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March 25, 2014

Camanche works to raise funds for MDA

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Last year, the fundraiser collected more than $29,000. Organizers try to increase proceeds by at least $1 from the year before.

“That is our goal, to try to improve,” Kooi said.

The proceeds go to the MDA for patient services and research.

“Hopefully one day, even if my sons are not able to benefit, there will be patients who will benefit from what we are doing now in Camanche,” Paasch said.

Despite the life expectancy they were given at the time of their diagnosis, Jason and Joshua are now 39. Both have been using wheelchairs for almost 12 years. However, Paasch said they remain in generally good health and try to stay active.

“But they don’t let their inability become a disability,” Paasch said.

For the 25th anniversary, the committee plans to recognize past sponsors. The event will also highlight the very first team to win the basketball tournament.

“So we’re trying to bring back some of the past people and teams that have been involved as well,” Kooi said.

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