Raise for Rasner

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Raise for Rasner

Players for the Gracie Rose Classic take a break during the game.

Players for the Gracie Rose Classic take a break during the game.

Olivia Plymel

Players for the Gracie Rose Classic take a break during the game.

Olivia Plymel

Olivia Plymel

Players for the Gracie Rose Classic take a break during the game.

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On Friday February the eighth, the girls and boys varsity soccer teams mixed teams and went head to head during the activity period for the 1st Annual Gracie Rose Classic to show support for one of the students, Gracie Rasner.

Gracie is a freshman at Summerville, and she has cystic fibrosis, more commonly referred to as CF, which is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestines. She frequently experiences lung infections and according to her father Mr. Rasner a marine biology teacher and the coach of the boys varsity soccer team, Gracie has to take 46 pills per day just to be able to have a semblance of normalcy.

These pills help to “replace” her pancreas because with CF her pancreas is clogged with a thick mucus which makes it hard to digest her food properly. Gracie has had this disorder for her whole life because it is a genetic disorder, she has had to have treatments since she was a year and a half years old.

However, all hope is not lost. There are new medicines that are coming out that can help add years to a person with CFs life span. So, Mr. Rasner and his family founded the Gracie Rose foundation which donates 30 percent of all money that they raise to the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation who fund the studies to create more medicine.

The majority money that was raised by the game will be going towards helping to pay for a lung transplant, future medical bills, and all of the medicine Gracie has to take. The medicine alone costs over 300,000 dollars a year, and a teachers salary is on average 50,000 dollars a year.

“Coach Gunio and I came up with the idea to have the game because we play Lexington in the tournament and we knew that they do a cancer fundraiser, so our minds went to Gracie.” said Rasner.

The tickets to the Classic were two dollars and there were t-shirts sold before hand for ten dollars each. The players had a very good game with a final score of five to three in which the team in the white jerseys took the win.

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