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Miracle League closer to goal...but still raising money

Lawton_The Miracle League is still on its quest to build a field of dreams for kids with disabilities in Lawton. They've been raising money since August 2007 but they aren't quite there yet. So far, the Miracle League has raised $70,000. Because they raised that by their deadline, the last weekend of November, The McMahon Foundation will match it. Before builders can break ground, the Miracle League needs about $45,000 more.

  The Smith family can't wait until the baseball diamond is built.  15-year-old Levi loves to ride his bike and loves sports. "Run towards the bases but I can't really hit the ball and run. So I haven't really played baseball as much," said Levi.

  He can't because he was born with cerebral palsy. "There are obviously heart  wrenching situations that it's hard to bear but you think kids, especially Levi, have all the reason in the world to complain but they don't. He's our hero. He's just a marvelous individual. He deserves all the opportunities he can get," Levi's mom Laurie Smith said.

  Levi will when this field of dreams becomes reality. "Very excited. Yes. That'll be a dream come true."

   "A holiday dream come true and I especially look forward to next year at this time when children will actually have been playing out on the field, seeing their dreams come true," said Miracle League President Kelley Bass.

  Kelley's holiday wish is to have the field ready for opening day in May 2009 and with fundraisers like Thursday's at Tipton's Jewelry, that wish could come true.

"Anybody who purchases [at the fundraiser] or all through the weekend, a portion of the proceeds will go to Miracle League," said Bass.

  That's 5% of Tipton's sales and all the proceeds from ticket sales from the raffle to win a $6,000 diamond and pearl set.

  There aren't anymore deadlines for the Miracle League, just high hopes they will get the grants they need on top of money raised. The miracle league will have a booth in Lawton's central mall on December 13th and 14th where they'll sell engraved bricks for the field's wall of heroes.

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