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Hoops for Hope fundraises for two community members

Students are raising money for two members of the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 6:39 PM
Updated: Jan. 31, 2018 6:45 PM

Harrison High School is collecting money for Hoops for Hope, a fundrasing event to help two people with medical needs.

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Gracie Olvera-Rowland is a 9th grader at Harrison High School. Rowland suffers from Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency (OTC). The disease is an inherited X-linked chromosome. With her disease she has a higher risk of hyperammonemia that can cause brain damage and potential death.

This week, RoWland received a liver transplant to try to eliminate future reactions to hyperammonemia.

Rick Speer has worked as a custodian at Harrison High School for 18 years. 7 years ago, Speer was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Although there is no cure for the disease, lifestyle changes or physical and occupational therapy can slow down the process.

Students are continuing to fundraising this week by decorating empty milk jugs and passing them throughout their classrooms for donations. Classroom's are competing against each other to see how much money they can raise.

Student Council President James McBride says it gets pretty competitive.

"It's very competitive, very competitive especially with cups for hope. Every tenth period class is trying to beat the other ones. We have rewards for the winners so it's very competitive. My class is winning. Which is definitely a brag factor," McBride said.

Donations will also be accepted at Saturday's boys basketball game when Harrison takes on CC starting at 2:30 in the afternoon.

The total amount raised will be announced at half time.

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