REDI For A YETI?!?
Tara Blackwell is from Pensacola, Florida where she played softball, volleyball, and cheered for Pine Forest High School. Upon graduation, she continued her education and softball career at Troy University. In April 2005, Tara was having the best season of her life, but unfortunately this season came to a screeching halt. The Trojans were having a practice on an off-day before facing Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Blackwell attempted an assisted back flip to lighten the mood but unfortunately, this time, Blackwell did not finish the flip. The landing broke her neck in three places and severed two vertebrae (C5, C6) in her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the chest down.
Since 2008, Tara has traveled to both Germany and Ecuador for experimental stem cell procedures, one of which had little effect, with the other significantly regressing Tara’s mobility on her right side to the state she was in shortly after her accident. While this was disheartening, it was a sacrifice Tara was willing to make in her never ending battle to walk again.
The cost of Tara’s yearly medical expenses including physical therapy trips, home therapy equipment, travel, procedures, and hotel accommodations all become very expensive. While insurance covers some of these expenses, they do not cover everything. She is able to do what she does because of you. With your help, we can continue to allow Tara to pursue various opportunities in her quest.
REDI For A YETI Backyard BBQ and Raffle Drawing will be held November 23, 2014 at 962 Galoway Ave, Mobile, AL 36609. The event will begin at 2:00 pm and the drawing will take place 5:00 pm. As always, there will be live music with food and an open bar!
****If you live out of state or are unable to make the BBQ, you will receive a phone call and email letting you know if you hold the winning raffle ticket! Do not let your zip code stop you from buying a ticket to win a YETI and supporting Tara!
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