Author Archives: Shaun Swearingen

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One-of-a-Kind Player – Matthew

Matthew is 7 years old and literally one-of-a-kind. He has an extra chromosome that is entirely unique when compared to the world’s data bank of chromosomal disorders. Matthew has had delayed development in every way but started walking at 3 years old. His low muscle tone has made things as simple as swallowing very difficult so he is tube fed. Matthew also has Goldenhar Syndrome characterized by asymmetrical facial abnormalities. He was born with only 1 ear but recently received his second ear at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. His mom knew one day he would speak, and 2 years ago he said ‘MOM’, one of the best days ever for his mother! Matthew is proud that he can play baseball just like his older brother!

Matthew Matthew


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MIP Fall 2016

MIP (Most Improved Player) – Fall 2016

The Miracle League offers my son an opportunity to participate in something that belongs to him. We started Miracle League in Jonesboro when that field first opened in 2013. Right after that we moved to Heber Springs so he didn’t really get to play there. After we got settled, the first thing that I searched for was another Miracle League close by. I found you online and signed up right away. Anthony’s first couple of seasons, it didn’t really click for him. I wasn’t really sure that he liked it. Then last season, Fall of 2016, it clicked. You see, I know that Anthony can do a lot of things if he is just challenged. Not everyone around him knows that so I decided to challenge him. I talked to Coach John and told him that we needed to find a way to challenge him to do this on his own. He was totally on board and said, “You just tell me what you want to do and I’ll do it.” Right after that is when Anthony “ran” home for the first time on his own. I will never, ever forget that day. And what made it all the more special is that everyone at that field that day was just as proud as me. Peggy, Coach John, his buddies were all cheering him on and his smile on that day will never leave my mind and my heart. After that it was “game on”. I am truly grateful that I found the Miracle League because it has given my son something that he now loves. We go out to practice holding the bat and he is very excited. I will continue to bring him and help him grown for as long as he desire to do so.

Thank you so much for believing in him.

Gratefully,

Susan Galzerano
Anthony Running


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Walmart

Walmart Private Brands Donation

A huge thank you to the Walmart Private Brands team for their generous donation!