Lakeside fourth grader has a wish answered in a big way.
Tanner Poole, a fourth-grader at Lakeside Elementary, is recovering miraculously from an extreme bicycling accident. Tanner, who just turned 10, was riding his bike (and dutifully wearing his helmet) when he wrecked. Somehow the bike’s handbrake punctured his throat. After two and a half hours of surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (including a tracheotomy), Tanner wanted just one thing: a Purple Cow milkshake — the signature purple vanilla treat. Al Harrison, vice president of operations for Purple Cow restaurants, presented Tanner with a treasure chest filled with enough tokens for free milkshakes to last a full year. Despite the tracheotomy, Tanner was able to say “thank you” and enjoy his first real food since the operation. Misty says, “We were overwhelmed at the kindness and support of the community; Arkansas Children’s Hospital staff, nurses and doctors; and the wonderful folks at the Purple Cow. The doctors say Tanner healed faster than any kid they’ve ever seen with a tracheotomy!” Along with laughter, milkshakes must be the best medicine – Cheers, Tanner!