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Update posted by Elaine Dang On Nov 13, 2013
Hello friends, family and supporters,
 
It's been a while since we've updated you all on Elaine's update.  
 
Elaine is still practicing yoga regularly which is helping her overall recovery, but is particularly beneficial in activating some of her nerves that were damaged in her leg and arm.  She has also had a few follow up appointments with doctors.  All seems to be progressing well and we are waiting back on a few more tests. 
 
After a fairly long search, Elaine has found a mental health professional.  Yay! Elaine was adamant on finding someone with the right chemistry and fit to help her address her PTSD and other challenges she is facing.  She is really interested in learning more about the different types of trauma treatments and is going through one in particular, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) herself.  She will undergo other methods as well.  
 
Additionally, Elaine and her sister recently returned from a fundraising event held by the Los Angeles New Leaders Council (la.newleaderscouncil.org) where she was recognized as a special guest.  Part of the proceeds is going to this fundraiser and all of those proceeds will go to PACE.  
 
Currently, Elaine is exploring how she can support other victims of trauma.  She has a couple of projects in mind.  One is to record the stories of other survivors as a way to document and share the resiliency, tragedy and beauty often tied to any traumatic event.  The other is to work with professionals and organizations to improve the access to services for trauma survivors.  
 
Love,
The Dang Family
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Funds raised over $20,000 will go to PACE
Update posted by Elaine Dang On Oct 26, 2013

Elaine will do what is in her power to minimize the amount used for her medical expenses (she's working with the government to claim as many of available funds as possible to her) and to maximize the impact this fundraiser can have. Thus, in addition to the Kenya Red Cross, she has decided that the funds raised beyond the $20,000 mark will go towards PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education) where she is an advisor.

 

PACE's founder and managing director, Peggy Mativo, has been recognised by the Clinton Foundation as a leader in Kenyan education and youth mobililzation. The organisation has impacted over 3,000 students by enlisting volunteers in classrooms across Kenya.

 

So, please continue sharing her fundraiser to help PACE reach its goals of enlisting 200 volunteers for next year!

 

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Special Thanks to LasikSD
Update posted by Elaine Dang On Oct 24, 2013

A special thank you to my cousin, Dr. Paul Huynh, for removing shrapnel from my arm.  Although he is a LASIK specialist, he was able to use his tools to remove the shrapnel that we recently found near the surface of my skin.  

If you ever need amazing LASIK care, visit Dr. Huynh at http://www.lasiksd.com/

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Elaine's Progress 3
Update posted by Elaine Dang On Oct 24, 2013
To all of Elaine's supporters, friends, family:
 
Wow.  We've done it.  We've have hit the $20,000 mark!  Big thank you again to everyone who donated and shared Elaine's story.  It is through the transformation of storytelling that has helped Elaine heal as we recognize the power of telling about one's experiences.   
 
Recently, Elaine had the opportunity to reconnect with other survivors and the loved ones of those that passed. She is currently meeting with other mental health professionals to find a good match.  Additionally, Elaine continues to practice modified yoga poses at home, which assists in her physical therapy.  She is also meeting with family and friends, and working with different government agencies to receive the resources and services she needs to continue to work on her healing. 
 
Elaine will do what is in her power to maximize the amount she can donate from this fundraiser so in addition to the Kenya Red Cross, she has decided that the funds raised beyond the $20,000 mark will go towards an education nonprofit organization whose mission she is passionate about.  She is still researching which organization this will be; we will update you as soon as she decides!  
 
With love,
The Dang Family 
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Elaine's Progress 2
Update posted by Elaine Dang On Oct 15, 2013
Hi everyone,

Wow - THANK YOU to all that have donated!  The amount of support and positivity we have received is unmatched.
 
Elaine with the support of her mother and sister, Mary, shared their story with Anderson Cooper last week.  We decided this was the best platform to share our experience from somewhere so far to the American public and to highlight Elaine's strength and clarity during the ordeal.  It was also an amazing way for us to promote our fundraiser.
 
This past week, Elaine has been reconnecting with family members, practicing physical therapy, and attending her first counseling sessions.
 
We are still waiting to receive the bill from the hospital as well as determining her long-term medical needs.  As soon as that amount is determined, we will be able to gauge a fundraising goal.
 
Please share her story and our fundraiser with your family, friends, and coworkers!  
 
Warmly,
The Dang Family 
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Elaine's Progress 1
Update posted by Elaine Dang On Oct 08, 2013

Hi everyone,

Our family is so grateful by the generosity we have received from family, friends, and good hearted people from all over the world. Thank you to those who are spreading the message about Elaine's story and her recovery on our behalf.

Elaine was admitted to the emergency room yesterday for a full medical evaluation, which included x-rays and various blood tests. Elaine still has 3 pieces of shrapnel left in her body. The ER doctor advised to not remove them at this moment.  

Elaine may need physical therapy since parts of her muscle and nerves were damaged.  She will need routine follow-ups and possibly care from medical specialists in the near future.

We will continue to keep you all updated.  Once again, thank you to all those that have donated both financially and emotionally.

Love,

The Dang Family

 

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