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Tubbergen, a student at Colgate University in New York, has been hospitalized with a case of bacterial meningitis

The Clackamas Softball Booster Club has started a fundraising program to benefit Hannah Tubbergen, a former Cavaliers' pitcher who is recovering for a bout with bacterial meningitis while attending Colgate University in New York.

Hannah TubbergenTubbergen's parents, Debbie and Tyler, are in New York to be with their daughter and the donations are intended to help the family defray some of the costs associated with this unexpected crisis.

To make a donation online, visit the link at fundly.com/csbc-for-ht

At Colgate, she had continued her athletic career as a member of the women's rugby team.

Tubbergen, a 2016 graduate of Clackamas High School, played ASA/USA softball for Scream, CC Extreme and Black Widows of the Happy Valley Softball Association.

The university announced Tuesday that a case of bacterial meningococcal meningitis had been confirmed in a student who was taken the Faxton St. Luke's Hospital in Utica, New York.

No additional patients have been identified. The student's roommate and three close friends were given preventive antibiotics.

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection, according to the WebMD website. It causes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed and can be fatal or cause great harm without prompt treatment.

Tubbergen's parents have posted regular updates on their daughter's condition via Debbie Tubbergen's Facebook page.

By Friday, Hannah was able to breathe on her own without assistance from a ventilator, her heart strength climbed from a low of 5.0 to 40.0 (normal is 50.0), and she was alert and eating ice chips.

On Saturday, Debbie wrote: "I have no words to describe the deep gratitude in my soul for the outpouring of support, love, and prayers for Hannah and our family. I don't think I've totally processed all that has happened since Monday. It's all a blur.

"All I know for sure is that God is good, Hannah is alive and still battling, and you all have been amazingly faithful! I can't thank the St. Luke's Hospital staff, Colgate staff and students, Clackamas family back home, our immediate family and friends, Colgate family, and prayer warriors enough. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! God bless you!"

— From staff reports

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