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Tucker Tuesday raises money for West Central student

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A Hartford area teenager is having a pretty rough time of it lately.

Tucker Smith is a senior and a star member of West Central's football team.

By all accounts, he is just a good kid.

But something bad had happened to him and his friends say they want to do what they can to help a guy who has always been willing to help others.

It is one of the worst feelings in the world; when someone you love is suffering and you don't know how to ease the pain.

"At night he said his legs were swollen up and some veins in his stomach were purple kind of." Jordan Le Beau is best friends with Tucker Smith and the last week has tested that friendship....and both of them passed. "He had surgery for three days in a row." Jordan was there for all three of Tucker's surgeries, procedures made necessary by a condition which allowed blood clots to build up inside Tucker's body.

For an athlete, it's the exact condition you don't want to have.

"Football has always been one of tucker's goals. He was hoping for a football scholarship but with this condition I'm just not sure if it's safe for tucker to play." Linda Petersen heads up West Central's FFA. Tucker is a member and she is right, it is no longer safe for Tucker to play football; his doctors say if he plays again he could die.

West Central is rallying together to raise money for Tucker's medical expenses.

One of those heading up the effort is junior Joe Schartz, who first met Tucker when both helped raise money for a teacher diagnosed with breast cancer. "It's funny how a couple of years later we're doing the exact same thing for Tucker. So it's cool to see that things have a roundabout way of making itself right."

Tucker Smith's football jersey number is 21.

Today's "Tucker Tuesday" event was held on December 21st. It was a coincidence.

If you'd like to donate to help Tucker's family with medical bills, you can send your donations to the West Central FFA in care of West Central High School in Hartford.

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