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Murphysboro American - Murphysboro, IL
  • Modern Woodmen of America, Patriots Bravo support Murphysboro Family in Need

  • A native to Murphysboro, Dwayne Sanders, was in dire need of medical assistance upon arriving at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. Shortly after arriving, Dwayne's wife Donna was informed that her husband was suffering from a brain bleed (aneurysm) and would need to be flown to St. Louis to receive the care needed. His prognosis...
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  • A native to Murphysboro, Dwayne Sanders, was in dire need of medical assistance upon arriving at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. Shortly after arriving, Dwayne's wife Donna was informed that her husband was suffering from a brain bleed (aneurysm) and would need to be flown to St. Louis to receive the care needed.  His prognosis was unknown at this point. Dwayne made the flight to St. Louis, which was there where he would wait through the night to possibly undergo the necessary surgery to relieve the pressure and stop the bleed in this brain.
    After many hours of surgery, the family was notified that the surgery was a success and Dwayne would be in ICU and needed as much rest as possible. Over the next couple of days he improved and started to speak, sit up, and even eat. He enjoyed speaking with family and friends as they called and visited. Three weeks later, Dwayne was back at home and church. Many say that Dwayne is a walking, talking, miracle.
    Knowing how expensive medical care can be, the Members of the Chester Modern Woodmen of American and Patriots Bravo of Murphysboro offered assistance. On December 14, 2013, the members put on a Pork Butt sale to help with medical bills and physical therapy costs. The event raised $5,060 which includes $2,500 matched by the Modern Woodmen home office through the organization's Matching Fund Program.
    The Matching Fund Program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show their support for a community cause, organization or individual in need by holding fundraisers. Modern Woodmen matches money raised up to $2,500. These fundraising projects contribute more than $6.5 million to community needs nationwide each year.
    After a, somewhat, short recovery time, Dwayne has regained most of his speech and motor skills. Sources say, Dwayne is a survivor and still tires easily but is striving daily to overcome challenges he still faces. He and Donna, who recently retired from SIU, are spending their time with their granddaughter and enjoying the life they have together. They are patiently awaiting the arrival of their second grandchild in March. The Sanders' were grateful to have the assistance and were overwhelmed by the outpouring of friends, coworkers at John A. Logan and family in our community. Dwayne would like to thank Craig and Anita Harris, Don and Alice Svanda, all who had a hand in blessing his family, and those who gave when they didn't have it to give. He says, "I don't really know how to put it into words, how to thank everyone, but I know I have to give glory to my Lord Jesus, God, and His Holy Spirit. He's the only reason I made it."
    For more information about the local Modern Woodmen chapter, please contact Donald Svanda at 618-687-1235.
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