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Old 12-21-2002, 12:25 PM   #1
aikidoc
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Brain Aneurysm

One of my students, aikido shodan, and co-owner of our dojo, Barbara Bowen-Kelso suffered two ruptured brain aneurysms last week. She was life flight lifted to Dallas TX for emergency brain surgery and is currently in the hospital and will be throughout the holidays. She appears to not have any permanent brain damage at this time. She is not out of the woods however as vasospasms can cause a stroke. She is at the highest risk period right now. Unfortunately, her health insurance was to go into effect January 1st, 2002-talk about bad timing. Medical bills are expect to reach $100,000 before this is over. They were only able to repair one of the aneurysms due to her being weak and the other being in a difficult location and smaller.

Please send your positive healing thoughts, ki, meditations, and or prayers for her full recovery. If you are able to contribute even a small amount, a medical fund has been set up at a local bank which has graciously waived fees.

Barbara Bowen Medical Fund
Acct: 29611
1st National Bank
123 N. Colorado St.
Midland, TX 79701
686-0044
Attn: Robin Richey

We also hope to do a fund raising seminar next year.

Thanks for any positive thoughts and assistance. This is legitimate by the way.

Dr. John Riggs
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Ta Ch'u Academy of the Martial Arts
Midland, TX
(915) 699-7779
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Old 12-23-2002, 11:49 PM   #2
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Aikidoka in dire straits

Hello folks....This is an apeal to the community at large for help with the tremendous expenses incurred with the recent nuero-surgery of Barbara Bowen.
Barbara is the sabumnim(sp?) of the Ta Chu martial arts academy in Midland TX.
co-owner with her husband they have offered training for all ages in a healthy and pleasant environment.
Several days ago Ms. Bowen suffered a major anuerism in her central brain area, deep between the two hemispheres and is in a severely life-threatening situation.
They have no insurance, and are facing a minimum of $100,000 in expenses.
a fund has been set up for their help at..,
Barbara Bowen medical fund
Acct.# 29611
1'st Nat'l Bank
123 Colorado St.
Midland TX 79701
(915) 686-0044
c/o Robin Richey

Donations can be mailed to this address or contact through the phone no. will probably setup an on-line payment method (pay-pal etc.) I will try to set this up in the next few days if they can accept e-payments, back with more info as available.
Thank you
Lan
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Old 12-24-2002, 07:45 AM   #3
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Thoughts and prayers go out to Midland from Ft. Worth Mizu Aikido.
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Old 12-28-2002, 12:27 PM   #4
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RE: Aikidoka in dire straits

Hi folks.......I have some additional info to go with this..
Hello folks....This is an apeal to the community at large for help with the tremendous expenses incurred with the recent nuero-surgery of Barbara Bowen.
Barbara is the sabumnim(sp?) of the Ta Chu martial arts academy in Midland TX.
co-owner with her husband they have offered training for all ages in a healthy and pleasant environment.
Several days ago Ms. Bowen suffered a major anuerism in her central brain area, deep between the two hemispheres and is in a severely life-threatening situation.
They have no insurance, and are facing a minimum of $100,000 in expenses.
a fund has been set up for their help at..,
Barbara Bowen medical fund
Acct.# 29611
1'st Nat'l Bank
123 Colorado St.
Midland TX 79701
(915) 686-0044
c/o Robin Richey

Donations can be mailed to this address or contact through the phone no. will probably setup an on-line payment method (pay-pal etc.) I will try to set this up in the next few days if they can accept e-payments, back with more info as available.
Thank you
Lan
...........................................

Additional info for the sending of Cash to this account.
According to Robin Richey:
wire transfers from your bank..or
Paypal...or
Any straightforward transfer from your account to theirs, if you use the 1'st nat'l Bank.........or
any are acceptable if they include this routing number for the transaction
****116324201******
Acct number is 29611


HELP IF YOU CAN.........PLEASE
Thanks, Lan
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Old 12-28-2002, 04:07 PM   #5
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My thoughts go out to all who are affected by this event.

If might offer some advice, try paypal, I have heard rummor that paypal supports these type of actions and it provides convient access for those who would wish to contribute.

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  • My Life which has not flowered.
  • Comes to this sad end.
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Old 12-30-2002, 11:00 AM   #6
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Hi folks,

I went and made this into a front-page news item with Lan's prompting. I hope it'll make a difference.

John, as Jonathan points out above, have you thought about opening up a PayPal account for this? It would probably make it easier for folks here on the AikiWeb Forums (as they're already connected to the Internet) to use PayPal to send donations.

In an effort to help, I'm willing to send the proceeds of the next five T-shirt sales ($75 total) to the aforementioend Barbara Bowen medical fund. If you're willing to help out, just head to the AikiWeb AikiStore, purchase a T-shirt there, and let me know either in the order or in e-mail at akiy@aikiweb.com that you'd like the T-shirt proceeds to go to the Barbara Bowen medical fund. Although I'd love to be able to offer more than five T-shirts, that's about all I can offer at this point...

I'll post again here when we've reached the five T-shirts sold. I hope it'll be very soon.

Regards,

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Old 12-31-2002, 11:41 AM   #7
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Hi folks,

I've already received one T-shirt order, the proceeds of which will go to the Barbara Bowen medical fund. Thanks, Rob!

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Old 12-31-2002, 02:45 PM   #8
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Hi folks,

Rob Barnett (Col. Clink) in New Zealand came up with the great idea of holding an online auction to help Barbara out. Please visit the following link for more information:

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...&threadid=3178

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Old 01-01-2003, 08:01 PM   #9
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Thanks

Thanks for your support. I did notice an error-her insurance was to go into effect January 1, 2003.

I appreciate the positive responses, as does Barbara. She is home now and has some memory impairment which will require some rehab. She also has leg weakness and tires easily. The neurologist apparently told her that most with this type of aneurysm are paraplegic. She was real lucky to be where she is now.

Again, thanks for the ideas and support. Good things should happen to good people. Thanks especially to Jun for posting this and the ideas and support. Domo arigato gazaimas.

John
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Old 01-01-2003, 09:13 PM   #10
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Hi John,

You're quite welcome. I hope you'll keep us apprised of Barbara's recovery which I hope will be swift and complete.

I also hope the raffle that we're putting on will work out as well. One can hope it won't go for naught.

Regards,

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