Rhonda Warren – of Parowan, and wife of Elliot Warren a local electrician, was paralyzed in a riding lawn mower accident last year. While going around a tree at her mother’s house, she looked back to make sure the bag was not catching on the lower tree limbs, and turned back too late to stop and hit a branch throwing her backwards off the riding mower. She could not move, and is believed she was semi consciousness for 2-3 hours.
When Elliott came home and asked their daughter, who has Down Syndrome, she told him Rhonda was “mowing the lawns at grandma’s”. He went there to find her lying under the apple tree unable to move. She was transported to Cedar City Hospital to find she had broken her neck, and life-flighted her to Dixie Regional Hospital. The MRI there showed two fractured neck vertebrae with spinal cord injury
Immediately surgery fused neck vertebrae, and doctors watched to evaluate her spinal cord injury. She spent two months each in the hospital and in Stonehenge Rehab. She is currently getting ongoing spinal rehab in Salt Lake. She has limited movement of her arms, but can’t move her hands or fingers, and some feeling of touch and some tingling in her legs.
Rhonda is mother to four children, one with special-needs, and has eleven 11 grandchildren. She is a fighter and is not about to let this get her down. Recovery is going to be a long haul. Your prayers are welcome.
Mike Evanow – local Cedar City businessman, husband and father with three young children, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Born with major health issues, doctors couldn’t diagnose Mike’s problems and gave him 3 years or less. A rare case, he was a poster child for Easter Seals and named “The Miracle Child of California”. Most of his early years, he spent in hospital, constantly being given blood transfusions to keep him alive.
At 9 years old, his family moved to Cedar City, and a new children’s doctor determined Mike needed surgery and at Primary Children’s Hospital his diseased, football-sized spleen was removed.
In the summer of 2018, he became severely sick and by September he couldn’t get out of bed for weeks at a time. In Feb 2019 at CT Scan showed dozens of enlarged lymph nodes throughout his chest cavity and abdomen. Extensive testing showed Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma treated with 6 months of chemotherapy.
Mike lost his marketing company and his boat, motorcycles, quads, and house. But has gained a relationship with God and his family, and now appreciates the important things in life. Last October he completed chemo and was in remission. He felt great for a couple months, but then the cancer returned. He is beginning a different chemotherapy and is being scheduled for a stem cell transplant. He says “God and my family have been my biggest reasons for making it this far and keeping me strong and happy”.