Hoops for Hope Proceeds Presented to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Hoops for Hope Presentation

From Left to Right in the Back row: Sarina Riley (Assistant PHS Sponsor), Melissa Larsen, Emma Goodwin, Jim Nowak (Head PHS Sponsor), Melissa Poczatek (FHS President), Amy Patterson (Associate Executive Director-CFF), Brigid Tileston (Head FHS sponsor), Maggie Lundholm, Ashley Soriano (Assistant FHS Sponsor) Left to Right in Front Row: Jessica Zgoda (PHS Treasurer), Sara Choi (FHS recording secretary), Peyton Mergele (PHS secretary)

As a result of the Hoops for Hope event hosted by Fremd and Palatine High Schools, students presented the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with a check for $2,600 raised by the event at the beginning of the year. The presentation was held at PHS on May 24.

The Hoops for Hope event was created in the memory of Brian Larsen, a FHS student and Palatine native who passed away on Nov. 21, 2011 from Cystic Fibrosis. Orange T-shirts were sold to raise money during a basketball game.

Students from each school expressed the importance of being part of this event and giving back to the organization. They also said it was great for the two Palatine schools to unite for one cause.

“I saw Hoops for Hope as a good way to bring both schools together.  To see it come full circle today makes me really proud,” said Emma Goodwin, student council president at PHS. Executive Student Council Board Member Sara Choi expressed similar opinion. “I hope that this event makes people at both schools more aware of cystic fibrosis — not only just the disease, but also how it affects the larger community,” she said.

Larsen’s family was present when the check was presented to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Larsen’s sister also died from the disease in 2007.

“It’s a great opportunity for the leaders of tomorrow to get together today for a common goal,” said Melissa Larsen, Brian’s mother. “We were thrilled when both schools wanted to honor our son in a positive way.”

Creating awareness for the disease is not only invaluable in the community, but also to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Amy Patterson, Chicago Cystic Fibrosis Foundation representative, said the money was going to benefit the foundation and research, and also commented on how the schools worked together to make this happen.

“It’s fantastic to be out in a community raising awareness about cystic fibrosis,” Patterson said. “It’s positive to see high school students involved in philanthropy.  Ninety cents of every dollar raised helps fund vital Cystic Fibrosis research so that we can cure and control this disease and not lose precious lives like Kristen and Brian.”

For more information on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, click here. To read about the Hoops for Hope event, see the D211 Post article here.