Dynamic duo: Family, friends unite for Baby Alana, parents

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Kyle Prettyman and Alexalynn Shoultes, parents of Alana Prettyman, hold the longboard they claimed in one of the silent auctions at the Hugs for Baby Alana fundraiser held Sunday.

DAGSBORO – Alexalynn Shoultes took a quick spin on the longboard around the parking lot at Cripple Creek Country Club.

Then Kyle Prettyman took his turn on Kyle Marvel’s hand-crafted donation – a cherished item that they garnered with the highest silent auction bid.

With the longboard and a handful of other mementos, the Frankford-area couple headed home, hoping and praying to get – in Kyle’s words – that “one smile” from their little girl, Alana.

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Alana Rose Prettyman

By all accounts, Sunday’s Hugs for Baby Alana fundraiser was a huge success.

One-hundred and seventy people attended the event, in support of 10-month-old Alana, – who has an extremely rare and incurable degenerative brain disorder that, according to doctors, has given her a one-year life expectancy.

Among the numerous events held in support of the family, the Hugs for Baby Alana fundraiser was facilitated by Dynamic Physical Therapy where Alexa – currently on family/medical leave – is employed as a rehabilitation technician at Dynamic’s Fenwick location near Selbyville.

“We’ve had other fundraisers; this is a little bit different,” said Ms. Shoultes. “This is people I know … and we’ve shared stories about how great Alana was doing, just life stories. And now they see me and things have changed. Now they are sorry and praying and everybody is coming together. This fundraiser hit me a little bit different than the others. I’ve only been there (at Dynamic) a year but I’ve have spent this year with them and I’ve connected and grown with the whole Dynamic family. What they have done for us is unimaginable.”

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Volunteer auctioneer Robert Kauffman holds a photo of Greysen Hitchens and the painting the Georgetown boy  donated to the Hugs for Baby Alana fundraiser.

“It’s tremendous; everyone coming together to show their support like this,” said Mr. Prettyman said. “It’s very enlightening.”

“Dynamic is a great company to work for. It’s a family,” said Maryann DiBonaventura, Regional Manager at Dynamic. “And we have a great group of employees who just couldn’t do enough for her.”

Highest bidders went home with more than 90 auction items – including four live auction prizes: a fire pit with matching stone; dinner for six at the Bluecoast Seafood Grill prepared by top chefs from SoDel Concepts; an aerial photo of Dover International Speedway autographed by NASCAR drivers; and a painting by artistically gifted Greysen Hitchens, a 9-year-old Georgetown boy who has an inoperable brain tumor.

Greysen’s painting alone fetched $1,500 via over-the-phone bidding relayed by Mike Sabol, Facility Director at Dynamic PT.

Fundraising included a gift card wheel and a 50/50 raffle in which the winner donated her winnings back to the family.

Thanks to the generosity of area restaurants, Cripple Creek Country Club and

Dynamic Physical Therapy President Danny Bianco and senior management, all bases were covered financially.

“There are no bills,” said Ms. DiBonaventura. “It’s all profit for the family.”

Ms. DiBonaventura noted there was an immediate $5,000 profit to start, generated through ticket sales and donations. The final amount raised for the family was expected early this week.

“Alexa was with Dynamic during her pregnancy and we watched as Alana grew. She is part of everyone’s lives,” Ms. DiBonaventura said. “The entire Dynamic family in Sussex was devastated when we heard the news. When something of this magnitude happens to our family all we can do is come together and do something.”

“It was wonderful,” said Ms. Shoultes. “The love and support that was shown today was just unimaginable. I have no other words …”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com.

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Joe Forester of Dynamic Physical Therapy holds this live auction item: an aerial photograph of Dover International Speedway signed by NASCAR drivers.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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