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07-15-2005, 09:25 AM
Family represents Jason's Friends in Vegas

Star-Tribune staff writer Friday, July 15, 2005

Clay Loraas and his sister, Heather, sit on the floor of their grandparents' living room, playing math games.

Later, they head outside, running around the backyard, dodging bees and jumping up and down with their grandparents' dog, Bear.

"It's time to go home and go swimming," Clay insists to his parents, anxious to try out a neighbor's new pool.

Clay wasn't always this active. Diagnosed with leukemia shortly before his third birthday, the 8-year-old boy has spent the last five years in and out of hospitals, undergoing chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

His family spent months traveling with him, intent on helping him heal. While Heather stayed with her grandparents, Karel and Jack Loraas camped out in Denver and later Minneapolis with their son. Through it all was Jason's Friends, a Wyoming organization that supports the families of children with cancer.

"They saved our lives," said Karel Loraas.

This weekend, Jason's Friends will be spotlighted by Teammates for Kids, a nationwide charity started by Garth Brooks, and the Loraas family will travel to Las Vegas to show donors just what their money has supported. The Loraas' will meet and greet professional athletes who support Teammates for Kids, and Clay is scheduled to meet Garth Brooks when the country music star performs in a private show for the donors.

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07-16-2005, 01:53 AM
Ann- thanks for sharing this.. it's sad that Clay has had to go thru all of this but it's good that he and his family have gotten help for it..that's very cool that they get to meet Garth :)
That man will never cease to amaze me.. he's like a soldier..going above and beyond what he's called to do but does it anyway, jmho.

God and peace,
Vanessa :)