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Please donate to help daughter of BLET member

CLEVELAND, January 15 -- The National Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is asking all members to extend a financial helping hand to a BLET member whose daughter is in need of medical assistance.

Brother Mark Tice of BLET Division 348 (Elkhart, Ind.) is a Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer. According to members of his Division, Brother Tice rarely misses work and provides well for his family. However, he is going to miss the next two weeks while he takes his daughter Vanessa, an 18-year-old high school senior, to Rhode Island to undergo treatment for CRPS -- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

CRPS is a chronic disease characterized by severe pain, swelling, and changes in the skin. CRPS worsens over time and initially affects arms or legs before usually spreading throughout the body. It is described as one of the most painful long-term conditions.

Vanessa was born prematurely and suffers from a host of medical conditions, including epilepsy, scoliosis, and asthma. She underwent cardiothoracic surgery at age 15 and was hospitalized with organ failure in June of 2011.

The Tice family has established a website detailing Vanessa’s many medical issues including her fight against CRPS. The family is asking for donations to help offset the cost of travel to Rhode Island and for Vanessa’s medical treatments at the Calmar Pain Relief Center. According to Brother Tice’s wife Anna, the pain relief treatments are not covered by insurance. Their goal is to raise $7,500, and thus far they have received $3,800 in donations.

But Brother Tice and his family would like to do more than just ask for help. He wants to spread the word about CRPS and to educate members about the somewhat rare disease:

Information about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Click here.

Video about Calmar Pain Relief Center and CRPS treatment: Click here.

To read more about Vanessa’s medical condition and to make a tax-free personal donation, please visit here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
bentley@ble-t.org

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