Nov 10, 2009 10:53 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Community rallies around woman with H1N1 virus

Kayla Kammrad has a favorite dish at the Good Thyme Cafe in Canon City, but it's not on the menu.

"The 'Kayla Wrap' has chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and she always got it with a big ol' side of ranch," says Makayla Snelson, Kayla's friend.

"This is the only thing she orders," says Christian Snelson, family friend and owner of the cafe.

Christian has put the Kayla Wrap on the menu to raise money for Kayla's family.  She has the H1N1 virus, which has put her in intensive care at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs for three weeks now.

Kayla has two young boys, and her husband was with the National Guard in Iraq before being rushed back to be with her as she recovers. 

Recovery has been slow, but her family says she's moving in the right direction.  Her father, Mike Williams, got to talk to Kayla Monday.

"She moved her eyebrows to his voice.  Doctors say she may not remember him [Mike] talking to her, but she recognized him," says Snelson. "She's not out of the woods yet."

The cafe has a donation jar at the counter, and for every Kayla Wrap sold, a portion of the proceeds goes to Kayla's family.  So far, the cafe has raised about $500.

Other businesses are also helping the family:

On Wednesday, November 11, Pizza Madness (509 Main St.) and My Brother's Place (625 Main St.) will donate 10% of the days sales.

On Sunday, November 15, Mangiamo Pizza & Subs (127 Justice Center Road) will donate all the days' sales.  Even the employees are donating their time.

"We're a small town.  It's easy to do here," says Makayla Snelson.


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