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Rallying for local veteran

Benefit planned to assist ill Gulf War vet

Lori Bonneau of Southbridge served her country in Operation Desert Storm, and now, her fellow veterans are coming to her aid as she deals with a serious illness. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
October 04, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Lori Bonneau didn't expect help — but she has no shortage of it in her battle against a rare disease.

Friends are flocking to her assistance to help through a trying time — her battle against amyloidosis, a group of diseases that can affect many parts of the body. In Bonneau's case, the condition has struck her liver. There is no known cause for the condition, according to Mayoclinic.com website.

To ease the financial burden on the U.S. Army veteran who is currently on medical leave from her civilian job, the Southbridge Veterans of Foreign Wars Leonide J. Lemire Post 6055 plans to hold "Lori's Frostbike Ride" Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m., a motorcycle ride to raise money for her medical and regular living expenses.

"I didn't expect anything like this. It makes me feel real good," said Bonneau, 50, of Plimpton Street.

Bonneau, an unassuming woman, said she deeply appreciates the show of support during her trying time, which started in January when she was diagnosed with the condition. She said her medical prognosis is "very good," but the chemotherapy she has endured leaves her exhausted.

"People ask me how I am doing. I'm going with everything … like it wasn't even there. You can't stop it. You can cry over it," she said.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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