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Wheelchair basketball fundraiser honors teen's memory

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FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) -

(02/16/14) - The basketball coaches and players for Nouvel Catholic Central and Frankenmuth High School teamed up with the Special Olympics to host a Zachary Kischnick Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Game Sunday afternoon.

Zachary Kischnick, a special needs teen, was 18 when he passed away in his sleep in January. A trust fund was set up to benefit Zachary's twin, Elizabeth, who is also special needs. The wheelchair basketball game raised money for a trust fund set up for Elizabeth while honoring the memory of Zachary, a wheelchair basketball player.

Their brother, Mitchell, plays for Frankenmuth Varsity. He told ABC12 that the game was not just about the money. "It means a lot because it just shows there's a bunch of people who loved and cared for Zach and the rest of my family. The raising money part is just an added bonus. It is really about having fun," Mitchell said.

Coach Joe Jacobs, Nouvel Catholic Central, told ABC12 that the event filled the school's gym. The fundraiser brought in about $11,000. But Jacobs shares the same beliefs as Mitchell - it is not the money that matters. "This is what's important to student athletes, realizing what's important. They'll remember this day more than they will remember their record," Jacobs said.

Donations are still being accepted for Elizabeth. Checks can be made out to the "Special Needs Trust Fund for Elizabeth" and mailed to 804 West Tuscola, Frankenmuth MI, 48734.

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