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