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Enka Accident Victim Clings To Basketball

A benefit later this month benefits the 19-year-old Enka High student who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Michael Smith's short term memory is depleted, but he still remembers how much he loves basketball.

Smith once played on a traveling basketball team. His physical therapist Brian Cartledge uses a ball with Michael, hoping the passion for the game is rekindled.

"Being able to incorporate basketball," Cartledge says. "To start pulling on his built-in muscle memory."

Smith was a passenger in the vehicle when it plunged 150-feet off the parkway. The driver said he dropped his phone and was trying to pick it up.

Michael's mother says his survival alone is amazing. In just four months, he's come a long way. But he also has so long to go.

"He's just a miracle," Williams says.

The "Miracles for Michael" benefit supper will help raise money for equipment, so Michael can rehabilitate at home. It's November 16th at 4 p.m., at God's Filling Station at 503 Johnston School Road in Asheville.


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