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PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER The L&N Pool League recently presented McKenzie Rehrig and her family with a $3,500 check. McKenzie has a condition known as mitochondrial myopathy. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER The L&N Pool League recently presented McKenzie Rehrig and her family with a $3,500 check. McKenzie has a condition known as mitochondrial myopathy.

L&N Pool League displays generosity

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The L&N Pool League presented McKenzie Rehrig and her family with a $3,500 donation recently.

The ceremony took place March 8 at the American Legion Post 353, Northampton.

L&N Pool League President Tom Hawk, and his wife, Treasurer Ronnie Hawk helped to organize the event to benefit the Rehrig family.

The event attracted 35 teams playing for bragging rights in winning a trophy, but, more importantly, raising money for McKenzie.

"We knew right from McKenzie's birth she had a problem," Michelle Rehrig said of her daughter. "McKenzie has low muscle tone and was not able to walk as she grew without help."

At the age of three, McKenzie was diagnosed by doctors with mitochondrial myopathy. Since then, she has been in and out of various hospitals, even staying at the Hershey Medical Hospital, according to the family.

Being unable to speak and perform daily functions has not daunted McKenzie's spirit. Those around her describe her smile and strength as contagious.

Darin, her father, and Brianna, her sister are supportive and refuse to give up hope because of McKenzie's strong spirit, said Rehrig.

"McKenzie likes everything Disney," Rehrig said. "She enjoys Mickey Mouse and Disney Junior shows." McKenzie also has two dogs, Jake, 1, and Chad, 3, which fill her days with joy.

The money raised by the league can be used by the family for any purpose.

"We need a lot of medical equipment," Rehrig said. "Everything is so expensive, a special chair costs $500."

And maybe, just maybe, taking McKenzie to Disney World in Florida would be fine, she said.