Fundraiser unites community and creates "miracle" for disabled athletes

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - Aftera beautiful day, residents from Weiner and neighboring towns came together andraised money for a great cause this weekend.

A pig roast was held atthe high school to help raise money for the Miracle Field in Jonesboro sponsoredby the miracle league, a non-profit organization.

Michelle Cadle coordinatedthe event and she said the Miracle Field is an important project to them.

"We have a young ladyhere, Miss Sadie Bowen and also Mr. Gavin Grubb's are our ambassadors", Cadlesays.

Just like Gavin Grubbs,Sadie Bowen is someone that everyone was rooted for Saturday night at theevent. Her grandmother, Kathy Bowen, was enthralled.

"I think that it is anamazing project and I think it's one of the most exciting things in NortheastArkansas", Bowen says.

Bowen took care of Sadieafter an accident took the life of her father and permanently injured Sadie'sspinal cord.

"When we found that herlegs were paralyzed we were very sad and heartbroken for her", her grandmotherBowen says.

She says Sadie has alwaysbeen a true athlete at heart even before her accident three years ago.

"Playgrounds and playingball are some things we had to avoid because her chair would not do well on thesurfaces", she says.

But soon, thanks toeveryone who attended, they won't have to worry about that.

"Now we won't have to avoid those thingsanymore. We can have her playing ball and playing on the playground with herfriends again", says Bowen.

Trey Stafford from the Jonesboro Radio Group,Congressman Rick Crawford, Mayor Harold Perrin, and Senator Boozman were amongthe audience in the high school's gym.

Congressman Rick Crawford presented bothGavin and Sadie with flags that represented them and had flown over the UnitedStates Capitol.

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