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September 16, 2013

A team effort with life battle

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Life has not been easy for Kelly Walter in recent years as she goes up against the almost unimaginable — a brain tumor.

Despite her upcoming battles and uncertain future, the Pauls Valley woman is turning her fight for life into a team effort to help the American Brain Tumor Association.

Walter, who recently turned 44 years old, and her team, made up mostly of family and friends, will participate in a 5K run and walk on Oct. 26 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area that benefits the national group.

To raise the money needed for that local team, called “Kelly’s Krew,” she is planning at least two fundraisers here in Pauls Valley.

“This 5K run is a way for me to give back for all the information that the American Brain Tumor Association has given me over the last 6 1/2 years,” Walter said.

One of the fundraisers is an ongoing effort through her work with Pampered Chef, which holds at-home demonstrations for kitchen products and cooking utensils.

Another is a bake sale set to start in the morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 21 in front of the local Walmart Supercenter store near Grant and Indian Meridian roads.

It was back in 2006 when Walter was first diagnosed with a tumor attached at the stem of her brain in the very back of her head.

Since then she’s had her ups and more recently downs as an MRI exam showed the shrinkage of the tumor previously seen had reversed itself.

The idea behind the team and Kelly’s next move comes from her online interaction with a couple of cancer support groups.

She uses the Facebook time to reach out to others going through much the same thing she faces.

After recently learning the tumor had grown Walter was angry, so she used the social media connections to vent some of her frustrations.

She wound up getting some input from three ladies in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area who had experienced brain tumors.

Through them Kelly got the names of physicians and has already started the difficult process of getting appointments set up with each them.

Despite the news of the tumor’s growth over the last couple of years, along with daily headaches and dizziness, her resolve to get some answers seems stronger than ever.

“I’m getting a second, third and fourth opinion,” Walter said.

“First, I want to see if they’re as concerned as I am about this,” she said, referring to doctors.

“I’m going to keep looking for a doctor who cares about the situation as much as I do.

“Second, what’s next. I have no idea where we go from here. That’s maybe the toughest thing of all.”

For those looking to help or get involved in the fundraisers, email Kelly at Jkwalter5@yahoo.com.

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