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Benefit planned for Monett teenager

Friday, June 24, 2011

A benefit dinner for Monett teenager Breann Weatherly will be held this Saturday, June 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City. Breann is the daughter of Joni Weatherly and the late Doug Weatherly, of Monett.

Area residents are invited to attend and enjoy a menu of spaghetti, salad, rolls, desserts and tea. A pie auction will also be held. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m.

Breann Weatherly, who is known by her nickname Beamer (from her initals BMW), fell ill at the end of March. Her illness began with a sinus infection followed by a bad cough and finally progressed to pneumonia. When Breann's condition worsened dramatically, she was airlifted from Springfield to St. Louis via a medical jet on May 1.

After a series of tests over several weeks, doctors diagnosed Breann with Wegeners Granuloma, a lung disease. It was also determined that Breann suffered from a lung fungus (histoplasmosis).

To treat her condition, Breann has undergone numerous surgical procedures and rounds of chemotherapy to fight the Wegeners disease. She has also been prescribed high dosages of steroids to combat the lung infection.

Currently, Breann is undergoing physical therapy and doctors have not yet determined when she will be able to come home. Once she is released from the hospital, Breann will be required to make monthly trips to St. Louis to continue her chemotherapy treatments as well as participate in daily physical therapy sessions at home.

"The support for the Weatherly family from Doug's passing to Beamer's illness has been phenomenal," said Diane Dupre, a close family friend. "From the support, concern and especially prayers, there isn't a day that goes by that Joni doesn't mention how grateful and amazed she is."

For more information about Breann's health or to follow Breann's journey, join her CaringBridge site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/breannweather.... For information on the benefit or to donate items, call 417-548-7400.

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