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Parkway Church brings families together for egg hunt (w/ video)

By Bianca Montes
April 18, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

Aaliyah Martinez, 9, of Victoria, center, carries her basket full of eggs after participating in an Easter egg hunt put on by Parkway Church at Riverside Park in Victoria.

Matthew Silvas didn't have to warn the other children at the Easter egg hunt Friday he meant business - his shirt said it all.

The 8-year-old Beeville youth proudly wore a blue shirt stating that if ninjas attacked, he'd use any person as bait, as he raced through Riverside Park hunting for eggs filled with candy.

About 1,000 other children joined him at the second annual Easter in the Park celebration hosted by Parkway Church.

As Matthew raced through the park, dropping pastel-colored eggs into his basket, a grin crossed his face.

Matthew was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disorder that weakens the muscles, and his aunt said typically, running is hard for him.

"Just to be able to see him do this is a miracle," his aunt, Marissa Brionez, said.

This was the first year for Matthew and his family to attend the celebration, and they said they all look forward to returning next year.

"It's fun," Matthew and his cousin, Josef Brionez, 6, said as they stuffed Starburst candy into their mouths.

Event coordinator Chris Williams said Easter in the Park is a way for the church to reach out to the community. From an egg hunt to family games such as tug-o-war and three-legged races, the event was filled with laughter and fun.

Eight-year-old Reid Randgnow took the front of the line during a kids-against-kids tug-o-war championship and said he really dug into the dirt to bring in the win for his team.

"I pulled the rope hard," he said. But other than that, he said, he didn't have a plan but had a good team.

A live church service and music by Corpus Christi-based rappers X Rejects closed out the event.

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