Support for B.A. 3-month-old diagnosed with brain tumor


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 8/08/2013 9:51 pm Published: 8/08/2013 9:39 pm


Doctors removed a brain tumor from a Broken Arrow 3-month-old Thursday. The community has shown through social media a lot of people are praying for Tatum Dunn’s recovery.

A photo posted on Facebook shows wires attached to Tatum’s head.

Past the smiles the Broken Arrow baby girl shows in pictures, doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumor.

Her mother Michelle works at a Broken Arrow pharmacy. 

Pharmacy employee Brad Whitmus said, “Every single patient that comes through, because we are a family-owned pharmacy, asks “Where’s Michelle? How’s Tatum doing?’”

Tatum’s father Steve is an assistant coach for the Broken Arrow High School football team.

Jay Wilkinson, another football coach, said, “It’s kind of funny because he did the hashtag pray for Tatum.”

The hashtag “PrayforTatum” has brought more attention to the 3-month-old’s story than people in the community ever imagined.

Whitmus said, “We have seen people reaching from Arkansas,  all these football coaches and people calling the pharmacy asking how they can donate to help out the Dunn family.”

The Facebook page “Pray for Tatum” had more than 4,000 “likes” in less than a week.

Coach Jay Wilkinson said, referring to the Dunn family, “You know they appreciate everyone’s support because it’s kind of nice because when they get a break, they check their phones and they see the tweets and text messages and Facebook posts.”

Broken Arrow football player Justin Perkins said, “We’ve come together and we’ve prayed, pray for just their health and well-being as a family.”

Even Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema tweeted support to Tatum’s parents.

Members of the Broken Arrow community raised money with car washes and other fundraisers to help raise money to pay Tatum’s medical bills.

The next fundraiser is August 12 at Full Moon in Broken Arrow.

FOX23 linked the “Pray for Tatum” page to our Facebook page. Just search FOX23 News.

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