Missoula County Coverage

Jan 28, 2012 7:28 PM by Alex Schwier (KPAX News)

Lady Griz raise money for burn victims

MISSOULA- More than tickets sold at Saturday's Griz game, fans snatched up hundreds of cookies and treats as soon as they made their way through the door.

"We've seen there are a lot of sweet tooths in Missoula," said Amber Fowler of the Northwest Burn foundation.

"I've gotten 6," said cookie-eater Sheridan Schweyen. "I've only gotten one so far but I'm going to get more," said Maggie Weida.

The Lady Griz bake sale was a hit and attracted more than the sweet tooth's.

"People care about helping others and this is evident and reflective of that care," said Fowler.

The bake sale raises money for the Northwest Burn Foundation, a foundation Lady Griz player Alyssa Smith was determined to bring awareness of. The foundation's camp Eyabsut gave her hope for a brighter future as a burn victim.

"To show that you can rise above the scarring and still do incredible things with your life and be a really strong person as well," said Alyssa.

Alyssa fell into a basin of 140 degree water as a toddler. She spent a month in the hospital and years recovering, both physically and emotionally but her family believes the incident wasn't all bad.

"I truly believe had this not happened to her when she was a toddler, she probably wouldn't be the girl she is today," said Alyssa's mother, Yvonne.

"It grew to make her a very strong person and it is just something that has always been a part of her life. She is just amazing, I love her," said Alyssa's brother, Zach.

And now, Alyssa fights for the recovery of other burn victims by raising money for kids to attend camp Eyabsut, just as she began doing more than a decade ago. Through the bake sale and donations Alyssa raised over $4,600 for the cause.

If you missed the event, you can still donate. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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