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January 28, 2008

Valdosta - Last August, the Delk family was spending the weekend in Lake Park.

Their lives changed when Craig went down a water slide and didn't come back up.

"We were all in the water and he didn't come up immediately and I thought he was fooling around under the water and then he just floated to the top," says Genevieve Delk, Craig's sister-in-law.

"I hit the bottom of the lake, on the back. I hit the bottom and broke my neck," Graig says.

Craig severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed.

After months in the hospital and several major surgeries, Craig is finally regaining some movement.

"I can move this arm now and I couldn't do anything with this arm, or this on in the beginning," Craig adds.

But it hasn't come cheap. His family purchased wheelchairs, lifts, even built this handicapped accessible home.

They still need many necessities like a van and shower lift but with insurance refusing to pay, it's hard to come by.

"That's a little astonishing to me to think that bathing is not something insurance views as necessary for someone to have a good quality of life," Genevieve Delk.

So here's how you can help! Mardi Gras will be brought to Downtown Valdosta Saturday night with live bands, silent auctions, and drink specials. All the proceeds will go to helping Craig get the essentials he needs and continue his long road to recovery.

The Mardi Gras festivities will begin at 7:00 PM Saturday at Salon 106 in Downtown Valdosta.

Tickets are $20.00 and include food, drinks and entertainment. Many downtown venues will also have drink and appetizer specials where the proceeds will go to the Delk family.