TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- In December 2013, 13 News reported to you about a 16-year-old Highland Park sophomore who suffers from a rare disease. Saturday, members of the community did what they could to show their love and support.
"From "Peggy's Promise," we have a donation for 500 dollars!," said Jennifer Hurley, representative for the philanthropic group, Peggy's Promise.
Peggy's Promise donated $500 to Ashley Newman and her family to help with medical costs. The group hosted a pancake feed at Applebee's at 17th and Wanamaker from 8 a.m-10 a.m.
Ashley Newman suffers from a rare disease called Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, a neurological disorder which causes paralysis of her body.
Last December, Ashley was unable to eat, drink, walk, move her arms or legs after having an 11 hour seizure and medically induced coma.
Saturday, her family says it is a miracle she can finally move her arms and smile.
" I am just so happy she is happy and in good spirits. She is hugging and tickling people and she just loves to be around people and this means a lot to her," said Steven Newman, Ashley's father.
"It is a miracle how far she has come. You know, before she could barely move and she has really progressed. The community support means a lot," said Karen Newman, Ashley's mother.
"Words can not describe. She is a living miracle and inspiration and I hope she inspires others everyday," said Ashley's brother, Jared.
Last year, members of the Topeka community and group members from Kickstart Saloon helped build a wheel chair ramp for Ashley.
Ashley's father told 13 News the City has built her a handicap shower.
The Newman's say they will use this donation Saturday towards supplies for Ashley.
Ashley has been in Children's Mercy in Kansas City and the Newman's said Ashley will start school again on Monday.