Community answers call for Wyatt
by Jack Mcneely
Jun 30, 2013 | 607 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack Mcneely
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Musgrove Country Club was abuzz Saturday afternoon. No, it wasn’t hosting a state amateur golf event or a special ceremony overlooking Blackwater Creek.

More than 100 area golfers came together to participate in the Tee It Up For Wyatt fundraiser. Sports Editor Johnathan Bentley introduced us to Wyatt Myhand on Thursday.

The 18-month-old son of Dustin and Jacy Myhand of Jasper, Wyatt was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome when he was just four months old. He has seizures frequently when he runs a fever or just plain gets hot here in the Alabama summer.

One in 30,000 children are diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, or less than 150 annually in the United State.

The condition is controlled with medication, which is not covered by most health insurance companies. Such is the case for the Myhands.

Therefore, the community opened its heart and wallet to the Myhand family on Saturday, contributing more than $10,000 to be used for Wyatt’s medical needs.

“We are humbled by the community support,” the father, Dustin Myhand, said Saturday. “But I am not surprised because we know the quality of people in Jasper and Walker County. There is a lot of bad in the world. Today, we experience the good.”

How great is that?

“TODAY, WE EXPERIENCE THE GOOD.”

I was absolutely blown away by Dustin Myhand’s comment, and you should be also. The Jasper and Walker County community certainly answered the call and delivered a hole-in-one for the Myhand family.

Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at jack.mcneely@mountaineagle.com.