Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,

Well, it's once again time for an update. Where am I at, how are things going?

I am about to finish one of my antibiotic treatments here at UNMC. Today marks two weeks and I get to go home tomorrow. I can't wait! It will be nice to be home; be with my honey and my kitties. I'll go back to work Monday, and that will be nice too. Gotta see some faces other than hospital workers! (Love you all, no offense!)

So how are my numbers? The test that you all hear about....when I came in, it was 30%. Today I did 41%. This is good news. This means I still hover at essentially the same place I have for the last year and a half. Many of you know, when I consistently hover at 32% is about the time I would get evaluated for a transplant. My "hover number" has been 35% the last few months. That number a year and a half ago was 38%. So what this shows is still continued, steady, slow decline. But the good news is, it's not a fast decline.

Where does the campaign stand? At a wonderful 62.5% of the goal. I am working to figure out what events to have this year to get closer to the goal. Until then, all I can do is rely on all of you to continue to spread the word to friends and family, as every $5 helps.

We did, in November, have a Caravan Cabaret night. That was GREAT! Such wonderful singers, great pizza - a great time had by all!

I do want to put out a reminder to everyone...don't forget, I can turn in used cell phones and printer cartridges for money! Send me your old cell phones, send me your printer cartridges, and I will box them up and send them to a company that has a partnership with COTA and my campaign. They give me some money toward my campaign for turning them in, and they recycle them. It's a win-win for all; you get to get rid of your garbage, I get some dollars for my new lungs, and they recycle helping our environment! I like to call it "cell phone for AIR time"!   HA!!! I crack me up! 'Til next time my dear friends....

-Lara

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