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As a friend of Mel Helmick's I need your support in raising money for the treatment she so desperately needs ! Thank you.....

Consider for a moment being a healthy active 39 year old woman, master dog trainer, who dreams of helping families needing assistance and service dogs. Who assists in many search and rescues, conditions dogs for military service, and private sector, Starting a foundation to rescue dogs and train them to be donated to families and servicemen in need. Now, take all that and be forced to give up on it due to one day in your life and one “routine” medical procedure which went horribly wrong and left you with a debilitating progressive spinal cord injury Arachnoiditis (with empty sac sign)
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnoiditis ) You can also go to her blog and read an article she published Not all scars are Visible. http://melaniehelmick.blogspot.com/2011/09/not-all-scars-are-visible.html

You now have a picture of the life my friend Mel HAD and now HAS. Before October 2009 Mel had all this and so much more going for her, by the end of that month her life was changed FOREVER. Mel has been labeled many times as Arkansas' own Dog Whisperer and is known all over the country for her service to the working dog industry. She continues to try to make her dream a reality, doing what she can knowing the pain and progression it will bring with it,

It is hard as Mel’s friend and caregiver to tell her to slow down, take it easy, because I see the pain it brings, but Mel doesn’t look at it like that. She sees through the same EYES she did before that day, although that too is being effected by her ongoing medical condition, she sees an even bigger need to press forward to do as much as she can to help others , to pass on what she knows, to change an industry, and to provide trained assistance dogs to those families in need, she puts her needs aside, ignores the pain as best she can, which she can’t, and presses forward, she has a realization that her abilities will change and unless a CURE for her condition is found, she will continue to deteriorate.
SHE SIMPLY REFUSES TO GIVE UP ON HER DREAM!!!
With no insurance, as she can't afford it now, and a greatly diminished means of supporting herself, she gets nowhere near the amount of therapy, medical attention, and treatment she needs to even slow the progression of her condition. I do what I can to take as much of the day to day stuff off of her so she can focus her attention and energy on her God given talent and mission in life. She fights to walk. Please educate yourself to this tortuous condition and please help if you can to assist me in getting Mel the treatment she needs so she can put her focus back where it needs to be.

On a personal note: I would gladly trade placed with Mel, if I could, her footprint on life was such a big one and she continues to try to keep it as large as she can, and mine is so insignificant, She brings joy and hope to so many others, while fighting to deal with what at times seems to be the hopelessness of her own. That is why I chose to do this for her…..

If you would like to talk further to me in person feel free to call me. I will be glad to discuss with you privately the medical treatments needed.

God Bless,
Kevin Hall
(501) 276-6444

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