Elementary student raises money for Wins for Kids

Posted on May 1, 2015, in Lancer Life

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Edinboro Elementary student Jacob Haugh didn’t ask for any birthday gifts. Instead, the third grader requested something else — donations.

Haugh raised $2,521 in three weeks for Wins for Kids, a program that raises funds to support the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

“I thought I had everything I needed, and I wanted to help out kids who can never go to games,” said Haugh during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pre-Game Show on Sunday, April 19. The show airs again on Friday, May 1, following the Pirates Postgame show.

During the pre-game show, Haugh met Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and even had the opportunity to sit in his chair. For the game, Haugh got to sit in a suite, which was also offered to other kids with autism.

All monies that are raised through Wins for Kids are split evenly between Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute. Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare, complex genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body and the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is the only hospital-based site in the world treating children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Hurdle’s 11-year old daughter Maddie has Prader-Willi Syndrome. Since the 2011 season, generous fans have helped raise more than $225,000 to improve the lives of children and adults in the Pittsburgh community.

Haugh isn’t done his fundraising efforts, either. His goal is to get $3000 by the end of the Pirates’ season! Donations can be are online. ┬áIn order to count towards Jacob’s goal, please make your donation “In Honor of Jacob.”