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Daughter of Fort Bragg soldier battling brain tumor

Posted November 19, 2008
Updated November 20, 2008

— A Fort Bragg soldier and his family have been battling to save their 9-year-old daughter from a malignant brain tumor.

The Kapuli family has spent the last seven months living at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham while Iolani Kapule underwent treatment.

“I missed them greatly,” Iolani Kapule said.

1st Lt. Doug Kapule learned about his child's disease while he was deployed on a 14-month tour of duty in Iraq earlier this year.

”The focus now went from being in Iraq to taking care of one person, taking care of my daughter. It's going to be tough,” Doug Kapule said.

Doug Kapule and his wife have spent the last seven months caring for their daughter around the clock.

“She was a 9-year-old girl, and her walking ability was taken away by this brain tumor,” Amanda Kapule said.

A fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Durham gave the Kapule family a chance to share their story and their gratitude.

“God has given us the strength to go on everyday,” mother Amanda Kapule said.

“We all love the Lord in our family, period. We pray," Doug Kapule said. "Our unit, of course has been real helpful."

The Kapule family said that the help they have received has renewed their sense of faith in humanity and given them a sense of hope for their daughter's future.

Iolani was scheduled to go for her final treatments at the end of this month. The family says if all goes well, she will be allowed to go home after Christmas.


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  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    Awww! Praying for the child, and for her family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Momma Nov 20, 2008

    What a beautiful smile on that beautiful little girl!!!

  • Travised Nov 20, 2008

    Never fun when you have to mess with the brain :/. Sometimes they have to bring in doctors from the other coast to do procedures (not even surgery!) due to the child's size. Boy do I know about that from personal experience!

    Best of luck child.

  • Caring Nov 20, 2008

    You all will be in my prayers!

  • jt in vb Nov 20, 2008

    There is power in prayer. Our family will lift yours up. Stay strong!

  • Im all 4 JUSTICE Nov 20, 2008

    I pray that this young child makes it thru this trying times... I also pray that the family continues their faith and believe that their daughter pulls thru..... May God bless all of you, and shine love and support in your hearts.....

  • TStills Nov 20, 2008

    Sure hope shes ok....

  • nealsgirl Nov 20, 2008

    Prayers are for this little girl and her family, NEVER GIVE UP! To her dad, Thank you.

  • sayitoutloud Nov 20, 2008

    Very sad story. I thank God everyday for having a healthy child. I will be keeping this family in my prayers.

  • tiredofgovtwaste Nov 20, 2008

    He never gives us more than we can handle. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.