CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWL)
Over the past four and a half years, young Tate Manahl of Cedar Falls has recovered remarkably from life-threatening injuries he sustained in a lawn mower accident.
It happened on the evening of August 30, 2017, when Tate, who was only 3 at the time, got caught under the family’s lawnmower and suffered serious injuries that would require more 30 surgeries. Tate spent more than 50 days at Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.
Since then, the Manahl family has established the Tate’s Army Foundation to help promote lawn mower safety and accident prevention.
It is estimated that 13 children a day end up in hospital emergency rooms due to lawn mower accidents. There are more than 17,000 lawn mower injuries a year in the United States
Lawn mower accidents are the leading cause of amputations in children.
Tares Army will hold one of its two major fundraisers of the year on the evening of Saturday March 5th.
It’s the Tate’s annual Army Testimonial Night, which will include a social hour, dinner, live and silent auctions and personal testimonials from several people, including keynote speaker, LeAnn Sanders Shelton, who, at the age of four, lost his left arm in a lawn. mower accident.
LeAnn was accidentally run over by a lawnmower on June 19, 1986, at her grandmother’s house in Alabama.
LeAnn refused to let that moment define her. Although she only has one arm, she has become an exceptional softball player. LeAnn was inducted into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame in 2013 and has written a book, Red Stitches, which was released in December 2019.
She will tell her story at the Tate’s Army Foundation Testimonial Night, to be held at the Bien Venu Event Center, 7400 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, on March 5.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Foundation is also looking for additional items for the ‘silent’ and ‘live’ auctions.
For more information, visit the Tate’s Foundation website at: tatesarmy.org or the Tate’s Army Foundation Facebook page.