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Darien Football Players Challenge Brien McMahon In 'Lifting Grace'

From left, Darien football captains Tim Graham, Colin Minicus, Hudson Hamill, Grace Wohlberg, Bobby Trifone, Mark Evanchick and Darien football oach Rob Trifone get ready for "Lifting Grace." Missing is: Christian Trifone.
From left, Darien football captains Tim Graham, Colin Minicus, Hudson Hamill, Grace Wohlberg, Bobby Trifone, Mark Evanchick and Darien football oach Rob Trifone get ready for "Lifting Grace." Missing is: Christian Trifone. Photo Credit: Contributed
Darien football players get ready for "Lifting Grace."
Darien football players get ready for "Lifting Grace." Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien High School football team will square off in a weightlifting competition on Friday against their counterparts from Norwalk's Brien McMahon High School to help raise funds to find a cure for Rasumussen's encephalitis.

Lifting Grace, as the event is known, is named after Grace Wohlberg, a Darien High School junior who has the disease. The fundraising competition started six years ago when Grace received the diagnosis. At the time her older brother, Michael, was a captain for the Blue Wave.

Over the years the teams have raised nearly $50,000 through donations from the community. For more info: www.rechildrens.org.

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