JENKINS TOWNSHIP—Hundreds of people gathered at the Jenkins Township Little League Field near Pittston Wednesday night to sing and pray for little Peyton Rusyn.
The field is the same one where Rusyn played ball.
The seven year old was badly injured in a crash in Pittston last week.
“When I heard of this terrible accident, my motivation was to get prayers out, as many and as quickly as possible, and that really snowballed with this Pittston community. We are so fortunate and we have such a caring group and community,” said Colleen Kutchkus of Duryea, an organizer and Peyton’s former CCD teacher.
Pittston Police said the car Peyton was riding in crashed into the back of a UGI truck on South Main Street in Pittston last Wednesday.
The crash is under investigation.
Since then, there have been donations and an outpouring of support for Peyton’s family while she remains hospitalized at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Her mother is at her side.
“From the time of the accident until now, it’s remarkable how far she has come, and she is literally fighting, kicking her feet and moving, but she does have a long way to go. We’re still praying for her,” said Chrissy Loyack, Peyton’s aunt.
To raise money for the family, people have been buying ‘Team Peyton” shirts designed by Peyton’s twin brother, Preston.
“I just know that her favorite color is pink and purple, and I know that she likes butterflies, and that’s how I figured it out,” he said.
During the ceremony at the ball field, there were prayers and songs, lit candles and a balloon release.
There were 200 balloons in Peyton’s favorite colors: pink and purple.
“It feels very good to be here to support her and I hope she feels better soon,” said her cousin, Bailey Loyack.
“This is tremendous, I can’t believe it. How quick they got everything together, it’s unbelievable, just unbelievable,” said Peyton’s grandfather, Thomas Loyack.
A fundraiser for Peyton and her family is scheduled for May 31st at the Jenkins Township Fire Department.