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An early Christmas present

December 23, 2013 - Mike Donahey

Good things do happen.

Many of us wish for them to take place at special times.

For some Christians, Christmas is one of those occasions. For non-Christians, I would expect the same occurs on their holidays or feasts.

Sarah McGuire of Marshalltown received a early Christmas present when officials at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told her recently that they would help pay for extensive testing to determine the cause of a creeping paralysis stemming from a May 17, 2010 assault.

McGuire was beaten about the head and arms with a brick by an assailant, now serving 57 years in prison. However, it left lasting mental and physical injuries which have worsened over the years. Sarah rarely leaves her apartment because she is suffering extensively from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A care giver helps her daily. When McGuire does leave her apartment, a wheelchair is required.

This includes an occasional trip to Starbucks in Marshalltown’s Hy-Vee store, McGuire is brought there courtesy of her mother, Sharon Olson of Marshalltown.

“The condition has gradually taken Sarah's ability to walk, and it is taking her hands and arms,” Olson said. “I’m hoping they can help her walk again. If it is not meant for her to walk again, I’m hoping that they can get rid of her pain, so that at least she can function. The pain is critical.”

Olson is also worried her daughter will become a paraplegic unless treatment begins son.

The two will return to Mayo after Christmas, where testing will resume. Also critical to overcome will be the extensive medical expenses needed to help McGuire recover and move forward. Olson, who works at a Marshalltown law office, estimated they have slightly over $600 remaining after months of fundraising.

More will be needed to afford lodging and other expenses associated with multiple visits to Rochester. Please pray and help the family so good things continue to happen.



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