City stop on ‘Miracle Miles'

Published 9:49 am Monday, March 12, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
There are 286 miles between USA Children's Hospital in Mobile and Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Two men will be walking every one of those miles this week hoping to find a miracle.
And Brewton, as a stop on their journey, will be helping contribute to the cause.
The trek has been dubbed &#8220Miracle Miles” and is tagged as a dream and a hope that has come to be a reality for many children through Alabama in need of medical care, said Mark Byal, one of the men who will be walking the distance. The event is being scheduled under the Log-A-Load for Kids program sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Loggers Council.
The walk will begin Monday as Byal and Brent Williams make their way across the state raising funds to help children with medical needs at the Mobile and Birmingham hospitals.
In conjunction with the Miracle Miles walk, Brewton residents are joining the campaign by holding fundraisers to further the cause.
Quina and Billy have put together a special lunch fundraiser and celebration as the walkers make their way through Brewton on Thursday.
Billy said she was more than happy to help with the celebration of what these men are striving to accomplish with their walk.
Richard Quina, who is employed with Smurfit-stone Container Corporation, is also leading the way for the Brewton leg of the hike and the fundraising efforts planned here.
Byal and Williams are expected to be in the Brewton area some time before the noon hour on Thursday according to the Miracle Miles itinerary.
With the walk beginning Monday at 9 a.m. at the USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile, the pair will cover 11 counties in Alabama. The walk is expected to conclude around noon Friday, March 23, at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.
For those who are interested in placing a pre-order for the Thursday Chubby's barbecue lunch, orders can be faxed to Richard Quina at 867-8394 or 867-8331 by Tuesday, March 13, by 4 p.m. Plates are $6 each and will include barbecue chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and bread.
Businesses, offices or organizations placing an order for 20 or more plates, can have their meals delivered.
Others are invited to pick up their meals at Bell Chapel of First Baptist Church on Belleville Avenue.

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