Pies for Powell at YMCA

A benefit bake sale is the recipe friends and family will use to help a Salina man who was paralyzed in an auto accident last month.

Ryan Peterson joined in on the KSAL Morning News Thursday to talk about his friend and workout buddy, Paul Powell.

“Paul was in a car accident June 7 and it was a bad one,” Peterson said.

“He ended up being paralyzed from the chest down.”

Peterson says he and Powell became friends at Salina’s YMCA, working out and encouraging each other.

He spent some time reflecting on what he could do to help – and then remembered his buddy’s favorite treat, pie.

“Paul lost a hundred pounds and might have lost more if it wasn’t for his one weakness, pies.”

Peterson says Paul loves pie and a bake sale is the perfect way to raise money to help with his medical expenses.

The Salina Family YMCA learned of the plan and got involved, moving the upcoming benefit to their facility at 570 YMCA Drive.

Monday, July 10, organizers are asking for fresh baked goods like pies, breads and cakes to be dropped off at the Y for the sale which will run from 8:30am to 11:30am.

Those wishing to contribute baked goods or who want to learn more can contact Ryan Peterson at 785-309-6422. Paul Peterson is currently in a medical facility in Nebraska.


Good Update
Peterson told the KSAL audience Thursday that just last night Powell was working hard in therapy and moved a toe. “They said there is about a 10-percent chance that he could get movement back from his chest down. “He did wiggle his toe on command …so baby steps.”