Concert to benefit child with cerebral palsy

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An innovative program in Florida could help five year old James Spray, who has cerebral palsy, strengthen his body and improve mobility. But Spray and his family first must find a way to pay for the therapy.

That’s why Redeeming Love Church of Noblesville has stepped up to help. Currently, Spray has less than half of the $6,000 needed to enter the Innovative Children’s Therapy program, so Redeeming Love has organized a Dec. 18 benefit concert for Spray in hopes of raising enough to cover the rest of the cost.

Work on the event began about six weeks ago, not long after Redeeming Love Associate Pastor Tina Fleenor saw a Facebook post made by her longtime friend and Noblesville resident, Lisa Anderson. In the post, Anderson, Spray’s aunt, described the potential benefits this program could provide her nephew as well as the challenging task of raising the necessary funds, and Fleenor told her friend that the church would find a way to help.

“Lisa said she started crying when I told her,” Fleenor said.

For the last month and a half, Fleenor has been volunteering her time to plan and organize the event. The Christian band The Tribe of Judea will perform for the two-hour event. There will be no charge for admission, but free-will donations will be accepted. Additionally, items such as fireless candles and baked goods will be sold, and Fleenor said she is currently contacting local business in hopes that some will donate items for a raffle.

All proceeds collected will go towards Spray’s enrollment in the therapy program. With transportation, room and board being provided by Spray’s relatives in Florida, the amount of money needed to be raised isn’t significant, but the impact of this program could be, Fleenor said, as it could allow Spray to sit, stand and even walk on his own.

“We’re just praying that people come and we can raise at least $300 or $400,” she said.

The event will last from 7 to about 9 p.m. at Redeeming Love Church, 1950 Conner Street, Noblesville. Checks can be made out to Innovative Children’s Therapy for the benefit of James Spray and can be sent to Giving James a Chance, 176 W. Logan Street #219, Noblesville, IN 46060. For more information, call Fleenor at 437-0675.

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