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June 5, 2014

Illness won’t stop the good fight

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Wristbands, gift baskets and much more are on the way in a Pauls Valley woman’s push to raise money for brain tumor research.

Forty-four-year-old Kelly Walter has good reason to fight for this cause since she herself faces a life-threatening brain tumor.

Walter, her family and friends got the effort started last year by taking part in a 5K run and walk with all proceeds going to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).

The team called Kelly’s Krew is back at it with a raffle underway right now.

The Krew is expected to push the cause with a booth set up Friday, June 6 in front of the Walmart Supercenter store in Pauls Valley.

At the booth and online raffle tickets are available for gift baskets filled with kitchen products and cooking utensils.

The $5 tickets are also available by emailing jkwalter5@yahoo.com or calling or texting Chelsea Walter at 405-238-2615.

The group is offering two free raffle tickets for every four purchased, in addition to specially colored wristbands — gray for brain tumor awareness and purple because that’s one of Kelly’s favorites.

The first prize is a basket filled with $300 worth of items as the raffle drawing is planned for June 10.

Ironically enough it was during a fundraiser last year when Walter was led to the team of doctors that now give her hope.

“At that time I was really frustrated and had no clue where I was going to go, Walter said.

“When we did a bake sale last fall I met a person who had read the newspaper stories about me,” she said, referring to a couple of articles in the PV Democrat.

“It was that person who gave me the name of the neurosurgeon.”

It’s that neurosurgeon in Oklahoma City and a neurologist in Norman who are giving comfort to Walter as she moves forward in battling her brain tumor.

“It helps having them and a plan; people that I trust,” she said.

“I feel really comfortable with my team of doctors. It’s helping me be a little more relaxed in dealing with this.”

Walter is continuing her annual MRI’s and is now working to get a “grip” on how to handle daily bouts of headaches and vision problems.

“Some days the headaches are not that bad,” Walter said, adding other days the pain disables her completely.

She’s not sure if her vision problems are the result of the tumor.

“The tumor is where the vision nerves are; right in the exact area.”

The problems are with color and at times blurry vision, she added.

Members of Kelly’s Krew are also planning to take part in a 5K run and walk on Oct. 11 in Plano, Texas. Again all the money raised will go to the ABTA.

The group is also planning more bake sales and is hoping to work a concession stand at an Oklahoma City RedHawks minor league baseball game for a percentage of the profits.

(Editor’s Note: More on Kelly Walter’s battle for life will be featured later in the PV Democrat.)

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