Telethon raises thousands for Tupelo's Regional Rehab Center

WTVA hosted "A Celebration of Hope." A telethon we do every year in support of Tupelo's Regional Rehab Center.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017 6:20 PM
Updated: Nov. 12, 2017 7:08 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - WTVA hosted "A Celebration of Hope." A telethon we do every year in support of Tupelo's Regional Rehab Center.

For two hours donations poured in by phone, and in person.

"We've never charged a penny to any soul for the services we've rendered, said Rep. Steve Holland, President of the Regional Rehab Center Board. “So that's a mission of love, mercy, and grace, and I love being a part of it."

Parents and children who have used the Regional Rehab Center in the past shared their tales of triumph.

"All of her delayment has been physical. She could sit up. She couldn’t crawl," said Peggy Hallmark, her daughter Secora had been going to the center since she was a year old. "And now she's getting faster. She's in kindergarten now. She's doing awesome."

The Regional Rehab Center helps children, as well as adults dealing with both physical and verbal disabilities.

"Look at me now, back in the day I struggled with it [learning disabilities]. Nothing really clicked," added Trevor Sudduth. "And now I'm a freshman in college."

At the end of the fundraiser $285, 342 was raised to help continue the center's legacy for many years to come.

"What more could you ask for," said Tammy Sudduth? "For your child to have a chance to be helped, meet their goals, and dreams at no cost to you."

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