HOUSTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Houston High School's boys and girls basketball teams held a fundraiser at their games on Thursday and Friday to help one local girl fighting cancer. Alysta King, 10, was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma in October.
King is a 4th-grader at Houston Elementary School. According to her family she likes cooking, panda bears and is a fan of volleyball and basketball. So when the Houston players heard her story, they decided to dedicate their season to keeping her spirits up while she receives treatment at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.
"It's easier knowing that she's such a strong little girl and she'll make it through it," said Alysta's sister, Alyvia. "It's nice to have the support of everyone around you to help you out."
The Houston Hurricanes basketball games on Thursday and Friday were dedicated to raising money to help King's family pay for her medical expenses. Players from the boys and girls teams made baked goods to sell, auctioned off game balls and donated items, and held a vote for the favorite Houston coach.
Fans voted by donating money in cans marked with the coaches names. The coach with the lowest amount would be taped to the wall by the girls varsity team at the boys varsity game on Friday night. Ethan Scheck, assistant varsity coach, lost the vote.
"I've never done it before but I kind of it look at it as a win and a lose. Lose I'm going up, but a win for her," said Scheck. "The win definitely outweighs the negative."
Fundraisers at the girls game on Thursday raised $2,500. Coach Jason Carrier tells us after two nights, the total has grown to $4,195 but it's not over yet.
"Both teams have also done a free throw-a-thon, noted Carrier. "We won't know totals from that until next week. Our goal is to raise a total of $10,000."
"It's more than a basketball game tonight we're playing for the little girl," said Trevor Lundberg, a Hurricane's player. "We do every night, but tonight's extra special."
Friday night's auction before the boys varsity game raised more than $500 for King's family. Alysta's family said they're very thankful for the support of the community. Although Alysta couldn't make it to the game, she was cheering the Hurricanes on at the hospital.
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