Shawnee community rallies around injured girl

Raegan Permetter, 11, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Shawnee Sept. 26.
by Matt Patterson Published: October 16, 2012
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“I might leave for an hour to go back to Shawnee, but it's been very busy,” Ealy said. “She has physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. She has a busy schedule all day.”

Benefit is planned

Family friends have organized Raegan Dayz, set for Nov. 16-18 at the Bethel Baseball Fields. The event will include an adult T-ball tournament, live music, an appearance by champion noodler Don “Katt Daddy” Brewer and an Elvis impersonator.

“It's just been astonishing,” Ealy said of the community's response. “We knew that we loved her, but there have been so many people who have shown they love her, too. Words can't describe it.”

Family friend Billy Mitchell decided to organize what he thought would be a small benefit that has turned into something much bigger. He said the goal is to raise as much money as possible to help with expenses not covered by insurance. Vendors will also donate a portion of their proceeds to the family.

“It's just blown up over the last five days,” Mitchell said. “We've had so many people who want to take time out to help.”

Mitchell's own daughter battled kidney failure as a toddler.

“My daughter's situation isn't as traumatic as Raegan's, but I know what it's like to have a child in and out of the hospital,” he said. “I know what it's like to need help but not know how to ask for it.”


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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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Raegan Dayz

Admission to Raegan Dayz is by donation at the gate. The T-ball tournament is $22 per person and includes a Raegan Dayz T-shirt. Organizer Billy Mitchell said he is looking for more vendors and donations of equipment for the event. For more information, call Mitchell at 882-9259.

It's just been astonishing. We knew that we loved her, but there have been so many people who have shown they love her, too. Words can't describe it.”

Molly Ealy

Raegan Permetter's mother

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