Morgan County Citizen Coverage of the Fox Family Home Build

April 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We are so grateful for our community and the continued support! 


http://www.morgancountycitizen.com/…/change-fundraising-fo…/

 


Fox Family Home Build Chicken Dinner Poker Run Fundraiser

March 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Thank you so much to everyone who came out yesterday to support this family and our mission to build them a home! We had some amazing food, even better people and some very good times! We started the poker run at Kroger in Milledgville and ended at the land so we could give the family a chance to show everyone around the spot that will be their home. Congratulations to David Perry who won the best hand with two pairs! He even donated his winnings to the Fox Family Home Build! After all was said and done we were able to raise $1857.00! That's one big step closer to starting construction. We will be scheduling groundbreaking VERY soon! Please be watching for the day and our next fundraiser! And PLEASE contact us to see how you can get involved! We are so grateful to each and every one of you!

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Fox Family Home Build Video

March 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Thank you so much Wes Brawner Events for making this video for us so we can get Cadence Fox - Cadence's Journey’s story out there! We can change this family’s story together! Please share and give if you can! Let’s raise awareness for childhood cancer and the devastation medical debt is leaving all over this country!! We can be the change! #bethechangebaf Tara Gaw Fox Brandy Hayes Angel Brandy Angel Photography, LLC. 
 

https://youtu.be/655gNyV3oc4


Fantasy Photo Shoot 2018

February 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

This past Saturday was pretty amazing. We had our beautiful princesses help us turn some amazing kiddos into princesses with their own unicorn. We had some serious celebrating to do for a couple of our kiddos who just completed their cancer treatments and I will share everyone's album and stories separately. Thank you so much for everyone who helped make this possible!

You might also recognize Carly from two years ago. It is hard to believe she is the same little girl! We are so incredibly proud of her completion of treatment and we pray she continues to strive! Here is an update from her Mom. "In June 2015, Carly was a few months shy of two years old. Suddenly, she started walking with a limp. We were very concerned, so I made an appointment with her pediatrician. Once we got to the doctor, they immediately ordered a blood test and x-ray. The x-ray showed no problems, but something was wrong with the blood test. Her platelets were very low. They repeated the test to be sure, but once again, very low platelets. Our pediatrician told us that he suspected she may have Leukemia. We rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where a pediatric oncology team ran tests on Carly. In a few hours, they confirmed that Carly had Leukemia. Our world came crashing down. I never imagined I would ever hear that my baby has cancer. The next day, doctors were able to confirm the type of Leukemia as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. Carly started chemotherapy immediately. Treatment for leukemia includes oral chemotherapy, IV chemotherapy, and frequent spinal taps where chemotherapy drugs are entered into the cerebrospinal fluid. On October 24, 2017 Carly finished her treatment!!! It was a long two and a half years. We are so thankful that Carly is growing and thriving. She is such a sweet and loving girl, who we think, is one of the bravest little girls ever. Carly loves baby dolls, loves to play outside, ride in Daddy's truck, and boss us around! She is getting monthly check ups at the Aflac Cancer Center at Egleston. The treatment Carly received is really tough on the body. She is working to overcome leg muscle weakness caused by the chemotherapy. She will forever be monitored for late side effects from treatment such as heart and lung function and cognitive effects. We will always worry about her health and pray that cancer never returns. Our lives are forever changed. We promise to stand with those who are fighting cancer, and for those who lost their life to this horrible disease." 

You might remember Maybin from our first Fantasy Shoot 2 years ago. It's hard to believe that's the same little girl we saw Sunday. We are so proud of her and how far she has come! This is an update from her mom. "74,822,400 seconds,1,247,040 minutes, 20,784 hours, 866 days. Maybin did it. She completed her treatment for B-cell ALL. We started our journey October 13th, 2015 when we got a call to go straight to the emergency room. We will finish by taking her last pill on February 24th, 2018. Today is her last IV Chemo at the hospital and she'll get to ring the end of treatment bell! We are ecstatic. She is thrilled! We are fortunate, some kids don't get to have this day. Unlike some might think, this is not the finish line, it is merely a milestone. Granted, it is a HUGE milestone, but she will still have years of monitoring to make sure it doesn't come back and a ton of side effects that will last a lifetime from the chemo she received. We are going to celebrate this milestone with so much joy because it is a great accomplishment. She has been more than strong. We love her and are so proud of our little princess!"

This sweet baby girl had her chemo treatment on FRIDAY and came to meet her unicorn on Sunday! I'm pretty sure Mimi the Unicorn loved her just as much as Eleanor loved her. Thank you so much Vanessa Jones for bringing Mimi and Elizabeth Ann Florist for making a special flower crown JUST for Eleanor. We are so grateful to everyone who helps us bring some magic to these amazing kiddos. Baby Eleanor (Baby Lady) was diagnosed with “Acute Leukemia” on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017. Here is her story: Eleanor is only 19 months old and about two weeks ago we noticed her eyes changed and became puffy like she suffered from allergies. My mom pleaded we take her to the doctor and we manage to get an appointment where the Nurse Practitioner ruled it our as a cold, and allergies. After medications she looked better for a couple days, and three days later her eyes looked puffier, and like someone had put yellow eye shadow over her eyes. I knew something was wrong. I rushed her to the E.R. where did they and x-ray and it was ruled out as pneumonia. That was scary enough. We gave her the dosage of medication and she never improved through the day. Her breathing became a concern and once again my mom asked me to call the doctor. Because I mention to her I was not sure. When we called the E.R. they said to bring her back. When we got there I thought it was going to be an in and out type of visit. Until the RN mention her how she did not want to concern me, but her heart looked enlarged in the x-ray. They asked to redo the test and I had a doctor come speak to me, about he would like more test. My heart was broken, nothing felt great about the night. Not the wing, not the rain, not anything. Thankfully mom came and met me while my husband stayed home with our other 3 children who were sick from the flu, and there was no point in dragging everyone out for what was supposed to be in and out. After blood test the doctor said Baby Eleanor was very sick and severely anemic, her heart was enlarge and the cloud in her left lung looked to be something very serious. While he walked out to get us an ambulance Eleanor did not respond well to fluids and she had a reaction that almost looked as she had just had a stroke. Once again mom jumped into action after I pleaded with her that something was seriously wrong. Baby Eleanor never cries like that and the doctor knew something was wrong and tried to get us a pilot to fly us to the Scottish Rite-Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Due to weather conditions that requested was denied, but thankfully a team of paramedics came just 15 minutes later which seemed like 4 hours, but it was just atmosphere in the room. They rushed us to Atlanta where more test were done, and a doctor walked in to share the horrible news. How Eleanor had “Acute Leukemia” and needed to be in PICU until further test. She has been diagnosed with “T-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” (T-ALL) and we have a long way to recovery. I will remain the hospital with the baby for the next 4 weeks, and hope to see my other children in husband every weekend as we learned to deal with chemo, strategies that work better for Ellie’s health, and have the strength to be here for each other as we deal with this tragedy. Please pray for us, especially Eleanor.

Donate through eirther Go Fund Me https://www.gofundme.com/bravebabylady

OR through YOU Caring https://www.youcaring.com/thegustafsonssallyrichardeleanorbravebabylady-776828/update/622666?fb_action_ids=10213068805861192&fb_action_types=youcaringcom%3Ashare

Also you can make a care basket or order some items on this list for Baby Eleanor. Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3MHEK1AOPY4PX 

 


Fox Family Home Build Fundraiser- Chicken Plates and Bike Poker Run

February 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fox-family-home-build-fundraiser-chicken-dinner-poker-run-tickets-43486506311

March 24th 2018 

$10 Chicken Dinner Plates served from 11:00am-3pm 
Dine in or Carry Out 
$20 Registration for Bike Poker Run 1:00pm (Lunch included)
Winner gets the $300 purse 
Prize for Best Bike chosen by Cadence Fox 

Contact us for Tickets and Registration 

Located at Kroger at 

1962 N Columbia Street

Milledgeville, GA

I know a lot of you know the story of Cadence Fox. Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. first met Cadence and her family in 2015, right after she was diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors at just 9 years old. She has inspired and amazed us at the Brandy Angel Foundation from that moment on. Her optimism, determination and gratitude for life is completely awe inspiring. She has had no evidence of disease for almost two years. What people don’t realize is that even though Cadence is in remission she is plagued with life long side effects from chemotherapy, radiation and a daily fear of secondary cancers. She also has to have scans and MRIs every three months, spinal taps annually, lifelong daily steroid treatments, hormone treatments so that she can actually start to grow again and hopefully kick start puberty. She lives with 8 brain bleeds that are ticking time bombs. She has constant fatigue, migraines, muscle pain and difficulty focusing. These are all side effect of not only the cancer Cadence had but the treatments she received. This is the daily life of an 11 year old warrior. 

In addition to all of these daily nightmares this family has faced they are also literally drowning in medical bills and debt. Once Cadence was considered to be in remission they no longer were eligible for Katie Beckett Medicaid, and even with private insurance they now owe over $500,000 in just medical bills. Cadence’s Mother had to quit her job at Lake Country Pharmacy when she was diagnosed in order to care for her and get her to treatments. However, now that she is back to school full time both parents are able to work again. Her father Jason has worked long and hard to make sure they were taken care of. But with the size of these ever growing medical bills they can never get out of this debt or the small apartment the family of 5 were forced to move into since the initial diagnosis. They have been unable to even rent a home with the state their credit is in. Cadence has blamed herself for this and we just could not allow this precious girl to hold that on her shoulders on top of everything else and after a yearlong search for a solution we finally found an answer to our prayers. 

We are so excited to announce that with the addition of Andy Schulze to our foundation we are finally going to be able to build this amazing & deserving family a HOME!!! 
We are blessed to say we have already found our land and closed on 2/9/2018! We are so incredibly grateful to our generous donors and to each of you that have come out to our fundraisers. There will be many more to come so please be looking out for them. 

Ground Breaking will be scheduled soon and we hope you all show up to offer your support to this family! We as a community are going to have to come together to make this dream come true for this family! 

I know this community has a huge heart for not only this family but also a desire to stand up and bring awareness to this ever growing epidemic of Childhood Cancer. We can be leaders in bringing awareness and positive change to the serious issues these children and their families face. Awareness to the outdated treatments these children are given that cause horrific life long side effects, we can help give notice to the shameful lack of funding that is given to the research of childhood cancer and hopefully together we can one day help prevent these cancers all together. 
Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. was founded on one simple philosophy, we are each given a gift, no matter what that gift is, no matter how big or how small you may think it is, you can use that gift to give back to those in need. By doing that you can be the change our community needs and the change our world needs. So I ask you to stop thinking about it and just do it. Reach out and make a difference the best way you can with the gift you were given. 
We will need a lot of assistance in the months to come so please contact me if you have any interest in volunteering your time or even your ideas to BeTheChangeBAF@gmail.com. 

Donations can be dropped off at any Bank South location in the name of Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. 
or mailed to 
Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc 
100 Dickens Ln
Bishop, GA 30621