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Pig-kissing contest raises money at Oak Harbor school

OAK HARBOR, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Friday was a noisy and crazy day at Oak Harbor Middle School. Money and awareness were raised for the importance of organ donation.

They did it through a kiss-a-pig contest, sponsored by the Penta Career Center - Oak Harbor DECA Chapter.

Students donated money in the name of their favorite teacher or administrator. The top five winners had to pucker up to a pig, including Principal Marie Wittman.

"You know what, we principals do just about anything we can to help children," she said.

The money will be donated to CODA, The Children's Organ Transplant Association, in the name of 2-year-old Camille Osborn, whose grandmother worked at the school. She's already had a kidney transplant and now needs a new liver.

"You really don't know how precious life is until you come across something like that and we just wanted to help her, just like Bryce was helped" said DECA member Ben Cochran.

That would be Oak Harbor High School graduate Bryce Rubie. He needed a new kidney, and his best friend's mom was a match.

"Most of the kids in our community know Bryce and it makes it more real because they know that Bryce needs a new kidney to live," said Penta/Oak Harbor instructor Nadine Smith.

Bryce will get the kidney later this year at the University of Michigan. He is the inspiration for the students to help Camille.

"It's very important because there's so many young kids and adults that need a transplant. They don't like being on dialysis like me for so long" Bryce said.

The students raised $1,900 for the adults to smooch a swine.

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