Disability van donated to paralyzed teen gymnast

Disability van donated to paralyzed teen gymnast

Credit: KING

Paralyzed gymnast Jacoby Miles is presented with a new disability van donated to her and her family, Dec. 7, 2012.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

A Pierce County gymnast who was paralyzed in an accident during practice three weeks ago has been donated a van that is modified to help her get around.

Jacoby Miles, 15, and her family were surprised with the the 2012 Toyota Sienna Friday morning at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

“This is really nice,” said Jacoby. “Thank you so much, everyone.”

Looklarson.com donated the van and Kersey Mobility in Sumner and Vantage Mobility added a lift that made it accessible for Jacoby. The combined cost for the van and lift is $55,000, according to Melanie Roach, the owner of Jacoby's gym.

Jacoby was injured Nov. 16 when she landed on her neck during a dismount from the uneven bars. She was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down.

"It's hard, but it's slowly coming back," said Jacoby. "Hopefully one day I'll regain all that strength back."

Benefit dinner and auction

A dinner and auction for Jacoby are being held Dec. 17 at the Temple Theater in Tacoma, with all proceeds going to her medical and rehabilitation costs. Former Washington Huskies and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard will emcee and former Evening Magazine host John Curley will be the auctioneer.

Several U.S. Olympians, who have not yet been announced, will be in attendance. Roach competed for the U.S. in weightlifting at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Admission is $100 with a VIP upgrade of $100 to meet the Olympians. Details and tickets are available at the Team Jacoby website.

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