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Benefit Saturday for Brooke Olsen Owens

September 8, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A benefit for Brooke Olsen Owens, daughter of Randy and Robbin Olsen, Toledo, is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Tama Civic Center.

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 4- 8 p.m.

Brooke, 31, is a 1999 graduate of South Tama High School and 2003 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

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Brooke Olsen Owens

Brooke has undergone treatment for Aplastic Anemia.

She was first diagnosed in September, 2007. The disorder is described as the body's immune system attacking the bone marrow and no longer produces blood cells.

Brooke's first treatment was in October, 2007, and was successful until September of 2010 when her numbers dropped again.

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Silent Auction and Spaghetti Supper Benefit for Brooke Olsen Owens

Saturday, Sept. 8, 4-8 p.m.

Tama Civic Center, 305 Siegel.

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Leah Birker


Her second treatment was January, 2011. This treatment was unsuccessful and a bone marrow transplant was the next option. After a search and an unrelated donor match was found the transplant took place in November, 201. Everything with the transplant went well until her numbers dropped at her six month appointment.

Since that time there have been serious complications with her transplant which involves graft versus host where the donor cells attack her body.

Due to the complications of graft versus host she will need a lot of medical care.

Call Leah Birker at 319-551-2987 if you would like to make a donation or would like more information.



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