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May 23, 2014

Help tumbles in for local teen

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — The help is still piling in after the most recent benefit for a Pauls Valley girl in the middle of the fight of her life.

Dozens of youngsters, their families and various other supporters again pitched in to help local sophomore Abby Gamble, who is battling leukemia.

With Gamble’s condition day-to-day right now, Syd Petty of the local Tumbling with Syd quickly threw together one of a continuing string of fundraising events meant to offer some financial help as Abby battles on.

Petty’s idea for an event — have her students do what they do with tumbles and a kind of “cartwheel-athon.”

“We lined up the kids on mats and they did 30 seconds of cartwheels over and over,” Petty said.

“People really came out and stepped up to help.”

Stepping up for sure as more than $4,000 was raised from the tumbling event held last weekend.

Even more should be coming this weekend as a bullriding, bullfighting event is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at the PV Round Up Club Rodeo Arena in the local Wacker Park.

Others already in the books are a softball tournament, a blood drive and a spaghetti lunch, while a golf scramble is coming in July.

There is also an account set up at Pauls Valley National Bank for donations

As for this tumbling event days ago, Petty said a whole bunch of people pitched in to help for an event that was also just plain fun.

“The kids sold packets with people pledging money for each cartwheel they did,” Petty said.

“All of them participated in one way or another,” she said about the 180 tumbling students age 3 to 19 who took part in a variety of ways.

“Many did the cartwheels, others helped out with the bake sale and even others got people to donate to the event.

“This event was so good because 100 percent of the profits go for Abby.”

Helping out was definitely on Petty’s mind as Abby was her tumbling student as a young child.

“I was just wondering how I could help. I just wanted people to know how well it went.”

Petty gave a special thanks to Mike Mikinzie, Hinkle’s Printing and Seth Wadley for their donations to the cause.

She added the top sellers were Macy Peck, Makayla Deen and Kennedi Rambo.

“A big thank you to the parents that baked goodies and all of my students that participated,” she said.

“Our community is great.”

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