Fundraiser for paralyzed gymnast goes social

Fundraiser for paralyzed gymnast goes social

Jacoby Miles

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 4:35 PM

The effort to help a 15-year-old gymnast paralyzed from the mid-chest down after an accident during practice last week extended to social media Thursday.

Jacoby Miles was practicing a routine move on the uneven bars at Roach Gymnastics in Sumner Friday night when she accidentally landed on her neck, injuring -- but not severing -- her spinal cord.

She underwent about six hours of surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and still faces rehabilitation.

Miles could not feel her hands, wrists or anything from mid-chest down.  Doctors have told her family that it is possible she could regain use of her hands and wrists, but walking again will be much more difficult.

Her coach, 2008 Olympic weightlifter Melanie Roach, reached out on Facebook Thursday asking everyone to donate at least $1 to the fund to help Jacoby at the Team Jacoby website. The request is also being shared on Twitter with the hashtag #B1namillion

Roach has also pledged to donate 100 percent of the profits from new book, “Lift: Enjoying the Journey of Life,” toward Jacoby’s expenses.

Roach said Thursday at least $10,000 had been raised via the website, although help is also coming from other places.

Donations can also be mailed to Roach Gymnastics and Emerald City Gymnastics at the following addresses:

Team Jacoby Fund
c/o Roach Gymnastics
627 45th St. E.
Bldg. D-103
Sumner, WA 98390
 
Team Jacoby Fund
c/o ECGA
17735 N.E. 65th St., Suite 110
Redmond, WA 98052
 

 

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