Hoops for Hope game raises more than $14,000 for kids in need

The Harrison High School basketball team played with a purpose to raise money for kids in need on Saturday.

Posted: Feb 8, 2020 9:16 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Harrison High School basketball team played with a purpose to raise money for kids in need on Saturday.

This year marks the 13th annual Hoops for Hope game. The fundraiser will benefit two kids in Greater Lafayette, Nikko Lopez, 9, and Bri Ortiz, 6.

During the game's half-time, both families were given a total of more than $14,000.

Lopez was born with a heart and liver disorder and Ortiz is currently battling both blood and bone cancer.

This fundraiser was designed to be a form of financial relief for local families dealing with illness.

“It's just every day you go to work, come back home, we got these doctor bills and then you're just like what the heck do you do? It takes a lot of stress off my shoulders and my wife's,” said Valentino Lopez.

But Lopez said money isn't the only thing they're taking away from this experience.

“Just learning every day, certain foundations that a lot of people care, you know, just the love that they gave us when we were going through his surgeries and the hard times,” said Lopez.

The Lopez family was granted a check for $8,000 for a trip to Walt Disney World, Nikko has been wishing to go there.

The Ortiz family got a $6,000 dollar check, and an additional $500 raised during the game. This money will go toward medical bills.

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