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Finley Students Raise Money For Sick Teacher

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FINLEY, Wash. -- Parents and students in the Finley School District unite Friday night in honor of a sick teacher.

Tony Graeger taught for the district for 25 years and tonight the community held a spaghetti feed to raise money for him. Last summer, Graeger got a degenerative nervous system condition that causes periods of paralysis.

So far, youth pastor Ron Curbow says Graeger's medical bills have come to about $1 million.Curbow says, "I knew that he just greatly cares about all of us. He wants to see [his students] succeed and wants to help them every way he can. He stays late after school to give kids extra help when they need it.."

Curbow says Graeger has the chronic form of Guillian-Barre Syndrome disease, which could last the rest of his life. But he says, there is still a chance he could recover fully from the disease.

He says until he is cured the community will continue to support their former teacher.