Prairie High School raises money to fund student-athlete's liver transplant

Prairie High School raises money to fund student-athlete's liver transplant

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Prairie High School raises money to fund student-athlete's liver transplant

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be at 5 pm on Saturday, March 21 at the New Raymer Community Building

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The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be at 5 pm on Saturday, March 21 at the New Raymer Community Building

Zacc WinnZacc Winn shakes a Holly player’s hand on March 12, 2015 at the Colo. Class 1A Boys Basketball State Tournament Great 8.
Photo from Zacc Winn’s fundraiser webpage.

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KUSA – Exactly one week ago, Prairie High School senior Zacc Winn was standing on a basketball court.  He was standing on a basketball court at the Class 1A boys Great 8 round of state playoffs.  He scored four points and grabbed six rebounds in his 7-seeded team’s 64-50 loss to No. 2 Holly: the squad that went on to win the state title.

But today… Today was different.  Winn was discharged from the hospital with a serious illness – something called Primary Schlerosings Cholangitis.  To put it simply, Winn needs a liver transplant.  And the only thing arguably worse than knowing he needs a new liver, is knowing he must wait for his own to give up before he can be put on the donor list.

Winn and his family found out about the illness he had the summer after his seventh grade.  “The kid is a fighter.  He never uses that as an excuse or a crutch,” Prairie boys hoops coach Amber Whitlock said.  Whitlock is running a fundraiser for Winn: a spaghetti dinner and auction this weekend.   “Zacc has to wait until his liver has failed more than it has already before he can get a donor.  Until then, he will keep making trips to Children’s Hospital with his family – checking in about once a week or two weeks.  There may be some emergency trips in there as well,” Whitlock said.  “The hospital bills add up.  It gets expensive.”

And Whitlock isn’t the only one who is thinking about all the expenses.  Another source of monetary donations has stemmed from the unexpected:

“This weekend, my hometown won a state championship in basketball. To do that, we had to play the team from Prairie. At the time of this game, we were strangers, on opposing teams, sitting on opposing benches, all cheering for one to defeat the other. When all was said and done, the teams home, the tears shed, it came to light that one player on that Prairie team was fighting a battle that none of us on the opposing side even knew about. He looked to be a strong, athletic young man, eager to do his best for his town and his team, and that he did. Although the score showed a loss for Prairie, the true battle was just beginning. A star member of their team is fighting for his life.”

This an an excerpt from “Be A WINNer! Fund a Liver for Zacc!” — a website that is raising money for Zacc; a donation system that was started by Holly.  The goal is $5,000, and in only two days with donations from less than 100 people, over $6,200 has been raised.  “Now THAT says a lot about this community,” Whitlock said.

You can continue donating money to help the Winn family by clicking the fundraiser link.  The flyer for Prairie’s dinner/auction fundraiser is below.

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