Gift for Jacoby 5k Fun Run

Jacoby Miles (center) with Melanie Roach (lower left) and many friends

Saturday was a day for a Team Jacoby miracle.

Despite the chilly weather, a large gathering came together at Lowe’s in Bonney Lake to run a 5k as a fundraising event for 16-year-old Jacoby Miles, who suffered a spinal injury last year during a gymnastics practice at Roach Gymnastics.

“This is awesome,” Jacoby said of the fun run Saturday. “This  is amazing that all these people came out.”

The  Gift for Jacoby 5k Fun Run was organized by Melanie Roach, owner of Roach Gymnastics, to raise money for the ongoing medical treatment and therapy for the Puyallup High junior.

Roach said $15,000 was raised, which will help pay for five months of physical therapy.

Saturday was the first anniversary of the accident when Jacoby attempted a double back dismount during gymnastic practice. Roach said the participation in the event was “mind boggling.”

The 16-year-old Jacoby said her therapy is going very well. She said after her injury she could only move her arms in the bicep position. Now she is able to move her arms in all positions.

“I am gaining core strength and with therapy now I can move my arms and my wrists are back,” Jacoby said.

Her mother, Gretchen Miles, said the family’s focus is on a full recovery. She calls it the miracle.

“Things are going great.” Gretchen said. “We live with reality everyday and we live with the miracle.”

Joining Jacoby Saturday at Lowe’s was the University of Washington gymnastics team along with many friends and supporters.

Roach said Jacoby has become an inspiration to her, the volunteers at the gym and those involved in Team Jacoby.

“It broke our hearts to see this happen,” Roach said of Jacoby’s accident. “My grief and sadness that came after the accident is healing because of Jacoby and Team Jacoby. She has helped put our hearts back together.”

Roach said she is “honored and privileged to be part of Team Jacoby.  Jacoby and her family are so positive and inspirational. It has been life changing for me and so many of the volunteers.”

According to Roach Lowe’s “rolled out the red carpet for the event.”

She said Lowe’s  manager Derek Oliver and Joe Patterson helped organize fun run.

“Anything I needed they provided it,” Roach said.

Roach said Lowe’s also helped the family with remodeling the family home after Jacoby was injured.

Next year the fun run may be staged during Bonney Lake Days. Mayor Neil Johnson made the suggestion to Roach during the Saturday event.