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Olive Branch Heroes Benefit brings hundreds in support of paralyzed officer

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) -

Hundreds of people showed up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, to show their support for Police Officer Mark Ayers, who was paralyzed while on patrol.

On Saturday, the Olive Branch City Park held a run to help raise money for Ayers.

"He helped us and I wanted to help raise money for him," said 10-year-old J.T. Cox.

Cox and his mom helped coordinate the 5K run that was part of the Olive Branch Heroes Mark Ayers Benefit.

Ayers was shot during a traffic stop in 2006. He has been paralyzed since, but still works with the police department as a detective.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards buying new transportation.

"We've called together all different people to come together and help us raise enough money to get him a new handicapped accessible van," said benefit coordinator Amy Hughes.

Hughes, of Sweet Pea's Table Restaurant organized the event along with Homer Skelton Ford, United Access and others.

The Olive Branch City Park was turned into a funland of music, food and drinks with all the proceeds going to help Ayers.

"Words can't describe it," Ayers said. "I mean, I'm overjoyed, but you know, surprised. I mean, there's a great turnout today."

Ayers said he hopes everyone who has experienced a similar injury will be fortunate enough to experience the outpouring of support he is getting right now.

"All these people are out here because they love and appreciate everything that he did and the sacrifices that he made," Hughes said.

If you did not get a chance to attend the event, but would still like to donate, please contact:

Amy Hughes

Sweet Pea's Table Restaurant

8948 Midsouth Drive, Olive Branch, MS

901-721-3143

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