A unique show of support for a local teenager battling a medical emergency continued Saturday morning at Gwinn High School. Over 200 people gathered to pray, form a large block M, and then walk almost three miles.
It was all in honor of Makayla Mayo, a recent graduate of Gwinn High School. Earlier this month, she suffered a sudden ruptured brain aneurysm. Makayla was air lifted to University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor and is still there with her family.
Now, people all across the country are logging the miles that they walk or run as a way to encourage Makayla. Saturday's miles were added to a running total that now stands at over 6,000 miles, according to organizer Joelle Olsen.
"Every mile is a prayer. So all these prayers...she's a miracle right now. And we believe that these prayers are getting her through what's she's going through," said Olsen.
The group plans to organize a 5-K race and a spaghetti dinner in the future. For more information about Miles for Makayla and how to log your own miles, visit their Facebook page.
If you would like to make a donation to the Mayo family, the SIR Federal Credit Union has established an account. Checks can be made payable to Tom & Tina Mayo. You can stop by at any of the local branches or mail it to 490 US-41, Negaunee, MI 49866.