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Boy raises money for Autism Speaks

Blair Branch

Hello all! I hope this finds each of you doing well.

Our little family is doing pretty good. My kids really enjoyed having fourday weekend. We made the most of it by spending quality family time together. My oldest, Bai, spent the night with Mom and Dad (Allen and Sylvania Whitaker) on Saturday night, and went to church with them on Sunday.

Mom hasn’t been feeling well. Her blood pressure has been running low and she has been feeling weak. I didn’t know if it was a good idea to let Bai stay all night, because he is very spirited and Mom really probably didn’t feel well enough to care for herself, let alone him, but they showed up at my door to pick him up and of course I let him go. You can’t say no to Dad. He’s stubborn as a mule.

Grandma Lucy Halcomb- Blair is in Whitesburg ARH. She had been smothering and having pain in her should and in the middle of her chest. They admitted her to ICU with possible pneumonia. They removed fluid from her lung and were able to move her into a regular room. She is breathing easier now and feeling a little better and may get to come home soon.

Ila Adams had surgery at the University of Kentucky on Oct. 4 to remove cancer from her neck and face. Her surgery went well and they were able to remove all of it. She said she didn‘t have any pain and is now at home recovering. Her granddaughter Jocelyn Watts said, “We just want everyone to keep her in your prayers and continue to give her the love you have shown throughout this process. We love and thank you all.”

I spoke with Jamie Collins this afternoon and she said her mom, Wilma Halcomb, had to go the emergency room twice this weekend because of swelling in her legs. They didn’t admit her, but Jamie was going to take her to see her regular doctor for a second opinion. Jamie said that her dad, Jake Halcomb, is doing well.

Freda Combs of Carcassonne was in the hospital over the weekend as well. Her blood pressure was high and they thought she may have had a mild stroke, but ended up saying it was exhaustion. She is home now and resting.

Mom told me that Bob Adams is back in the nursing home for rehabilitation. I hope he able to come home soon.

Bruce Blair’s wife Mary has also been in the hospital. I hope she recovers quickly.

Adrien and Aaron are the eight-year-old twin sons of my cousin Amanda Blair. Adrien is non-verbal autistic. Aaron, being the amazing brother that he is, has donated every penny he has received since age four to Autism Speaks. His first donation was $18, all of which he collected by picking change up off the ground.

A few months ago, Aaron came up with a new way to raise the money he wanted to donate to Autism Speaks. He decided he would take sponsorship donations and if the donations reached $200 he would shave his head on the second week of October. A bank account was set up in the name of Hairs to Adrien for Autism, and every donation he received has been put into that account. As of Oct. 9, Aaron had raised $1,057 to donate on Oct.16. Since he surpassed his goal of $200, Aaron kept his word, and shaved his head.

I believe my sister, Missy Fields, said it best “God bless that child. We as adults need to be more like Aaron and the world would be a better place.”

You can find out more about Aaron’s efforts to raise money for Autism on their face book page at: http:// facebook.com/pages/ Hairs-To-Adrien-For-Autism/ 139341486105352.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Cliff ord Blair, who celebrated his birthday Oct. 11; Dewayne Blair will celebrate his birthday Oct. 13; Georgia Ogle and Roger Whitaker, Oct. 15; Justin Collins, Oct. 16; James Curtis Smith, Oct. 18; and Madalyn Alexys Albers, Oct. 20. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at: alanacouch@ hotmail.com.


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