Friday night activities raise $2,500-plus for leukemia patient

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Olivia Winslow prepares to take half-court shot at halftime of Friday's boys' game as part of Emma's Extravaganza to raise money for Emma Strait, a Greencastle-Antrim Middle School student recently diagnosed with leukemia, and her family. BEN DESTEFAN/ECHO PILOT.

A Greencastle-Antrim Middle School girls' basketball player recently diagnosed with leukemia and her family continue to benefit from activities during high school games.

Most recently, $2,535 was generated for Emma Strait Friday night during the boys' game against Waynesboro.

A boys' basketball activity raised $900, while the rest came from Emma's Extravaganza, with tickets sold for the chance at a half-court shot and $15,000.

Olivia Winslow, a freshman at Greencastle-Antrim High School who is involved in the basketball program, unsuccessfully attempted to make a basket from half court.

Emma Strait got sick in December and was diagnosed with leukemia on Jan. 17 at Hershey Medical Center. Within 10 days of her diagnosis, more than $5,000 was raised at basketball events and through the sale of T-shirts, according to Vicki Ritchey, G-A athletic director who has become a point of contact for the fundraisers.

The navy blue T-shirts have #1 — Emma's number — in the G-A logo on a basketball and #FIGHTLEUKEMIA on the front and #EMMASTRONG on the back.