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Karate students give back

The black belt training cycle class of spring 2018 at Personal Best Karate in Medfield recently held a bake sale fundraiser for St. Jude’s research hospital in honor of fellow black belt candidate student, Grace Jarboe. St Jude’s is a research hospital for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Every spring, training cycle candidates choose a charity to fundraise for and give back to the community. “This training class chose St. Jude’s because of Grace [Jarboe],” explained Personal Best Karate school owner Rolando Perez. “Grace said, basically, St. Jude’s saved her life. This was a little thing she could do for all the great things they did for her.”

The group of students were in their 16-week training cycle for their degreed black belts, which they earned at the end of June. Students graduated to first, second and third degree black belt after testing. Going through the class together united them as they chose their charity for which to fundraise.

The class baked and sold items after classes and events at the school’s location in downtown Medfield. “We’re so proud of these students and the initiative they took to help Grace and other children like her,” said Perez.

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