INDIANAPOLIS — Barack Obama will stop in Indianapolis Thursday morning for a campaign event before attending to his sick grandmother in Hawaii.

The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday that details of the appearance, such as time and place, had not been announced.

Robert Gibbs, a senior strategist for the Democratic presidential nominee, said in a statement that Obama will be in Indianapolis on Thursday morning, “and after the event, in the early afternoon” will go to Hawaii to be with his gradmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham.

“Madelyn Dunham is one of the most important people in his life,” the statement continued. “Along with his mother and gradfather, she raised him in Hawaii from the time he was born to when he left for college. As he said at the Democratic convention, she poured everything she had into him. Recently his grandmother has become ill, and in the last few weeks her health has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious.”

Obama has canceled campaign events for Thursday and Friday and plans to return to the campaign trail Saturday.

The Illinois Senator last visited Indianapolis for a campaign rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Oct. 8. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, held a rally Friday at Verizone Wireless Music Center in Noblesville.

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