A Benefit for Payten

by WHIZ Reporter on July 14, 2012 at 2:07 am

Members of the community rallied at the River of Life Community Church on the Maysville Pike to support a girl who was burned over 15% of her body.

2-year-old Payten Newell was burned after she wandered outside in the middle of the night and fell into a fire pit full of hot embers.

Payten’s mother Amy Stires said her daughter has undergone 4 skin grafting surgeries so far, and said it was hard for her to ask those around her for help.

"I’m used to doing everything and being very independent, so to ask for help was very difficult for me because I’m so Independent, but my friends and my family and this community has come together and I’m awe of it," said Stires.

The event featured a live and silent auction, as well as a hog roast and massages.

Even though Payten’s medical bills keep climbing, Stires said she is overwhelmed by the support from the community.

"There’s not enough words to say thank you to everybody who has come forward to help with the situation with Payten. So I am grateful, I’m more than grateful and all I can say is thank you and that’s not enough," added Stires.

Those interested can make a donation at Century National Bank in the name of the Payten Newell Benefit Fund.