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Horse Ranch raises money for Baxter Springs Girl shot in eye with arrow


7 year old Jayce Cunningham is all smiles and full of laughter. She loves horses, and dreams of being a barrel racer one day.

"You have a horse that goes fast and it goes around barrels." Jayce says.

But over the last 6 months, those dreams were put on hold. Back in September Jayce was accidentally shot in the eye by her neighbor, with a homemade arrow. She's had multiple surgeries in kansas city to try to save her vision. But her mother says the pain of the surgeries doesn't compare to the emotional toll.

"The depression, the wanting and talks to kill herself when it first happened, that was the hardest. We got her over that and now the insecurities, she's not her normal spunky, bubbly, energetic self anymore." Tamara Cunningham explains.

Which is why owners of Way's Horse Ranch and Rescue in Quapaw knew they needed to step into help.

"Jayce is pretty much unlimited right here. When I talked to Tamara she told me her dream was that she got to ride horses." Terry Way, Owner of the ranch explains.

The ranch has been raising money to help off-set the costs of travel for Jayce and her family, and helping Jayce get back on the horse.

"We'll teach her, we'll take her & give her lessons, teach her how to actually ride. Also to understand her intentions of becoming a barrel racer." Way says.

"She wants to do it all. Anything involving a horse. That's the only time we can get her happy and smiling now a days." Cunningham describes her daughter.

Way's Ranch is providing that training at no cost.

"God put us here on earth to actually help others. And to have fun while doing it." Way explains.

Jayce still has a long road of recovery ahead, but with the help of some special friends, it's making the journey a little easier.

Jayce had the opportunity to ride all different sizes of horses (and a unicorn), but...when asked what her favorite is, she says...

"Tank. Why? Because he's tall."

If you would like to donate to Jayce and her family, an account has been set up at the American Bank in Baxter Springs. There is also a T-shirt fundraiser for Jayce called "A Light For J". Shirts are $12, $16 for long sleeve, and $22 for hoodies.

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