Lynnwood HS basketball tournament raises money for ill student

Organizer Colleen Hill with Kayla Healy-Manes

Over the weekend dozens of people gathered at Lynnwood High School to play basketball for a good cause.

The Hoops for Humanity event raised $1500 for Kayla Healy-Manes, a 17-year-old senior at Mill Creek’s Jackson High School who has cystic fibrosis and needs a double lung transplant.

The cost of the lifesaving the surgery is a staggering $600,000 to $1 million. Kayla’s insurance will cover all but $100,000 of it.

Kayla has been hospitalized several times throughout her life and has a rigorous daily routine of treatments and medications to keep her lungs functioning. The hospitalizations have become more and more frequent and her medication and treatment routines have increased.

Lynnwood HS student Colleen Hill heard about Kayla’s plight and wanted to help.

“I had heard about Kayla`s condition through ASB events because I am the ASB president and suggested it to the class that the proceeds benefit Kayla,” she told us.

Colleen said the turnout at the event was better than she expected.

“We had to order 300 hundred shirts and I would say that by the end of the day 500 people were at the high school to come support Kayla,” she said.

Kayla is approaching her $100,000 goal but still needs a lot of help. Donations can be made online at

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