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Welcome to Alicia's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on her progress.  This will be the exclusive forum for information, so check back often!

We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Dear Family and Friends of Alicia,

An unexpected seizure recently led Alicia to seek medical attention. We have since learned that she has developed another brain tumor. Alicia is receiving the absolute best medical care at New York Presbyterian Hospital under the direction of world-class neurosurgeon, Dr. Theodore Schwartz. He handled Alicia's first surgery in 2009, and we feel very blessed that he is managing her current treatment. Her family arrives February 5, and she's had a steady stream of visitors to the hospital. Alicia is in good spirits - very calm and trusting in the Lord to guide her through this experience.

Here is what we know:

- A tumor has returned to the same area as before (the right side of the brain). Tumor cells have also been identified on the left side of the brain, which was not an issue in 2009.

- Surgery is slated for Wednesday, February 6 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. This surgery will aim to remove the tumor cells on the right side of the brain. We do not know if these new cells are benign or malignant, but are hopeful for good news, as Alicia's tumor in 2009 was benign.

- It will take about one week post-surgery for Dr. Schwartz to review the tumor and chart the best course of treatment for the remaining cells on the left side of her brain. We understand that this treatment could involve chemotherapy and radiation.

All updates will be posted on this website rather than by e-mail.  Please share the website and feel free to write messages of encouragement, which Alicia can read during recovery!

Through February 5 Alicia will rest comfortably in the Greenberg Pavilion, 8 North, bed 215A. Once  we have details on Alicia's post-operation recovery room at the hospital, I will be sure to add the address to this website. We anticipate that Alicia will return to her apartment this weekend to continue her healing. FYI, Alicia's new home address is 101 East 16 St., Apt 6B, New York, NY 10003.

Alicia is thankful for all of your prayers and well wishes, and we feel confident that she'll emerge from this challenge stronger than ever.

Thank you!!


Ashley Phillips P posted a new journal entry, "New York City memorial service".

Dear friends,On behalf of the Rainbolt family, I'd like to invite you to a memorial service celebrating Alicia's life, to be held in NYC at the end of this month. Here ... Read more

Christine Liu signed Alicia's Guestbook.

I had the honor of having Alicia as my group leader during BSF a few years ago and the honor of serving alongside her in BSF leadership as well. She was the kind of ... Read more

Margie and Darrell Holland signed Alicia's Guestbook.

What a brave, courageous lady.  We only knew of her through her grandmother, Marge, in Leavenworth, but we were so impressed by her.  May she rest in ... Read more

Ann Kim signed Alicia's Guestbook.

Alicia, loved serving with you at BSF. So comforted in knowing your with our heavenly father! You touched and encouraged so many with your beautiful soul. Looking forward ... Read more

Diane Bechamps, Virginia Tourism Corporation signed Alicia's Guestbook.

To sweet Alicia's family and friends:i am heartbroken.  Alicia was a great leader and friend of mine.  She was so professional and I loved that beautiful ... Read more

Elizabeth Lodowski signed Alicia's Guestbook.

Alicia,You have left this world with an impression of Hope and Joy for all of us.  We only hope that we will reflect back so much glory of our God who loves us ... Read more

Trish Nugent Lingamfelter posted a new journal entry, "Houston services".

Friends,Your outpouring of love, especially following yesterday's difficult news, has been both comforting and inspiring.  Alicia truly surrounded herself with the best ... Read more

Katie Layton signed Alicia's Guestbook.

Alicia was full of love and laughter. I will always remember her with joy and fondness. I pray that she is at peace and that her peace warms the hearts of all who loved her. Read more

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