RSHS and GRHS Raise $39K for Make-A-Wish

RSHS and GRHS Raise $39K for Make-A-Wish

GRHS and RSHS helped to raise $39K for Wyoming Make-A-Wish. SweetwaterNOW photo by Brayden Flack

ROCK SPRINGS — Despite the annual Make-A-Wish and blood drive fundraisers looking different this year, the approach of a giving attitude and selfless service remained the same as previous years between Rock Springs High School (RSHS) and Green River High School (GRHS).

The combined Make-A-Wish week and blood drive between RSHS and GRHS came to a close on Thursday evening during the high school basketball games in Rock Springs.

The blood drive took place first with community members, school faculty and students donating blood to help save lives. Make-A-Wish week then kicked off, dedicating activities and fundraising efforts to raise money to help grant local children’s wishes who battle threatening illnesses and ailments.

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Between the two schools, a total of $39,885.04 was raised for Make-A-Wish Wyoming. All money that is raised stays local to help grant wishes.

In the blood drive challenge, a total 541 pints of blood was collected with GRHS winning the challenge with 277 pints collected compared to RSHS’ 264 pints. The 541 pints of blood is enough to save 1,623 lives.

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As part of the Make-A-Wish festivities, the Rock Springs and Green River basketball teams took each other on for the second and final time in the regular season.

The Lady Wolves came out on top with a 62-60 win over the Lady Tigers off of a buzzer beater. Green River battled back in the fourth quarter after finding themselves down as many as 18 points. A shot by Gabrielle Heiser in the final seconds secured the two point advantage and season sweep over Rock Springs.

On the boy’s side, the Wolves earned a 46-39 victory over the Tigers. Green River jumped out ahead in the first half 16-11. The second half was full of lead exchanges, but the Wolves were able to once again jump out ahead in the fourth quarter to hold on to the seven-point win. Green River completed the sweep of the Tigers, winning the second and final matchup of the regular season.