Thursday, December 27, 2007
She did have a good session with a physical therapist friend, who now practices Cranial/Sacral/Energy work, and hopefully she can start getting more of this kind of treatment, and maybe some specific type of acupuncture to help will pain soon. But the holidays are a tough time to get things to happen, unfortunately. Our friend Kelley, is one tough cookie. Hopefully more positive news to report next time.
One last thing, a fundraising raft trip on the Yampa River has been offered by the owner of O.A.R.S. This will be a 5 day trip, launching on May 22nd, at a cost of around $850 per person. All profits will go to Kelleys account with the NTAF. Please reply to this blog if you are interested in finding out more about this trip, and/or reserving a spot on what will undoubtably be an unforgettable experience.
Monday, December 10, 2007
The big winner and giver of the evening was Jeff S, who acquired a stunning watercolor of women outrigger paddlers in Hawaii, donated by Ronaldo Macedo of Maui. This auction item was coveted by several in the crowd, and the bidding reflected the passion this piece of artwork inspired, I think in large part because of how much it evokes the spirit of Kelley. The final bid topped out at $3,700.
We visited with Kelley today and shared some stories with her about this event she so much wanted to be a part of. She wants everyone to know how much she appreciates the collective effort and generosity displayed by the community that contributed to this event. I think it’s getting a little easier for her to receive, but the success of this event was bound to be overwhelming for her.
To me, Kelley’s daily life still requires a monumental effort. She is of course being very proactive in her recovery and learning to cope with her disability and medications. But it comes with a price, which manifests as nerve pain that cycles around on a continual basis. The exercises and therapy she needs to do to make this get eventually better, makes the nerve pain worse for now. She has experienced some ability to get muscles in her leg to fire and move. Although these movements are currently minor, they are still very encouraging and she is determined to work as hard as it takes to keep it coming back. Her strength and determination continues to inspire.
I believe planned visits are very good for her and are welcome during this time when her pain is not so intense she can’t interact, but present enough for conversation and visiting to be a welcome distraction. Visits should be planned with her in advance, and may be cancelled on short notice if conditions (pain/fatigue) change for her. I have noticed that Kelley still wants to be a considerate hostess, sometimes at the expense of her own well being, so folks need to be especially sensitive to subtle clues. Weekdays are probably the best time, especially while Kurt is at work, and evenings are generally not a good time.
Next few weeks will bring several follow-up tests and examinations to monitor her condition and progress. We will keep you posted on this, as well as on future fund raising events planned for late january down in bay area.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Make Checks Payable to:
NTAF Southwest Catastrophic Injury Fund
Note in memo section: In Honor of Kelley Kalafatich
Send to: NTAF
150 Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087
We would prefer you make your donation by check, because these are only charged a 4% processing fee, however
to make a credit card contribution (with a 7% processing fee) you can call NTAF at 800-642-8399 or visit www.catastrophicfund.org. If you want an acknowledgement of your contribution please request a tribute gift form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have also prepared some fundraising flyers that we will be sending out through an email campaign. If you would like an electronic version of our flyer to send to other friends that we did not contact, again email this request to email@example.com. We will be providing future information on this blog regarding our fundraising goals, and progress on reaching those goals.
Thank you for your support, and providing the foundation for Kelley's recovery,
Kelley's Core Support Group
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW. THIS CAMPAIGN IS ADMINISTERED
BY THE NATIONAL TRANSPLANT ASSISTANCE FUND, A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT PROVIDING FUNDRAISING
ASSISTANCE TO TRANSPLANT AND CATASTROPHIC INJURY PATIENTS. INFORMATION: 800-642-8399.
Kelley is home. We are currently in this mode of figuring everything
out. Thanks to you, we have a new home, new beds, new everything.
There is a learning curve. Kelley has to get into a pretty
disciplined routine for herself, all in these new surroundings. I
want to ask that we help support that the rest of this week. She
needs plenty of quiet time to think and to get organized so that her
new routine is not stressful. She knows what she needs to do.