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***NOTE: This fundraiser was organized and is being handled by my friend Vickie, who is a retired professor from the University of Northern Iowa. The fact that she cares enough to want to help my daughter is very humbling. Please read on, and if you feel moved to help, know that it will mean more than words can say. Thanks, Mary

Donation opportunity!!! If we all contribute, we can really help Sarah! Thank you so much! Thanks for helping to share this need!


On March 18, 2009, my friend Mary’s daughter, Sarah, underwent brain surgery for a Level 2 meningioma brain tumor. Sarah is pictured above with her husband, Nate.

When 27-year-old newlywed Sarah fainted at work, no one expected it was the symptom of a brain tumor. No one expected that two weeks later she would be in surgery to remove a brain tumor that was the size of a grapefruit. And no one expected that after surgery, she would receive the devastating news that her sight would not return. She was legally blind.

After earning her degree in Marketing from Minnesota State University & her MBA from Augsburg College, Sarah was excited to be working as a Sales and Service Specialist with Frontier Communications in Minneapolis. Now she can only see a few shapes and a few colors. Her world has changed. Her plans and dreams have changed. Her needs have changed. She is now on disability and will be learning new skills to adapt to her condition of blindness. She is a very positive, upbeat person who is determined to press on in spite of her eye sight.

One thing that would really help Sarah is a device called a Topaz Reading Machine (see http://www.thelowvisioncenter.com/to22lcdrema.html)that will cost over $3,000 to purchase. There are a few cheaper machines out there, but this one has the capability to change the background to blue and the text to white, as well as enlarge, which is the only way Sarah can read printed text. This is not an item that is covered by any of the financial resources available for the blind, so I have decided to seek donations to help this become a reality for Sarah!

For every $20.00 that you donate, you will have one “chance” to win a drawing for a beautiful black and white Double Irish Chain quilt made by Julie Flick in her “Pieceful Sanctuary”!

$20.00 = 1 chance *********** Consider buying 3 chances = $50.00

Checks payable to: Sarah Kemmer

Send by: No later than February 15, 2010 for the drawing!!

Mail to: Sarah Kemmer
c/o Vickie Trent
8320 Leversee
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

The quilt below could be YOURS!!!!!!! It is beautiful……

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Comment by Morgan Hess /Fla. on February 25, 2010 at 6:14pm
How wonderful......I am sending my prayers up and always hopeful for Sarah. I am sending my check out tomorrow.... I love you all...and wish Sarah the very best. Hugs Morgan
Comment by B J Elder/WA on February 4, 2010 at 8:08am
What a fabulous idea and great gift for Sarah! Time to grab the checkbook!
You are blessed with a wonderful daughter and loving caring friends. It brings tears to my eyes.
Comment by Trevi in Texas on February 4, 2010 at 7:24am
It's a wonderful opportunity to help a deserving young lady. Good for you that you posted this here.
Comment by Pam/NY on February 4, 2010 at 5:38am
Prayers sent along with a donation...our dear friend went through a similar surgery...cute couple!
Comment by Maryann**NY on February 4, 2010 at 3:44am
Great idea! I'll be glad to help. Keeping Sarah in my prayers.

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