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Swine Week fundraisers in Edmond will help 140 amputees

Edmond Memorial High School students surpassed their fundraising goal Friday.
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Published: March 16, 2013
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/articleid/3766351/1/pictures/1982608">Photo - Edmond Memorial High School teacher Josh DeLozier, left, auctioned off a quilt during the final assembly for Swine Week. The quilt sold for $5,000. Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman
Edmond Memorial High School teacher Josh DeLozier, left, auctioned off a quilt during the final assembly for Swine Week. The quilt sold for $5,000. Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman

Getting a prosthetic limb “gives them the opportunity to return to a productive lifestyle,” Fraser said.

Prosthetic limbs “wear out and they need to be replaced,” Fraser said. In the case of children, “it's like clothing — they grow and it must be replaced more frequently,” she said.

Students found it “moving and powerful” that they might be able to help more than 100 people get back to a more normal life, said Josh DeLozier, student council adviser.

Fraser observed some of the fundraising activities, including an auction and golf tournament at Coffee Creek Golf Course.

“To see these students at work is pretty incredible. They're like a well-oiled machine,” Fraser said.

Activities included a dodge ball tournament, talent show, children's carnival and concert and an outdoor food fight. Students also contacted family members, friends and businesses to solicit donations.

Swine Week got its start in 1986, when students decided to try to raise $3,000 for a child who needed a kidney transplant. The principal agreed to kiss a pig if students were successful in raising the money.

All three of Edmond's high schools hold annual charity fundraisers.

For more information on the Limbs for Life Foundation go to: www.limbsforlife.org/.


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