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Cornhole event for teenager with cerebral palsy set for Saturday

PORTERDALE — Members of the community have found a way to give back and help a 15-year-old in need by hosting a cornhole tournament.

Chance Gilbert was born with cerebral palsy scoliosis and is currently recovering from a recent spinal fusion surgery that requires him to have a new wheelchair.

Due to the size of the wheelchair, his family is in need of a new van that is wheelchair accessible in order to transport him.

“For safety reasons the van is much needed. His wheelchair is much bigger and heavier so we really need a van that can support it,” Stacey Gilbert, Chance’s mom, said. “When Scott Costley and Misty Cook asked if they could host this event, I thought it would be a great way to be in the community and have fun.”

Stacey Gilbert said the cornhole tournament will kick off the fundraising efforts in order to raise the money. She’s already created a GoFundMe.com account for those who are willing to donate.

The cornhole tournament, called “Bags for Chance,” will be hosted by Costley and Cook, who are part of the Southern Cornhole League.

Cook said the league hosts tournaments every month so she came up with the idea to combine fundraisers with the game to raise money for different community needs.

“Stacey came to me venting about the different needs she had and just kind of explained the current struggles she was experiencing, and so I went to the league and asked if we could have a tournament that benefited their family,” Cook said. “I look forward to having a good time at the event and hopefully raising enough that it will make an impact for Stacey and Chance.”

Registration will start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Jimbo’s Grill at the Porterdale Mill, located at 2102 Main St.

The cost is $15 per person or $30 per team. All the donations and money raised will go toward funding a new van for the Gilbert family. The tournament will also have a raffle, live music and cash prizes. For more information, contact Misty Cook at 404-272-3971 or Stacey Gilbert at 678-899-5356.