From The Washington

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Democrat Barack Obama is cancelling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to fly to Hawaii to visit his suddenly ill 86-year-old grandmother.

Campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, was released from the hospital late last week. But he says her health has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious.

Gibbs said Obama would return to the campaign trail on Saturday, though he was unsure where.

Obama events originally planned for Madison, Wis., and Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday will be replaced with one in Indianapolis before he makes the long flight to Hawaii.

Say some prayers.

UPDATE: A suggestion from a DailyKos Diary

Great idea from David Kroning! Let’s send serious love in the form of postcards in support of Sen. Obama’s grandmother!

David’s diary can be found here:…

The address:

Mrs. Madelyn Dunham
In care of: Obama for America
Honolulu Headquarters
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste D2690
Honolulu, HI 96814

Andy Winer, the Hawaii state director for the Obama campaign, has confirmed in the comments below that the campaign will get the postcards sent to the above address to Barack’s family. Thanks Andy!

Hamletta made a great point, let’s send postcards- make it easier on the campaign so they don’t have to deal with envelopes or things of that nature.

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