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Team Olivia

July 14, 2011
Staff Reports , Morning Journal News

The Columbiana High School football team had some special guests Wednesday.

Ten-year-old Olivia Coontz, her 11-year-old sister Cierra and her mom Amy, of Leetonia, visited the locker room. Olivia met coach Bob Spaite's Clippers, specifically Brandon Hacker.

About a month ago, Olivia fell while roller skating on the Greenway Trail and broke her arm. That led to doctors finding out she has bone cancer of her ulna.

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Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Olivia Coontz meets one of the captains of Team Olivia.

After learning about Olivia's condition from her great-uncle, Clipper assistant coach Larry Baughman, the players have formed Team Olivia to show their support. Each are wearing yellow wristbands inscribed Team Olivia and have invited to all the games this year.

Wednesday, Clipper junior Hacker gave Olivia a letter of encouragement he wrote.

Olivia has started a 29-week chemotherapy program and also is on a waiting list for a new ulna, which is one of the bones in the forearm.

Columbiana will hold an open house of its renovated locker room on July 29. During the event, a Chinese auction and other fund-raising events will be held with the proceeds going to the Coontz family. Also, the Lisbon Lions will have a benefit for her on Aug. 6.

For more information, call Debbie Wellington, 330-770-2883.



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