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Friday, January 12, 2007

Karate benefit for Milford High School student

FRANKLIN

While Laura Nardini, a 14 year-old Milford High School student with a rare disease who is waiting for a heart transplant that may save her life, her friends are kicking in some support.

Tony Cotillo owns Xiang Hua, a kung fu and martial arts academy in Franklin. His school and another school will host a kick-a-thon Sunday. The proceeds will go to help Nardini's family pay for the critical procedure.

"This disease is so rare that there’s only been one other case in the country. They might not have a name for it yet," Cotillo said of Nardini's condition. Nardini is being treated at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Cotillo's personal goal for the benefit is between 1,200 and 1,500 kicks. The benefit will be held at Looang Foo Pai Kung Fu Academy in Mendon.

-- Adam Sell

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