10-year old honored with Ride for Halie


By Kelsi Holstein - PDT Contributor



A group of area youth kneel and stand beside Halie Bays (center) during the First Annual Ride for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park.


Kelsi Holstein | Daily Times

A group of men play cornhole during the First Annual Ride for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park.


Kelsi Holstein | Daily Times

The motorcycle ride gets ready to commence for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park.


Kelsi Holstein | Daily Times

Over the course of a person’s life, we’ve all been blessed to meet or come upon individuals who have shown extroidinary strength in all areas.

Halie Bays is just the latest example of an individual who has proven to been a fighter throughout the balance of her life.

The now ten-year-old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was four.

However, that struggle was, unfortunately, only the beginning.

Just five days before Christmas back in 2015, Bays began to have seizures and suffered brain damage after she went into a diabetic coma. Her heart even stopped beating on two separate occasions — which meant that she died twice.

Still, despite having numerous IV’s hooked up to her nose and mouth, along with fluids in her right lung from the extensive work to simply keep her alive, Bays beat the odds and pulled through.

And while Halie is wheelchair bound and cannot verbally communicate, she can still comprehend everything that is happening around her.

“She understands everything, you can mention things that she used to do and ask her if she remembers she will raise her arm for yes and then she will pull it in for no,” Halie’s mother, Kandi Bays said. “She comprehends everything.”

However, the people close to Halie and her family weren’t just satisfied with her surviving. They wanted to see her thrive as much as possible.

Less than two days after Halie survived the horrendous episode, Mark and Tammy Campbell, who are friends of the Bays’, created a GoFundMe account for Halie.

But supporters of the Bays’ didn’t stop there.

On Saturday afternoon, the First Annual Ride for Halie took place at Tracy Park. Motorcycle riders paid a fee to ride in the event, while a cornhole tournament, food, and vendors who paid to set up at the event were also set up in Tracy Park.

“Halie likes the bikes and she likes the company,” Bays said. “She sits in the house all of the time, so for her to get to see a whole bunch of people is really exciting to her because she normally just sees the nurses, doctors, and just basic family and stuff. So for her to be able to see everybody is truly exciting to her. It stimulates her brain and helps it work.”

The vendors at the event included Amanda Henneberger with Damsel in Defense, independent beauty consultants Susan Wellman and Lindsey Carver, Thrive consultant Haley Boggs, Pink Zebra consultant Charley Shinkle, Tamara Roush with Scentsy, Lularoe consultant Jami Lemaster and and Michele Sigler with Pearl Addicts.

The money raised at the event will be going to help with several expenses that Halie’s family has, and to possibly help the family pay for a stem cell treatment that could restore Halie to a more normal way of life. A total of $10,614 has been raised through Halie’s GoFundMe page, with a total of 124 people donating over a 17-month span.

“We have that chance that she could be back to normal and walk and talk and do things that she hasn’t been able to do for years,” Bays said.

The family has a Facebook page, Prayers For Halie, where interested parties can contact the family for donations. The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/qzgy72hw.

A group of area youth kneel and stand beside Halie Bays (center) during the First Annual Ride for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/06/web1_0603171246d.jpgA group of area youth kneel and stand beside Halie Bays (center) during the First Annual Ride for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park. Kelsi Holstein | Daily Times

A group of men play cornhole during the First Annual Ride for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/06/web1_0603171253.jpgA group of men play cornhole during the First Annual Ride for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park. Kelsi Holstein | Daily Times

The motorcycle ride gets ready to commence for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/06/web1_0603171310_HDR.jpgThe motorcycle ride gets ready to commence for Halie on Saturday afternoon at Tracy Park. Kelsi Holstein | Daily Times

By Kelsi Holstein

PDT Contributor