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Submitted Photo  VA native Cody Whitaker, left, and Congressman Ralph Hall show their support for Riley Sprowl
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It may be cliche` to state that Riley Sprowl, who was paralyzed as a result of an accident in December, has pulled together a community but it is an acknowledged truth. And that community apparently extends to Washington D.C., as Van Alstyne native Cody Whitaker, a 2003 graduate of Van Alstyne High School and son of Byron and Twila Whitaker, has made those in our nation’s capital aware of Riley’s case.

“Riley Sprowl has been a huge inspiration to me and many others,” said Whitaker. “I got a ton of the Pray for Riley bracelets, and I am going around to all the organizations and extracurricular activities I belong to and having people that would like to show support purchase a bracelet…to show Riley that he has support near and far.”

Whitaker visited former boss, Congressman Ralph M. Hall, who represents Van Alstyne, to get him involved and even got his entire kickball team on board.

“I believe in the power of prayer and am proud to support Riley, along with his family, friends, and community,” said Hall. “His perseverance and joyful spirit under challenging circumstances is a testament to his faith that continues to touch the lives of those around him.”