Nov 25, 2013

Love for Lauren Benefit guitar raffle

VERSAILLES - Many thanks go out to everyone who has helped 28-year-old wife, mother and missionary Lauren Harman in her fight against cancer. But the fight is not yet over, and the family continues to need your help, prayers and support.

Lauren was diagnosed in June of 2010 with CTCL – Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the white blood cells. CTCL is generally considered a slow growing cancer which according to conventional treatment is incurable. Lauren was diagnosed with Folliculotropic CTCL, an aggressive form of the disease that generally bears a bad prognosis. For the last 7 years Lauren has battled disabling symptoms: severe whole-body itching, raised skin patchiness and discoloration, burning, insomnia, irritability, and loss of hair. She’s in so much constant pain that even the things we normally consider comforting, such as a hug, taking a shower, or laying down to sleep, she finds excruciating. There are days where she is incapacitated by the disease and its accompanying complications. To this point, after numerous attempts at treatment, nothing has proven to bring any long-term relief.

As the family continues to fight the disease and believe for a miracle, Dogwood Guitars, Prior Family Outreach Ministries of Kansas City and Living Waters Ministries of Versailles have teamed up in their battle against medical expenses. Dogwood Guitars (www.dogwoodguitars.com) has graciously donated a new, mint condition 2007 Taylor T5 Hollowbody electric guitar (estimated retail value in excess of $1500) as first prize in the latest ‘Love for Lauren’ raffle. An anonymous donor has provided a Yamaha electric guitar, with an estimated retail value of $300-$500, as the second place prize. Both amazing guitars come with their own hard-shell case.

Local National Christian Recording artist Tommy Renfro says of the Taylor T5, “The Taylor T5 is the Swiss Army knife of guitars. It blends the mellow tones of Taylor acoustics with the ability to transform into a face-melting electric. It’s the perfect blend for a guitarist to use for full length dynamic shows. It’s the guitar I pick up in the store and drool over.”

If you, or someone you know is interested in an amazing new guitar, don’t miss this opportunity to win one, and help out a wonderful family in their difficult season of need at the same time. Both guitars have been donated, so every dollar raised goes to the ‘Love for Lauren’ benefit fund to help the Harman’s with Lauren’s medical expenses.

Each ticket is just $15 and there are a limited number being made available, thereby increasing your chances to win. The drawing is scheduled for January 1st, 2014 after the ‘OneThing’ conference in Kansas City (http://www.ihopkc.org/onething). You need not be present to win.

Tickets are available locally through LWM Community Church by contacting 526-4567 or (419) 582-3061. If you don’t reach us, leave a message and we will return your call.

You can also purchase tickets online by going to http://www.gofundme.com/love-for-lauren and making a $16 donation per ticket (extra dollar for go-fund-me fees). List your name and phone number in the "Comment" section and we will enter you in the drawing. You may post as Anonymous (private) and no one will see your information but us.

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