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This fundraiser ended on 01/25/11

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The family and friends of Kelly Fable Pettaway are uniting to offset the financial burden of medical and related expenses.

Kelly is 29 years old. Her passion is wellness and fitness. Working as a personal trainer at American Family Fitness, where she enjoys helping people achieve their fitness goals. Biking, kayaking, hiking and, of course, working out, are some of the things Kelly enjoys. Also close to her heart are animals. She's rescued several from certain death, who are now members of her family, living the good life.

Two years ago, Kelly was diagnosed with Van Buchem Disease, an extremely rare genetic disease characterized by progressive bone growth, particularly in the skull and mandible, but also in the clavicles, ribs, and long bones. Consequences of this disease usually include facial distortions and pinching of cranial nerves, and the increased nerve pressure often leads to deafness and blindness.
Worldwide, there are only two doctors who can perform the necessary surgery on Kelly to alleviate these increasing symptoms. One is in London and the other, in California. Without the surgery, she will soon lose her hearing.

We desperately need to raise the money to accommodate Kelly's trip to California which will include a stay long enough to facilitate her recovery to get her to a point where she can fly back to her home in Virginia.

This fundraiser is only Phase 1 of our plan to help Kelly.
We, as her family, know we cannot accomplish this on our own, so we are reaching out to friends and kindhearted individuals, such as yourself. We greatly appreciate all your thoughts and prayers on Kelly's behalf.

Please forward any questions or concerns to Tammy Eads at ugivehope@gmail.com.
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