Student rivals come together to help sick classmate

Troy and Piqua high schools come together to raise money for Brandon Burnside. (Photo/Piqua High School)

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – Troy and Piqua high schools are longtime rivals, 130 years long to be exact.

But, there is one thing in which the students agree. Their friend needs support.

Brandon Burnside is a sophomore at Piqua High School. He suffers from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

The student bodies of both schools will hold a ‘orange out’ at the boys’ high school basketball game Friday, February 14.

You can buy a long sleeve t-shirt for $10.00 before the game. Wear it to the game and you’ll be admitted free.

T-shirts are on sale in the Athletic Office of both high schools.

There will also be orange bandanas and bracelets for sale, as well as a raffle.

The students are also planning to build a paper chain with words of encouragement for Brandon that will be presented to him during the game.

The students hope to raise $4,000 for Brandon and his family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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