Students in the Health Occupation Students of America club gathered at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers to raise money for cystic fibrosis Jan. 29.

HOSA is a national service organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and is made up of students who are considering careers in medicine or health care.

According to the group’s website, HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Carrie Ray, HOSA adviser and health sciences teacher at Harker Heights High School, said HOSA chapters are required to choose a health-related project. The Harker Heights group selected cystic fibrosis.

The restaurant donated a portion of its sales between 6 and 9 p.m. Jan. 29 to the group.

The fundraiser was the first of many activities planned by the students that will involve the entire community. The group spent two months planning the Freddy’s event.

Sergio Vera, treasurer of the HOSA chapter, said the fundraiser was meant to provide information about the chapter and what it means to be a member.

“The fundraiser also promoted a walk in the spring to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis,” said Marlee Anglin, HOSA president.

The group chose to fundraise for cystic fibrosis after spending time with young girl who has the disease during a recent conference.

“It made a huge impact on all of us,” Anglin said.

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