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FROM READERS: Lange Middle School students hold 'Penny Wars' to battle Batten disease

By Jenny Maddox/Missourian reader
February 23, 2012 | 3:48 p.m. CST
Jenny Maddox, registrar for Lange Middle School, and student Austin Hein pose with the poster "Penny Wars for Austin" on Wednesday. Lange Middle School students raised $700 to battle Batten disease in honor of their classmate, Austin, this week. The photo is from Austin's dad.

Jenny Maddox is the Lange Middle School Registrar and organizes a fundraising event for students to bring awareness and help in finding a cure for Batten Disease.

Lange Middle School students are raising money for a classmate, Austin Hein, who was diagnosed with Batten disease early in his childhood. 

Batten Disease Fast Facts

Batten disease is an inherited disorder of the nervous system.

The disease is fatal and the most-common form of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses.

Symptoms include mental impairment, worsening seizures and the progressive loss of sight and motor skills.

It is estimated to occur in 2 to 4 of every 100,000 live births in the United States.


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The eight 6th and 7th grade teams competed amongst each other with a "Penny War," donating all funds to Batten research.

The competition ran from Monday through Thursday.

The students and staff of Lange Middle School raised $700. 

The donation will be presented to the family tomorrow evening during a trivia night to benefit Batten research. Doors open for the trivia night at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Lange Middle School Cafetorium. The first round of trivia begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $80 for a table of eight or $10 per individual at the door.

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