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Fundraiser aids family of child hurt by elevator
Recovery from accident ongoing
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Three-year-old Jacob Helvey was injured in an elevator accident Dec. 24. A fundraiser Saturday will help the family. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

How to help
What: Jacob's Journey 5K
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: West Forsyth High School, 4155 Drew Road
Cost: $30 adults, $20 for children
Online: Register at www.active.com; or visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacobhelvey for more information about Jacob Helvey

Sherry Banning has never done a 5K before. But for Jacob Helvey, she's lacing up her running shoes.

Helvey, 3, was injured Christmas Eve when he was pinned by an elevator inside his family's west Forsyth home.

Banning's husband, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Deputy Scott Banning, responded to the accident that day.

"When he saw him, he knew he was going to do everything possible he could do to save this child," Banning said.

The family has been visiting Helvey in the hospital and praying for him ever since, she said.

Saturday, the Bannings and their two children will participate in the Jacob's Journey 5K walk or run, a fundraiser to help with Helvey's hospital bills.

Banning said Helvey, an only child, and his parents have stayed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite since the accident for treatment of his injuries and rehabilitation.

"Jacob's parents ... are two of the strongest people I have ever met," Banning said. "They are incredibly dedicated to their child."

This past week, the child pedaled a tricycle and rode on a swing, according to encouraging updates from his mother, Brandi, on his CaringBridge Web site.

The site was created by neighbors of the family to help update others within the Helveys' support network and send along their prayers.

The Helveys hope to be home by Tuesday and attend the event on Saturday.

"We try to encourage [the family] in any way we can and be supportive and try to rally the community around these fundraisers to help them so they can continue to have excellent care for Jacob," Banning said.

The 10 a.m. run will take place through the West Forsyth High School campus, with the 5K followed up by a family festival.

Registration is begins at 9 a.m. on race day.