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July 6, 2001

Dear porphNEWS subscribers and other Porphyria friends...

With a lot of regret, I have to announce the porphNEWS is being discontinued as of today. Last Sunday morning, I was headed to the beach with my dog when I had a seizure. I was driving a car at the time and wrecked it badly (see picture below). I wasn't hurt that bad, but the wreck has led to a series of problems me and mom just cannot overcome.

The car is wrecked beyond repair (it would cost more to repair it than the car is worth). And due to our limited income, car finance companies aren't willing to finance us a car without a substantial down-payment. Without a car, mom can't get to work, so that adds to our financial problems. We are having a huge garage sale this weekend and on Monday, I'm taking my computer and selling it. We're hoping that by selling off the computer, other electronics, and a few antiques we have -- well we might raise enough to by a clunker of a car. We have no family or friends to help us, and my dad has bluntly said I'm on my own.

Mom and I have managed to overcome a lot of obstacles, but this one has us sunk! I wish you all the best, and I'll be back someday.

-- Brent