Pewaukee High School is stepping up to help one of its graduates in her fight with leukemia.

Kendra Koepp, a 2016 graduate, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a fast-growing form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. To help pay the medical expenses for her treatment, the Pewaukee High School varsity cheerleaders will host a "Kindness for Kendra" Cheer Clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

All 5K through sixth-graders are welcome. Participants have the opportunity to learn new cheers, stunts and a sideline dance. Then they will get to join the varsity cheerleaders for the boys varsity basketball game and cheer for part of it. The cost for the clinic is $40, which includes a cheer bow, T-shirt and poms, plus a snack and juice.

Koepp, according to Pewaukee cheer coach Anna Duerwachter, is generous with her time and loves to share her passion for cheer with others. During her senior year of high school, Koepp started Sparkle Crew, an inclusive cheer team that has peer mentors with special-needs students cheering at games and performing at competitions. She also mentored younger students in the Junior Pirates' cheer program, and last fall, started attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Koepp also cheered for UW-Oshkosh during its football season. She is majoring in early childhood and special education.

On Jan. 6, 25 Pewaukee cheerleaders who cheered with Kendra will cheer with the current team in a joint cheer before the boys basketball game. The cheerleading team will sell bracelets as a kickoff to the cheer clinic.

Those who can't participate in the clinic are asked to consider a donation. Checks can be written to PHS Cheer with Kindness for Kendra in the memo section. Contact Duerwachter at duerann@pewaukeeschools.org.

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