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posted: 4/28/2014 5:01 AM

Arlington Hts. middle schools should be proud

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Arlington Heights should be very proud of its middle schools! In the 9th annual "Cross-town Classic Showdown" on April 4, the faculty and staff of Thomas and South middle schools battled for the trophy in a nail-biter basketball game.

The Showdown is a fundraiser, and this year it supported research for two rare diseases: Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and Familial Dysataunomia (FD). Our youngest child, Caroline, has EB, and our family helped represent EB at the Showdown.

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We are deeply grateful to the Thomas and South middle school communities for raising $10,000 in support of these two rare conditions! These donations bring hope that someday there may be a cure for EB and FD.

Just as importantly, we are overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity and compassion of the Arlington Heights community. We were greatly impressed by the respect and school spirit exhibited by the students. We commend Mr. Brian Kaye and Mr. Jake Chung, principals of Thomas and South middle schools, respectively, and their faculty, staff, and many volunteers for being such fine role models as they lead the youth of Arlington Heights.

We also want to thank the amazing faculty/staff at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows, where Caroline currently attends school. Ms. Tracey Wrobel (principal), Mrs. Lauren Christ (teacher), Ms. Kristine Plazyk (teacher), Mrs. Michelle Whiteside (program assistant) and many other amazing teachers/staff members made donations and attended the event.

We are so grateful for their dedication and support!

Adrienne Provost

Palatine

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