Young Bonners Ferry gymnast to turn cartwheels for cancer services

A talented young Bonners Ferry gymnast greeted and entertained shoppers at Super 1 Foods on Sunday, raising pledges and funds for her “Cartwheel-A-Thon” she’ll be giving her all for this Thursday to raise money and awareness for area cancer patients.

Aliyah Koberstein is just six years old and a gymnast for a year, but she’s already a state champion on bars after winning the event and placing third overall at a recent state meet in Pocatello.

The daughter of Ryan and Sydney Koberstien and a fi rst grader at Valley View Elementary, Aliyah hones her skills at the S.T.E.P. Training Centre, 101 McGhee Road, Sandpoint, where students like Aliyah learn and practice gymnastics, circus arts and train for sports and athletics.

Recently moving up from bronze team to silver, Aliyah is working with her gym to raise funds for Community Cancer Services, 1205 Highway 2, Suite 101B, Sandpoint, and her competitive gymnastics fund to enable her to continue competing at high levels.

Founded in 2002 by a group of local citizens, Community Cancer Services, home of “Heather’s House,” is a non-profit, community-funded cancer resource center providing information and direct support services to cancer patients and their families residing in Bonner and Boundary Counties.

From 5:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, Aliyah will be turning as many cartwheels as she is able, and those who’d like to help are able to pledge; either a straight donation or a pledge per cartwheel.

Before you offer a sum that might turn out too generous, you should be aware that Aliyah can turn as many as 400 cartwheels in that short a time!

Suggested donations are a nickel or a dime, but that is totally up to you!

Those who’d like to be integral parts of Aliyah Koberstein’s Cartwheel-A-Thon can call (208) 255-9341.

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