Norwin boosters, friends present Ty Bilinsky with check to help with medical expenses

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Sunday, August 8, 2021 | 5:53 PM


Norwin’s boys basketball boosters and several former teammates presented Ty Bilinsky with a check for $5,900 on Sunday, the culmination of months-long fundraising efforts to help the recent Knights graduate with medical costs.

Bilinsky suffered a stroke and later was diagnosed with a blood disorder and an enlarged spleen during his senior year.

He only played a few games, but after treatment and medication he was eventually cleared to play at the college level. He will walk on at Pitt-Johnstown.

The navy-and-gold “#TyStrong” shirts sold by the boosters became popular throughout the season as a number of teams around the WPIAL wore them for pregame warmups.

The boosters sold nearly 1,000 shirts, while another recent Norwin grad, Josh Williams, started a GoFundMe page for Bilinsky that had reached more than $19,000.

“It was a really nice moment to watch the check get presented to the family,” said Nick Fleming, another one of Bilinsky’s team and classmates. “They were extremely grateful for the money. You could tell it definitely meant a lot to the entire family.”

Said Willliams: “It was amazing to see Ty receive the check. From the GoFundMe and the T-shirts, we raised well over what we thought we would. It’s very nice to see that the community has Ty’s back.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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