Last updated: June 18. 2014 12:17PM - 380 Views
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The Cheraw Gym Champs receive an Anna's Aid bag filled with first-aid supplies for the team.
The Cheraw Gym Champs receive an Anna's Aid bag filled with first-aid supplies for the team.
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Anna Lucy Black, a gymnast with Champions Gymnastics in Rock Hill, lost her grip on the high bar during a January competition in Columbia.

She fell and broke both of her arms. Due to inadequate first-aid supplies, her arms were splinted with pieces of cardboard.

Doctors confirmed the 11-year-old gymnast dislocated and fractured her left elbow and broke both bones in her right arm.

She underwent surgery to fix the damage and remained in the hospital in Columbia for several days.

Immediately following the accident, Anna Lucy began receiving support from gymnastics teams all over South Carolina.

The Cheraw Gym Champs team put together and sent a care package full of get-well wishes, cards and other items to let Anna Lucy know the team was behind her as she began her road to recovery.

Anna and her family said they were so touched by the tremendous outpouring of love that they began looking for a way to give back.

Because of the lack of medical supplies on hand when she needed them most, they created Anna’s Aid.

The goal of the organization is to raise enough money to provide an Anna’s Aid first-aid bag filled with medical supplies, including splint kits, to every gymnastics club in South Carolina.

The first Anna’s Aid bag went to her own club, Champions Gymnastics.

The family then selected the Cheraw Gym Champs team as the second club in South Carolina to receive a bag.

The family made the trip to Cheraw to personally present the Gym Champs team with an Anna’s Aid bag at the Spring Into Summer competition June 7.

The next two bags will be given to teams in the Charleston area.

Each first-aid bag costs about $300 to put together.

There are a total of 60 gymnastics clubs in South Carolina.

The long-term goal is to branch out to other sports after all South Carolina gymnastics clubs have received an Anna’s Aid bag.

After months of healing and therapy, Anna Lucy is finally back in the gym.

She still has some limitations to range of motion of her elbow and wrist and may require future surgery to extend the tight tendons.

However, she is not letting this stop her from her love of gymnastics.

She is currently adapting by tumbling on her knuckles until she regains full range of motion.

Residents who would like to make a donation or follow this cause can visit www.annas-aid.com.

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