Purple event raises $6,700 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Victoria and Anna Arnold dress up in purple and cheer on their big sister Marissa during the Rocky girls varsity basketball game held in Cowley on Friday night. Patti Carpenter photo

Victoria and Anna Arnold dress up in purple and cheer on their big sister Marissa during the Rocky girls varsity basketball game held in Cowley on Friday night.
Patti Carpenter photo

Students at Rocky Mountain High School raised $6,700 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Feb. 14 at a special purple-themed event that took place during the girls and boys varsity basketball games. 

The students sold T-shirts, gift baskets and cupcakes and auctioned two signed basketballs to raise the funds.

Participants dressed in purple and there was also a “blackout” event during the games where purple glow sticks lit up the room as the players were introduced. Student Melissa Bernhisel, who has the disease, was honored at the event during halftime.

Bernhisel was diagnosed with the disease at birth but has successfully fended off many of the symptoms of the disease through self-administered therapy and medication. The disease causes a mucous to form in the body that can cause life-threatening breathing and digestive problems.

All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Wyoming. Organizers plan to host a different event each year that is somehow connected with one or more individuals from within the school community.

By Patti Carpenter

Kaitlyn Robinson salutes the flag before the Grizz boys basketball game against Greybull on Friday night at RMHS. Patti Carpenter photo

Kaitlyn Robinson salutes the flag before the Grizz boys basketball game against Greybull on Friday night at RMHS.
Patti Carpenter photo

A group of Rocky Mountain High School fans cheer on their teams during a special purple fundraising event held on Friday night in Cowley. The event was held in conjunction with the varsity basketball games. Patti Carpenter photo

A group of Rocky Mountain High School fans cheer on their teams during a special purple fundraising event held on Friday night in Cowley. The event was held in conjunction with the varsity basketball games.
Patti Carpenter photo

Comments are closed.