Details set for Jacoby Miles fundraiser

Team Jacoby and Roach Gymnastics have planned a fundraiser dinner and auction to raise money for the family of Jacoby Miles, the 15-year-old gymnast who suffered a spinal cord injury in November while practicing gymnastics.

Miles was practicing on the uneven bars at Roach Gymnastics when a double back dismount went awry and she became "lost" in midair and landed on her neck.

Miles was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma where she underwent surgery Saturday to correct a dislocated C4 vertebrae.

Surgeons found the spinal cord had been pinched, but not severed. Miles is presently paralyzed below the mid-chest area, and the hope is that she will regain feeling in her arms while recovering from surgery.

The event is scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Temple Theater in Tacoma and will include a silent and live auction, as well as a catered dinner.

Former University of Washington Husky and Seattle Seahawk Brock Huard will be on hand to MC the event and  local media personality John Curley will serve as the auctioneer.

Tickets are $100 or $200 with an "Olympic upgrade" that features a meet and greet with United States Olympians, who are yet to be named.

Roach Gymnastic owner and Miles's coach Melanie Roach is herself a former U.S. Olympian and has pledged the money from her new book about her experiences, "Lift: Enjoying the Journey of Life" to Team Jacoby.

For more information, to donate or to buy tickets to the event, visit or call 253-826-5999.

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