The Miracles -- no, not the singing group -- are staging food truck rally for ALS research

SPRINGBORO — Paul and Sarah Miracle are building on the “miracle” that helped them follow the Cincinnati Bengals through the playoffs and to Super Bowl LVI in California.

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The “miracle” came in the form of donated dollars that financed their journey to back the Bengals in Nashville, Kansas City and ultimately to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The journey wasn’t the easiest because Paul has ALS, the progressive neurodegenerative disease also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Now, Paul and Sarah are working to raise awareness about ALS by hosting a food truck rally July 23, at Springboro North Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., to raise money for ALS research.

“It means everything to me to be honest with you,” Paul told News Center 7′s James Rider on Friday.

The Miracles gave the $10,000 they had remaining after the trip to the NFL’s biggest game to the ALS Association.

“It’s about helping this association be able to provide support mentally, physically,” Paul said, noting that he and Sarah hope to see some of the people who helped finance or shared in their “miracle” trip last season.

“I’d like to meet them and tell them how wonderful they are,” Paul said. “That would mean a whole lot to me. It sure would.”

Paul used to operate a food truck, which is why the rally means so much to him.

Sarah said there will be raffle baskets, silent auctions, and “American Idol” Season 14 contestant Alexis Gomez, a Dayton native who was a Top 12 finalist on the show as a country music artist, will be performing for two hours. There’s a park nearby, she said, so the event will be family-friendly.

The Miracles staged the rally a year ago and raised $4,000 for ALS. They are hoping to bust through the $10,000 mark this time out.

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