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McGuire to visit Mayo Clinic in November

October 21, 2013 - Mike Donahey

Central Iowans opened their wallets and checkbooks again to help a young woman who was severely beaten during a home invasion incident more than three years ago.

Kara Wildman, owner-operator of Happy Tails Pet Grooming & Boarding in Marshalltown, spent much of Saturday giving dogs baths while raising more than $700 to help Sarah McGuire, a young Marshalltown woman who was beaten with a brick on the head and arms by an assailant May 17, 2010. Another donor committed $200 separately to Sharon Olson, McGuire’s mother and the final $900 of a $10,000 goal was met. Wildman and others were trying to raise the final amount to enable Sarah to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for tests and to defer expensive medical costs and related expenses incurred since the attack.

Now that the money is raised, Sarah’s appointment is at Mayo Clinic Nov. 20.

Both McGuire and her mother, Sharon Olson were ecstatic when they learned the final $900 had been raised. “I’m almost in shock,” McGuire said. “Raising this $900 means she can stay in a motel if necessary should I have to return to Marshalltown,” said Olson. "Sarah and I are grateful for the community's support."

Over time, McGuire has lost the ability to walk and has gradually lost strength in her hands and arms. She is required to use a wheelchair and take many prescriptions for pain.

Olson has been on a mission to raise the $10,000 for several months. Earlier this year, Olson contacted Jensen, Inc. of Marshalltown and the business agreed to provide a 2013 Ford Fusion for a raffle at their cost. Olson had the challenge to sell enough raffle taxes to pay for the car and Mayo Clinic. The car was won by Nancy Meyer-Davis of Marshalltown Aug. 17. Olson had sold thousands of tickets, but was approximately $2,100 short to pay Mayo Clinic after paying Jensen, Inc. A number of individuals made donations totaling $1,200 to a charitable site set up by Olson after the raffle and then Wildman volunteered.

Donations may still be made on McGuire’s behalf for ongoing medical expenses at Great Western Bank, 11 N. First Ave., Marshalltown. Make checks payable to Mayo Clinic account.



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