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 Candace 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 we are partnering up with Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties, Andy Schulze and YOU, the Lake Oconee Community to build this amazing & deserving family a HOME!!!
The first step is to find a piece of land in Eatonton, GA that we can attain for this family as a tax deductible donation or at a discounted price. If you have a piece of land you could donate or have any definite information on any potential land please contact Andy Schulze at (478) 251-3752. 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 made to Bank South in the name of Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.
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