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Missy Kline 2
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It’s now been about five years since Missy Kline was able to work.
Diagnosed with lupus when she was 20, Missy held down a job as a service adviser at an auto dealership for some time, but the disease became worse and she had to be hospitalized, said her mother, Karen Kline, who is from the Turner area.
“In the last four years, 90 percent of the time she’s been in the hospital,” Karen said. The most she was home was for 10 weeks. Recently, Missy spent Christmas in the hospital again, she added.
Karen said Missy, now 32, said the treatments Missy receives in the hospital are considered experimental, and they’re not covered by insurance. A lot of the prescriptions’ costs, not covered, are “outrageous,” she added.
“She just got out of the hospital yesterday, and had a chemo treatment today,” Karen said last week. “We’re hoping she’ll be able to make it. This is the fourth Bowlathon and she’s never been able to make it to one of them.”
Two years ago the situation was worse, with Missy in intensive care four times in three weeks, she said. Along with lupus, an autoimmune disease, Missy has several other illnesses including fibromyalgia and thrombocytopenia.
“As much as she’s been in the hospital, it’s been tough,” Karen said.
Her parents and friends are sponsoring the fourth annual Bowlathon for Missy from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ranch Bowl, 5604 State Ave. People at the bowling center have been very supportive, she said.
On Jan. 26, a $12 donation will include three games of bowling and shoe rental. The event is open to the community and includes a silent auction and door prizes. Karaoke
Among the silent auction items are a hotel room stay, a wine-tasting event for 20, Royals tickets, craft items, T-Bones tickets, steakhouse certificates, and several other restaurant certificates.
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Karen Kline, 913-244-9924; or Margaret Allen, 913-523-4316, or visit www.facebook.com/missysrun.