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May 20, 2013 An F5 ripped through our neighborhood. Our son's school Plaza Towers took a direct hit. Liam was in school that day. He was one of three boys saved by Mrs. Karen Marinelli, his first grade teacher. She laid on-top of her students as the school was taken by the monster tornado. A brick wall and other debris landed directly on her and the boys. She is the only reason the 3 boys are still with there families. She's truly our hero.
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We can never truly repay her for her sacrifice, but we can help her family get through this time of healing. She is recovering from a back fracture, crushed pelvis, and fractured ankles. She will not be allowed to even attempt walking until her back is strong enough, possibly 6 weeks or longer. This means constant help and care which her husband is taking off work to do.
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An update June 18, 2013. Karen's back brace has been removed! Yay! She has been stuck at a 60 degree angle since her surgery after the tornado, and now she has some movement back in her life. She will be able to return to teaching in August, where she will be teaching first grade at her son's elementary school in Moore. Her spirit continues to inspire! Walking will be the goal as soon as the doctors release her. Continue to pray for strength and healing for our hero!