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Supporters of paralyzed teen ask public to donate just $1

Supporters of paralyzed teen ask public to donate just $1
Jacoby Miles is seen in her hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
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SEATTLE -- Friends and family members are calling for special Thanksgiving day support for the teenage gymnast fighting for her life at Harborview Medical Center.

Jacoby Miles was paralyzed from the chest down after landing on her neck during practice.

Her supporters have launched a campaign, named "#B1namillion!", calling for others to join her fight by donating just $1.

"If everyone will donate just $1 to the TEAM JACOBY FUND we will raise enough money to get her the best doctors and the best treatment money can buy," said a post on a blog dedicated to tracking the teen's progress. "Let's give this ANGEL a chance to walk again." Donations are being taken at goteamjacoby.com.

Jacoby was warming up on Friday at Roach Gymnastics in Sumner and practicing a dismount she's landed countless times.

In a post on Facebook, Jacoby's coach said "she got lost during the second rotation of her double back and opened up early and then landed on her neck."

Her spinal cord wasn't severed, but Jacoby "lost all feeling from her chest down instantly," said her father, Jason Miles.

"It's very frightening to not be able to move," he said.

The most painful part may be coming to terms with her new reality.

"We've had to talk with her about what's going on and it's harder to see her try to deal with it," Jason said. And for her parents, it's tough not knowing what kind of life their daughter will be able to lead.

But Jacoby is a competitor and a fighter at heart.

"I personally think that's what is going to help her beat this, is that same drive," Jason said.

Jacoby is able to move her shoulders and has some feeling in her arms. While doctors believe there's a chance she could regain movement in her wrists, they say it's unlikely Jacoby will walk again.

But she and her family are hoping for a full recovery.

"We have to prepare mentally for the worst and pray for the best," Jason said. "I know God has big plans for her."
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