The fourth annual Kick-A-Thon Break-A-Thon to benefit a local boy with a fatal and incurable disease is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at North American Martial Arts Institute (NAMI).
Asher Nikolajevs, 12, suffers from Batten Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that causes patients to become blind, bedridden, unable to communicate and is presently always fatal.
Asher has been a student at NAMI for about three years and his parents, Leisa and Vic, are instructors at the institute.
The annual event has raised more than $80,000, money which is going toward Asher's medical expenses and Batten Disease research.
Participants seek sponsors to donate a specific amount of money for each kick they do or board they break. Or, they might seek a single donation for the total number of kicks or boards broken.
One of NAMI's students, 18-year-old Cory Beamer, will try to break 100 boards the most any student has attempted so far.
In addition to the kick-a-thon and break-a-thon, there will be a bake sale, build-a-bear workshop, tea cup raffle and 50-50 raffles.