising program which raises money for American Family Children's Hospital's Beat Childhood Cancer Research Fund.


By wearing a hat to school and donating one dollar in honor of pediatric cancer patients, kids can show their support while having fun.


Started in 2006 by Kristina Schultz, a pediatric leukemia patient, Caps has spread to 99 schools throughout Wisconsin, raising more than $95,000. Her vision has been embraced by kids and school staff alike.


"It's a service learning project that we do for a day or for a week. Students really show compassion and that they're thinking about other students and families, which is what it's all about," says Lori Schultz, Kristina's mom and a principal in the Sun Prairie school district.


Sadly, in 2007 at the age of 9, Kristina lost her battle with leukemia, just a couple weeks before the inaugural Caps for the Cure. Her sister Hannah, her parents and teachers now carry her mission on each year.


"She didn't want anybody else to go through what she went through. I really want to keep her dream alive," says Hanna.


"She was so passionate about finding a cure for cancer. She wanted to grow up to be a doctor to help other kids," says Daryl Schultz, Kristina's father. "If she could see it now, how it has grown so much bigger than she expected, I think she'd be proud of herself and what she started."

Date Published: 05/25/2010

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