Bengals fan battling ALS donates $10,000 left over from fundraising campaign to help find a cure – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
Paul and Sarah Miracle won the hearts of Bengals fans during Cincinnati’s historic playoff run to the Super Bowl and now they’re keeping their promise to give back with the money left over from their online fundraisers that brought them to each of the Bengals. playoff games this year.
Paul was diagnosed in December 2019 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. In January, he told News Center 7’s James Rider that the 2021-22 season could be his last watching his beloved Bengals.
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People’s donations helped the Miracles make it to every Bengals playoff game this year. Each week of the playoffs, they declared that any remaining money from their GoFundMe would go to ALS research.
Paul and Sarah said they had $10,000 left and it would all go to the cause they care about so much.
“[It’s] amazing how many wonderful people there are in this world and I just really want to thank them,” said Paul Miracle.
They both wanted to thank everyone from anonymous donors who sent them thousands of dollars, to people who shared the story and even Rider, who first told their story on television.
“And I want to thank you, sir, from the bottom of my heart,” said Paul Miracle.
This Bengals season was about father and daughter making memories that would last the rest of their lives and they did just that.
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“The experience left me speechless,” said Sarah Miracle.
Paul called the experience amazing and said he was even recognized by people who saw his story.
“Meeting all the celebrities we’ve met. Jessie Bates’ mom. she came over, recognized us [and] wanted a photo with us,” said Paul Miracle.
Paul said he was heading to his seat when he heard Sarah behind him say, “Dad wait, they want your picture.”
Paul and Sarah seek to raise more money for their cause July 23 at the 2nd Annual Chef Paul Food Truck Rally in Springboro North Park. Paul operated a food truck prior to his diagnosis and proceeds from the event will go towards ALS research.
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