Monday, November 19, 2012

Jacoby Miles: Fighting For a Miracle

The feeling surrounding this planet called earth has become so fragile lately.

Friday, November 17th, 2012-
It's a gymnast's worst nightmare. The kind of nightmare you read about in the news but never expect to happen to someone you know.
We all know how dangerous the sport is but only gymnast's will understand the countless hours spent training, the constant pressures, the fears behind new and old skills and the obsession that drives gymnasts to return to training day after day, week after week and year after year...
We, as gymnasts, realize it could happen to any of us.
We know the high risks of the sport...
But to fathom that it could really happen... That what happened last Friday to a former teammate could happen to any of us... it's unreal.
Jacoby Miles of Roach Gymnastics crashed on a dismount from the uneven bars landing on her neck onto a mat in the pit.    
She immediately lost feeling in her lower extremities.
She was rushed to hospital where she currently remains, paralyzed from the mid-chest down.
Jacoby was a teammate from Grace Gymnastics Center.
Even though I didn't know her very well, I remember her as being super sweet, caring and a very obedient and hardworking gymnast.  To hear the news of her accident was gut-wrenching and surreal. Yet it's amazing how many people have come together with the painful news of this 15 year old girl. Though she is paralyzed right now, her spinal cord was pinched and not severed. So there is hope that she will be able to walk again. For now, she is taking it day by day. We are hoping for small gains and a miraculous recovery.
Please help support her in anyway you can!
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