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May 24, 2013

Sister support comes on strong

PLATTSBURGH — Tausha Henry is thankful to have a sister like Stephanie Boardman.

Henry, 27, suffers from mesial temporal lobe sclerosis due to a lifelong seizure disorder. 

Her epileptic seizures are not controllable by medication; they are so severe that they affect her memory and motor skills. 

“Eventually, she will not remember us,” her sister said.

Henry is preparing for a temporal lobectomy that she hopes will improve her condition.

According to epilepsy.com, that surgery involves removing of a portion of the temporal lobe of the brain to eliminate the most severe types of seizures. 

It has a success rate of 60 to 70 percent, the website says.

Henry, who lives in Massena, also has femoral tumors and has been diagnosed with cancer.

All this has led to expenses for transportation and medical supplies that insurance does not cover. As well, she very much would like an epileptic-response service dog to aid her in daily life.

MUCH SUPPORT

And so Boardman stepped in.

“My sister, out of nowhere, started this fundraiser to help me,” Henry said. 

The Plattsburgh woman launched a nonprofit, called Last Hope for Tausha — taking care of all the paperwork, putting containers for donations at locations around Plattsburgh and contacting local businesses for support. 

“I’ve done two bottle drives at the Miller Street Redemption Center,” Boardman said. 

Next comes the Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Tausha, set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the West Plattsburgh American Legion. The event will also include a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

Boardman said that many local businesses have made donations and are helping with the dinner and the auction. 

Among them are Kinney Drugs, Texas Roadhouse, the Butcher Block and Plattsburgh Distributing. 

The North Country Cancer Fund has made a donation. 

And, Boardman said, “Dawn and Kevin Morrow, owners of Morrow’s Store, have been so supportive.

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