UNION, NJ – A Union teenager gathered up clothes, appliances, books and toys, held a yard sale, and donated the proceeds to the treatment of and research in the battle against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Nikolette Aponte raised $100 at her yard sale and donated all proceeds to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Aponte, 16, is a sophomore at Wardlaw Hartridge School in Edison.  Her mother, Martina, said Nikolette chose St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital because she wanted to help the “innocent children experiencing such a horrible disease and wanted to contribute what she could to help cure cancer one day.” 

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Aponte hopes to get into the sports medicine field and be involved in women’s soccer.  She currently plays goalie for her school’s varsity girls soccer team.  Last year, she helped the team achieve the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Blue Division championship.  She has ambitions to become goalie for the university she ends up attending.

According to her mother, Nikolette “hopes that one day cancer will be eliminated from the world.”  Nikolette donated the remaining yard sale items to the Lupus Foundation of America.