“He’s sleeping pretty good right now. With all his pappy’s.”
They say miracles happen all the time at St. Jude’s Hospital. If that’s true, 15-month-old Easton Carraway could use one. “He’s hanging in there,” says Dad Cody Carraway. “Chemo is pretty brutal but he’s got a little appetite back and he’s even talking a little bit.”
Orange Beach’s city council met last week to discuss its regular agenda, but Mayor Tony Kennon began with an idea to help support students affected by the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade incident.
“With the band tragedy, there were considerable costs, not just the human pull, but the costs of the instruments damaged,” Kennon said. “Would y’all like to contribute to this and pay for all of the instruments that were damaged?”
Several council members responded that there were multiple efforts underway to help pay for instrument costs, including a locally started GoFundMe page, but Kennon explained the reasoning behind his idea.
Larry Rathbun, driving a 2008 Ford Expedition behind the Gulf Shores High School marching band on Feb. 28, told police that “someone standing out in the road” asked him to speed up to close the gap between band members.
Then, according an accident report released Monday into the tragic Mardi Gras parade crash in Gulf Shores, Rathbun pressed down on the accelerator and accidentally pressed too hard. He then collided with the marching band members.
Orange Beach firefighters are asking for donations to help one of their own.
According to a post on Facebook by fire department, Foley firefighter Cody Carraway’s son was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Carraway and Kahlee Salter learned their 15-month-old son Easton had a large tumor in his pelvic area. Doctors said the tumor was a rare form cancer called Sacrococcygeal Teratoma, and the cancer had spread to surrounding muscle tissue and both the toddler’s lungs. Easton was diagnosed with stage four of the disease.
Prayers and well-wishes continue for the band and the band family. On Monday, the Arby’s in Gulf Shores donated 20 percent of their sales to the United Way fund set up in support of the band and the students that were injured.
According to Baldwin County School Superintendent Eddie Tyler, another Gulf Shores student has been released from the hospital.
Before FOX10 News received this update, 3 students remained in the hospital. At this time, only two remain in the hospital. One at the University of South Alabama’s Medical Center and the other Sacred Heart in Pensacola.
Our first images of one of the middle school students injured Tuesday shows a smiling Bryce Warner with his saxophone. This image on a Go Fund Me account where more than 24 hundred donations have been made to help in his recovery.
In 2008, real estate developers Tripp Keber and Chuck Smith owned and operated an upscale RV resort just outside Gulf Shores with aspirations of building a national chain.
But the recession would see those dreams dashed, and in 2009 the business partners took a risk and diversified their investment portfolio in a new way by putting money into an up-and-coming cannabis company in Colorado.
At least two of the three students who remain hospitalized from Tuesday’s crash at the front of a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores are showing signs of improvement, Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler said Wednesday.
Buckeyes and Wolverines. Rebels and Gators. Marching bands representing universities around the country took to social media Tuesday and Wednesday to offer well-wishes to the Gulf Shores students injured in a Mardi Gras parade accident.
Twelve students, ages 12-17, were injured around 10:05 a.m. after a 2008 Ford Expedition driven by 73-year-old Larry Rathbun of Fairhope hit them. The students are all members of the Gulf Shores high school marching band, which consists of approximately 100 students in both middle and high school.
The United Way of Baldwin County has set up a website for people wishing to donate in support of the families affected by Tuesday’s tragic incident in Gulf Shores.
Marina Simpson, executive director with the organization, said Wednesday that donations will go directly to the families impacted by what police are describing as an accident at the start of the city’s annual Mardi Gras parade.
Students and staff return to class for the first day at Gulf Shores Middle and High schools following the Mardi Gras tragedy. Principals of both schools say they will each have an assembly for students. Also, band students in both schools will be kept together since they were the closest to this tragedy.
A group of revelers were mowed down by an out-of-control vehicle at a Mardi Gras parade for the second time in a week, with Tuesday’s incident involving a dozen injured high school band members at an Alabama event.
Gulf Shores, Alabama, residents asked for prayers and continued community support late Tuesday after an elderly driver plowed into a high school band, injuring a dozen students preparing to march in the town’s annual Mardi Gras parade.
Police said the 73-year-old Fairhope, Alabama man was following the Gulf Shore High School band in an SUV as part of the American Legion Honor Guard when his SUV accelerated and hit the students, who ranged in age from 12 to 17.