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Teen's fundraiser passes $16k mark


May 13, 2006

A Corona del Sol High School sophomore suffering from leukemia received a helping hand at a fund-raiser on May 3 at Pueblo Middle School.

A mark of $10,000 was easily eclipsed, with $16,500 raised for Clint Sorenson and money continuing to roll in, said Beth Salas, a family friend an organizer.

“I was surprised,” said Sandy Lowe, Pueblo Parent Teacher Association president. “I knew our community would be extremely generous, and you could tell by the response prior to the event that people were just opening their pocketbooks without even thinking, but I was surprised by the overall figure.”

Sorenson received word in March that his leukemia had returned, bringing along with it the need for more chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant.

With costs building for the procedures, Sorenson’s former school, Pueblo, and the school's PTA organized a fund-raiser.

It included an Italian dinner at Carraba’s Italian Grill, a raffle and a silent auction. Prizes for the raffle included an iPod video and a 15-inch flat-screen television.

For the auction, one Kyrene Corridor businessman, Jeff Lucas, of ERA Lucas Realty Group, offered to sell a home for free. The value is 3 percent of the selling price of the house, making the sale of a $400,000 home a $12,000 value.

“It’s amazing,” Salas said. “It’s awesome.  It just was overwhelming to me.  The community support, it was just amazing.”


Photo by David Stone


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