Basketball Game to Benefit USC Brothers with Fatal Disease

The middle school teachers will play against each other to raise money for Grady's All Stars.

He seemed like a healthy, little boy.

Drew Grady was an active 2-year-old who loved running around and ice skating. But when he turned 3 in 2007, his parents knew something was wrong. Drew started having seizures.

In 2009 his parents took him to the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion and received devastating news.

Drew was diagnosed with Batten Disease—a rare, inherited disorder that is fatal.

A few weeks later, the Gradys tested their younger son, Trent, for the disease and received the unimaginable diagnosis yet again. Trent too had Batten Disease.

"We were blindsided," father Chris Grady said. "We're just trying to keep them as comfortable as possible."

"When I thought of hand-me-downs I was thinking shoes and clothes, not wheelchairs and walkers," the Gradys wrote on their website.

Their story struck a chord with teacher Brad Wilson, who is planning a charity basketball game to raise money for the Gradys.

The "Shooting for the Stars" game will begin at 7 p.m. at Fort Couch Middle School Thursday, March 22. The Fort Couch teachers will take on the teachers.

The $5 tickets collected at the door will be donated to the Gradys to help them pay for medical bills and prescription medications.

There were also be concessions, raffles, a silent auction including a chance to win four 100-level Pittsburgh Penguins tickets and the always popular chance for students to throw a pie in their teachers' faces!

Wilson also organized that raised .

The Gradys have lived in for about six years.

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