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Wrestling team goes red with socks

Patrick O’Neil, left, helped organize a fundraiser through the Ray Middle School wrestling team to benefit the American Heart Association with the help of his mother, right.

Patrick O’Neil, left, helped organize a fundraiser through the Ray Middle School wrestling team to benefit the American Heart Association with the help of his mother, right.

— Wrestling students donned red socks to help raise funds for the American Heart Association.

Patrick O’Neil, a student at Ray Middle School, and his mom led the charge for his wrestling team in a unique fundraiser for the AHA. As a tribute to Patrick’s grandma, who succumbed to heart disease, the wrestling team dyed 150 socks red and sold them to support the American Heart Association.

The wrestling team also wore red socks during their Feb. 10 match. Afterward, the students presented the AHA with a check for the proceeds.

According to AHA officials, while heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, it isn’t as easy to see because it is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. February is designated as American Heart Month to raise awareness and inspire action to prevent heart disease.

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