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Komen Austin's call to action and news on Michelle Bynum's latest fight

Over the past year we’ve updated you on Michelle Bynum and her family. Now we need to ask for your help.

14 days ago Michelle was hospitalized due to immense pain. As the doctors worked to uncover the cause of her pain, Michelle’s internal organs began working inefficiently and she started retaining massive amounts of fluid. The doctors had to give Michelle a significant amount of medication for her pain and to reduce the fluid retention. In one day they eliminated approximately 15 pounds of fluid. She has also had several blood transfusions.

It has been a very scary and overwhelming time for her family. They kept a round the clock schedule watching over her, praying for her, and in the midst of all this graciously keeping us updated on her progress. By last Thursday, Michelle had stabilized and the doctors were able to significantly reduce her pain medication. She is beginning to get stronger and thankfully was able to go home over the weekend.

As if this weren’t enough, last week Michelle’s husband Brad was told that his company is being dissolved. Brad has immediately jumped into action seeking another position. As many of you might remember, Michelle and Brad have been blessed with a beautiful son, Reid. She also has an amazing and loving family. With the stress of this job transition along with Michelle’s health, we are sending out a call to action.

At times like these, the basic needs of a family can feel burdensome, we are asking for donations of gift cards to local restaurants (preferably those located in the Round Rock and Georgetown area), gas cards, and grocery store cards (HEB, Target). These can be dropped off at the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure – 3508 S. Lamar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In addition, Komen Austin will soon be setting up a system for donations of prepared meals. At this time, please do not drop off prepared meals; however, if you are interested in providing meals, please call Komen Austin at 512-473-0900.

Other ways you can help include giving a blood donation. Many caring strangers who had donated blood helped save Michelle life last week. Visit inyourhands.org to find the most convenient donation locations or you can also make a donation in Michelle’s name and a $10 credit will be applied toward her medical bill for transfusions not covered by insurance.

And lastly, but perhaps most significantly, the family is asking for continued prayers. A number of us at Komen Austin had the privilege of talking to Michelle last week. She continues to be positive, hopeful and full of love. She is determined to be out of the wheelchair walking alongside her family and friends at the Austin Race for the Cure on Sunday, November 7, 2010.

We will keep you posted on her progress and send you our sincere thanks and gratitude for your help.

With much appreciation,

The Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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