9th annual play for Brian to be held Friday

Alex Sklar
Guest Writer
aws150@lhup.edu
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The ninth annual Play For Brian will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:45p.m. in the Student Rec center.

Each team can have six to eight players and can participate in a dodgeball tournament, walleyball tournament, wheelchair races, rock climbing and silent auctions where you can win tickets to sporting events and win sporting memorabilia. The winner of each event will receive a Play For Brian T-shirt.

The cost is only $10 per person! You can get forms located in the Rec Center or talk to Professor Bridget Roun in her office in 113 Zimmerli. Free food and beverages will be provided at the Rec Center for the duration of the night.

The event is a benefit for Lock Haven graduate, Brian Keefer, and this year the event will benefit Justin Kline, too. All proceeds from Play For Brian will be split between Justin and Brian.

On July 1, 2008 Brian Keefer was involved in a life altering gymnastic accident. Brian attempted to do a triple flip. When landing, his head went through the foam landing area and hit the bottom of the pit.

The impact forced his C-4 vertebra to slip slightly over the C-5 vertebra. While his spinal cord is intact, the accident has left him a quadriplegic.

Brian has achieved incredible progress through therapy and rehabilitation and remains hopeful that improvement will continue.

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Unfortunately, medical expenses are overwhelming and a long road still awaits him and his family. Brian returned to Lock Haven where he continued his education and graduated on May, 2012 with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation.

 

On Sun., June 28, 2015, Justin Kline was flown by LifeFlight to Geisinger Medical Center. The following morning, the medical staff informed Justin that his spleen had ruptured due to an extremely high level of leukocytes most likely caused by Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

Since June 28, Justin has remained in the care of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Recently, he was life-flighted to Geisinger due to blood clots in his lungs.

Although he has made tremendous progress, this is a reminder of the severity of his disease and the long battle ahead of him.

Justin has spent the last decade of his life dedicated to volunteer work. He has played an integral role in the recent success of Keystone Little League as well as serving as a volunteer coach for the Central Mountain High School Legion Baseball teams.

Many of you also know Justin as “Mayor” as he has served in that capacity for the borough of Beech Creek for the last few years. Justin also recently joined the Grange Fair Board, again in a volunteer role.

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