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UHSAA » Families of injured athletes fear a policy change that would eliminate catastrophic insurance.

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Lawrence will be on his mother’s insurance until he is 26. After that, he will rely solely on the catastrophic coverage — unless it has already been exhausted.

Flinders, the UHSAA trustee from Summit County, said he doesn’t want injured athletes such as Lawrence and Hancock to be forgotten in time.

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"The community raised tons of money, built them a house. Raised money to pay for the deductible and more," he said. "After a year or two, that goes away, and people kind of forget what happened. Those fundraisers don’t keep coming."

Giles is already looking toward the future. A million dollars used to sound like a lot to her, but the money is going fast.

"How long’s that going to last? That’s what I worry about now. Even at 10 years, what’s he going to do? Let’s say it lasts that long," Giles said, her voice trailing off. "I don’t know. This is a forever thing. It’s not going to go away after 10 years."

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