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Stay Strong 4 Lauren

Stay Strong 4 Lauren

Dear Carrie,

I don't know if this e-mail will get to you but I thought it was worth a shot. My name is Brynne Pokuta and my sister Lauren, 17 was involved in a horrible car accident back in August and as a result, she has suffered a severe brain injury. She was air lifted from the scene of the accident in LaPorte County to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN where she was in a coma for 23 days. In early September, we received some good news that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will accept Lauren into their prestigious hospital to help with her recovery. Since then, Lauren has awaken from her coma but is still in a vegetative state. Since her arrival at the RIC, the amazing staff of doctors and therapists have been able to make Lauren move her head as well as begin to swallow again. The doctors at RIC are optimistic that they will be able to help as she is showing signs of slow recovery.
With the good news comes the bad. Recently, the staff at RIC are wanting to extend the stay for Lauren since she is showing signs of recovery but the insurance limits are soon to be exhausted from her astronomical medical expenses. If we don't get help now, Lauren may never fully recover from her injuries. The reason I am reaching out to you, Carrie Underwood, is because Lauren is a HUGE fan of yours. She owns every album, and knows every word to every song. My entire family are all Carrie fans as well. Coming up in October, our community has put together a fundraiser in order to help my family. It's called Pokuta Palooza which is an event that features several bands from our area and our high school's show choir, which she was President of. Lauren was about to enter her senior year of high school and was involved in choir and dance. She is a beautiful, fun loving, and intelligent girl who had a bright future ahead of her. We don't know where else to turn to at this point in time and I don't know what to expect from this e-mail. Whatever Carrie or her team can do to help one of her biggest fans would be FOREVER appreciated by my entire family and community. She is a young, strong girl that is fighting everyday to regain her movements and actions that we all take for granted. With some help, my family and I believe that my baby sister's age, her desire to recover, faith, and the staff at RIC, she will be able to make a full recovery.
I understand that you are EXTREMELY busy, and it may be difficult to make this possible. But i still want to thank you for your time in advance and look forward to hearing from you!

Thank You,
Brynne Pokuta

http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-17yearold-teen-fighting-for-her-life-after-tragic-accident-20110826,0,4222436.story
www.caringbridge.com/visit/laurenpokuta
www.staystrong4lauren.com

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