Recently, residents of Flower Mound and surrounding towns and cities have been made aware of a young woman named Emily Klamkin who was born with intestinal pseudo obstruction, which was caused by mitochondrial disease. After Emily was born, it took 4 years for the doctors to figure out that she had this condition along with chronic pancreatitis; and it took 7 years for them to diagnose her mitochondrial disease. At the age of 13, she lost her large intestine and most of her small intestines. Since birth, her life has been a crazy roller coaster. The intestinal pseudo obstruction and chronic pancreatitis along with her mitochondrial disease caused almost constant strokes and seizures. A recent article in CTG explains more.
Now, at the age of 31, Emily has a chance for a new life with a 5-organ transplant (liver, spleen, kidney, large and small intestines) by specialists at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The Klamkin family will be responsible for about $300,000 of the approximately $2 million operation. They could really use some community support to handle their portion of the astronomical medical bills. The following is an example of that community response. A fundraising dinner has been set up to help with those expenses. Former Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden read the story and watched the video I made with Emily’s mom and he came up with the idea for a fundraiser to help the family with the enormous expense.
Briefly, Tom enlisted the aid of restaurant owners in Lakeside who agreed to supply the food and drinks for the event. Then he spoke to the owner of the Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound and he donated the venue for the evening of September 2. Next, he asked if local resident and nationally known entertainer David Magee would consider performing for that special night. Dave, who has donated his talent freely to good causes many times over the years, was happy to oblige. Reaching out to other goodhearted people throughout the community, Tom soon heard back from Texas State Rep. Tan Parker, who put his considerable influence behind the event. Moreover, Rep. Parker will co-host the fundraiser with Tom Hayden.
Other prominent names in the community, adding their talents, include Paula Kratohvil, owner of Complete Interior Solutions; David and Robin Bailey; Marcey Cantrell; Sam Anderson; Karen Meredith; Beth Parker (Tan’s wife); Holly and Hannah McNeese; Frank and Betty Pope; Linda Francis; Alane Mullin; Annette Weir (my wife) and of course, Susie Klamkin (Emily’s mom).
Dave Magee, a longtime friend of mine, came over for an interview to talk about the fundraiser and to assure attendees that it will be an evening to remember. If you’ve never seen Dave’s exciting performances in numerous venues across the country, including his Ultimate Game Show at the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma, I promise you’re going to see things that will stun you and have you asking “How is that possible?”
Here’s a link to one of Dave’s promotional ads.
Please check out the info below for the night of the event, which will include a dining experience, mind-boggling entertainment, and several surprises for the audience. Click here for tickets.