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6th Annual Lifting Grace fundraiser

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 13, 2014 At 04:34 PM

They may be rivals on the field, but on Thursday afternoon, Brien McMahon and Darien High School football player put their strength together for one common goal.

Head Darien High School football coach Rob Trifone said, "A young lady by the name of Grace Wohlberg at age 10 came down with an incurable brain disease in which she literally had to have half of her brain removed. It's called Rasmussen's Encephalitis. We began to raise money for the family because her brother [Michael] used to be one of our captains."

Players compete to lift as much as they can, while raising money for Rasmussen's Encephalitis Children's Project.

George Reed, one of the captains on the Darien High School football team said, "It's so great to get two different teams together for one thing. Technically we are supposed to hate them on the field but we come together in the weigh room and we work together for a good cause.

"It means a lot to McMahon because we work hard and it's nice to compete with a different team," said Ryan Restivo, one of the captains on the Brien McMahon High School football team.

Will Hamernick, one of the captains on the Darien High School football team said, "It's amazing. They [Brien McMahon] come out really strong every year and its a great competition and it's for an even better cause so it makes for a great fundraiser."

Players from both teams say the competition means more than just lifting weights.

"Coach AJ used to coach here [at Darien High School - he is now the coach at Brien McMahon] so it is kind of like a second family. A lot of the coaches at Darien work at Brien McMahon so they are kind of like our brothers," said Kentrell Snider, one of the captains on the Brien McMahon High School football team.

The event continues Friday, March 14th at Darien High School. To learn more about Grace and the RE Children's Project, visit

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