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Prairie City High School senior Brianna Zweygardt oversaw a project that raised over $1,500 to assist Blue Mountain Hospital cancer patients with fuel expenses for travel to out-of-county appointments.
Zweygardt said she learned from a friend’s grandmother, who was diagnosed with cancer, of a program in Harney County that distributes fuel cards to cancer patients.
“Living in this rural area, we don’t have access to a facility for them to be treated,” Zweygardt said. “This often leaves them with long travel times.”
Making frequent trips for out-of-town doctor appointments can add up to large fuel bills, so Zweygardt stepped in to help and fulfilled her senior project requirement at the same time.
The daughter of Lance and Louanne Zweygardt, Brianna plans to major in veterinary science and play softball at college.
She raised money for her senior project selling T-shirts and raffling off baskets with items donated by Grant County businesses.
The Prairie City Athletic Department also donated money paid at the gate for the Panther volleyball team’s cancer awareness match.
“I want to give a huge thanks to all those who helped me through donations and support,” she said. “This project also allowed me to work with a lot of my amazing community members.”
She said fundraising is always a challenge, but if it’s for a good cause, the community is supportive.
“I am very glad I chose this project,” she said. “It taught me a lot about how one person can make a change.”