11-SUN-fundraiser

Colusa High senior Hanna Schneider poses with the signed Buster Posey jersey that will be raffled off at the fundraiser she has organized to help pay the cost of treatment for two Mid-Valley boys battling for their lives

For some high school seniors completing the Senior Project requirement can be a great source of anxiety, but for Colusa High School's Hanna Schneider, it has become a labor of love.

After hearing about two young Mid-Valley boys battling life-threatening diseases, Schneider decided to jump in and make them the focus of her project.

"I have developed a passion for helping others," said Schneider. "This has become something more than just myself meeting the requirements of the senior project. I have high hopes for raising awareness and as much money as possible to help these boys with their treatment."

The two recipients of Schneider's efforts are Isaac Franco, a 2-year-old from Colusa stricken with leukemia, and Colby Arnett, an 8-year-old from Red Bluff diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.

Working in conjunction with Buster Posey's Family Foundation and some 40 local businesses, Schneider has organized a dinner, raffle and silent auction which will be held at Rocco's Banquet Hall in Colusa on Saturday, Jan. 21, with all proceeds going to help the cost of treatment for the boys.

Items featured in the raffle include autographed Posey merchandise along with donations from area businesses.

Schneider had communicated with Posey's foundation, which focuses on the fight against pediatric cancer, in hopes of getting the Giants' All-Star to attend in person, and although previous commitments prevented him from doing so, he provided items including a signed jersey and personally donated money to the cause.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults and $30 for children and are available at Rocco's, Caffeinated and Colusa High School. Dinner includes two types of pasta, salad and bread.

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