Updated 9:31 a.m., Mon August 29, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

DeAsia Romes of Conway, who has cerebral palsy, gets a piggyback ride from Benjy Richards in the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority house at the University of Central Arkansas. Richards and five other members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity took turns carrying her up Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock. Also pictured are, descending from top of stairs, Cesar Ramirez, Corey Pillow, Steven Bowen, Landon Beard and Hayden Murry. The young men say they are planning to take Romes on other hikes, too.

‘It was gorgeous’

UCA frat guys carry student with disability up Pinnacle

DeAsia Romes of Conway, a 22-year-old University of Central Arkansas student, climbed Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock for the first time last week. Her wheelchair stayed in the car. Six UCA fraternity members took turns giving piggyback rides to Romes, who has cerebral palsy and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. “We went up one side, and it was gorgeous,” she said. Romes, who is known as Baby D, is a graduate of Conway High Sc... READ MORE

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