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An enormous ‘thank you’ is extended to this community from the Coplin family — Brenda, Rick, Johnetta, Camey & Kristi — for its ‘overwhelming support of the Battling for Brenda Benefit held at Buffalo Joe’s on June 24, 2012.’”No words can fully express the gratitude felt for all that everyone has done for our family,” stated Camey Boyer, daughter of Brenda Coplin (Pictured to the right), on behalf of the Coplin Family.The Battling for Brenda Benefit, held back in June, was a major success and brought a lot of funds to a family that truly need them for medical and living expenses. The Coplin family stays along side Brenda throughout the battle with Leukemia.
The benefit featured some very well known musical artists – locally, regionally and nationally — such as, Michael O’Neal, the Gary Potterfield Blues Band, Whiskey Roadshow, JB & the Moonshine Band, and others. The crowd loved the music, as they danced and cheered on each artist. An auction was held in between each of the bands’ sets.
This auction was by far one of the largest benefit auctions in this area in a long time. There was an array of things on display, from an installed, in-ground swimming pool, to custom smokers, an autographed Paula Dean cookbook, handmade picnic tables, amongst many other things. Although the exact amount is undisclosed, the auction and donation total was a huge benefit to Brenda and the Coplin family.
The musical ‘headliner’ of Battling for Brenda, JB & the Moonshine Band — a band from Tyler, TX that has gained a lot of steam in the ‘Texas country’ market, landing tracks on numerous popular radio stations around the country and ranking on the ‘Texas country’ charts — was so kind as to take all the money that they received for the purchase of their T-shirts, CDs, stickers and merchandise after their show, and donate it ALL to the Coplin family and the Battle for Brenda.
“Thank you to all volunteers, bands, sponsors, donors, friends, neighbors, relatives and complete strangers who reached out to our family,” stated the Coplin Family, “We are forever grateful.”
Brenda Coplin is unfortunately still battling with the awful (AML) Leukemia. This is a very challenging and fatal blood disease. She has been traveling to and from Medical City in Dallas for chemo treatments, and is looking at a stem cell transplant next. However, a match of Brenda’s bone marrow as yet to be located.
Although the battle is tough, there is still hope for Brenda that must be held onto. Doctors are now checking the Cord Blood Registry for a possible match. Physicians say that they have had really good results from this procedure. There are still setbacks, however, and with the Cord Blood registry, even if a match is found, only small amounts of stem cells can be obtained, so it would take a lot more time for the procedure to start regenerating healthy cells.
Regardless of the setbacks or challenges, the Coplin family remains hopeful. Brenda Coplin is a true fighter and has shown such strength throughout this battle. She is also a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mom (3 daughters), grandmother, friend, and long time resident of Paris, Texas. Her smile is known amongst the community from a 35 year career at Paris Family Physicians.
It’s great to see the ‘Heart of Paris’ extend to the benefit of so many. Brenda is a friend and neighbor to all of us in the community. She’s had hard battles and continues to fight them, as her family and friends do also. The neighborly community support helps tremendously. The Coplin family thanks you.
You can follow her medical journey on CaringBridge and on Facebook!
Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor – eParis Extra!