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Sam Dekker and Olivia Harlan raise $65,000 for Children's Cancer Foundation

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 17:53:52-04

Olivia Harlan and Sam Dekker raised thousands through their wedding proceeds to benefit the Children's Cancer Family Foundation. 

Harlan made it official on Instagram a couple weeks ago that the two had raised $65,000 for the foundation, after their original goal was $15,000.

 

These two are a sports couple, with Harlan being a sideline reporter and Dekker being the Wisconsin star and now NBA player. 

"When that weekend was over, when we had to go our separate ways, I told my friend that's the girl I'm going to marry,"  said Sam Dekker, LA Clippers small forward and soon to be husband. "At the time he didn't believe me but here we are about to get married and doing some good things."

The good things began instantly with their foundation. 

"Four or five years ago we did a Strike Out Cancer event with the Timber Rattlers and the tickets sold during that game, some of the proceeds went to these families. I got a chance to meet a bunch of families, a bunch of kids, " said Dekker.

"There was the one little boy that Sam met, named Kyle. He passed, he didn't make it to the next year's event and he asked to be buried with a shirt that Sam had signed for him. We kind of looked at each other and said we need to do more," said Harlan.

For Sam, it's just more proof he has the ultimate teammate to help him say thank you to those who have helped his career mean something. 

"You know without them, we don't have anything. We have nothing to entertain, our jobs don't mean really anything. So, to turn around and say thank you for the impact that they've had in my life. Let's see if I can go and impact their life that's very important for us to do as not only athletes but as people," said Dekker.

If you would like to donate to their foundation, click here.