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Local teenager starts can and bottle drive to help his cousin battle a tumor

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — A local teenager with a big heart has started an initiative to help his family and is now impacting more families than just his own.

David Kennedy is a pretty busy guy, juggling his job as a cook at Pizza on the Plaza, his senior year at Johnson City High School, and participating in several sports.

Somehow he has still found time to run the Kicking With Kaylee Can and Bottle Drive.

It’s an initiative to raise funds to help out his 6-year-old cousin Kaylee Marshfield from Syracuse, who was diagnosed with a stage 3 tumor that affects the kidneys.

Over the past year, David has been collecting the funds from bottle and can returns, many of which come from those sold at Pizza on the Plaza.

Through the returns, as well as a high school trivia night fundraiser, David has raised $3,000 to assist with Kaylee’s medical bills.

“I’m just trying to be the best person I can be and help out the community in every way possible,” he says. “I’m trying to just make an impact in my life short term. Everybody lives only a certain amount of time you know. I just feel like it’s the right thing to do. There’s nothing else I want to do.”

Since November 2018, Kaylee has been cancer free.

But that’s not stopping David from making an impact.

He also helped start the non profit organization Athletes 2 Athletes, which helps other children like his cousin who also have medical needs.

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