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Proceeds from performance will help girl battling leukemia

Proceeds from performance will help girl battling leukemia

Students at Daniel Boone Area High School are taking the stage this weekend to raise money for a little 18-month-old girl with cancer.

More than 80 students will be brining Dr. Seuss stories to life.

Their initial goal was to encourage kids to read as part of the National Read Across America Day. But, when the students were approached to sell bracelets for a little girl with cancer, the show took on a life of its own.

"We really wanted to give back to the family. So instead of just taking and paying for the bracelets, we decided to make Seuss completely about her," said Music Director Stephen Barszowski.

Eighteen-month Olivia Blair is the daughter of a former Daniel Boone student. She was diagnosed with leukemia and will need three years of treatment.

"It is surreal almost to think that this girl who has not even really lived yet, the most fun part of a parent's life with a child, is being consumed by this terrible terrible disease," said Barszowski.

So the cast members decided to dedicate the public performances to Olivia.

The show is Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the high school in Union Township.

"We have an acapella version of Mr. Grinch going in and it is just going to be a really fun and exciting show," said Student Director Megan Maynard.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. The cast will also be selling bracelets for $2. All of the proceeds will go to Olivia and her family.


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