Fundraiser for Kathie Ludvigsen this Saturday at Triple Play, Fulton @ 6pm.

Corey Booth Project is going to be ROCKIN the place for a great cause.

"This YouCaring account is set up to collect donations to help relieve some of the financial burden that will fall upon Kathie (Roberts) Ludvigsen and her family (her husband Dan, and their three young children) as she undergoes surgery to remove a tumor from her brain, and faces months of recovery afterward.

In January 2017, Kathie was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called an Acoustic Neuroma. She has lost the hearing in her right ear, and suffers many other symptoms as well - difficulty keeping her balance in the dark, occasional difficulty remembering things for more than 2 seconds, she has experienced a loud static noise/electricity shock feeling in her ear a couple times when laying down to sleep (that literally jarred her right out of bed), etc.

Kathie is scheduled to have brain surgery (a translabyrinthine craniotomy) in Iowa City on March 23rd, to have the tumor removed. The surgery itself will take 6-7 hours. Kathie will be kept in ICU for at least 24 hours following her surgery, until the balance nerve on the left side of her brain begins to compensate for the balance nerve on the right side being cut. When the "spinning" sensation slows down some, and when she's able to get out of bed, she will be moved to a regular room. She will remain in the hospital for 3-5 days total, as long as there are no complications.

There will be many challenges after Kathie is released from the hospital, as well. For the first 4 weeks of recovery, she's not allowed to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, do anything physically or mentally to raise her blood pressure or have blood rush to her head (like bending over), or even blow her nose! At 4 weeks post-op, she will have another MRI done to check her healing progress and to make sure the tumor is gone. She will also need to practice balancing techniques for as long as it takes to teach the left side of her brain to fully take over her ability to maintain her balance.

The diagnosis of a brain tumor is more than a medical crisis for Kathie's family - it's a financial disaster. Even though health insurance will cover her brain surgery, there are many, many other expenses it will not cover. Kathie will be off work completely for almost 7 full weeks (having no household income to support her family). Assuming there will be no complications, she will then be able to begin working part time (half days every other day) until she's ready and able to return to work full time.

All donations made here will go directly to Kathie, to be used toward the expenses that will be weighing heavily on her and her family, until she's able to return to work full time. To those of you that are able to offer financial support during this incredibly difficult time - thank you!! No amount is ever too small. It all adds up, and it's undoubtedly going to take the generous efforts of so many. To those of you willing to offer prayer support - thank you!! Your outpouring support, thoughts, and prayers are much appreciated by Kathie, as well as her family and friends!"

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