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It Takes a Village: Follow 'Operation Laura' as It Happens

When Emily Fox's friend was diagnosed with a rare brain condition, Fox knew she'd do whatever she could to help. But she never expected her hometown to rally around her friend, too. Follow along as she documents the journey.

Updated, 7:30 p.m.—Emily and Laura must raise the remaining $50,000 by Monday. Get more info on how you can help. 

Updated, 3:30 p.m.—The Emily has landed in Los Angeles, where she was greeted by Laura Reed. Grab a tissue BEFORE you click "play." 


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Two friends. Nine days. $50,000. A story so inspiring, it moved strangers to donate. 

Lemont resident Emily Fox wasn't about to let friend Laura Reed go without a desperately needed brain surgery.  Reed is a full-time missionary whose journey once led her to Africa, where she taught women how to bake as a trade and source of income for their families. She was recently diagnosed with a rare condition called trigeminal neuralgia. 

Fox turned to social media to stir the masses to help her friend. Without health insurance, the surgery will cost $97,000; they needed half of that within 7 days in order for the operation to happen. Though still several thousand dollars short at the deadline, Reed's doctor—stunned by the outpouring of support—agreed to the surgery, with faith Reed will pay the rest as soon as possible. The remaining $50,000 must be raised by next Monday. 

READ: Devoted Friend Raises Money for Missionary's Brain Surgery

A week later Fox is on a plane, headed to be with Reed before, during and after the surgery. (An acquaintance even gifted Fox with the frequent flier miles needed for the flight.) 

Follow along as Fox provides video updates for all those who made this happen for her friend. 

Can you help fulfill the rest of the fundraising goal? See the GoFundMe campaign for more info. 

Also, follow Laura's Story:

Richard November 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Maybe the doctor can help as well.
G. November 19, 2013 at 02:27 PM
It is nice to know that still some caring people still do what is right!!!!
Andrew November 19, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Only the person's family should give financial support. The US Govern. should stop taxing normal Americans to pay for all kind of poor people to come in from rest of world to live on our Welfare and our Medicaid. Let Mexico, Haiti, Egypt and all the other poor countries around the world TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN SICK PEOPLE. USA is BROKE out of $, and won't even pay for Health Care for its own Middle Class.

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