School-Wide “Purple Power Day” Supports Senior Student
This past Thursday, November 10, will long be remembered at HCA as Purple Power Day! The National Honor Society thanks the students and faculty for their help in raising $1,174.00. This was done through purchasing purple bracelets and participating in a $1.00 jeans day with purple shirts, all to support senior student Izzy Maugee and to help cure Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a debilitating, life-shortening neuromuscular disease.
The money collected was donated to Team CRIZZY. This team, organized by Mrs. Caroline Maugee (HCA staff member and mother of Izzy) was already raising funds within a bike ride called RideAtaxia when the Highlands’ NHS joined the effort. With races all over America, this particular one took place in Orlando on November 13th. Many teams participated and came with their monies raised. Team CRIZZY, with the help of the HCA community, raised the most funds, a total of over $28,000. The entire event in Orlando raised more than $100,000, all of which will go toward research to help stop the progression and cure the disease.
“We are very thankful to HCA for this beautiful, humbling day,” Mrs. Maugee shares on behalf of her family. “Thank you all for your prayers, donations, friendship and support. Go Team Crizzy! Together we are stronger and we will help cure FA! Izzy, Christian and our family love you all very much.”
For more information about the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, click HERE.