Duck and Sooner Fans Rise to the Challenge

Beaverton, OR Oregon Duck and Oklahoma Sooner fans have put the holiday spirit into the Holiday Bowl by helping to raise money for a young girl who needs a bone marrow transplant.

Nikolette Harris, a 12-year-old Beaverton, Oregon resident was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 1996. After chemotherapy the cancer returned in 2003 and again in 2005. Doctors have recommend a life saving bone marrow transplant. When Nikolette's former teacher and Duck supporter Betty Holden and her daughter Susan Flad learned of Nikolette's condition and the fundraising campaign for her benefit, Susan posted a message about Nikolette on eDuck.com. Thomas Brooke made a donation and then challenged other Ducks and Sooners to do the same to reach a goal of $62,500, half of the estimated $125,000 that family and volunteers are trying to raise. The response has been tremendous and heart warming.

Susan Flad said "after 14,000 page views and 225 posts on OUInsider.com, Sooner fans have raised close to $12,000 for Nikolette with the Ducks coming on strong. When Wayne Drehs, writer for ESPN.com wrote about Nikolette's cause and the football challenge, many other universities joined in as well.

The Ducks and Sooners may be rivals on the field, but they are allies who rise to the challenge when it comes to helping a young girl in need.

More information about the Cure Nikolette campaign can be found at www.curenikolette.org.. Tax-deductible donations may be made in person at any Wells Fargo Bank branch location using account number 1659178972 or mailed to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "COTA for Nikolette H." Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.cota.org.

The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding families and supporters in raising funds for patients in need of a transplant. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for transplant-related expenses.

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