Boston butts fundraiser set for Laurel Hill woman

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 02:04 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Katlyn "Katie" Free, a 2009 Laurel Hill School graduate, was a fierce competitor in basketball, softball and volleyball.

Free will need that competitive spirit as she faces her greatest challenge, awaiting a heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

The Laurel Hill community is rallying around Katie and her family, offering emotional and financial support.

First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill and Laurel Hill School athletic department members will have a Boston butt sale from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 21 to raise funds for Katie. Orders are being taken for the $20 3- to 4-pound butts, which Jeff Jones will cook.

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Laurel Hill baseball and junior varsity basketball coach Ronnie Smith, who coached girls basketball when Free was part of the program, said helping her and her family is fitting.

"We went to Ole Miss (for a basketball camp) when she was an eighth-grader and her daddy (Keith Free) got out and helped me raise money. Now it's my turn to turn around and give back to a family that has been so good to Laurel Hill."

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