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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Local firm reaches out to Walz at Highlands basketball game

Contributed Photo. Highlands freshman Brady Walz (right) takes in a University of Louisville women's basketball game recently with his cousin JJ. The law office of Fessler, Schneider and Grimme, LLP will give to the fundraiser in his ongoing battle with Leukemia in Thursday's Simon Kenton-Highlands girls basketball game.

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Cancer can not only take a physical toll on people, but can also be costly.

That’s why the Fort Thomas community has been very helpful since Highlands freshman Brady Walz received the diagnosis of Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on May 7 of last year.

The law office of Fessler, Schneider and Grimme, LLP is giving to the Buckets for Brady fundraiser for the final Highlands girls basketball home game of the regular season on Friday. The Ladybirds (26-3 overall) take on Simon Kenton at 5:30 p.m.

“My partners and I were so moved by Brady’s strength and perseverance that we felt compelled to do something to help him and his family,” said Tim Schneider, a partner in the firm. “With the Walz family’s rich sports tradition, we felt it was a natural fit to tie our efforts to the Highlands High School girls basketball team. Brady Strong!”

At halftime of the game, two Highlands students will participate face off in a battle for prizes of $200 and $50. The firm will match the amounts and add them to amount they are already giving the fundraiser.

Brady Walz is the nephew of veteran Highlands Head Coach Jaime Walz-Richey and University of Louisville women’s basketball Head Coach Jeff Walz. He is the son of Brian and Shannon Walz and the grandson of Roger Walz. Jaime Walz-Richey scored a Kentucky record 4,948 points in her career and Roger Walz quarterbacked Highlands to its first two football state championships in 1960 and 1961.

“I can’t thank Fessler, Schneider and Grimme enough,” Walz-Richey said. “They’re the ones who thought of it and brought it to myself and Mr. Robinson. Mr. Robinson said, ‘Jaime. What do you think?’ I said I think it’s nice. It’s a little tie with me and Brady.”

But Brady Walz did receive his Make-A-Wish Foundation gift. That was a new lawnmower. Walz plans on starting his company, Brady Strong Landscaping, this spring. 

Brady Walz has received a ton of support from the community. That includes visits from former Highlands and current University of Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles.

Others have survived the tough disease in the community and are pulling hard for Brady Walz. One is 2009 Highlands graduate McKenzie Hicks. She played on the 2006 state championship girls soccer team and has reached out to Brady Walz’ mother.

“If I would give any advice to Brady, I would tell him to keep fighting,” Hicks said. “Cancer really makes you dig down deep and gives you great insight to the kind of person you are. Never be ashamed of what Cancer is pulling you through. It’s an ugly disease, but it’ll only make you that much stronger. The mention/emotional battle is everything. As long as you stay positive, you will prevail.”

Walz-Richey said Brady Walz will not be at the game. He has his next round of treatments starting Wednesday. He continues to receive treatment at home and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


  1. It's great to have a busines like Fessler, Schneider and Grimme in our community!! Keep fighting Brady!!!

  2. A very nice gesture way to go fellas.