‘Miracle’ ballpark for special-needs kids nears first pitch
Woodbury Bulletin | April 7, 2011 | By Riham Feshir
For four years, Kelly Madsen has been taking her son to play ball in Blaine every Thursday night.
The hour- and- a half-long drive wasn’t very convenient for the Woodbury mom of 9-year-old Bryce Madsen who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare disease characterized by muscle atrophy and loss of motor function.
But Blaine was the one location she could take her son to play “miracle” baseball on his power wheelchair, without worrying about a thing.
Beginning this summer, however, Madsen and a number of other families from the east metro won’t have to drive so far to participate in Miracle League — a nonprofit organization that helps communities build baseball fields for children with mental or physical disabilities.
A Woodbury field will be home to the East Metro Miracle League this summer, when construction will be finished after about three years of fundraising.
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