Kelley Kalafatich Update

Kelley Kalafatich & WilburBack in November we reported on a fundraiser for Kelley Kalafatich, a beloved Coloma local who was diagnosed with transverse myelitis and paralyzed from the waist down by the disease.

We are happy to report that Kelley is making good progress. She is still in pain, but is working hard in physical therapy for overall strengthening and towards her goal of walking again.

Also good news: a DVD is now available of Kelley’s adventure documentary: 3 Women, 3 Hundred Miles! This 65-minute documentary chronicles a self support adventure on river boards down the Colorado River, by Kelley Kalafatich, Julie Munger, and Rebecca Rusch. It did well at a Colorado film festival but since then has been shown only to small audiences. Having been fortunate enough to see it a few years ago, I can say it is extremely well done. The adventure is gripping, the people are real and engaging, and the Colorado River and Grand Canyon are awe-inspiring as always. You can order a copy by sending your mailing address, and a minimum donation of $40 to: Sue Norman, PO Box 9423, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96158. Make the check out to, NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Program, and write “in honor of Kelley Kalafatich” in the memo line.

To keep up with Kelley’s progress and post “atta girl’s” for her, visit the blog maintained by Kelley’s friends at