Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.: Blog https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog en-us (C) Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. (Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:46:00 GMT Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:46:00 GMT https://www.bethechangebaf.com/img/s/v-12/u340755850-o450736062-50.jpg Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.: Blog https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog 120 45 AmazonSmile Share the Love! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2021/2/amazonsmile-share-the-love

Did you know that you can generate donations while shoppin, at no extra cost?

Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/81-0687650 to confirm "Be The Change - Brandy Angel Foundation Inc" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.

We know a lot of you have heard us talk about Amazon Smile that donates a portion of your proceeds to Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation when you shop online. Well it just got easier!! Now you can turn Amazon Smile on on your phone app! Here are the instructions we just received directly from Amazon! Just what we needed, another reason to shop online! Haha At least you can feel good about it when you set up Amazon Smile!

You can now support your favorite charity in the Amazon Shopping app on your phone, at no cost to you.

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Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) amazon love share smile the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2021/2/amazonsmile-share-the-love Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:44:47 GMT
Be the Change Magic Camper Project! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2021/2/be-the-change-magic-camper-project We are so excited to announce our newest project for Be The Change! Due to all the COVID restrictions we have not been able to give back to our community in the same ways we usually do, and we have missed it like crazy! Well thanks to an incredibly generous local donor we have become the new owners of a Spirit of America camper! We are working hard to clean it out, clean it up and then transform it into a cross country princess, super hero, fantasy photo shoot magic mobile. We have so many amazing ideas and would love any ideas or help you may have to offer as well. It’s a lot of work but it will be so worth it to get out there and reach even more kids and families in need of some magic and support. If anyone has any connections with someone who could wrap it for us please let us know. This has been a dream of Brandy and Jessica’s for over 4 years and it’s finally coming true! Don’t forget you can do anything you set your mind to! Even in a worldwide pandemic! Let’s make the magic happen! #bethechangebaf #brandyangelphotography #bethegoodintheworld #bethegood #princess #superhero #magic #coachmen #spiritofamerica #catalinaseries #camperlife #camperrenovation #camperrenovation #bethechangebafmagiccamper #bekind #bethegoodintheworld #dreams #dontgiveuponyourdreams #spiritofamericacamper #coachmenspiritofamerica

 

To help us raise money during a time that we can't really gather together for fundraisers we have set up a T-shirt campaign with Custom Ink. If you would like to buy one of our awesome t-shirts please click on the link 

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/be-the-change-magic-camper-project?utm_campaign=desktop-post-launch-v3&utm_content=be-the-change-magic-camper-project&utm_medium=social&utm_source=copy-link&fbclid=IwAR1QUAaZ3KaRE3iJ74FGS06W_bovcpYtaQM4chAT6vNZB1eAuCX0XZpI1oU
 


 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy camper change custom fundraiser ink magic project tshirt https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2021/2/be-the-change-magic-camper-project Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:27:47 GMT
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2020 https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2020/9/childhood-cancer-awareness-month-2020 I can't think of a better way to kick of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month than by celebrating Cadence Fox reaching 5 years cancer free and finally ringing the bell! We wanted to celebrate this milestone and we also wanted to celebrate all of YOU for the amazing hard work and generosity you have shown to them and our little foundation. We celebrated the best way we know how, BIG. That's just how we like to do things. We celebrated by handing over a big fat check made out for $40,000 & the deed to the land to the Cadence Fox Trust for the Fox Family Home Build!! Cadence was given 6 months to live 5 years ago, she celebrated 5 years cancer free this week. She is a walking miracle, a warrior, a hero, a survivor, an all around incredible human and now she will be a home owner in a world that would have never let that happen because of medical debt. Now she will have a home that will help her continue to grow & stay healthy. A home that will be secure and safe. A home that is all her own. This community has worked so hard to make this happen and now they can begin construction!!! We are hopeful they will be in their new home by the end of the year!

We are so amazed that we were able to raise close to $60,000 to make all this happen and we are so incredibly grateful to all of you for what you have contributed. You have truly changed the life of an entire family! We couldn't be more proud of our family, friends and community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are just a small foundation from a small town but our hearts, dreams and determination are HUGE. We know we could never have made this happen with out you all. We would hug you all if we could. If anyone would like to contribute any further, in any way, please contact us and we will let you know how you can get involved. Please stay tuned for the updates as construction begins!

And please remember to wash your hands and wear your masks! Let's keep our community and cancer warriors safe!

#september2020 #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #foxfamilyhomebuild #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancersurvivor #childhoodcancerawareness

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel awareness be brandy build cancer change childhood family fox home september the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2020/9/childhood-cancer-awareness-month-2020 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:22:02 GMT
Cadence Fox Family Home Build Benefit https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2020/3/cadence-fox-family-home-build-benefit

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cadence-fox-family-home-build-benefit-tickets-98079551579

Please come out and join us at Sebastian Cove Clubhouse on April 18th 2020 at 6:00pm for some amazing food, drinks, and music for an amazing cause! Scott Deering & The Usual Suspects will be playing, Chef Cam Floyd will be cooking up some delicious food and Tito's will be mixing the drinks! All profits from this benefit will go directly to Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc, a 5013c non profit foundation and put towards the construction of this deserving family a home! Come out and enjoy the evening and find out how you can get involved!
Find out more about the Fox Family Home Build at www.BetheChangeBAF.com

Please watch our video- https://youtu.be/655gNyV3oc4

The focus of the Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. is to support individuals and families during difficult times in their lives and help their stories reach and inspire as many people as possible. This allows members of our community to connect with and help others who they may otherwise have never heard of. We believe in the good in people, and want to help others be a part of the change themselves. Therefore, we’d like to share the story of Cadence Fox, a 13 year old brain cancer survivor who has beat all the odds.

Imagine having a child with cancer, then imagine your child beats that cancer and you realize you are about to undergo a whole new battle. Imagine being a parent who works hard every day that supplies your family with great insurance and then realizing that insurance does not protect you from the medical debt that quickly starts to drown your family. Imagine being unable to rent or buy a home or car because of this medical debt. Then imagine someone telling you, we are going to help you. We are going to build your family a home and give a voice to your nightmare.

Be The Change—Brandy Angel Foundation's focus is to support individuals and families throughout difficult times of their lives and help them reach and inspire as many people as they can with their stories. Since its formation, we have had several images and stories that have received worldwide recognition. We truly believe we have received such a positive response because people truly do want to help others and our efforts allow them to connect with those in need that they would have never otherwise heard about. So we are here to tell you about the Fox Family Build.

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 and given just 6 months to live. She has inspired and amazed us from that moment on. Her optimism, determination, and gratitude for life is completely awe-inspiring. While Cadence has had no evidence of disease for almost three years, she is plagued with life-long side effects from chemotherapy, radiation, and a daily fear of secondary cancers. She has to have scans and MRIs every three months, spinal taps annually, lifelong daily steroid treatments, and hormone treatments so that she can actually start to grow again and hopefully kick start puberty. Cadence lives with eight brain bleeds that are ticking time bombs, and has constant fatigue, migraines, muscle pain, and difficulty focusing. These are all side effects of not only the cancer Cadence has battled, but also of the treatments she received. This is the daily life of an 13 year-old warrior.

In addition to all of these daily nightmares, the Fox family is now literally drowning in debt and medical bills. Once Cadence was considered to be in remission they became ineligible for Katie Beckett Medicaid and lost coverage. Even with private insurance they now owe over $500,000 in medical bills and their debt continues to grow due to continued medical care for their daughter. The family of five moved into a small apartment to focus their time and money on their daughter’s care, but now this seemingly insurmountable obstacle has damaged their credit and made it impossible for the family to rent a home. We believe that no family should be imprisoned by medical debt. Although we may not be able to help every family in this situation (YET), we knew we had to start by helping the Fox Family. With your help we are going to build this deserving family a home.

There is much left to do. We have purchased the land for the Fox’s new home and are currently raising funds to begin construction. We have raised $20,000 of our $75,000 goal.

Be the Change- Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.is seeking sponsors to help put this family in a new home THIS year. We can’t do this without your help This foundation is run completely by volunteers with no overhead expenses, allowing 100% of donations to reach families in need.

Thank you for helping us be the positive change and inspire positive change in this world by helping those who have nowhere else to turn. Are you ready to step and be part of the change, too?

Shoot us an email at bethechangebaf@gmail.com or give us a call 919-274-1771.

Yes! We would like to support Be the Change- Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc and sponsor the Fox Family Build.

Checks should be made payable to:

Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc

1070 Stone Shoals Ct

Watkinsville GA 30677

PayPal donations can be made to Bethechangebaf@gmail.com and BankSouth is accepting donations as well.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2020/3/cadence-fox-family-home-build-benefit Tue, 03 Mar 2020 22:24:55 GMT
Chops & Hops & Tito's for Change https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2020/1/chops-hops-titos-for-change Come out and enjoy some great food and delicious Tito’s specialty drinks! Tito’s will be there to satisfy all your swag needs with some cool merchandise. Be the Change will be there to update everyone on the progress of the Fox Family Home Build and information on how you can get involved at this stage of the project. Best part is that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Be the Change for the completion of Fox Family Home! Please come out and allow is to say THANK YOU! We would not be here without you!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2020/1/chops-hops-titos-for-change Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:32:29 GMT
Fox Family Home Build Groundbreaking Success https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2019/4/fox-family-home-build-groundbreaking-success First off I want to thank everyone who came out today to show support for this big step forward in getting Cadence and her family into their new home, and thank you so much to everyone that has donated, volunteered and helped us get to this point. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Today was such an amazing step forward! We just need to finish raising the funds to make this house a reality! PLEASE share the story of the Fox Family and please donate what you can!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2019/4/fox-family-home-build-groundbreaking-success Mon, 29 Apr 2019 03:35:53 GMT
Fox Family Home Build Groundbreaking! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2019/4/fox-family-home-build-groundbreaking

Sunday April 28, 2019

4:00PM-5:00PM

114 S. Rock Island Dr, Eatonton GA 31024

We are finally ready to break ground on the Fox Family's future HOME! Please come out and meet the family and celebrate with us as we take the next step on this amazing project to help this deserving family get a forever home and find out how you can help us make this dream a reality. We will be at lot 108 next to 114. 
 

Please email us if you won't be able to attend but would like to find out more about how you can get involved and help us make this family's dream come true!

BetheChangeBAF@gmail.com

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy build cadence change family fox home the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2019/4/fox-family-home-build-groundbreaking Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:20:36 GMT
Willie Blackwell needs a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2019/3/willie-blackwell-needs-a-kidney My name is Kathy Blackwell. My husband, Willie Blackwell, needs a new kidney. We have been married for 38 years. We have three children and four grandchildren. We have both been volunteer Christian ministers for over 30 years working with youth and married couples. Willie has been giving and helping people all his life and now he needs help to stay alive, to continue to help others, to enjoy his grandchildren and to see his two daughters get married one day. Willie has been told that his one and only kidney has kidney disease and is functioning at only 15% and unfortunately Willie lost his other kidney in 1999 to kidney cancer. Willie is a former NFL player with Washington, Buffalo, and Kansas City. He has done Chapel Services for several NFL teams. He also was a volunteer Chaplain for Morris Brown College, his alma mater, and was Clark Atlanta’s football chaplain for over 10 years. In 1995, Governor Zell Miller gave Willie a top Literacy Award for his volunteer literacy services at Dobbs International Food Service – now called Gategournmet Food Service. He started a GED, ESL and reading program for the employees of Gategournmet so they could improve their literacy skills nationwide.

Willie desperately needs a new kidney. We are asking his family, friends, and community to please help. You can contact Leaanne Whitehead, Transplant Coordinator at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, at 404-605-4605. Time is crucial for Willie to receive a kidney match to prolong his life. Willie’s birthday is 2/01/54 and his blood type is 0+. Thank you so much for your support.

 

https://www.facebook.com/willieblackwellneedsakidney/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel blackwell brandy cancer change donor kidney NFL the willie https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2019/3/willie-blackwell-needs-a-kidney Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:43:37 GMT
Please meet Deanna Raymond https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/12/please-meet-deanna-raymond Please meet Deanna Raymond, a 32-year old mother and daughter of Gigi Gerhardt, she was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in 2 ½ years. This family has played a prominent role in the Morgan County community by opening Gigi’s Salon & Day Spa, located in the heart of downtown Madison, servicing the community for over 14+ years. Understandably, Deanna has had a hard time juggling her diagnosis, treatment, caring for her 4 year old son, and working hard in the salon to provide for their family. I hope by sharing her story and her photos with you we can help raise funds that will allow Deanna to receive Chemo treatments, help with travel expenses to and from those treatments, assist with additional medical expenses, and anything else that may be helpful during this time. Ultimately, the family is hoping to send Deanna to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland. This National Cancer Institute actively participates in new drug development and strongly focuses on aggressive treatments for all major cancers. The family hopes that enrolling Deanna in this program would open new avenues for her treatment ultimately saving her life. Please join me in supporting this family. Your kindness and generosity will contribute to the success of Deanna’s treatment, providing the best care and lifting the spirits of this sweet family. #bethechangebaf #bekind Shawn N DeAnna Raymond https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-deanna…

Update 2
November 1, 2018 DeAnna woke up to having a very traumatic seizure which she was entirely aware of what’s was going on and lost all motor and speach functions her husband was able to get to her in time and get her to the hospital where she later found out her cancer has spread once again now to her brain, she has 4 Tumors one is large and swolllen and what caused the seizure she had! So now things have changed severely in her life, Shawn is now her full time caregiver and she can no longer drive or stay alone at all, since the 1st she has underwent 3 pin point radiation treatments and has one final one tomorrow and also has received her first chemotherapy treatment that will hopefully start to control the cancer which in her recent petscan a week ago showed a very large Mass in her liver and severall more lung masses and a spot on her spine that she’s had 10 radiation Treatments too! DeAnna is one of the strongest , sweetest people I have known and Is still very upbeat and postive and Is very hopeful in her treatment! We are stilI waiting on a biopsy for her liver to see what that says to know what further treatment she could receive. We are asking for all prayer warriors to come together and pray really hard for her and her family as she fights for her life. If you can donate payments will go directly to her pharmacy and rent, gas to and from treatments and groceries! We are trying to ease this financial burden as much as possible so this sweet family can focus on her fighting this cancer! You can also go directly to Her mother at Gigi’s Hair Salon at 132 West Jefferson st Madison GA 30650 she is accepting donation of as well of any kind! Please keep this beautiful family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this very difficult time!
Update 3
Unfortunately we got bad news yesterday! DeAnnna had a Ct scan done and Chemotherapy in office yesterday and we waited on the results because she has been in so much pain in her stomach! We found out the Liver tumor that was only 1.1 inches on the 2nd of November is now 4.8 inches so it’s growing fast and it’s also triple negative we hoped it might have mutated and been another cancer that would be easier to treat but it’s not so now we have to change our course of treatments because not only has the liver mass grown but everything has grown very large especiallly in the lungs! So she is starting a very strong chemo drug called Halavan! It’s going too make her very sick but she is very strong and so positive and needs everyOnes thoughts and prayers to help us get threw this!! Thank you everyone who has helped us already we cannot thank you enough for helping us in our time of need!! Thank you and God bless.

 

 


 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy change https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/12/please-meet-deanna-raymond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 03:11:36 GMT
Music for Change 2018 Line up is HERE https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/11/music-for-change-2018-line-up-is-here Please join us for the first annual Music for Change festival at Vintage Oaks Farm on November 17! The whole family is welcome to join us for a fun-filled day of music, great food, kid’s activities, auctions, raffles, tailgating, and more. We will start off the day with a meet and greet with the Disney Princesses, so be ready for some great photo ops! Kid’s activities include a dance party, bounce houses, face painting, Home Depot Building Station, and much more. Chops and Hops and Hot Thomas BBQ will be cooking up some delicious food, and for what they don’t have feel free to fill up your own coolers. Bring your chairs and blankets and plan on staying all day!

This year’s festival will feature live performances from Sarah Zuniga, Tilt the Rapper, Country River Band, Big Heed, LG, Ashie Noey will be joining us all the way from AUSTRALIA, and headlining is the Brandon Sears Band. DJ TIC will be with us all day keeping the music and the party going.

You really won’t want to miss out on some awesome auction items from the best local vendors, including birthday packages, photography sessions, gift cards, jewelry, gym memberships, and more!

The best part about our first annual Music for Change festival is that 100% of the proceeds are going toward our current project, The Fox Family Home Build. We are building a home for a local family whose entire lives have been affected by childhood cancer. Cadence Fox is a 12-year-old brain cancer survivor and has been in remission for three years. Cadence’s family has struggled with insurmountable debt associated with medical bills that keep adding up since her cancer has gone in to remission. Please visit us at www.bethechangebaf.com for the full story of the Fox Family and how you can help us give this family the home they deserve.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-for-change-tickets-52197104946?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy change for foundation music https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/11/music-for-change-2018-line-up-is-here Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:26:05 GMT
Music for Change 2018 https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/11/music-for-change-2018

Please join us for the first annual Music for Change festival at Vintage Oaks Farm on November 17! The whole family is welcome to join us for a fun-filled day of music, great food, kid’s activities, auctions, raffles, tailgating, and more. We will start off the day with a meet and greet with the Disney Princesses, so be ready for some great photo ops! Kid’s activities include a dance party, bounce houses, face painting, Home Depot Building Station, and much more. Chops and Hops and Hot Thomas BBQ will be cooking up some delicious food, and for what they don’t have feel free to fill up your own coolers.

 

This year’s festival will feature live performances from Sarah Zuniga, Tilt the Rapper, Country River Band, Big Heed, LG, Ashie Noey will be joining us all the way from AUSTRALIA, and headlining is the Brandon Sears Band. DJ TIC will be with us all day keeping the music and the party going.

 

You really won’t want to miss out on some awesome auction items from the best local vendors, including birthday packages, photography sessions, gift cards, jewelry, gym memberships, and more!

 

The best part about our first annual Music for Change festival is that 100% of the proceeds are going toward our current project, The Fox Family Home Build. We are building a home for a local family whose entire lives have been affected by childhood cancer. Cadence Fox is a 12-year-old brain cancer survivor and has been in remission for three years. Cadence’s family has struggled with insurmountable debt associated with medical bills that keep adding up since her cancer has gone in to remission.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-for-change-tickets-52197104946?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy cadence change for fox music https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/11/music-for-change-2018 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:03:30 GMT
DISNEY TICKETS RAFFLE https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/10/disney-tickets-raffle

Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. is getting ready for our big fundraiser Music for Change on November 17, 2017 at Vintage Oaks Farm. To kick it off we have decided to celebrate Halloween by raffling off FOUR Disney Park Hopper Fast Passes! Tickets are $10 for one and $25 for 3. You can contact Brandy Hayes Angel, Jessica Davis, Maureen Alden KallatsaNaseem Kazemi Tate or Brooke Pearson Sears to purchase a ticket or message . You can even pay via PayPal BetheChangeBAF@gmail.com and receive a photo of your tickets via phone or email. The drawing will be LIVE on Facebook and Instagram on HALLOWEEN October 31, 2018. You do not have to be present to purchase tickets or to WIN! All proceeds for this raffle will go towards our current project, The Fox Family Home Build. Get your tickets NOW and help a family in need AND make your kids the happiest kids in the world this Halloween! WIN WIN!!!

Visit our event page here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100976573630922&set=gm.277608219543425&type=3

#bethechangebaf #musicforchange #musicforchangebaf#foxfamilyhomebuild

*Facebook and Disney are in no way affiliated, sponsored or endorsing this raffle. Entrants cannot sue Facebook, Disney or Be the Change- Brandy Angel Foundation Inc. or hold them liable if anything goes wrong with the raffle or winnings.

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy build disney family fox home raffle https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/10/disney-tickets-raffle Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:02:30 GMT
First Annual Music for Change! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/9/first-annual-music-for-change

Mark your calendars! 

Food, music, dancing, kids zone, auctions, raffles and tailgating! Help us BE THE CHANGE and build a home for a local family of a 12 year old brain cancer survivor while having a great time in the process! More information on tickets, bands, vendors and activities coming soon! Contact us to get involved or volunteer!

 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy change the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/9/first-annual-music-for-change Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:05:43 GMT
First Annual Boat Poker Run Success https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/8/first-annual-boat-poker-run-success Thank you so much to everyone who came out and made this such a big success! We had the best time and we we were able to raise $1000 for the families!!! Thank you so much Georgia Butts BBQ, Fishtail Marina, Crowe Marine and Young Harris Water Sports at Lake Oconee for your generous donations! congratulations Kirstie Riefler for your winning poker hand and thank you for donating your winnings to the families!! We are so grateful to all of you!! Be watching for our next event in November!


 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy change the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/8/first-annual-boat-poker-run-success Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:40:45 GMT
First Annual Boat Poker Run https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/8/first-annual-boat-poker-run

Come out Saturday August 11th!!! Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc is excited to invite you to our first annual Lake Oconee Super Hero themed Boat Poker Run! We are teaming up with Fishtail Marina and Georgia Butts BBQ to raise money for some local superhero families that have been faced with the nightmare of childhood cancer. The Fox Family and the Scott Family have taught us what real superheros are and we want to show them that we can be THEIR superheroes! Bring your best super hero capes and costumes to show them how much they inspire us all! 

Boat Entry- $35 (includes T-shirt)
(Register on Facebook, fees due day of the event.) 

~ Boats will leave Fishtail Marina at 4:00pm
~ Arrive at Georgia Butts at 5:30pm
~Music by Brandon Sears Band at Georgia Butts BBQ from 5:30-?

Raffle Items and T-shirts will be for sale at Georgia Butts all evening. 

A portion of all the proceeds from Georgia Butts will be donated to our families.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/8/first-annual-boat-poker-run Mon, 06 Aug 2018 01:26:27 GMT
Morgan County Citizen Coverage of the Fox Family Home Build https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/4/morgan-county-citizen-coverage-of-the-fox-family-home-build We are so grateful for our community and the continued support! 


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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy build family fox home https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/4/morgan-county-citizen-coverage-of-the-fox-family-home-build Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:27:42 GMT
Fox Family Home Build Chicken Dinner Poker Run Fundraiser https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/3/fox-family-home-build-chicken-dinner-poker-run-fundraiser 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!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/bethechangebaf/photos/?tab=album&album_id=818769381664343

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy change https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/3/fox-family-home-build-chicken-dinner-poker-run-fundraiser Sun, 25 Mar 2018 15:18:45 GMT
Fox Family Home Build Video https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/3/fox-family-home-build-video

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

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel angels be brandy cancer change childhood donor foundation kidney living photography the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/3/fox-family-home-build-video Thu, 08 Mar 2018 01:47:03 GMT
Fantasy Photo Shoot 2018 https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/2/fantasy-photo-shoot-2018 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 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy change the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/2/fantasy-photo-shoot-2018 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:53:51 GMT
Fox Family Home Build Fundraiser- Chicken Plates and Bike Poker Run https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/2/fox-family-home-build-fundraiser--chicken-plates-and-bike-poker-run

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

 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) build family fox home https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/2/fox-family-home-build-fundraiser--chicken-plates-and-bike-poker-run Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:31:02 GMT
Fox Family Home Build- WE HAVE LAND! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/2/fox-family-home-build--we-have-land Today was a great day for us at Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. Thanks to a few successful fundraisers, including the one at Chops & Hops where so many people came out to support us that they were able to donate $1600, we were able to purchase the land that we will be building the Fox Family Home on!

We are so grateful to every single person that made this possible and we can not wait to start the next part of this journey where we will all come together and build this family the home they deserve! Please follow our page to stay updated on Fox Family Home Build and go to www.bethechangebaf.com to see how you can get involved! 

Tara Gaw FoxCadence Fox - Cadence's Journey Brandy Hayes Angel Andy Schulze #foxfamilyhomebuild #bethechangebaf

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy build change family foundation fox home the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2018/2/fox-family-home-build--we-have-land Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:40:58 GMT
Christmas Toy Drive 2017 for Georgia Families in Need https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/11/christmas-toy-drive-2017-for-georgia-families-in-need

Once again Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc is working together with Catrett & Associates Casting Company to bring some joy and love to local families in need this Holiday Season. We are accepting all gifts for all age groups, not only for children but the parents as well. Think about every day items that parents could use to make their lives easier for themselves and their children.  Every year, as the holidays approach, families around the world gather together to celebrate with festive decorations and also an exchange of gifts. What’s very easy to forget during these times of feasting and celebrating is the fact that there are so many families in our very own communities that are struggling just to put food on the table for their kids. We want to help those families remember what the holidays truly mean. We want to show them the spirit of giving, compassion and love. Let's put something under the trees of these families that might not have anything there otherwise. We want to give gifts that give back to not only the receiver but the giver. This year we are so honored to be working with local organizations that will hand deliver these gifts to families in need. If you would like to donate gifts please contact us for more information. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAu3bn0OcDQ ~ This was last Year's Christmas Toy Drive that was hosted by Egelston Hospital and it was truly an amazing exeprinece. We hope this year will be just as successful at bringing joy and love to those who need it most. Thank you Wes Brawner for capturing these beautiful memories in such an amazing video. 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy change christmas kind https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/11/christmas-toy-drive-2017-for-georgia-families-in-need Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:22:48 GMT
Fox Family Home Build #wehaveland https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/10/fox-family-home-build-wehaveland

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 will be closing soon! 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

#bethechangebaf #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #gogold #foxfamilyhomebuild

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy build cadence change family fox home https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/10/fox-family-home-build-wehaveland Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:23:38 GMT
Happy 1st Birthday Jesmin https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/10/happy-1st-birthday-jesmin

When the princesses of Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. first met Jesmin she was just a few months old and on the AFLAC floor. Jesmin was diagnosed with Stage 3 Intermediate-Risk Neuroblastoma on December 15th, 2016 at just 2 months of age. There was a time not long ago that they didn't think Jesmin would ever leave the hospital. But she did, and yesterday she celebrated her 1st birthday. We were so honored and excited to be there to celebrate with her friends, family and even the doctors and staff that helped save her life. Her journey with cancer is not over and we all need to do our best to help fund research and spread awareness for childhood cancer so that we can do our best to help her and other warriors fight for their lives so they can have all the birthday parties they deserve. Thank you so much for everyone that came and helped make this birthday extra special for Jesmin. Jesmin's Journey Jesmin's 1st bday! Brandy Hayes Angel Jessica Davis Megan Alden Rainwater Maureen Alden Kallatsa Isabella Fox Julia Himmelsbach Smith Jessica Curtright Debra Kitchens Adams thank you for the amazing cupcakes. Lanier High School Band thank you so much for coming and playing Happy Birthday for this sweet girl! #bethechangebaf #gogold #childhoodcancerawareness

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/10/happy-1st-birthday-jesmin Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:31:46 GMT
Ava Nicole https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/9/ava-nicole

This sweet girl is Ava Nicole Voyles and she has anaplastic ependymoma. Her journey with cancer started on her 10month old birthday (9/11/14) she had not been sick once since her birth but her family noticed that she was tilting her head quite a bit and took her in to see her peds dr. and she thought it was a stiff neck,she gave them things to try but they didn't work. Her family finally got sent to CHOA and after all the test xrays, mri they came and told them it was a mass in her brain. They did surgery 2 days later and then told the family that she had stage 3 anaplastic ependymoma, it is a rare brain and spine cancer. They did get all of the tumor during surgery but there was a very small spot that they couldn't get to that they really didn't think it was cancer. Ava wasn't old enough for radiation when she was first diagnosed so they started her on chemo to by time for proton radiation. After 2 months of chemo they did Ava's next scans. They noticed the spot they weren't concerned with had grown. So on New Year's Eve Ava had her second brain surgery. At this point Ava in 3 years old and has had 7 brain surgeries and 1 spinal surgery but currently has no evidence of the cancer that she has fought so hard to overcome. I know she will fight just as hard to overcome any obstacle she faces in her future! She is such an inspiration and hero to everyone that meets her. #teamava #cancersucks #gogold #bethechangebaf

https://www.facebook.com/OwlfightwithyouAva/

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel awareness brandy cancer change childhood jude st https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/9/ava-nicole Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:48:44 GMT
Fox Family Home Build https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/9/fox-family-home-build

We have very exciting news for the Fox Family Home Build! We have found the PERFECT land for the family and we were given a very generous price on it from People's Bank. We just need $2500 more in SIXTY DAYS to close. I know we can do this with your help! Please offer and donation you can, anything would help us take the next step to break ground! Donations can be made out to Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 1201 Whispering Lakes Trl, Madison GA 30650 or dropped off at Bank South in Lake Oconee. Please call us for more information. (919)274-1771. Let's break ground by Thanksgiving! No better reason to be thankful!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy build family fox home https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/9/fox-family-home-build Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:34:11 GMT
Be The Change Beer Dinner with Chops & Hops https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/9/be-the-change-beer-dinner-with-chops-hops

From Chops & Hops​- We are joining forces with The Southern Brewing Company & Scofflaw Brewing Co. to bring you a dinner like no other! We will be offering 6 food courses & 10 different brews for a spectacular evening! 

$75 per seat. Includes 6 courses, 10 beers, tax and tip. 

The event will be sponsored by our friends at EHDH law firm which not only allows us to donate $10 from every ticket sale to the Be the Change Brandy Angel Foundation, we will also be offering cool local raffle items throughout the evening. 

Seats will be limited so call the restaurant soon to guarantee your spot! 
706-310-1101

#bethechangebaf #chopsandhops #beer #thethomascottongin

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) and angel be beer brandy change chops donor hops the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/9/be-the-change-beer-dinner-with-chops-hops Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:44:11 GMT
SUPRISE FOX FAMILY! #foxfamilyhomebuild https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/8/suprise-fox-family

Watch the videos here https://youtu.be/mEbsUJTVVLY  & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTaEv49FrB0

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. 

 Please share share share!!! #bethechangebaf #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #gogold #foxfamilyhomebuild

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel back brandy build cadence cancer childhood club compassion family fox giving home rotary https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/8/suprise-fox-family Sun, 27 Aug 2017 01:57:53 GMT
The Rice Awards 2017, PLEASE VOTE NOW https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/8/the-rice-awards-2017-please-vote-now Voting is open NOW! Please take a moment to vote for our foundation Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. for Foundation of the year at www.TheRiceAwards.com. This could mean amazing things for us and what we are capable of doing for our local families and communities. PLEASE VOTE AND SHARE! Thank you all so much for your continued love and support! Tickets are still available for the Sept 23 awards dinner!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel awards be brandy cancer change donor foundation of rice the year https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/8/the-rice-awards-2017-please-vote-now Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:23:46 GMT
Our Daddy needs a KIDNEY! - Team Hendrix https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/7/our-daddy-needs-a-kidney---team-hendrix https://www.facebook.com/bethechangebaf/photos/a.397197267154892.1073741827.397195620488390/700008010207148/?type=1&theater

Our Daddy Needs a Kidney - Team Hendrix 
I first met the Hendrix family several years ago and heard their amazing and heart breaking story. We have been waiting as patiently as possible for Brandon Hendrix to finally get on the transplant list and today is the day!!!! He is now eligible to get his life saving kidney so he can get busy taking care of his amazing family and watching and helping his beautiful daughter continue to achieve things as an austitic child that they never thought she would. If you feel moved to help him PLEASE call to see if you are a match for Brandon and at the very least SHARE SHARE SHARE his story so it can reach the his life saving hero!
PLEASE CALL 404-605-4605 and ask for Leanne Whitehead to see how you can begin your testing. 

Brandon is a 32 year old married father from the Athens, Georgia, area. He recently had to start on dialysis and get onto the kidney transplant list. Brandon and Donna have been married for 9 years. He has a 18-year-old stepdaughter and he has a 7-year-old Autistic special needs daughter. He is the breadwinner in their family because his wife was injured during the birth of their youngest daughter and has had a lot of medical issues since then. We need our daddy to be around for a long long time! Please help us find him a kidney! Thank you! 
#bethechangebaf #donatelife #shareyourspare #organdonation#kidneystories #kidneydonationhttps

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy change donor kidney living the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/7/our-daddy-needs-a-kidney---team-hendrix Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:11:19 GMT
Monica Needs a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/2/monica-needs-a-kidney

https://www.facebook.com/gotapairshare/

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Hi my name is Monica.I am 35 years old and I was diagnosed with ESRD on January 14, 1999 at age of 17 years old due to Hypertension that I didn't know i had. I currently attend dialysis on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In 2001 I received a Kidney Transplant that lasted five years. After it failed I immediately began testing at Emory to be listed again and began to train for Peritoneal Dialysis and did it for three years after catching peritonitis I returned to the clinic where i currently receive treatment as of today i been waiting for a Kidney 10 years. I really would like to began living a more normal life so I can council and educate other patients that are on and new to dialysis. I currently talk with many of the new patients at my clinic and other patients that need my advice on things they are dealing with while on dialysis. In my spare time i usually check on patients that are sick in the hospital and follow up with patients I have talked to I also participate in a mentoring program. If you interested in getting tested follow instructions on the picture and don't worry if your blood type don't match ask Emory about cross match program. when you read this story please share this page.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy change donor kidney the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/2/monica-needs-a-kidney Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:46:51 GMT
Robert the Great is a STAR today! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/2/robert-the-great-is-a-star-today Our Robert is a star today! I am so grateful for all of the amazing people that came together and donated their time, efforts, love and talents to make this happen. Thank you to CL Casting for making magic happen in 10 minutes flat by connecting us to Andy Rusk and donating your team, time and hearts once again to help us pull the whole day off. Andy Rusk for then connecting us to the best group of stuntmen, with the biggest hearts in the world, and with Southeast Movie & Stunt House for donating their amazing space for us to use. Wes Brawner of Pennywhistle Creative and Wes Brawner Events for once again donating his time and talent to video and document this for Robert and BTC. Neal Carpenter for helping me get the perfect lighting and shot! Please know your efforts are greatly appreciated and valued. Even if you are just pulling on fishing wire O.j. Greene I could NOT make my crazy ideas come to life without each and every one of you. These things take a lot of amazing people to pull off and I know each of you will forever be changed by this amazing boy. He truly is a superhero and deserves all we can do and more. I hope we get to work together again soon to make more magic happen! Shannon Parker Greene Jamie Lynn Catrett Joe Nelson Jared LosanoEmily Brobst T. Ryan Mooney Bobby Jordan Marvin Ross Elizabeth Davidovich  Brandy Angel Photography, LLC. 
Our foundation is in desperate need of donations to continue our efforts to help these kiddos and families that we feature. You can send donations to Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation 1201 Whispering Lakes Trail, Madison GA 30650 or contact us for more details. Thank you all so much for your continued love and support.

http://www.11alive.com/news/local/features/bam-pow-meet-the-young-teen-from-touching-superhero-photoshoot/411515916

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/good-day/236836467-story

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/02/20/georgia-boy-battling-cancer-learns-to-fly-like-superman.html?intcmp=latestnews

http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/21767-a-true-superhero-12-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-gets-special-superman-photo-shoot

http://www.themonitordaily.com/leukemia/213831/

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) CL and angel brandy casting change donor gym hart house movie robert smash southeast stunt https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/2/robert-the-great-is-a-star-today Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:04:51 GMT
Robert the Great gets his Superman Status with the help of some real superheroes. https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/2/robert-the-great-gets-his-superman-status-with-the-help-of-some-real-superheroes

I was recently reminded of a promise I made to Robert when he was in the hospital last year. He was going to miss our fantasy photo session because he had gotten admitted to the hospital yet again. He had requested being superman and I had gotten the costume just for him and he was really upset about the whole situation. I told him it would be fine, and that when he got out I would make him fly like superman for his photo session. I intended to make good of that promise but I had no idea how or when I would be able to. Thanks to some amazing friends and some new friends with huge hearts, we did just that.

Robert has had yet another eventful year since he was initially diagnosed with leukemia at 4 years of age. When I saw this update from his mom on Facebook I knew I had to do something to bring as much joy to his life as I could and when his mom gave me the green light to make it awesome I could not wait to see how it all played out. 

"Finding the right words for a post like this is tricky. Too little information and people jump to their own conclusions (panic) or press for more. Too much information and people still panic, and what you share is bouncing around everywhere. So, I’ll do my best to find the balance.

Robert had his 60 day post t-cell bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap. It all initially came back clear with no evidence of any Leukemia cells. However a few weeks later we learned that he no longer has any of the fighter tcells remaining in his body; the trial has failed. The Seattle group has provided the stats to our Atlanta team to assist us in developing a plan to move forward. Their studies indicate that any child who loses the cells so soon after transplant will relapse, fast and aggressive. All agree that Roberts relapse is imminent, but we can't know exactly how severe it will be. We will likely use chemo to keep the cancer at a manageable level as we enter the next treatment option, whatever that may be. 

So, what now? We are currently attempting to get in the Car-t immunotherapy trial at CHOP. Although it’s similar to Seattle’s, it’s different enough that it might work or at the very least work longer. If this fails, then a Bone Marrow Transplant would be discussed and that my friends would be our all in. A BMT is not a great option for Robert due to the severe liver damage from years of chemo, but if needed a less toxic version may be considered.

Our hope will never falter, though now it seems more guarded. Dr.s are now now kindly suggesting that we enjoy the time that we have with our Son. We no longer talk about statistics or numbers with others. We just keep working the problem the best that we can. We feel as if the cure that we we so desperately want for Robert is quickly slipping from our grasp, but we are trying to remain hopeful that we will still win. As of right now Robert feels great and we plan to take advantage of that and enjoy every second of every day. We will never give up!

Robert is happy, upbeat and enjoying everyday. Negativity or sadness is not a part of his life right now. He is currently enjoying a rare break from pain and discomfort. He looks and feels better than he has in a few years. Per his request, all he knows is that more treatment is ahead. If you happen to cross paths with him, keeps your tears to yourself...he'll likely only have laughs to exchange with you for a while anyway."

After Shannon reminded me of my promise we began thinking of ways to get this special boy off the ground. Then as fate would have it, I got a well timed text message from Jamie Catrett asking what I was up to. Jamie has a casting company called Catrett and Associates Casting that hosted a fundraiser for us last year. Since then we have become friends and she and her employees have worked together with Be The Change-BAF on several events. When I told her the story she immediately replied, "Give me 10 minutes." Before I knew it I had Hollywood Stuntmen laying out a plan that would make dreams come true for Robert. Within a week we were all together at Southeast Movie & Stunt House and getting to witness Robert fulfilling a lifelong wish of being a super hero. I have never seen him filled with so much joy and energy. His smiles will forever be in my heart, as well as all the people that came together to make this happen. I immediately got on youtube to learn some new editing techniques to bring the hero to life. 

Thank you all so much for using your gift to make a dream come true. You truly are the change this world needs. 

Follow Robert's journey at https://www.facebook.com/Rathat04/

See more photos at our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pg/bethechangebaf/photos/?tab=album&album_id=628875423987074 and a link to the full album http://www.brandyangelphotography.com/p618328535

A link to the videos by Wes Brawner (Pennywhistle Creative) https://youtu.be/ECRwMQXVRwk , https://youtu.be/ECRwMQXVRwk

 

Stay tuned to Fox5 Atlanta for coverage by Ron Gant! 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) & angel associates avengers be brandy cancer casting catrett change childhood fox5 gant great house jamie leukemia marvel movie robert ron southeast stunt superhero superman the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/2/robert-the-great-gets-his-superman-status-with-the-help-of-some-real-superheroes Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:37:55 GMT
Photography Workshop Fundraiser https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/1/photography-workshop-fundraiser

Ever since we went to Children's Hospital of Atlanta for Christmas I keep thinking about the older patients that we met that day. They seemed so lonely and bored. Since most patients are younger the programs at the hospital are veered mostly toward them. Admittedly our fantasy photo session that we are planning to do will be geared mostly toward the younger patients as well. I have been racking my brain to find a way to do something for the older patients. What I have come up with is a workshop to teach them photography and editing at the hospital. We could even allow parents to come if space allows. 

My goal would be to get 3 more Canon Rebel DSLR cameras with SD cards and 4 MacBook Pro Notebooks that have lightroom software. I would also like to get a Canon Photo Printer and USBs so they can keep their images they work on at the workshop. A nice fantasy backdrop with basic lighting set up and props would be needed as well. 
I could get everything we need for right at $5000 and we would be able to maintain the workshop bi-monthly at that point at both Egleston and Scottish Rite. If you would like to donate any goods that are needed you are more than welcome to do so, please contact bethechangebaf@gmail.com to arrange details.

Please help us achieve this goal for 2017. Thank you all so much!

A link to our Facebook Fundraiser. https://www.facebook.com/donate/10154940110783875/

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) CURE angel angels be brandy cancer change childhood donor kidney living photography the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2017/1/photography-workshop-fundraiser Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:01:00 GMT
Amazing Updates for 2016, Let's get ready for 2017! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/11/amazing-updates-for-2016-lets-get-ready-for-2017 It has been a crazy year with lots of ups and downs for our features. Baby Hazel found a living donor match and recently had BOTH kidneys removed in preparation to receive her life saving kidney and is doing great! Her new kidney will be here just in time for Christmas. Monica had a terrible set back for awhile and was gravely ill but managed to be the warrior she is and bounce back and wake up from her medically induced coma and find out she is in REMISSION! Robert the Great is in Seattle receiving a new T-Cell treatment that will hopefully be the answer he needs to finally beat AML once and for all and help further the use of this amazing treatment for others! Peyton RANG THE BELL on WORLD news for everyone to see as she completed her LAST TREATMENT! Cadence has continued to be cancer free, fight for awareness for Childhood Cancer and inspire so many everyday. Lake's picture continued to be shared this year all over the world creating awareness for childhood cancer and the truth of what happens when we lose a child as amazing as Lake. Even though he is not with us his photo and story continue to reach and touch people eveywhere. 

You make this happen. Please keep sharing our features stories and help those I need of living kidney donors find their matches and help raise awareness for childhood cancer and it's grossly underfunded research. Just clicking share may seem small to you but look at the good it has done in ONE year! Donating to the right people who fund research is crucial, CURE Childhood Cancer, St. Jude, Be The Match.org. Sign up to be a bone marrow donor! It's so easy! You don't even have to leave your home! They send the test to you and you send it right back! SAVE A LIFE! www.bethematch.org, www.dkms.org, just a couple to start. Donate BLOOD, donate PLATELETS or PLASMA. Continue to PRAY for them all. YOU have the power to make a difference, even if it's just a well placed smile to a stranger. Don't ever forget that. You will be giving something just as valuable to yourself I promise. 

Let's make 2017 even bigger and better. We have so many more opportunities that have opened up for Be The Change-BAF this year and we hope next year will bring about amazing change for those in need. You are a big part of that, just by being on our website and reading these stories and caring about these people. We are the change the world needs, and our ripples we create grown and exceed all our expectations. Be kind, be humble, be loving, be the change. 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Be CURE Kidney angel angels be brandy cancer change childhood donor foundation heart kidney live living photography the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/11/amazing-updates-for-2016-lets-get-ready-for-2017 Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:43:36 GMT
Giving Back this Holiday Season to the children at Children's Hospital of Atlanta! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/11/giving-back-this-holiday-season-to-the-children-at-childrens-hospital-of-atlanta

 

It is with the utmost excitement that I get to announce that Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. is partnering up with AFLAC Cancer Center at CHOA @ Egleston! Our services will be offered to patients as well as participating in special events with the hospital! We are so honored and so amazed at the possibilities that are in front of us.

December 15th is our first special event! I am working with the one and only Santa Clause to offer free photos for the the in-house patients on the AFLAC floor. There are 26 kiddos in patient on the floor and we would LOVE to deliver a BIG BAG of toys to all of them. If you would like to donate anything please look at the list of things attached below and you can mail it directly it to me or call  me to arrange pick up and I will gladly do so.  

Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation 
1201 Whispering Lakes Trl
Madison GA 30650
(919)274-1771

Any leftover gifts will be given to the Hospital's gift giving program. This year each in-patient gets to go to the shop and pick out Christmas Gifts, the amount depends on how many we can get donated. 

Please help us make this a Holiday season these children will remember with GOOD memories! 

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST SO WE CAN REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE!

Holiday Wish List 2016
Thank you for your interest in donating toys for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Your generous gifts will help brighten the holidays for patients from birth through age 21. 
 All toys and clothing must be brand new (purchased within the last 30 days).
 Please do not gift wrap donations.
 Toys must be sturdy and non-toxic. Avoid toys that can break, leaving sharp edges.
 Fire regulations prohibit electrical, spark-producing, or friction-producing toys.
 Toys promoting violence are not appropriate.
 Toys with numerous small parts that require close supervision are not appropriate.
 Rubber/latex balloons are prohibited.
 Glitter of any form (glitter glue, glitter stickers, glitter paper, etc.) is prohibited.
Infants and Toddlers (0-3 years)
Rattles, Teething rings, Stackable rings, Sound and light soothers, Shape stackers, Gym mats, Crib activity center with music (no cloth), Cause and effect toys, Activity walkers, Baby Einstein toys and movies, Toy phones and cameras, Sound books, Building blocks (rubber), Pop up toys, Little people, Unisex onesies/clothing, Light up toys, Baby blankets, Bubbles and Batteries.
Pre-School (4-6 years)
Barbie’s, Baby dolls, Sounds books, Little People, Action figures, Medical play kits, Tool sets, Preschool learning lap-top,
Play kitchen and food, Remote control cars, Play-doh and Play-doh utensils, Toy phones and cameras, Light-spinners, , Puzzles, Sticker books, Cars, Trucks, Paint brushes, Plastic animals (zoo, ocean), Mr. Potato Head, Magna Doodle, Small musical instruments, Coloring books, Board games (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Operation, Pretty Pretty Princess, Matching Games), Markers, Duplo blocks (large Legos), Unisex clothing (t-shirts, pants and pajamas) and Batteries.
School Age (7-12 years)
Legos, Colored pencils, Markers, Puzzles (300 pieces or less), Jenga, Board games (Monopoly Junior, Sorry, Connect Four, Guess Who, Trouble, Apples to Apples, Checkers), Nerf toys, Jewelry kits, New release DVDs, Playing cards (UNO, regular cards), Action figures, Superhero toys, Hot wheels, Nintendo 2DS or 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE - games and remotes for all game consoles, Paint brushes, “I-Spy” books, Small musical instruments, Unisex clothing (t-shirts, pants and pajamas) and Batteries.
Adolescents and young adults (13-21 years)
Craft kits, Advanced coloring books, Advanced lego kits, Ear buds and headphones, $10 Gift cards (iTunes, Target, Wal-Mart), Loom bracelet kits with extra rubber bands, Large sized fleece blankets, Jenga, Playing cards (UNO, regular cards), Board games (Scattegories, Rummikub, Monopoly, LIFE), Picture frames for decorating, Sharpies, Decorative duct tape, Fine-tip paint brushes, Canvases, Hair accessories, Bath n’ Body works products, Footballs, Basketballs, Soccer balls, Pro and College sports gear, Journals, Nail polish, Phone chargers (iPhone, Samsung), New release DVDs, Nintendo 2DS or 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE - games and remotes for all game consoles, Unisex clothing (t-shirts, pants, pajamas) and Batteries.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/11/giving-back-this-holiday-season-to-the-children-at-childrens-hospital-of-atlanta Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:15:50 GMT
Monica's Leukemia Journey https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/9/monicas-leukemia-journey
 
https://www.gofundme.com/2ghz9bg
 
http://www.carepages.com/carepages/monicasleukemiajourney/patient
 
Monica is a beautiful 21 year old woman who is facing her third battle with Leukemia. Her first battle began at just 14 years old. She has a long road ahead of her but she is determined once again to beat leukemia.
Please help us find the CURE Monica truly needs and deserves! Help us demand more than 4% for reserach! Sign up at www.bethematch.org. Donate Blood and Platlets! Donate to the right places like CURE and St. Jude! Do what you can to help end the number 1 disease killer of our children! Don't wait until it happens to your family.
 
Her Original Leukemia Story:
*The following story was written November of 2009*
She pretty much began to ‘whine’ right off the bat about how far her locker was from all her classes and carries those heavy books were dragging her down. I just felt she was complaining and needed to get used to it. (Wow… hindsight can really come back and bit you uh?)
She’s been sick off and on since school had started which truly isn’t like her. Of course I blamed it on new germs, new school and more kids. I’d checked her out many times off and on for not feeling good. She never had fever but really had a case of the blahs and not feeling good. I really thought the reason she felt like that was due to the fact most of her friends were not in her classes anymore and she was missing them.
She began to complain more and more about not feeling well towards the end of Oct. Her new complaint was being out of breath, tired and having no energy and “I just don’t feel good”. I took her to the Dr and was told she had an upper respitory infection and since it was viral she needed to just wait it out. Two days later she developed a high fever and since she is also a Type 1 diabetic, I called the Dr and was told to take her to the ER to be safe. The ER did chest x-rays and told us she had bronchitis. Six days (11-12-09) later she felt so awful that I took her back to the Dr’s office and they listened to her list of issues and after a quick examination and blood work, told us she had pneumonia. They called us in another antibiotic and inhaler and we ran back to school where I taught my last class and then off to CVS to pick up prescription.
By the time we got home, the Dr’s office had left 4 messages on the answering machine requesting we call them back. The phone was actually ringing as we opened the door. So, I answered it (and saw we had messages on the answering machine) and it was the Dr office telling me she was highly anemic and that her other blood tests looked suspicious. Her actual words were “critical lab values”. I asked what that meant and she told me her tests indicated something wasn’t right.
So, I asked for the results…. White count 450,000 (100,000 is normal). Hemoglobin was a 4 (12 is normal) and Hermaticrit was 13 (normal is 39) and platelets were 45 (normal is 125). I honestly don’t know much about blood work, but I know that high white counts were not a good sign and all I knew about high whites were leukemia related. It sent a shudder through me and I prayed I was wrong. Monica was standing in front me while I was on the phone begging to know what was going on and I didn’t want to alarm her so I had to keep my face smiley and normal while my insides were melting.
They told me to get to the closest ER so that a pediatrician could be called in. Since we had to go to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta last year for her diabetes diagnoses in Aug, I asked if we could go there since she had such a positive experience there and she was comfortable. Plus, since it is a children’s hospital I knew that we’d see a pediatrician as soon as got there and would not have to wait for one to be called in.
I called my husband Vic and told him we needed to go to the ER and off we went to Scottish Rite. My able daughter walked in the ER and looking around… everyone else was sick, broken arms, broken legs and here is my beautiful daughter texting! Yes, she was tired but she never put down her cell phone. Typical teen!
 
We immediately signed in and once they asked why we were there, I told them she had critical lab values… apparently that is a bad sign and we were pushed to the front of all those children, we immediately went to triage and by passed all the kids waiting to see a Dr and straight back to a room, IV put in, blood drawn and x-rays taken. Within an hour of arriving to the hospital, the Dr came in to tell us she had leukemia. I asked about the pneumonia and apparently, she never had it or bronchitis or an upper respitory infection. I did think it was weird she was diagnosed with all those things but never coughed or had a runny nose or a sore throat. Even the fever was related to the leukemia!
We were diagnosed with Leukemia offically on November 12, 2009. The Dr's were unable to tell us which type we had since she showed signs of having both ALL and AML. It took several days to get our results and on November 18th it was decided we have AUL. Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia. Under a microscope, she has both ALL and AML cells with a 'twist'. Because of this, we have a chromosome problem. It's known as Monosomy 7. We only have one chromosome instead of the two you are supposed to have for the 7th chromosome. Because of this missing 'link' we will be required to have a bone marrow transplant.
Monica has had quite an adventure since coming Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta where they treat her particular type of leukemia.
The Beads of Courage program was introduced to us about 3 days after we arrived since things had quieted down from having surgery to put in a central line and begun chemo. We are already on our fourth strand of beads for all the procedures she has endured so far. The beads show our journey and are a constant visual reminder of where we are. Monica looks forward to her beads each day to add to her strands.
Monica completed her third round of chemo on March 5th and we reported back to CHOA on March 29th to prepare for her bone marrow transplant. Her Bone Marrow Transplant took place on April 6th. Our son Cody was her perfect donor and the harvesting and transfusion went wonderfully for both my children.
She is ready to get it all over and go home forever. Personally, I look forward to the last day of treatment when we can hang up the multiple beads of courage strands she will have earned and reflect where we once were and where we are now.
It has been quite an experience, one that I will never forget. We’ve met amazing kids along the way that have touched our hearts forever. Now that we are members in the club no one willingly joins, our friends are now a part of our family for life.
*As of August 13, 2010 Monica was released from the BMT team and handed back over to the regular oncology team. She has remained in remission since first round in Dec. 2009.
** At her quarterly check up on 1-9-12, it was discovered that her leukemia is back once again. We will once again go into battle. We are ready.
***Successful bone marrow transplant on May 24, 2012 thanks to marrow from Cody once again. She still has some medical challenges here and there but she is a warrior and battling through them all!
#bethechangebaf #brandyangelphotography #GoGoldforchildhoodcancer #4isnotenough #CURE
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Our baby girl needs a KIDNEY! A kidney for Hazel. https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/8/our-baby-girl-needs-a-kidney-a-kidney-for-hazel

I am willing to bet that you did not know that infants and small children in need of a donor kidney achieve the best results from receiving a kidney from an ADULT donor. I didn't know myself when I began on this journey and I am so happy that Hazel's story can help educate more people on the need of adult donors for children.

This beautiful little girl is Hazel Niemitalo, she is just 16 months old and SHE NEEDS A KIDNEY.

Hazel Kate Niemitalo was born on April 4, 2015. She began her life as any normal baby until she began having seizure activity just a few days after birth. She was brought to Wake Forest Baptist medical center in Winston Salem where she was diagnosed with Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome of the Finnish Type. Hazel's kidneys don't properly filter proteins because of a mutation in one aspect of her kidneys.

A kidney Transplant it the ONLY option for a somewhat normal life. 

Hazel story was sent to me a year ago, shortly after her birth but we had to wait for her to meet certain criteria for her to receive a kidney. She lived in the hospital for a majority of her life. Well now she is officially on the transplant list. Seems like a huge deal, and it is because she needs to be listed just to be eligible for a transplant but she will most likely not use a kidney from the donor list since that is from a deceased person and a living donor is the most effective option for her. Since she needs to have both of her kidneys removed prior to her transplant and then be put on dialysis. They are hoping for a living donor so that they can schedule the nephrectomy (removal of kidneys) and not have her on dialysis while waiting for a kidney. She is on the list as inactive since they are planning to use a living donor. However if the time comes that they have to use the list they will have the option available and can make her active. Hazel's mother was not a match for her BUT she has been accepted for the paired donation program. 

What is a Paired Kidney Exchange?

Since 2001, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has participated in paired kidney exchanges. A paired kidney exchange, also known as a “kidney swap” occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with the recipient, and so exchanges kidneys with another donor/recipient pair.

Two live donor transplants would occur. Suppose there were two donor/recipient pairs, Donor and Recipient 1 and Donor and Recipient 2:

  • Donor 1 would give a kidney to Recipient 2.
  • Donor 2 would then give a kidney to Recipient 1.

This kidney paired donation transplant enables two incompatible recipients to receive healthy, more compatible kidneys. All medically eligible donor/recipient pairs may participate in the paired kidney exchange program.

A kidney swap occurs when two donor / recipient pairs exchange kidneys.

In order to be tested all you need to do is call the number on the sign (336)716-0548 and let them know you are interested in being tested for Hazel Niemitalo Date of Birth 4/4/2015. They will give you all the information you need. Thank you so much! 

Hazel's father Kenny may look familiar to those of you who love Ameican Ninja Warrior. He was a Vegas finalist last year and the show has done amazing things to and help spread the word of Hazel's need of a kidney. PLEASE help us CONTINUE to spread her story until we find her life saving match. 

#kidneyforhazel #shareyourspare #kidneydisease #organdonation #bethechangebaf Kidney for Hazel Maria Niemitalo Kenny Niemitalo American Ninja Warrior Nation

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/8/our-baby-girl-needs-a-kidney-a-kidney-for-hazel Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:59:52 GMT
Gideon The Powerful Warrior https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/8/gideon-the-powerful-warrior
GIdeon is truly a Powerful Warrior. He and his family were truly special and full of spirit and love. I will never get used to meeting these amazing families and children and know they are all fighting the scraiest battle a family should face. PLEASE donate to the right foundations and help them find the CURE and better treatments for Childhood Cancer. IT IS NOT RARE! #bethchangebaf #CUREchildhoodcancer #4isnotenough #childhoodcancerawareness
 
Gideon is a Ferris Bueller kind of a guy. Everyone loves Gidster, young and old, so we adopted the motto Save Ferris! The first few months of chemotherapy were hard so I tried to find fun things for him. We made wristbands with Save Ferris on them and shirts for our family that said Team Gidster . We also had heard that some of the kids call the ports that they receive their chemo through their Iron Man. I dubbed his Tony Stark. We ran with the Iron Man idea and now everything is Iron man in honor of our Iron Man, Gidster.
Gideon or Gidster as we call him just turned 9 and we are truly grateful for that. Gideon was only 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL. It was Friday December 13, 2013 and our lives completely changed within the span of 6 hours.
There were two really long walks that day. The first -when the Dr asked us to walk with her down to the consultation room where we received the news. The second - walking back to the Afac floor for children with cancer. Walking past all the pictures of precious bald children with cancer. That was our world now, everything had changed. We were in the hospital for the next 18 days. We spent our Christmas there. It was the best and worst Christmas we have ever had. We were forced to let a lot of things go and focus on the things that really matter - our family, our faith, and our Gidster. We were blessed by the service of so many and it was truly humbling. Finally on New Year’s Eve we got to take him home. The next 8 months were full of weekly chemotherapy and a few long term stays at the hospital.
Whenever we were able to we would leave the room and go play around the hospital making friends and playing video games in the Zone. Gidster's doctor once commented, with a smile, that he wasn't doing this right. He should be in his room moaning and groaning instead of running and playing throughout the hospital. During the first while it was pretty rough mainly because before we were diagnosed Gideon was a riot! So fun to be around. He would tease and joke with me. Then suddenly he was gone. He looked different and because of the chemos he acted different. I grieved for my Gideon. "Where had he gone?" I thought and would he ever be the same.
Sometimes I would cry and grieve for the loss of the future I had dreamed about for him. Honestly I still do and with every new pain, side effect or set back I'm made painfully aware that life is still not "normal".
But at least my Gideon came back! When he started to mess around with us at the hospital I was ecstatic. He would be pushing around his IV and pretend to trip.
What a tease!
The first time his hair started coming out we had some fun with it so we could gradually get use to the idea. First, a shorter cut, then a Mohawk, and then in an act of solidarity his 15 year old brother, dad, 7 of his uncles, many of his cousins and even his Grandpa shaved their heads. The second time his hair came out I, his mom, let him shave a little patch of my hair in his honor. Even though we are still in treatment and will be until 2017, his hair has grown in and we are back to the Mohawk or as Gidster named it "
Gideon loves Legos, Minecraft, Pokemon Go, traveling, board games, and playing baseball. One day he said “When I play Ball I just sink into it and I forget about Cancer". Oh my heart!
People comment that he always has a smile on his face. I know it's because we choose to find the joy in life and fun in the normal and sometimes not so normal everyday life. We have fun!
Gideon is a pretty chill kind of patient. He is always more concerned about the other children in the clinic. When he cries it is usually for another child or baby that he can hear is in distress. That’s the thing that impresses me most about him, his concern for others, even when he is dealing with so much. He is only 9 and I admire his strength, courage, playful spirit, hope and faith. In my opinion he embodies the definitions of his name. Gideon truly is a Mighty Warrior
 
 
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Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation Tie Dyed T-Shirts Limited Supply! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/8/be-the-change--brandy-angel-foundation-tie-dyed-t-shirts-limited-supply
First batch of Tie Dyed Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation T-Shirts are done! $30 (shipping not included) and you can get your own! To order yours email me at BeTheChangeBAF@gmail.com. New colors coming this week. They will be made to order so you can even choose your colors. Cash, Check or paypal excepted.
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Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation Needs YOUR Support! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/8/be-the-change--brandy-angel-foundation-needs-your-support

Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation needs to ask you for your support.  Our organization assists individuals in our community and without donation from individuals like you, this would not be possible. Donations help sustain our organization and benefit the community which we serve. 

We are counting on your support. Remember that your gift is tax-deductible! Donations can be made to our paypal account (you must be signed into your paypal for this link to work).

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or checks can be mailed to: 

Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation

1201 Whispering Lakes Trail

Madison, GA 30650 

Please follow our website, of course this blog and facebook page to read and share the stories of our amazing features, as well as see if you could possibly be the answer they are looking for.  You can also stay informed about any exciting fundraisers and events we have coming up. As well as purchase Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation T-Shirts. 

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Thank you in advance for your support!

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Angel Be Brandy Cancer Change Childhood Donor Foundation Kidney Photography The angel be brandy change donor kidney the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/8/be-the-change--brandy-angel-foundation-needs-your-support Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:27:37 GMT
Cure Childhood Cancer for Maybin https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/7/cure-childhood-cancer-for-maybin
Maybin was born in Germany in August 2012. We moved to Washington where she was a normal little girl until shortly after her 3rd birthday. She was having difficulty walking and complaining of pain. After her first visit to the doctors they sent her home on an ibuprofen regimen for a week and a few days later I had to rush her to the ER because her health had so rapidly deteriorated. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We spent the first month of treatment at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma WA. She was not in remission or hitting the marks during her first month of treatment and she was moved to the Very High Risk treatment plan meaning that her chances of relapsing on normal treatment where very high and she would need a much more intense chemo treatment to make sure a relapse didn't occur. I decided that Maybin and I needed to move towards family for the treatment. We moved to GA to be near her Grandparents and finish the remainder of her treatment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite. We brought our dog Peaches and all of our belongings with us. Since arriving she has reached remission and is continuing her treatment plan with ease. She has had an amazing resilient outlook and a huge smile on her face the entire time. Although there have been bumps in the road she was fortunate to miss out on many side effects of chemo and held on her hair until the last few weeks of treatment. It is already starting to grow back. She will be finishing the most intense part of treatment soon and heading into maintenance which will include a lot of at home chemo but much less clinic visits. She will be celebrating her 4th birthday this August and it will be everything Elsa and Anna from frozen. After that she gets to be a little girl again and focus on her first year of Pre K.
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/7/cure-childhood-cancer-for-maybin Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:25:44 GMT
Searching for baby Stancill https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/7/searching-for-baby-stancill

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We are Shane and Ashley Stancill and we are currently searching for “OUR” baby! We want to share our story in hopes that someone somewhere will lead us to the baby that God has waiting for us.

After trying to get pregnant for 2-3 years on our own, my husband Shane and I decided we needed to go to a fertility Specialist in Atlanta for help. Our first visit seemed like a typical doctor visit until the doctor wanted to do a physical exam on me. 2 minutes into the exam, the doctor stopped and had a concerned look on his face. I knew from the look on his face meant he saw something that wasn’t supposed to be there. He stopped the exam and he asked us to meet him in his office immediately. He tried to explain that he saw something, but that he didn’t want to insinuate what it could be. The fertility specialist wanted to do a D & C, but because I wasn’t officially his patient yet, he was more comfortable with my regular ObGyn doing the procedure. We called the ObGyn immediately and started discussing when could have the procedure done. After working with the ObGyn and the hospital we decided that January 15th would be the day. We woke up super early and arrived at the outpatient center for Athens Regional. Dr. Goggin came in and said that he was ready and he just knew that they wouldn’t find anything abnormal. I wanted to believe him so bad, but deep down I knew that something wasn’t right. I prayed that God would keep me safe during the surgery and that he would guide the surgeon’s hands. Days went by and I hadn’t heard anything. I tried not to panic, but that was impossible.  Dr. Goggin said he would call as soon as he got the results. I’ve been using him as my ObGyn for about 5 years and when he says something he means it. I knew he would call whether he had good news or bad. Sure enough on January 20th @ around 6:00 pm as I was getting ready to go out to celebrate my 28th birthday, my phone rang. It was Dr. Goggin’s office. My heart sank. This was our conversation.
Goggin: “Hey Ashley. I don’t know how to tell you this. I was packing up for the evening and I saw your results on my desk. Something told me to open them. I did and unfortunately sweetie I don’t have the news I want to have. We found cancer in your uterus and we think it’s stage 3.”

Me: “Are you serious? Will I have to have chemo? Radiation? Will I be okay? Who do I see for this?”

At this point, I started crying and shaking. I was speechless. What do you say during that moment?!? I was angry. I was scared. I was heartbroken. I was devastated. A range of emotions went through my mind.

The first person I called was my daddy. He would make it better. He would know what to do. He always knows what to do. I was crying and screaming by this point. My daddy told me to calm down and that we would fight this. We would beat this cancer. He assured me that we would do whatever we had to do to help me get well again. I got off the phone with him and called my Momma. She told me the same things as he did, but she was scared and I could tell. The third person I called was my best friend Melissa. She was at a basketball game watching Ashlyn, her daughter cheer. She immediately starting reassuring me that everything would be alright. She would find out who the best oncologists were in Georgia. We would fight this together. The next call was to my principal. I knew that I wasn’t in any shape to go to school the next day. How would I tell my students? How would I explain this to them? I didn’t want them to be scared for me. I had to be strong for them. I couldn’t stand in front of their little faces and not bawl thinking about what I had just been told. She told me that I should take the next day off and that if I need the rest of the week off I could take it too. She told me not to worry about lesson plans or school at all, but if you know me, you know that I have a slight case of OCD and I am a control freak, especially when it comes to my students and my classroom. When I have a sub, I like to have everything laid out and organized. As soon as I talked to her I went to the school.  After going to my classroom and getting sub plans together, I meet Melissa and her 3 girls for dinner. I wanted to see them, talk to them and hug them. I needed them. We had dinner and through the tears we talked. The girls were nervous and I could tell. I’ve been a part of their life for as long as I can remember. They are like my own and I would do anything for them. Having to tell them that you have cancer and that you don’t know what you’re going to do is HARD. At this point, stage 3 to me was advanced enough that I might die. I couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing them grow up. I didn’t sleep much that night. I just thought about everything. I googled A LOT that night. Bad idea for anything medical! The next day, Melissa and I with the help of her sister-in-law, started researching the best Oncologists in the state of Georgia. God sent us in the direction of Dr. Boveri. I made an appointment for the following week. Melissa took off work and rode with me. From the time we stepped in the door of his office, there was a calmness that came over me. I felt at ease. I’m not sure if it was Melissa being there with me and making me laugh by using every Snapchat filter on her phone or if God had his hand on me the whole time. Maybe it was both. Before going into his office, I had my mind made up. I am a control freak like that. I wanted the cancer out of my body. Whatever it took to get it out was fine by me.

This was the conversation with Boveri: (Keep in mind: This is the first time I’m meeting him!)

Boveri: We can do a total hysterectomy and we may need to do radiation and chemo. We could also wait to do the hysterectomy. You could harvest your eggs first then do it after that. You go home and think about it first. Then let me know what you want to do.

Me: I already decided. Take it out. I want it ALL out of my body.

Boveri: If we do a hysterectomy, you won’t be able to have kids. You know that right?

Me: Yes, I know this. As far as my eggs, I don’t produce enough to harvest anyways. It would take too long to do that.

Boveri: Well, I’ve never had a patient who comes in and knows what they want like you.

Bless him, y’all! I am his youngest patient EVER and his craziest I am sure! After waiting a week, it was surgery day. I had a total hysterectomy done. The waiting room was filled with my family and friends. I received so many texts, calls and prayers! It was humbling to be honest. All these people were praying for me. They wanted me to be well. Some didn’t even know me and wanted to send their prayers to me. I had the best nurses at the hospital! We made friends with them all. The day after surgery, I convinced the nurses and Dr. Boveri that it was time for me to come home. Before I came home, Shane had super cleaned the house and had everything ready for me. In the coming days, we had lots of visitors to keep me company. Every day in the mail I received cards, gifts and letters. Some from people I didn’t even know. They were still praying for me. I was still in shock that so many people cared. Our friends and family brought us meals, so that we wouldn’t have to cook. Shane got a little spoiled during this time. I never cook as well as everyone who brought us meals! After 2 ½ weeks and lots of hesitation from my coworkers and principal I was back at work. People thought I was crazy. Call me crazy, but I LOVE MY JOB! I LOVE my students! God called me to be a teacher and I will always be thankful that he did! When I was out, my students and their parents sent me well wishes and prayers. They missed me and I missed them so bad! One student even painted me a sign that said, “My Teacher Is My Hero!” It has hung in my house ever since. I read it EVERYDAY and think about how blessed I am. I survived. I beat cancer. I didn’t let it define me. It hurt me, most definitely, and it took away the title that I so long to be called, “Mom”, but someday when I look back, I will be able to say that it made me stronger. Cancer took my ability to have biological children away, BUT it will NEVER take the love and longing I have in my heart to be called, “Mom”.

…..Well that was supposed to be a short intro, but I got a little long winded. This is our story. I hope that you will join us on our adventure to find OUR baby!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) adoption angel be cancer change the uterine https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/7/searching-for-baby-stancill Fri, 08 Jul 2016 03:07:19 GMT
Pray for Peyton https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/7/pray-for-peyton

 

There are few places I would have rather been this afternoon than laughing at CHOA with this beautiful girl and her amazing mamma. It never cesases to amaze me the strength, normalcy and love these familes show during their unimaginable battle with cancer. This sweet girl was supposed to be taking family photos today in Stone Mountain with us. All of us swimming, laughing and enjoying her July 4th. But cancer doesnt care, it doesn't play favorites, or celebrate holidays. It can attack at any time to anyone. PLEASE rally for these children and find better treatments for childhood cancer. Find a CURE. ‪#‎4isnotenough‬ ‪#‎CUREchildhoodcancer‬‪#‎bethechangebaf‬ Pray for Peyton Shannon Parker Greene O.j. Greene Brandy Angel Photography, LLC. ‪#‎brandyangelphotography‬ 
Thank you so much to Well Dressed Wolf for donating this BEAUTIFUL dress and cape for our heros to wear! And to Her Joyful Studio for the precious bows! We are eternally grateful!
‪#‎welldressedwolf‬ ‪#‎fujifilm‬ ‪#‎polaroids‬ 
"While Peyton is in the hospital fighting fevers, will you fight for other children that will walk this journey in the future? We team up with Rally because we believe in their mission where they are committed to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.
So this weekend while you are out watching fireworks, parades, having barbecues and picnics will you just take a moment and fight for those kids that are our future? They deserve more than 4%. They deserve to have a childhood outside these hospital walls, watching fireworks, parades, having barbecues and picnics too!
Let's Rally for Peyton by donating $10 for each day she fought the cancer beast. Our goal is to reach $8,440 in donations by the date of her last chemo treatment on July 16!
‪#‎RallyforPeyton‬ ‪#‎RallyOn‬ ‪#‎prayforpeyton‬ ‪#‎anchoredinhope‬"

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/7/pray-for-peyton Mon, 04 Jul 2016 03:28:25 GMT
Step Sisters the movie and Be the Change BAF NEEDS YOU! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/6/step-sisters-the-movie-and-be-the-change-baf-needs-you Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. has been offered an awesome opportunity with the film Step Sisters that is currently filming in downtown Atlanta. They are in need of people, young, old, tall short, whatever, to be in the film as extras by sitting in the audience of a step dance competition on June 29th at 9:00am in downtown Atlanta. Every single person I get to come in the name of Be The Change- Brandy Angel Foundation will be a donation per person towards the foundation. PLUS you get to hang out on a movie set, watch a cool step dance competition AND be in a movie, which is pretty cool. I will have more information sooner to the date but PLEASE PLEASE SHARE and have anyone interested contact me personally at bethechangebaf@gmail.com subject line Step Sisters. THANK YOU SO MUCH! We will be one "step" closer to the cameras for our families in treatment! Pun intended. www.bethechangebaf.com

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) atlanta. be casting catrett change sisters step the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/6/step-sisters-the-movie-and-be-the-change-baf-needs-you Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:43:58 GMT
First Ever Fundraiser for Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/5/first-ever-fundraiser-for-be-the-change-brandy-angel-foundation To Whom it May Concern, 

My name is Brandy Angel . I am a Georgia based photographer and the founder and president of a Non Profit organization called, “Be The Change—Brandy Angel Foundation” . 

My foundation uses photography, print and social media, as well as other outlets, to help those in need spread their stories of hope to as many as possible.

We have helped people locate living kidney donors, look for lost loved ones and we even helped a local family who’d lost everything in a house fire receive donations from all over the country.

A huge part of the foundation, however, is sharing the stories of local children battling cancer. 

We are doing our best to help them spread awareness to the huge problem of low funding for childhood cancer research, and also offer them a way to document their lives and have special experiences during this difficult time.

On July 17, 2016 we are planning one of those special experiences. We want to offer these children and their siblings a fantasy photo session!

The event will be held at Little Rose Nature School in Watkinsville, Ga. 
Bombshell Creations has offered to do hair and make up for the children and I , along with several other photographers , will be offering them free photo sessions. 

We will also be raffling off these special sessions to a limited number of the general public for the purpose of raising funds with which to purchase camera equipment so that these cancer-stricken families may borrow the equipment to document their own stories during treatment.

This will offer them so much more privacy, the ability to share their stories, and offer awareness to the funding plight. 

We are also in the planning stages of creating nature photography teaching workshops for the children at the beautiful Little Rose Nature School, where the nature experience alone will be a healing balm.

Here’s where we need your help : We are seeking donations of costumes, both princess, fairy and super hero, wigs and accessories for the children, catering for the day of the event, and any props we could use in the fantasy photo sessions. If you are interested in loaning any of these items, I would be happy to return them to you. 

We are also taking donations of any goods you would like to donate for an online silent auction.

Any help you can offer us will be greatly appreciated ! Even ideas and thoughts are welcome!

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Any donations, or loans, of costumes, and or accessories, would be greatly appreciated. I will gladly share all watermarked images to vendors of the donated items for marketing purposes as well as give credit to all those who collaborate. Any donations can be sent to; 

Brandy Angel
1201 Whispering Lakes Trail
Madison GA 30650

Thank you again for any help you may be able to provide.

Brandy Angel
Brandy Angel Photography
Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation
brandynangel@gmail.com

 

http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/3/carlys-cancer-battle-childhood-cancer-is-not-rare?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/3/carlys-cancer-battle-childhood-cancer-is-not-rare?customize=3 http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/robert-the-greathttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/robert-the-great The world lost this beautiful boy 1 year ago today.He passed away from the effects of the adult treatments that are given to our sick children because of the lack of funding to find better treatmentsThe world lost this beautiful boy 1 year ago today.He passed away from the effects of the adult treatments that are given to our sick children because of the lack of funding to find better treatments

 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/5/first-ever-fundraiser-for-be-the-change-brandy-angel-foundation Mon, 30 May 2016 03:38:02 GMT
Time to buy your Be the Change T-Shirts! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/5/time-to-buy-you-be-the-change-t-shirts

Please help us continue our efforts of being the change by buying your very own T-Shirt today! T-Shirts are $20 for local pick up and $25 if shipping is needed. T-Shirts come in S, M, L, XL. Youth sizes S & XS. Please contact us at bethechangebaf@gmail.com to order your t-shirts today! 

 

First batch of Tie Dyed Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation T-Shirts are done! $30 (shipping not included) and you can get your own! To order yours email me at BeTheChangeBAF@gmail.com. New colors coming this week. They will be made to order so you can even choose your colors.
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/5/time-to-buy-you-be-the-change-t-shirts Thu, 05 May 2016 15:05:11 GMT
Let's Find Randy Daniel a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/4/lets-find-randy-daniel-a-kidney
It has been a year that I took this photo and met this amazing couple. Randy is still searching for his perfect match. His need becomes more and more desperate with each passing day. PLEASE share his story and PLEASE, if you feel compelled to be tested CALL the number on the sign and see if you are Randy's life saving angel.
Find A Kidney For Randy Daniel Pat Walker Daniel
My name is Randy Daniel. I have lived on dialysis, and been on the waiting list for a life-changing kidney, for 7 1/2years. My blood type is O + , and I can receive a kidney from any type O donor that is a match for me. Four years ago, we received a call that there was a possible kidney match for me. My wife rushed me to the hospital where we learned that the donor kidney was not transplantable. About 4 months ago, we had another close call. We received information of a possible donor from another state, but that also did not come to fruition. I’ve trusted all along that my transplant would happen as God has planned, and this may very well be His plan. Quite possibly, someone reading my story at this very moment is THE person God has planned to be my perfect match - my living donor.
At 15, I was hospitalized when I passed out at my Grandfather’s grocery store. We learned that my kidneys were not functioning properly. After multiple tests, I underwent surgery, and 1/4th of my left kidney was removed. They were not sure of my condition but felt that I had kidney cancer and told my Mother that I would not live to see my 21st birthday. We later learned that I have a kidney disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease “PKD”.
At this time, I have zero kidney function. I had complete kidney failure in 2002. I was living on dialysis for 9 months when my cousin, Donna Oakes Smith, came forward and selflessly donated one of her kidneys to me in 2003. After contracting the West Nile virus and 2 episodes of rejection, the transplant failed in 2007. I am currently on hemodialysis, and have been for 7 ½ years, except for a brief period when I tried peritoneal dialysis at home. I developed complications and was forced back on hemodialysis.
I have been out of work since 2007. My kidney disease, need to live on dialysis and inability to work has been a huge strain on our household income and my mental well-being. I can’t help but feel that I am less of a man because I can no longer provide for my family, and my kidney failure has placed extreme pressure on my wife. While I do pray to receive a functioning kidney, I also feel led to help others in the ways I am able. After my first stint on dialysis and my first transplant, my wife and I began reaching out to others going through these transitions to lessen their fear by sharing what we have learned. We also donate regularly to our Church and American Kidney Services, and I take every opportunity to minister to other patients when I am in the hospital or visiting family and friends during their own health hardships.
Having had a transplant previously, I know what the feeling is like to feel healthy and normal again. One of the biggest challenges is thirst. I am thirsty - all the time, and my fluid intake is very restricted. If I am blessed with a donor, the first thing I would like to do is drink 32 ounces of water…that’s two bottles of water!! There are not enough words to explain how it feels to not be sick anymore! I pray for and dream of that day like you cannot imagine. I pray that the end of my days of living on dialysis will come soon - while I am still healthy enough to receive the gift of life.
My wife was tested and is not the right blood type, but wasn’t accepted for the paired exchange program due to not having a specific level of kidney function that is necessary to donate. My wife’s friend, Doris Walker, was tested to donate to me, and has been approved to donate! Unfortunately, her blood type is not compatible with mine. So, we were placed in the paired exchanged program. This program tries to match multiple families with other donors to achieve donation for those who do not have their own living donor match. Essentially, my living donor will save the lives of TWO people in need of a kidney!!!
My blood type is 0+, and I can accept from blood types O ONLY. If you’re blood type is O – or O +, you could possibly be my match!
Anyone willing to be tested should contact my coordinator at Piedmont Hospital, Leanne Whitehead, at 404-605-4605. Please let her know you would like to be tested as a living donor for me, James Randy Daniel. I do not have a Facebook page, but my devoted wife does. Please feel free to message her (us) with any questions, prayers or prayer requests. We pray for others as much as, and often more, than we do ourselves. I understand my needs are small compared to the needs of the world, but I also trust that God’s plans for my needs will be fulfilled. Thank you and God bless each person reading my story with a willing and caring heart. https://www.facebook.com/pat.w.daniel?fref=ts
Pat Walker Daniel
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Carly's Cancer Battle, Childhood Cancer is NOT rare! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/3/carlys-cancer-battle-childhood-cancer-is-not-rare
I got to meet this adorable little girl yeaterday and have some fun chasing her around with my camera. She was a sweet, sassy typical 2 1/2 year old except she has cancer and that is anything but typical. Carly's life will be forever changed because of cancer. Not just now but if she beats this awful disease she has no idea how cancer and cancer treatments will affect her adult life. She could be anyone's daughter, grand daughter, niece, neighbor or friend. Dont wait until cancer affects someone YOU love! Donate NOW so we can find a CURE for childhood cancer and better treatments for these sweet babies! Here is Carly's story.
In June 2015, Carly was a few months shy of two years old. We had a great summer playing at Lake Lanier and taking a family beach vacation. After coming home from Florida, her dad and I noticed that she was walking with a slight limp. We were both concerned about it, so I made an appointment with her peditrician. 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 peditrician 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. For females, treatment is two and a half years. Carly started treatment immediately. After her first round of chemo, she still had leukemia cells in her bone marrow. Because of these test results, she was moved into the high risk group. In the high risk group, chemotherapy is stronger, and more frequent. Treatment for leukemia includes oral chemotherapy, IV chemotherapy, and frequent spinal taps where chemotherapy drugs are entered into the cerebrospinal fluid.
 
Carly is now two and a half, and eight months into treatment. 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!
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.
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) CURE angel be brandy cancer change childhood the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/3/carlys-cancer-battle-childhood-cancer-is-not-rare Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:20:04 GMT
Our Papa, "Bubber" William Wilkes, needs a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/our-papa-bubber-william-wilkes-needs-a-kidney http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/our-papa-bubber-william-wilkes-needs-a-kidneyhttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/our-papa-bubber-william-wilkes-needs-a-kidney

This feature hits VERY close to home for me. This is my cousin Bubber Wilkes. I think everyone in Oconee County knows just who he is and I know each and everyone of you will SHARE his story and help him find the life saving kidney donor he needs! He has done so much for his community and it's time for his community to give back to him! PLEASE help Bubber if you can!

Our PaPa, Bubber Wilkes, Needs a Kidney​

Hello, my name is William Eddie (Bubber) Wilkes and I am a 67 year old husband, father of two, and grandfather to five precious grandchildren.  In September of 2015, I was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy.  My kidney function (estimated GFR) declined to 9% by year end.  Having been born with only one kidney, it’s important for it to function well. Despite medications and a restrictive diet, I have been unable to maintain a functioning kidney and I was forced to start dialysis on January 18, 2016.  

Currently, I serve as an Oconee County Commissioner in Watkinsville, Georgia.  Previously, I served Oconee County for 20 years and was re-elected to serve my current four year term.  Due to dialysis, it is difficult at times to attend all functions involved with being a Commissioner but I have not allowed my kidney failure to prevent me from continuing to serve the people of Oconee County.  In addition, I also work part-time with Lord and Stephens Funeral Home and enjoy spending time with family, especially my grandchildren.  

Four times a day, seven days a week, I do peritoneal home dialysis.  It is my hope to be approved for a peritoneal cycler. This would allow me to handle my dialysis each night while sleepingDialysis is a temporary solution to end stage renal failure. However, a kidney transplant would allow me to enjoy a healthy life again, restore my quality of life and allow me to resume normal day to day activities. Transplant recipients generally live twice as long as those who stay on dialysis and are not restricted by the challenge of routine dialysis therapy.


After completing my evaluation at Emory University Atlanta, I am awaiting approval to be placed on the transplant list.  My blood type is A negative. This enables me to receive a kidney from blood types A and O.  Kidneys from deceased donors function well, but a kidney from a living donor provides the greatest chance for long-term success.   Patients on dialysis have a 40 – 50% risk of dying within 5 years.  A living donor decreases that risk to 10 percent. 

 

The Emory transplant team will evaluate each potential donor very carefully to verify their ability to donate. New surgical techniques allow doctors to remove a kidney using smaller incisions than ever before.  Recovery time for the donor is short.  A typical stay in the hospital can be 2-3 days and back to work in a couple of weeks in most cases. 

 

If you are interested in becoming a living donor for me, contact the Emory Transplant Center.  The number is listed below.  When calling, please inform the transplant coordinator that you are interested in becoming a living donor for William Eddie Wilkes (full name must be given).  They will also need my date of birth:  9/16/48. The center also participates in the Kidney Paired Donation Program.

 

Your prayers and support is greatly appreciated.  I am placing my trust in the Lord and pray that someone will be willing to give me the gift of life.  Thank you again for making a difference. 

Emory Transplant Center
Atlanta, GA
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855- 366-7989 FREE

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel angels be brandy bubber change donor foundation kidney living the wilkes https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/our-papa-bubber-william-wilkes-needs-a-kidney Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:57:06 GMT
Matthew Gunther- CHD Survivor! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/matthew-gunther--chd-survivor

This is Matthew. He is a survivor of CHD! We need MORE STORIES like Matthew's! Let's create the awareness for MORE funding and BETTER treatements! They can ALL be survirors!

My name is Matthew Gunther and I am a 27 year old Congenital Heart Defect Survivor. I was born on September 20th, 1988 with a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition in an abnormality of the heart. In fact it is a combination of four different defects; a VSD, which is hole in between the two lower chambers of the heart, Pulmonary Stenosis, which is the narrowing of the the pulmonary artery, Right Ventricular Hypertrophy, which is essentially the enlargement of the right side of the heart from poor circulation, and lastly overriding of the aorta, which is where  the aorta is not positioned correctly over the left ventricle. I have had a total of four operations on my heart to correct the defects. I had what there call a BT-Shunt at 6 weeks old, it was to improve the blood flow due to the stenosis. Once I was able to recover and grow and become a little stronger at the age of 14 months, I had a complete repair to fix the VSD and a few other issues to help my heart improve my quality of life. Then at 8 years old it was time I had a pulmonary valve replacement, since it was fixed during the complete repair or place one if it was removed. At the time a homograft valve was placed. Then at age 20, I had to have it replaced with a new one and they decided to place a porcine valve. They expect me to live 20 years with this one before it will need to be replaced. I also had to have three back operations to correct scoliosis, which is the curvature of the spine. I have been able to live a very healthy and outgoing life besides a few ups and downs, but I keep a very positive attitude and do my best to jump each hurdle that is thrown at me. I am very involved in the CHD community, by spreading as much awareness I can to as many families and people that are affected by a CHD. I am apart of the Kids at Heart program in Atlanta, Ga as a inspiration to the families, so they know there is hope for their young one to grow up and live a long and healthy life. I am also apart of the ACHGA, which is a group of adults that are living with a CHD and provide support and advocate for CHD as much as they can. I am also in school to become a Patient Care Tech and who else knows where that will lead me. I am also CPR certified which essential for everyone to know, it is extremely helpful since I am around heart families and be able help in a time of need. I have also decided to become a CPR instructor so I am able to teach and give as many people the knowledge to help when a loved one has a medical emergency. Lastly one of the things that I cherish with all my heart is Camp Braveheart. Which is a camp provided by Children's Health Care of Atlanta for kids and teens with a heart defect or heart transplant. If it was not for a wonderful family the Flynn’s we would not have this camp, and I would not have been able to be a camper from age 7 to 18 and now be able to give back and be a consoler. 

#‎bethechangebaf‬  ‪#‎CHDAWARENESS‬ ‪#‎CHOA‬

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel awareness be brandy change congenital disease foundation heart photography the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/matthew-gunther--chd-survivor Sun, 14 Feb 2016 03:50:48 GMT
Jake Thompson, Heart Warrior Angel https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/jake-thompson-heart-warrior-angel
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This is Jennifer Thompson and I met her on February 10, 2016, the day that Govenor Neal signed the declaration making this week Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week. Once I me her I knew I had to share Jake's story and do what I can to spread awareness for our little heart warriors. Be a voice for the voiceless, BE THE CHANGE. #bethechangebaf #CHDAWARENESS #CHOA
 
"I found out at 24 weeks pregnant that Jake would be born with severe heart defects. They said he would probably not make it past birth and that if he did he would have no value of life. Not my words its what the specialist told us. He even recommended terminating the pregnancy, but my husband told him we would leave it in Gods hands and that's what we did. Jake was born May 18, 2010. 19 hours later he had his first open heart surgery at CHOA. After many ups and downs and 2 stomach surgeries we finally went home after 3 months. Jake was doing great and he had a planned open heart surgery on February 3rd 2011. He was a champ and we were home in just a few days. Once again he was doing great and then he had his 3rd open heart surgery which also was planned for his complete repair. He did have a leaky valve afterwards but we were home in just a few days. Over the next couple of years things were great. We just had to keep a check on his valve. Then in August of 2015 he had to have the valve replaced and they decided to put in a pacemaker. He seemed to have a hard time recovering even after we came home. He didn't have much energy. A few weeks later we were told he was going into heart failure and they put him on a medication to help. Unfortunately it did not and we ended up at CHOA waiting for a heart transplant. Every part of me thought all was going to be ok. Jake made me laugh and smile everyday. Even though we were stuck in the hospital we made it fun. He had the nurses laughing everyday. They would all pile in to visit him and bring him gifts. They were amazing and he was amazing. He always had a smile through everything. He took a turn for the worse and sadly passed away on November 27,2015 . I am truly a better person for having him in my life and he touched and changed many lives. I will continue to fight for chd awareness in his memory and for all the warriors still fighting."
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel atlanta awareness be brandy change children's congenital defect foundation heart hospital jake of the thompson https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/jake-thompson-heart-warrior-angel Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:52:06 GMT
The Truth 365: A National Movement hosted by Lisa Ling https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/the-truth-365-a-national-movement-hosted-by-lisa-ling A 1-minute commitment is all that is required to "attend" this online event! We will poJoin hundreds of childhood cancer groups and thousands of advocates as we share a very powerful video all at the same time. Hosted by CNN's Lisa Ling, "The Truth 365: A National Movement" is an online film that will motivate the public to take a stand for kids with cancer. This video is inspired by Lisa's cousin Ali Pierce who died from cancer at age 14. 

If you are willing to share a link to the video on (or after) February 10 at 7 PM ET, please join this event. We would also appreciate it if you would invite your friends too. Together we can make a difference! "You are not to small to start!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCcZFWrBpyk&feature=youtu.be​

 

 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) 365 angel angels be brandy cancer change childhood ling lisa of photography the truth https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/the-truth-365-a-national-movement-hosted-by-lisa-ling Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:13:39 GMT
Help Bring Mary Beth Home. https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/help-bring-mary-beth-home

Tragically Mary Beth gained her wings today, though her pain is over, I know for her family it has just begun. My heart is so broken for her sweet family. She was a warrior to the end. Please help them if you can. Please pray for their comfort. ‪#‎bethechangebaf‬

 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

https://www.gofundme.com/6wnu68zs​

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Angel Be Beth Brandy Change Childhood Disease Heart Mary Photography The https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/2/help-bring-mary-beth-home Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:28:38 GMT
Happy Birthday Jaley Allgood! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/happy-birthday-jaley-allgood

Photo Credit Jack Meyer Photography 

This is Jaley Allgood. She has Weaver's Syndrome.She did not learn to speak until she was 7 years old because of it. However, since she learned to talk, she has wanted to have her very own concert. So, for her 13th birthday, a group of people from MCHS, gave her a concert. There were different people who sang, the step team performed, one of the Pointe of Grace competition teams performed, the Cheerleaders did some cheers, Jaley got to sing on stage. She danced with all of her friends and family. It was like her local Make-A-Wish. I am so proud of this amazing community I live in that made this happen! Thank you Jack Meyer for the beautiful images!!!

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Howard Ripley needs a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/howard-ripley-needs-a-kidney http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/howard-ripley-needs-a-kidneyhttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/howard-ripley-needs-a-kidney

Dear friends and family-

As many of you know I am searching for a kidney. I was first diagnosed with Kidney Disease in 1987 while in my late twenties. Through medications and proper care my native kidneys functioned up until 2003 when I first began dialysis treatment. I was on the cadaver kidney waiting list for several years when I finally received a cadaver kidney transplant in January 2005.
Although that kidney began to fail early on I was blessed to have it function beyond what was anticipated. It lasted almost
10 years, made me feel normal and healthy and kept me from dialysis for a few years.

I've now been on the waiting list for a second time for another cadaver kidney since 2010 and began daily dialysis treatment in 2014.

Upon the urging of my doctors, friends and family I'm now expanding my kidney search for a Living Donor.

A Living Donor Kidney is optimal for several reasons.
It typically lasts much longer than a cadaver kidney and the surgery can be scheduled conveniently.

Most people don't know that the average person
can function normally with only 10% of one kidney and almost everyone has two kidneys. So, most folks have more than enough kidney function to begin with.

Recovery time for the donor is short. New technological surgical procedures allow for a much smaller incision through Laparoscopy enabling faster healing and low risk to the donor. A typical stay in the hospital can be 2-3 days and back to work in a couple of weeks in most cases.

Should you have an interest in becoming a Living Kidney Donor please bear in mind you don't even have to match my blood type. There is also a Matched Pairing Program to enable this.

My hopes and prayers are that a Living Donor will come forward to provide this precious gift of life and restore me back to good health.

To learn more about how you can become a Living Kidney Donor, please make a confidential telephone call to the Living
Donor Transplant Team at Emory University Hospital:855-366-7989. Tell them you are interested in donating a kidney to Howard Ripley.

I want you to know how much I appreciate your continued prayers and support. Please feel free to share my story and FB page with others.

Many Thanks and Blessings,

Howard
 

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Brayden's Pacemaker Power https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/braydens-pacemaker-power http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/braydens-pacemaker-powerhttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/braydens-pacemaker-power

Brayden's Pacemaker Power PageGetting to meet Brayden and his parents today was the perfect addition to my photography conference. Even though we were freezing, Brayden ran around like a healthy, happy typical 7 year old boy. He wasn't always healthy and his mother's passion to create awareness about his condition is so inspiring. Just because your family may not be affected by something it doesnt mean it won't always be, or someone you love won't be affected. Anyone can reach out and help find a cure, no act is too small. While we were shooting Brayden's mom gave her gloves to a homeless woman who was shivering on a nearby bench. When your heart tells you to do something, LISTEN. Here is Brayden's story about his amazing heart. 

Brayden Simpson is a superhero of sorts in his Atlanta-area hometown of Villa Rica, Ga. 

The 7-year-old who calls himself “Iron Man” uses a pacemaker, a necessity due to the congenital heart defect (CHD) that he developed shortly after birth, MyFoxAtlanta.comreported.

“He's not ashamed of his condition,” his mother, Rebekah Simpson, told the news station. “He will walk up to any child in a play area and say, ‘Hi, I'm Brayden, and I have a pacemaker.’”

Pediatricians diagnosed Brayden with a CHD after they heard a murmur and detected a moderate hole in his heart. They also found a pulmonary, aortic stenosis, which indicates a narrowing in the pulmonary artery that makes it difficult for blood to reach the lungs and pick up oxygen. That complication makes it tough for the heart and body to function properly, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

A CHD indicates an abnormally structured heart with a possible combination of large vessels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CHDs affect nearly 1 percent, or about 40,000, births per year in the United States. About 25 percent of CHD cases are critical and require surgery within the first year of a baby’s life.

Brayden’s doctors suspected the hole in his heart would close, but by the time the he turned 2, he was still struggling to breathe.

“He would get up in the morning out of his toddler bed, and he would get very winded,” Rebekah Simpson told MyFoxAtlanta.com. “Not even one second out of his bed, [and] he was literally gasping for air.”

Upon a second evaluation that year, doctors found that a muscle in Brayden’s heart had become enlarged and thickened to the point that it was suffocating him. Doctors told Rebekah that the condition was blocking blood flow to Brayden’s pulmonary valve.

Brayden went in for open heart surgery on Sept. 24, 2010 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

James Simpson, Brayden’s father, told MyFoxAtlanta.com that faith helped his family endure the operation.

“We'd prayed for a son, and God gave us a son. Is he taking him back?’” James recalled thinking around the time of Brayden’s surgery.

The procedure was successful, but Brayden’s heartbeat didn’t return as doctors had hoped it would. That’s when the pacemaker became part of his being.

“He calls it [the pacemaker] his shark bite,” James said. He noted that on one occasion, a woman thought his son was speaking seriously. “She was like, ‘Your son got bit by a shark!’ And I was like, ‘No. That’s what he calls it.’”

Although Brayden will need the device to control his heart rhythm for the rest of his life, his parents said Brayden doesn’t mind it. The only limitations he has is not being able to play high-contact sports such as football. But Rebekah and James told MyFoxAtlanta.com that he’s still as energetic as any boy his age.

“It’s funny: We actually went to a specialist and said, ‘Can you turn it down a little bit?’” James said. “And they said, ‘No, that's not how it works.’ And we were like, ‘We know that, but can you turn it down, please?’”

Click for more from My Fox Atlanta.

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/story/28086147/villa-rica-six-year-old-with-pacemaker-thriving

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/02/12/georgia-boy-who-had-open-heart-surgery-thriving-with-pacemaker.html

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Dog Saves Oconee County Family in House Fire https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/dog-saves-oconee-county-family-in-house-fire Thank you Katie Muse Burk and FOX 5 Atlanta​ for being so amazing and getting these stories told of people in need!!! PLEASE SHARE THIS STORY AND HELP IF YOU CAN! The story has now gone NATIONAL and people in CALIFORNIA want to mail clothes! This Oconee family will only receive enough insurance to pay off the house that burned, there will not be enough money left for belongings or a downpayment on a new home. They literally only have the clothes they were sleeping in. You can contact Joni Spikes 706-614-6594 for donations or myself 919-274-1771. Donations can also be mailed to 1271 Ridgeway Road, Bogart GA 30622. 
Go fund me account at https.gofundme.com/jshyv5ha?fb_action_ids=10207277150158418&fb_action_types=gofundme%3Acampaign_page_share&fb_ref=fb_vs_cpgndonate_m__350cb94820644e74ba52e0231c206c4f

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/71014874-story

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/whats-hot/71283493-story

http://snewsi.com/id/16125742816/Dog-Saves-Oconee-County-Family-of-4-from-House-Fire

 

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) dane day dog family fire great house new saves years https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/dog-saves-oconee-county-family-in-house-fire Sat, 09 Jan 2016 16:15:02 GMT
Shelley's Search for a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/shelleyssearchforakidney  

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Shelley's Search for a Kidney
We need your help...We would like to introduce you to Shelley, a valued part of the Chick-fil-A Epps Bridge family and she needs a kidney transplant. Please join us in praying for her and please consider being a donor for Shelley. Send us a message and we can tell you how to start the process. Also, please like and then share this post with as many people as possible. Thank you!
What you need to know to see if you are a match.
Shelley Kurasaka
DOB 2/6/1976
Blood Type A+
Emory (855)366-7989

My name is Shelley Kurasaka. As some know, I have Polycystic Kidney Disease. This is a genetic disease in which cysts grow on the kidneys and eventually cause them to fail. My grandmother, biological mother, aunts and some cousins all had the disease. Their kidneys started failing around 50 and 60 years of age. I thought that would be the case for me, however at the age of 40, I already need a kidney transplant.
I grew up in Snellville, Ga. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, worked as a manager for Outback Steakhouse for many years in Alabama.
Two years ago I was offered a position as a Manager at Chick-fil-A, Epps Bridge Parkway in Athens, GA, which is where I currently live.
I have wonderful parents, 2 great siblings and their families, and a cat named Allie. I am also a huge Alabama Fan “Roll Tide”.
There are many reasons why I need a kidney. I am quite young, and I want to continue to lead an active and involved life with my family and friends. I want to continue my great career at Chick-fil-A, in Athens. I also believe that God has called me to be a good steward and to serve others. I am involved with the local food bank because it is dear to my heart and I want to continue serving as God leads.
Everything is in God’s hands, and through him, my angel will come forth and provide the gift of life to me.
‪#‎bethechangebaf‬

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Chick-fil-A kidney kurasaka shelley https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2016/1/shelleyssearchforakidney Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:24:05 GMT
Mary Beth is heading to Boston! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/mary-beth-is-heading-to-boston

Mary Beth will be heading to Boston in the MORNING! Her daddy drove to Boston himself to make sure it happened! Let's pray that this is the life saving surgery that Mary Beth needs and they have safe travels tomorrow. PLEASE visit her page and see if you can help her sweet family!

Mary Beth's Heart Journey ‪#‎bethechangebaf‬

 

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Duane gets his Bone Marrow Transplant today! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/duane-gets-his-bone-marrow-transplant-today

He has over a month left in this hospital room, but he DID have his bone marrow transplant today. He was feeling yucky but he still had huge smiles for me. This boy is such an inspiration! 
Let me tell you a story about this sweet boy. This is Duane and he has cancer. He is going to be spending his Christmas in the hospital receiving treatment until the middle of January. Why don't we all give him some extra love, support and brighten his Christmas spirit and send him some cards and gifts to help him get through this hard time and PRAYERS that this is his last Christmas with cancer? It must be so hard for this little guy to spend his Christmas feeling yucky and stuck in his hospital room. He loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super heroes and video games just like every other 5 year old boy. PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!

The address to send cards and gifts is-
P.O. Box 10, Lilburn GA 30048

Here is his full story. 
http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog
This little man was so full of smiles and LIFE. He just wanted to run around and have FUN. I just loved his spirit and his JOKES. his laughter was contagius for sure. I pray that after his transplant he can get back to being the super hero he was born to be. Running full force and saving the world!
Here is his story. 
Stephen “Duane” is an adventurous 5 year old, how loves dragons, superheroes and playing video games like your average 5 year old. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in May 2013 he had what was said to be a simple surgery, became a lifesaving surgery and removal of his right kidney. In May 2015 he had unexplained leg pain, doctors later informed us that he relapsed it spread to his spine and bones and is a Stage 4. He has already gone through 5 rounds of chemo, minor complications along the way he still stays smiling and laughing. He is set for MIBG therapy in a couple weeks and Stem cell therapy that will have him in the hospital for 1 month at a time. With a long road ahead he takes advantage of every break he gets from hospitals. He wishes that as soon as all of his treatment is thru he can build a sand castle for the first time and see Mickey Mouse at Disney world. 
‪#‎gogold‬ ‪#‎childhoodcancerawareness‬ ‪#‎CUREchildhoodcancer‬‪#‎bethechangebaf‬ ‪#‎NFLgoGOLD‬ ‪#‎4isnotenough‬

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/duane-gets-his-bone-marrow-transplant-today Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:10:27 GMT
Find a Kidney for Rosalynn! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/find-a-kidney-for-rosalynn http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/find-a-kidney-for-rosalynnhttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/find-a-kidney-for-rosalynn
https://www.facebook.com/Find-A-Kidney-For-Rosalynn-1518002791843409/
Find A Kidney For Rosalynn
Here is a note from Rosalynn to her life saving donor.
Dear Donor:
 
I have not been successful in using the traditional form of listing to find a donor. It just has not worked for me because I have been on the list for a while and have yet to receive a call saying a donor organ is a match for me. It may possibly be because I am one person needing a transplant on a list of 100,000 people who also need a transplant. There may be a lot of people in their mid-thirties like me, they may be on that list with wishes and hopes as great as mine, and fears as deep as mine. I am just one person on a list of more than 100,000 people, but I have to find a way to become something more than a digit on a page because I am suffering greatly. Since the age of 17 I have been battling illness. At that time it was Lupus. As a young woman with so many things to yet accomplish I refused to let Lupus kill me, so I pushed onward, graduated from college fell in love and lived life fully. At age 31 I was informed that Lupus did to me what Lupus does when it destroyed my kidney function. My medical team told me that I was in full blown kidney failure and I would need to begin dialysis. It was extremely hard to accept because I had been so diligent about staying healthy and managing my illness. Shortly after being told I would have to begin dialysis I fell into a coma and nearly died. By the Love of God I lived. At that moment I promised myself that I was not going to just live, I was going to accomplish the wonderful things that make life worth living. It is not my intention to just be alive, I want to live and enjoy life. I want to have children. To be a mom is my sincerest wish. My husband of 11 years is my best friend, my rock and confidante. He is my life’s love and I very much want to have a family. We have three dogs whom we love very much, but we have room for children. I graduated with a degree in prelaw and I plan to finish law school. I believe all these things are in my future, but what is most important now is finding a donor because the key to my dreams is in the hands of my donor. The purpose of this page is to ask you to please unlock the door to my future happiness by being my donor today. Please!
 
To be a living donor is a big undertaking but you can do it. Many thousands of people have done it before you. Together we will take this journey. What is definitely true is that human beings can live their full lives with just one healthy kidney. That scientific evidence is clear. Another thing relates to the medical procedure which is extremely safe. Please take a moment and leave a message for me. I would l love to speak to you personally so we can explore this matter more fully together.
 
My blood type is A+. I am listed at Emory University Hospital. For more donor information, send me a message or contact my Transplant Center at 1 (855) 366-7989
 
Very Truly Yours,
 
Rosalynn
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/find-a-kidney-for-rosalynn Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:49:52 GMT
Let's send some Christmas MAGIC to Duane! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/12/lets-send-some-christmas-magic-to-duane http://www.bethechangebaf.com/bloghttps://www.facebook.com/teamhealduanehttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/bloghttps://www.facebook.com/teamhealduane
Let me tell you a story about this sweet boy. This is Duane and he has cancer. He is going to be spending his Christmas in the hospital receiving treatment until the middle of January. Why don't we all give him some extra love, support and brighten his Christmas spirit and send him some cards and gifts to help him get through this hard time and PRAYERS that this is his last Christmas with cancer? It must be so hard for this little guy to spend his Christmas feeling yucky and stuck in his hospital room. He loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super heroes and video games just like every other 5 year old boy. PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!
 
The address to send cards and gifts is-
P.O. Box 10, Lilburn GA 30048
 
Here is his full story.
http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog
This little man was so full of smiles and LIFE. He just wanted to run around and have FUN. I just loved his spirit and his JOKES. his laughter was contagius for sure. I pray that after his transplant he can get back to being the super hero he was born to be. Running full force and saving the world!
Here is his story.
Stephen “Duane” is an adventurous 5 year old, how loves dragons, superheroes and playing video games like your average 5 year old. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in May 2013 he had what was said to be a simple surgery, became a lifesaving surgery and removal of his right kidney. In May 2015 he had unexplained leg pain, doctors later informed us that he relapsed it spread to his spine and bones and is a Stage 4. He has already gone through 5 rounds of chemo, minor complications along the way he still stays smiling and laughing. He is set for MIBG therapy in a couple weeks and Stem cell therapy that will have him in the hospital for 1 month at a time. With a long road ahead he takes advantage of every break he gets from hospitals. He wishes that as soon as all of his treatment is thru he can build a sand castle for the first time and see Mickey Mouse at Disney world.
#gogold #childhoodcancerawareness #CUREchildhoodcancer #bethechangebaf #NFLgoGOLD #4isnotenough
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Sam Hunt makes Cadence's dreams come true! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/sam-hunt-makes-cadences-dreams-come-true https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.914498688619327.1073742184.149736405095563&type=3

Best.Day.Ever. and THAT smile is WHY! When I asked the cultural center if they could donate tickets to Cadence I had no idea she had tickets to see him in Atlanta before her 8 weeks of radiation treatment in Texas however she missed the show because they moved her treatment up. This was her FIRST concert and Zapien's Salon donated make over services for Cadence, her mom and her sister! She smiled so much all day and felt so pretty and special. When Rebecca let me know last week that Sam had agreed for a meet and greet my heart just burst. Her mom put her on speaker phone when I called so I could tell her. She was beyond excited. This day meant the world to Cadence, her family and myself. To be able to bring so many loving, compassionate people together to make a little girl's dreams come true is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Her family is in such a difficult time right now because of all the medical bills and just had to move into an apartment, so this was the perfect timing of something special to happen. Sam was absolutely amazing with Cadence and gave her memories she will never forget. He told her she was beautiful and she won best dressed for the night. Her smile was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. He signed her hat and made her feel so special and he probably has no idea how much good he did through that small act. I am so grateful to be able to witness it. My own daughters absolutely love Sam Hunt and I worried that they would be upset that they were unable to go or meet him and this morning when I showed them the photos of Cadence and Sam they both said, "Mom she looks so happy. I am so happy for Cadence." I knew right then that I was doing something right raising my girls. Imagine what they will do with their big hearts in the future! All I can say is thank you thank you thank you to Sam Hunt, Madison Cultural Center and Zapien's Salon for making Cadence's perfect 1st concert a day she will never forget. #bethechangebaf #brandyangelphotography #samhunt #bethechangebaf #zapienssalon #bethegoodintheworld #madisonculturalcenter Sam Hunt Zapien's Salon Atlanta/Buckhead Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation Cadence Fox - Cadence's Journey

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy cancer change childhood cure foundation hunt photography sam the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/sam-hunt-makes-cadences-dreams-come-true Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:12:26 GMT
Robert the Great! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/robert-the-great http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/robert-the-greathttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/11/robert-the-great
This is Robert and he was diagnosed with high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Dec.16, 2010. He has had a bumpy road. As they neared the end of treatment they found out that he has relapsed. He has an isolated central nervous system relapse. They will find out soon what the new treatments will entail. This will add a few more years of non stop chemo for this sweet boy. Please continue to pray for him and help raise awareness for childhood cancer! Follow his blog and stay informed on his progress and struggles. 
This is his story in his mother's words. 
On December 16 2010 my family’s life was forever changed. On that unforgettable night our little boy was diagnosed with cancer. It was almost unbelievable. Robert had seemed more tired than usual, coming home from school and wanting to sleep instead of play. He began to look a little pale, and upon the appearance of dark circles under his eyes I made an appointment with the Pediatrician. His doctor ran blood work, and within an hour we were on our way to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
There are no words to describe the emotional tide that overcame my husband and me. The first few days were almost paralyzing. As we began to accept the situation, we moved into a phase of seemingly endless information seeking. We were immersed into a world of new procedures, terminologies, habits and concerns. After a few weeks we had begun to settle into our new routines, learn the things we needed to, and feeling more confident in our grasp of the situation. 
Once we were finally home, we had a newfound appreciation for every night in our own bed. Our daily fate was settled by the thermometer. With Robert’s frail immune system, the slightest bug would cause an infection that his body couldn’t succumb. This would lead to a fever, and a trip to the ER. One of these ER visits lead to a relentless 16 day admission. 
As we rounded the corner past the three year mark of intense treatment, we could see the end in our sights. But during a routine spinal tap several cancer cells were detected in his spinal fluid. Another tap was ordered and more cells could be seen. Robert had relapsed. To say we were devastated is an understatement. His official diagnoses, an Isolated Central Nervous System relapse of ALL. We would immediately stop the original treatment plan and begin a whole new two year intense protocol that involves much higher doses of chemotherapy, extensive hospital stays and crainial radiaition He has now been on that plan for over a year. Unfortunately after almost five straight years of cancer treatment, his little body is beginning to show signs of severe side effects. Things we know now will be a life long struggle.  
Now Robert is in the maintenance phase of his treatment our lives have gotten slightly less chaotic. appointments, daily chemo and frequent side effects are still a part of our routine we are thankful for every day we get to spend as a family.  
Throughout this whole journey of chemotherapy, spinal tabs, side effects, hospital stays, and family separation, Robert has shown such amazing strength. He’s never complained and has dealt with every situation better than I ever could. His smile is big and his laughter infectious. He has taught us what is important in life and what really matters.
http://www.rathat04.blogspot.com/
If you don't know what these beads are they are Beads of Courage and they are an amazing organization. Look into them and HELP them continue their efforts! 
#CUREchildhoodcancer #rallyforrobert #cancersucks#bethechangebaf #4isnotenough #rallyfoundation#brandyangelfoundation

 — at Brandy Angel Photography.

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Jacqueline Johnson needs a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/10/jacqueline-johnson-needs-a-kidney http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/10/jacqueline-johnson-needs-a-kidneyhttp://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/10/jacqueline-johnson-needs-a-kidney

I got to meet this amazing family today and see how much love they had for each other and I pray they will get to spend many more years together! 
https://www.facebook.com/kidenyforjacqueline/info/?tab=page_info
Name: Jacqueline Johnson- Retired
Children:3
Grandchildren:5
After working 25 years in the juvenile court system I decided to retire in September of 2013. Retirement would allow me to travel, including seeing family in California and Georgia. Just as I gave notice of my retirement, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). After having a kidney biopsy done, the kidney doctor diagnosed me with Rhupus. This diagnosis was shocking and I went for a second opinion in Georgia with my daughter who lives there. They ran a battery of tests and scheduled a follow up appointment to discuss the results. I never made it to that appointment, instead I was admitted to the hospital because my health had suddenly declined. I was taken to the ER for weakness, nausea and vomiting, and after a chest x-ray they started treating me for what they thought was pneumonia. By the early morning I was in respiratory distress and rushed to the ICU where I had a breathing tube put in as I was unable to breath on my own. During the insertion of the tube, they found massive bleeding in my lungs and my CKD had now progressed to end stage, now in multi organ failure doctors were unsure if I would survive. I was placed in a medical coma, given multiple liters of blood, medicine to support my low blood pressure, and several rounds of emergent dialysis. Two days later my family was given the diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disease called Wegners Vasculitis. Every day was a battle but I continued to get better each day. After being in the hospital for a month and receiving 3 doses of chemo to treat the vasculitis, I was ready to be transferred to a rehab facility where I eventually learned to walk again. After 3 months in rehab, I was back on my feet and can now even drive myself to dialysis 3 times a week. Yes, I went from no dialysis to having it 3 days a week. My family has been very supportive and loving through this entire life changing event. I had to give up the dream of staying in my own home, I had to relocate to another state but this experience has taught me no matter what plans you make, it is all in GODS hands. GOD has kept me here for a reason, I am BLESSED!
I am now in need of a kidney transplant because of my condition, I am O+ Blood Type. If interested in being a donor please contact Piedmont Hospital:
Edom Chernet, RN, BSN
Transplant Coordinator
Piedmont Hospital
Phone 404-605-4930
Fax # 770-916-4852
Available 24 hour a day.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/10/jacqueline-johnson-needs-a-kidney Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:57:31 GMT
Please help find Ora a kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/please-help-find-ora-a-kidney
This family was so loving and supportive of one another. The father has already received his life saving kidney from a stranger years ago and now we hope the same thing will happen for Ora. Latoya, her daughter seen holding the sign is, the one who reached out to me and she works at Piedmont Hospital. She knows all to well how hard this process is and she hopes we can help her mother regain her life as a mother and a grandmother.
 
"This is probably the most difficult letter I've written. You see, my mom (Ora) is in need of a kidney.
She's been on the kidney transplant waiting list three years now. About a year and half ago, she had to start dialysis, she does it 7 days a week at home. She is hooked up to the machine for eight hours every night. She is often very tired. Being on dialysis is physically and emotionally draining. Aside from her kidneys she is in good health. She was very active in our community, volunteering at her old job at the local school. I' am trying to donate but they wanted me to lose some weight and I have been trying for a year and a half and still haven't lost enough but I not going to give up. She has had other offers to be tested to donate -- but several were ruled out for health reasons.
 
I am pursuing a living donor for her for three main reasons, (but there are many others,) kidneys from living donors last, on average, twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors, the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney could be more than 5 years, and because she has to see her only grandchild grow up . Most people can donate who don't have high blood pressure, cardiac problems or some other medical condition.
 
Here's some basic information about kidney donation:We are born with an extra kidney -- you only need one to live a full, healthy, long life.
The majority of the donor surgery is done laproscopically, with tiny incisions.
The recuperation period is generally 2 weeks for those with a desk job and 6 weeks for those whose job entails heavy lifting.
The surgery would be done at a hospital that has some of the best surgeons in the country.
All medical expenses would be paid by her insurance benefits.
Most donors say if they had another extra kidney they would donate again in a heartbeat and that it is one of the best experiences of their life.
 
Would you please consider giving the Gift of Love,Hope, and Life? Please call me and I will give you any more information that will help you make a well-informed decision. Or, if you would like to explore this in more detail , you can call the Piedmont Hospital and ask for LeAnn Whitehead, her Transplant Coordinator@404-605-4605. You could let them know about your interest in being a living donor for my mom (ORA GOODEN)
 
BLOOD TYPE: O+
 
Thanks for your support and concern."
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/please-help-find-ora-a-kidney Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:32:42 GMT
Our MOM needs a Kindey- Team Winn https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/our-mom-needs-a-kindey--team-winn
Team Winn - Fighting Against PKD
To meet Chinwe you would never know the struggles she is facing. She has the biggest and brightest smile I have ever seen. What a strong, amazing mother she is to her children and she hopes this can help her continue to be that mother to them. PLEASE share her story and help her find her life saving match.
 
My name is Chinwe Winn and I am a single mother of two. I recently found out that my kidney function has declined to 20% due to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) _ a hereditary disease that my mom lost her battle with in 2009. My mom was on dialysis while waiting for a donor but didn't get an opportunity to receive her transplant because complications from dialysis rendered her too weak to undergo transplant. I have sole responsibility for my children, so losing this battle is not an option. PKD will not Win!
 
Please consider taking the steps to being my donor. My blood type is A+. This means that someone with an A or O blood type could be a match. Also, my transplant center participates in the paired exchange program. This allows for anyone regardless of blood type to donate. They would donate to someone else in exchange for a match for me. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a donor, please email me at teamwinn@comcast.net or contact Barbara O'Neal, Piedmont Transplant at (404) 605-4128. Thank you for your support!
 
Team Winn Will Win the Fight Against PKD!
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/our-mom-needs-a-kindey--team-winn Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:25:58 GMT
Gladys Briggins needs a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/gladys-briggins-needs-a-kidney
https://www.facebook.com/gladys.brewerbriggins/friends?collection_token=100001233823286%3A2356318349%3A2&next_cursor=MDpub3Rfc3RydWN0dXJlZDoxNTA4ODQzMjg0
This is Gladys Briggins she is a 68 year old woman residing in Lithonia, GA. She has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In 2006 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a terryfing discovery, with trust, support of her family and prayer she was able to beat it and resume living her lifeunder God's supervision. Over 2 years ago another tragedy struck and she was told by her doctor that she a bad kidney and a living kidney donor would be her only salvation. She has been on the waiting list for 2 years and counting at Piedmont hospital. Her creatinine is at 12% which means she is at stage 4 kidney failure. She is no more that 2% away from being plaved on dialysis which is trying so hard to avoid. PLEASE help Gladys continue to be a survior and continue to LIVE a full life with her family!

 — at Brandy Angel Photography.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/gladys-briggins-needs-a-kidney Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:40:39 GMT
Help our MOM get a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/help-our-mom-get-a-kidney http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/help-our-mom-get-a-kidney?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/help-our-mom-get-a-kidney?customize=3

Carol Williams of Monroe, Georgia recently learned that she has Advanced-Stage Kidney Disease. She is is a single mom of 2 and she is in great need of a kidney transplant. Due to her health condition she is unable to work at this time.

Carol is a friend, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, mother, hard-working faithful Jesus loving lady who needs the precious gift of life in the form of a kidney donor. Carol was born and raised in Georgia, graduated from Loganville High School and through her job in the medical field she has kindly dedicated her life to helping others. Carol is a Christian and at this time she needs your prayers, compassion and love.

Carol is a wonderful single mom to her 14 year old son, Keontaye, a freshman and varsity football player at Walnut Grove High School and her mini-mi daughter, Keoni, who is just 8 years old.

Tests, prescriptions and MD visits are extremely costly, so Team Carol is working to help this deserving woman raise funds.

We are asking for family and community support to raise at least $5,000 via Go Fund Me to begin to help Carol with costly medicines, MD visit co-pays, transportation and other out-of-pocket medical expenses including necessary tests.

Click here to donate to this worthy cause via Go Fund Me. Or if you think that you would be willing to make a life-saving kidney donation to Carol please make an anonymous call to Emory Hospital in Atlanta at (404) 727-3250. Nurses will ask you a series of questions to determine if you qualify. Please let us know if you have any questions. Any donor will have medical expenses paid by Carol’s insurance.

Every Facebook share, positive comment, donation and prayer is truly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Team Carol

Email: TeamCarolneedsakidney@gmail.com

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/help-our-mom-get-a-kidney Sun, 06 Sep 2015 02:57:52 GMT
Rob received his life saving kidney!! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/rob-received-his-life-saving-kidney

Moving Rob's photo to the "They found their match" folder is just about the best feeling in the world! So happy he got his miracle! Rob got his new, one in a million kidney and second chance at life from an organ donor. PLEASE sign up to be an organ donor. What better gift to give when your time on earth is over. Being able to save a life, even after yours is over, is such an amazing gift.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/rob-received-his-life-saving-kidney Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:05:39 GMT
JD then and now. #CUREchildhoodcancer https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/jd-then-and-now-curechildhoodcancer
This is JD. He is now in remission and he was the first little warrior I shot. His recovery is such an inspiration to me. I even went on to feature his mother on Be the Change- BAF who is looking for her Aunt Dove. 
This is his story.
On April 3rd 2014 our life was turned upside down when we discovered our 1 year old son was in complete heart failure it was not until April 4th we were told the cause . Jd had a two pound tumor that pushed all of his organs and constricted the blood going to his heart putting him in heart failure. We were told that his symptoms were more than likely a common cancer called Welms tumor but could not diagnose until he had a biopsy and that's when things started to get tricky . Jordan's chances didn't look good to the Dr because his heart was only working at 13% and to do a biopsy it put him at a big risk puncturing the tumor and leaking the cancer cells before we even knew what we were dealing with ,also the fact that his heart was not stable enough to remove the tumor so we started chemotherapy in hopes his tumor would shrink and his heart would improve but guess what? It didn't shrink after six weeks so on May 9th 2014 we took a big risk and had Jd's tumor removed and his surgery went flawlessly thanks to the surgeons , cardiologist,and Oncologist at Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta at Egelston. Our battle still was not over yet . Jd was on several drugs and a heart medication that kept him admitted for three months. His biopsy came back and it was a different type of cancer after all . He was diagnosed with Clear Cell Sarcoma of the kidney . This disease is rare. Only 100 children are diagnosed a year world wide. It attacks the soft tissue in the body like lungs, brain, and kidney . The treatment for him and the harsh chemicals could possibly put him in heart failure over the next five years and or cause leukemia. These are just a few of the risks and side effects. JD went through 27 weeks of chemotherapy and 6 radiation treatments after that. He goes back for scans every 3 months to make sure there is no more tumors growing in his body. Everyday he pushes forward like he has done from the start. His strength through such a difficult time is truly inspiring. He never lost his smile only his hair, so we lost ours too. He is truly a blessing from God to still be here with us. He is our hero, our son, our Cancer Warrior. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we urge you to Go Gold 4 a Cure.

 — at Brandy Angel Photography.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/jd-then-and-now-curechildhoodcancer Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:53:52 GMT
Duane "Super hero" Butler https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/duane-super-hero-butler

https://www.facebook.com/teamhealduane
This little man was so full of smiles and LIFE. He just wanted to run around and have FUN. I just loved his spirit and his JOKES. his laughter was contagius for sure. I pray that after his transplant he can get back to being the super hero he was born to be. Running full force and saving the world!
Here is his story. 
Stephen “Duane” is an adventurous 5 year old, how loves dragons, superheroes and playing video games like your average 5 year old. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in May 2013 he had what was said to be a simple surgery, became a lifesaving surgery and removal of his right kidney. In May 2015 he had unexplained leg pain, doctors later informed us that he relapsed it spread to his spine and bones and is a Stage 4. He has already gone through 5 rounds of chemo, minor complications along the way he still stays smiling and laughing. He is set for MIBG therapy in a couple weeks and Stem cell therapy that will have him in the hospital for 1 month at a time. With a long road ahead he takes advantage of every break he gets from hospitals. He wishes that as soon as all of his treatment is thru he can build a sand castle for the first time and see Mickey Mouse at Disney world. 
#gogold #childhoodcancerawareness#CUREchildhoodcancer #bethechangebaf#NFLgoGOLD #4isnotenough

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/duane-super-hero-butler Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:26:44 GMT
Princess Zoe https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/9/princess-zoe
 
https://www.facebook.com/Anakarinahernandez.7734
This beautiful little 3 year old is Zoe who is fighting brain cancer Medulloblastoma. She was NOT sure about me and my camera at first but she warmed up and showed me some of her amazing little personality. Zoe gets her stem cell transplant TOMORROW 9/2/15! She will be in the hospital for THREE months after getting high doses of chemotherapy. I can not imagine how hard that is for her and her family. Please say a prayer for her and her family. Donate to help find a CURE now! www.bethematch.com
Prayers for little princess Zoe. #unidosporOracion#noestoysola #diosestacontigo  #gogold#childhoodcancerawareness #CUREchildhoodcancer#bethechangebaf #NFLgoGOLD #4isnotenough
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Terrance needs a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/terrance-needs-a-kidney

I had the priveldge of meeting Terrance and his family today before I made the Stone Mountain climb and I wish I had more time to talk to him! He was such an incredibly sweet guy and I am so excited to be able to help him get his need out there! PLEASE SHARE HIS STORY!

http://www.gofundme.com/1kidneydonations

https://www.facebook.com/donateterranceakidney/timeline

This is his story in his words. 

As most of you know , I have a kidney disease that is causing my kidneys to fail. I was diagnosed with kidney failure June 3 and I am currently on dialysis. My doctor has recently sent me to Emory Transplant Center to be worked up for a kidney transplant. The first step on this journey was to get educated on the good of getting a kidney transplant. I have learned that my best option would be to get a kidney from a living donor. My doctors at Emory have told me to share my situation with family and friends to see if anyone would be willing to give me a kidney. I've also learned that today over 1,700 men, women, and children in Georgia need a kidney transplant. Usually they have to wait on the national list for at least 2-4 years to get a kidney transplant. However if a living person is willing to give me a kidney, the wait would be much shorter and the kidney would most likely last longer than one from a deceased donor. Also after the transplant, I will have to take lots of medicine for the remainder of my life to keep the kidney working and the medicine is very expensive. With this being said, if you are willing to give me a kidney, call 855-366-7989. Any donations are welcome too. WHEN YOU CALL YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING > MY NAME IS TERRANCE HOLLIS AND MY BIRTHDATE IS JUNE 27,1995.

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/terrance-needs-a-kidney Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:17:46 GMT
A Blessing for Brian- His Search for a KIDNEY https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/a-blessing-for-brian--his-search-for-a-kidney

I had the priveldge of meeting Brian today before I made the Stone Mountain climb and I wish I had more time to talk to him! He was such a wonderful person and I am so excited to be able to help him get his need out there! PLEASE SHARE HIS STORY! 
http://facebook.com/ablessingforbrian
Woodstock resident Brian Mott, 56, is in desperate need of a kidney transplant from a living donor. Brian’s personal journey began in 1995 when he was diagnosed with medullary cystic kidney disease, commonly called UKD, a rare, inherited disorder caused by a genetic chromosome mutation. Children of affected parents have a 50 percent chance of developing UKD. This inherited disease has taken the life of Brian’s grandmother at age 31, and his father at
age 36. Today, three of his six siblings have been diagnosed with UKD, along with his daughter. “UKD is one of the more vicious forms of kidney disease, but it is the one type of kidney disease that can be treated successfully for a long period of time with a donor kidney, as it is
not caused by outside sources such as diabetes or high blood pressure,” said Brian. Eighteen years ago, Brian received his first kidney transplant when his beautiful sister- in-law Martiza was in a fatal car crash involving a drunk driver. “They called it a tragic miracle, but I call it something good that came out of something
that should never have happened,” said
Dave, Brian’s brother and Martiza’s husband. Maritza’s donated kidneys saved Brian and his brother Wayne, as well as countless others who received her donated organs. “For the past 18 years, Brian has successfully lived with Maritza’s kidney – well beyond the average. However, his transplant kidney began failing in August of 2013, and for the past three years, he has been on a big-time roller coaster, healthwise. In November 2013, he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, which really set him back, and [he] had to have his aortic valve replaced.”
Brian has been cleared for another transplant and is in desperate need of a living donor, as his health continues to decline. Most people start with family members when looking for a donor, but that is a limited option due to the Mott family’s health history. Most people don’t realize that donating a kidney is a relatively simple procedure; it’s a laparoscopic surgery, which is a minimally-invasive technique that causes less discomfort than procedures performed in the past. There are also shorter hospital stays and recovery time.
Brian and his family have had their fair share of adversity,
and have learned first-hand the importance of good health and vitality. Brian shares his story not only to create awareness about the growing need of living organ donors today, but also with a glimpse of hope that someone may be moved to give the gift of life. To learn more about how to become a living kidney donor, visit www.kidneyregistry.org. To contact Brian Mott directly, email brianmott@msn.com or call him directly @678-770-1885.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/a-blessing-for-brian--his-search-for-a-kidney Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:58:06 GMT
Please help Tequiesha Cooper!! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/please-help-tequiesha-cooper
 
https://www.facebook.com/tequiesha.cooper
http://www.gofundme.com/vx2k7ppc
This is Tequiesha Cooper! I got to meet her and her amazing family today and learn about her struggle to find a kidney donor. This beautiful girl has down syndrome and such a sweet attitude! She couldnt wait to meet my girls and did her best to smile even though she is not feeling very good and was having leg pain and issues with her swollen feet. The longer she waits on her kidney the more health problems she will face. Tequiesha has faced every obstacle and managed to surpass every expectation! PLEASE give her the gift of a NEW, HEALTHY life! 
Here is her story...
Tequiesha Cooper has been a Kidney patient since January 2009. She also has Down Syndrome, her birthday is 6/4/87 making her 28 years of age. She was diagnosed with FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis). This disease is scar tissue in the filtering unit of the kidney. She has been on the Kidney Donor waiting list since 2011. Her blood type is O positive and her hospital is Emory Hospital in Atlanta GA. Here is the Emory Hospital phone number for any interested in becoming a donor. (1)-855-366-7989. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Donations will be used towards surgery and uncovered medications.

 — at Brandy Angel Photography.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/please-help-tequiesha-cooper Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:03:50 GMT
Help SAVE our MOM! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/help-save-our-mom

I got to meet T'Mya and her daughters this afternoon and I so wish I could just give her MY kidney! I can't imagine being a single mom of THREE girls, including TWINS! They are such a sweet, loving family! PLEASE PLEASE help her find her match! 
Here is T'Mya's plea..
My Name is T'Mya Tomlinson I am the mother of 3 beautiful teenage girls. I live in Douglasville, Georgia and I am in need of a KIDNEY. In 2010 I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure and I began Dialysis the same year. I enjoy life and want to be here for many more years with my family. I am in need of a Kidney to improve my quality of life and allow me to live again instead of just existing in this world. I have been on the Transplant list for the last 5 years and I am looking forward to the day that I have my last PD Treatment (Dialysis).PLEASE HELP ME FIND A DONOR. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP PLEASE CONTACT BARBARA O'NEAL, PIEDMONT HOSPITAL TRANSPLANT SERVICES  (404) 605-4128. ‪#‎pleaseshare‬ ‪#‎kidneytransplant‬ ‪#‎payitforward‬ ‪#‎piedmont hospital‬
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/help-save-our-mom Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:15:55 GMT
We NEED you to SAVE a VETRAN! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/we-need-you-to-save-a-vetran  

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Meeting this amazing women made my day. My week has been a difficult one for sure but to see the smile on Ricki's face and the hope in her eyes put everything into persepctive. This woman has fought for our freedom and her family and it's time we fight for her! Someone out there is her match and I beg of you to make that call and see if it is YOU. Here is Ricki's story in her words. 
I am a Proud USN veteran, one of the first Navy Waves to attend bootcamp in the 70's in Orlando, Florida. I am a mother and grandmother to 4, and need an O kidney so that I can stop dialysis and resume a "normal" life. My kidney disease was caused by lupus..., by the time it was discovered the majority of my kidney function was destroyed.

My journey with kidney disease started in February of 2010 when I went for my yearly wellness exam. A few days later, I received a call telling me there was a problem with my kidneys, and I needed to see a kidney specialist. I was shocked, to say the least, as I had no symptoms that I knew of. A few weeks and two nephrologist appointments later I had a kidney biopsy, showing that I had Lupus and my kidneys were functioning at 13%. I cried for months, I couldn't even admit to myself let alone anyone else that I had kidney disease!

My Doug has been so wonderful and supportive, I couldn't ask for a more wonderful soul mate to share my life with. There are days when I barely have the energy to get out of bed, and he has always been there to help with whatever needs to be done. Every doctors appointment, every testing at the hospital he goes, and has been involved in my disease since we found out about it.

By June of 2011 my kidney disease had deteriorated to stage 5, and I had surgery to place my PD catheter for dialysis. I have been on dialysis since September 2011.

I worked as long as I could, but finally had to stop in early June 2012 as my body just couldn't take the stress of working in a kitchen every day and being on my feet for 8-10 hours.There are days when it takes everything I'm worth to get out of bed in the morning. I've always been a hard worker, and I loved my career but this disease has taken so much from me.

I am proactive in CKD care and am trying to get the word out about kidney disease.

So please if you are interested in being a donor (even not for me but for another person) please contact my coordinator and get the ball rolling. Remember you are giving a person a second chance of life, and if that person is me, I want to say " Thank you for being so selfless" you just gave me a chance to spend the next 20 years with the love of my life and watching my precious grandbabies grow. 
Transplant Coordinator-Prudence Ogden at University of Alabama Birmingham Transplant Center at 205-975-9200 or 888-822-7892. Please note you need to follow up with the transplant coordinator as the donor. They will not give me any information. So PLEASE.... after a couple of weeks, call for a status and keep calling every couple of weeks until to hear if you are a match or not. They will not tell me anything about the donor. Again, thank you so much and blessings from my heart!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-am-a-Veteran-and-I-need-a-Kidney/159448310878433?sk=info&tab=page_info — at Brandy Angel Photography.
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/we-need-you-to-save-a-vetran Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:47:35 GMT
Prayers for Sweet Ella https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/prayers-for-sweet-ella

Ella's Group-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560461407553473/
Please help Ella's journey~
http://www.gofundme.com/ellabothwell

Photos by~ C. Hope Photography 


A few weeks ago I was going through my news feed and saw an update to the group Prayers for Sweet Ella that made my heart ache. Well that little voice inside my head that tells me to do the things I do said to reach out to her mommy. Yes that really is how these things happen, I learned to start listening to that voice and actually DOING what it told me to do. WELL unfortunetly after reaching out and talking to Ella's amazing mom we realized they were NOT local to me. Her mother immediately said, no no it's ok, thank you for thinking of us. Well I was not taking this as the final say. I posted on my GA photography group the situation and Candice Hope Emerson IMMEDIATLY asked to do the photos for me. Quickly after the photographers were lining up. I was so proud to see that I am not the only one that feels this kind of compassion and acts upon it. So long story short, THIS is Sweet sweet Ella and her amazing family. Candice said Ella has been on steroids for so long she can't smile anymore but when she saw a Husky go by she mustered up all the smile she had. Candice then showed her vidoes of HER husky and Ella and her brother were in heavan. Maybe there is Husky in Ella's future! :) 
This is Ella's story~
It was the end of March 2015 and we were experiencing high counts of pollen.  Ella had recently begun to complain of headaches.  However, due to the increased pollen count, we attributed her headaches to allergies.  We contacted her pediatrician and brought Ella in to be seen.  Ella had developed circles under her eyes and to look at her face you would assume that she was experiencing symptoms due to her allergies being exacerbated by the environment.  They put her on an allergy medication and sent us home.   About a week later, I received a phone call from the nurse at Ella's school.  Ella had become disoriented and fallen at school.  I called her pediatrician again and we all thought that maybe she was having a reaction to the allergy medication, so they switched her to a different one.  The following Monday, Ella lost her balance and fell again at school.  I went to the school to pick her up and called her pediatrician.  This time he told me to immediately take her to get a cat scan.  My husband met us at the facility where the scan was taking place.  We were told to go directly to the pediatrician's office for the results.  We did not have to wait long, the results were in.  The cat scan showed a brain tumor on Ella's brain stem.  At that point, Ella had quickly become more symptomatic.  She was experiencing extreme ataxia, the loss of muscle coordination.  She was unable to hold her head up straight, had lost muscle control in her right eye, and her balance was off, making it difficult for her to walk.  Ella was admitted to Memorial and an MRI was ordered. The MRI confirmed our worst fear, Ella had DIPG, Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.  Due to the location of this kind of brain tumor, found in the pons, part of the brain stem, it is inoperable.  DIPG is primarily diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 7.  Ella celebrated her 7th birthday on April 9th and was diagnosed two weeks later.  Only 100 to 150 new cases of DIPG are seen in the United States each year.  At this time, there is no cure for DIPG, and the only protocol for treatment is radiation.  Less than 10% of children diagnosed with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis.  My husband and I quickly researched our options and decided to enroll Ella in a clinical trial offered at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.   Ella was discharged from Memorial on a Monday and that Wednesday our whole family was flown to St. Jude on a private plane.  Ella received 30 treatments of radiation over the course of 6 weeks.  She has received the maximum amount of radiation she can have in her lifetime.  In conjunction with radiation, Ella received an experimental chemotherapy.  We came back to Savannah at the end of June and the following week, left for Ella's Make A Wish Trip.  Last week we resumed her experimental chemotherapy.  Ella will have to take this oral chemotherapy every 5 days of a 28 day cycle over the next year.  Her first round of chemotherapy was challenging, Ella became extremely fatigued.  As a result, Ella has become considerably more symptomatic.   At this time, we are praying for a miracle for our sweet baby.  Our faith continues to give us the strength to face this awful disease.  Ella continues to inspire us with her courage, her strength, and her humor.  Our community, church, and family have been amazing through this difficult journey.
www.bethechangebaf.com CURE Childhood Cancer Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 

#CUREchildhoodcancer #cancersucks #childhoodcancerawareness

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An AMAZING update on Sara! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/an-amazing-update-on-sara

Tell me miracles don't happen and I will call you a liar! So incredibly happy for Sara!!!

 

So today I received the best news EVER!! But first I would like the Dream Foundation for sending me and my family to San Diego, CA last week for an all expense paid dream vacation. We were blessed with the opportunity to receive tickets to La Jolla beach, Legoland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland!! The trip was pretty amazing. It also provided me with memories with my AWESOME husband Roberto Stillthesame-Chandler and LOVING children that will last a lifetime. We really had a blast. So much fun I was almost wiped out before the trip was over. But I have made it back home on Saturday evening. Must say "There is no place like home!!" 

So I got a phone call today and have just learned that I have an approved kidney donor!!! How amazing is that??!!! In just Two weeks after my segment aired on FOX 5 Atlanta!!! I am beyond blessed and so very thankful for all of you support and prayers!!! I couldnt have made it to this point without all of YOUR support!! I want to thank you all for everything that you all have done thus far. Whether is it were your time, donations or prayers, I am overjoyed to have spirits like you all in my journey that we call life. Please continue to pray for my family as we enter into the next phase of this process. Also, donations are still needed to help with medical costs. PLEASE, if you can make a contribution to my go fundme page "Our Mommy needs a kidney  Sara Jackson-Chandler

A special thanks to my mentor Natalie Marie Pignataro for guiding me in my time of need, Ron Gant FOX 5for sharing my story and helping it go nation-wide. Martie Carlson Rudd for introducing me to such great people, believing in me and supporting my every move. Brandy Hayes Angel for the photo shoot of a life time. Ashley Glantz Urbina for being a great MA to have such a loving spirit!! (Remeber this all started because of YOU!!!) Last and certainly not least My INCREDIBLE HUSBAND Roberto, you are my rock, soulmate and angel. I love you beyond our galaxy baby!!

For those of you that are going through ANYTHING. RememberALWAYS to pray and stay positive. That's the best antidote for life. 

-XOXO Sara

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/an-amazing-update-on-sara Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:53:48 GMT
Cadence on Fox5 News https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/cadence-on-fox5-news So happy that these little warriors are getting the exposure they deserve and raising awareness about childhood cancer!!! 

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/29734139/cadence-fox

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/8/cadence-on-fox5-news Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:45:25 GMT
TIME TO GET TESTED TO SAVE SARA'S LIFE! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/time-to-get-tested-to-save-saras-life
What an amazing UPDATE! Sara is READY FOR TESTING TO BEGIN TO FIND HER LIFE SAVING DONOR! Call the number on the sign and let them know you want to be tested to SAVE SARA'S LIFE!!!! 

Good Evening Everyone!! I have more great news about this whole Kidney transplant journey. So earlier today around 2pm I got a phone call from my coordinator. She relayed to me that I am officially approved to be on the Emory kidney transplant list!!! For those that may not know....THIS is a HUGE VICTORY!!! It can sometimes take years for recipients to get to this point, that I have been blessed to reach. All I have to do now is find a matching living donor, Raise more money for my campaign to help pay for medical care and meds after the transplant, and SMILE!!!! God is beyond amazing!! Im happy and just wanted to check in with you guys. More great news to follow!!!

 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -

One year ago a Madison, Georgia photographer snapped a photo of a Greensboro family in need of a kidney. Their story had a happy ending and now that same photographer hopes to help a Lawrenceville family.

Last July, Brandy Angel took a picture of Police Officer Raleigh Callaway and his family. He was in dire need of a kidney as he battled diabetes, hypertension and chronic disease. Several photos of the Callaway family holding a sign that read "Our Daddy needs a Kidney" made national headlines.

Callaway underwent a successful transplant surgery in September.

Callaway’s wifeKristi Callaway, started a non-profit organization and Angel also started her own called “Be The Change – Brandy Angel Foundation.” The two women have worked together to feature 15 people in need of a kidney.

Of the 15 families Angel has photographed, three of those have already received transplants (four including Callaway).

“We can all make a difference in this world or in someone else's life. Every act of kindness can turn into something amazing. That's why I chose the name Be The Change for my non profit. I live my life that way,” Angel told FOX 5.

Now, Angel hopes to help Sara Chandler.

Chandler is married and has three children. The Lawrenceville mom was born with a genetic kidney abnormality (PKD). According to Chandler’s GoFundMe page, doctors have said she only has about two to three months to find a matching donor. 

One of Chandler's friends reached out to Angel and the photographer snapped photos at her home last week. Turns out, the photos were taken exactly one year to the day that Callaway's pictures were taken. Chandler's campaign was also launched exactly one year after Callaway's as well. Angel said that wasn't planned. 

"I can beat this," Chandler told Good Day Atlanta's Ron Gant. "I've beat so many things in my life. I've overcome so many objectives and this is not going to stop me."

Chandler's husband wanted to donate his kidney, but wasn't a match.

For those who wish to take part in trying to save Sara’s quality of life by finding a compatible kidney, you will need to get tested to see if you are the donor match she needs. You can call Emory Transplant Center at 855-366-7989.

Help FOX 5 spread the word by sharing our story.

Click here to take a look at the family's Facebook Page.

Angel said she also takes photos for people in need of any sort of help. Such as those needing bone marrow matches, looking for biological family members or just to raise awareness of their situation or health issues.

"I love people. That's what I do," said Angel. "I feel like everybody deserves compassion and help because we are all at that position at some point in time in our life." 

For more information on Brady Angel and Be The Change click here

 

 

 

 

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Our Hero Henry gets famous! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/our-hero-henry-gets-famous

He's now been featured on

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AND he will be interview on Entertainment Tonight!  

GO HENRY GO!

ATLANTA -

A 9-year-old Athens boy had the chance to meet one of his favorite celebrities while undergoing chemotherapy in Atlanta.

It was last Thanksgiving that the Shepherd family found out their son Henry had Osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer that begins in the cells that form your bones. It started with knee pain.

Following the diagnosis, Henry began aggressive chemotherapy at Scottish Rite in Atlanta.

The Shepherd family said Henry has been in and out of the hospital since December of 2014. He is admitted for every chemo treatment and has had 17 treatments so far. His final treatment is this Friday.

In March, Henry also had surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his right femur in Gainesville, Florida. His foot was removed from his leg during this surgery and rotated 180 degrees. The remaining portion of his tibia was attached to the remaining femur which allows his ankle to function as his knee.

The advantage of Rotationplasty is that he will have a “knee” to allow for better control versus a prosthetic leg, according to his family.

On Sunday, as Henry was getting his second-to-last chemo treatment, a very special visitor stopped by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite… Actress Jennifer Garner!

Garner has been filming Miracles from Heaven in Atlanta, which is set to release in 2016. The movie is about a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder. It’s based on the book Three Miracles From Heaven which was written by Christy Beam.

Garner, along with actress Kylie Rogers who is also in the movie, decided to visit some of the children at Scottish Rite. They stopped by Henry's room and chatted with him, and Henry's twin sister, for about ten minutes.

Henry's mom, Carrie Shepherd, said Garner was "genuinely nice." She also said Henry is a huge fan of Garner's movie Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and knew who she was right away. 

We learned about Henry's story through photographer Brandy Angel, who we recently interviewed. Angel is dedicated to helping others and has photographed many families in need of kidneys or any sort of help. 

"I love people. That's what I do," said Angel. "I feel like everybody deserves compassion and help because we are all at that position at some point in time in our life." 

Angel recently snapped some photos of Henry and his family and uploaded his story to her website. View that here.

GoFundMe page has been created for Henry called “Henry Our Hero.” If you would like to pay it forward and donate towards medical expenses, click here.

A "Henry Our Hero" Facebook page has also been created. You can send your well wishes, support, love and cheers on that page by clicking here.

From all of us at FOX 5, we send our love and wish you a speedy recovery Henry! 

APP USERS: Click here to view the photo gallery

#jennifergarner #CUREchildhoodcancer #henryourhero #bethechangebaf #brandyangelphotography

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) CURE angel be brandy cancer change childhood foundation garner henry hero jennifer our photography the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/our-hero-henry-gets-famous Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:47:11 GMT
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Cadence Fox is a 9 year old from Eatonton, Ga. On May 19 her life was turned upside down when we went to the hospital and they found a tumor on her brain. We were rushed to egleston children's hospital in Atlanta where they located a second tumor in her brain. She is currently on her third round of chemo. Please follow her page and support her journey any way you can. 
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Henry our Hero https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/henry-our-hero

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As Thanksgiving weekend 2014 wrapped up, the Shepherd family was presented with the devastating news that their son Henryʼs knee pain was actually a cancer called Osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that begins in the the cells that form your bones. After a biopsy, MRI, bone scan, CT scan, port and gastrostomy tube installation, Henry began receiving aggressive chemotherapy at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at Scottish Rite in Atlanta under the care of Dr. Karen Wasilewski. In addition to 18 rounds of inpatient chemotherapy, Henry had surgery on March 5, 2015 to remove the malignant tumor from his right femur. This surgery was done at Shands hospital in Gainesville, Florida by Dr. Parker Gibbs. The type of surgery Henry and his family chose was called Rotationplasty. After the tumored bone and surrounded tissue was removed from his leg, his foot was rotated 180 degrees and the remaining portion of his tibia was attached to the remaining femur, allowing his ankle to function as his knee. The advantage of this procedure is that Henry will have a “knee” allowing for much better control over a prosthetic leg.

This type of cancer has presented Henry and the Shepherd family with many difficult challenges physically, emotionally and financially for many years to come. The Shepherds have found themselves putting their former lives on hold and are living a "new normal". Over the past 8 months, Henry has received multiple blood and platelet transfusions in between treatments. The community they live in has rallied around “Henry our Hero” by providing meals to the family every week, very generous donations to a Go Fund account (www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/dvg7/-henryourhero? utm_source=giveforward&utm_medium=email&ut...) for Henryʼs future medical needs and a neighborhood full of yellow bows on mailboxes to honor their “Hero”. Henryʼs school has also gone above and beyond to support Henry as he was named the schoolʼs honoree for the annual Relay for Life event in the spring. In addition to local support, Henry has people near and far that are rallying behind him.

Henry continues to smile (a famous and contagious smile) in spite of adversity and he looks forward to the day he can again play soccer and football in the yard with his big brother. He is a true inspiration for so many and a real hero in every sense of the word!

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Please HELP me make this OFFICIAL! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/please-help-me-make-this-official http://www.gofundme.com/bethechangebaf
Since photographing a family on Thankgiving 2012 whose mother had terminal cancer, I have worked hard to use my photography to reach out to those in need. I have yearned to find a way to start a non profit to be able to reach as many people as I can. I have used my photography and social media skills to now help people find their living donor kidney matches, bone marrow matches, helped people find their biological family members or even just helping them create awareness about their situations. PLEASE help me fund my applications process. I have paid for everything out of my family's already tight budget and just can't afford to pay the fees for the process to continue. I have the drive, desire and compassion to make this amazing. PLEASE help me so I can continue to help others.
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Help find our Mom a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/help-find-our-mom-a-kidney Our Mommy Needs A Kidney- Sara's Search For A Living Kidney Donor

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Hi my name is Sara Chandler I am a married mother of 3 beautiful babies!! I live in Lawrenceville, GA and was born with a genetic kidney abnormality(PKD). So I am in need of a kidney transplant ASAP!!! Will you please,please, please help me find a kidney???  I have so much life to give and would love the opportunity to share it with you all!! If you would like more Information please call Emory transplant center (855)3667989 to get more Information to help me find a kidney!!!  

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/7/help-find-our-mom-a-kidney Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:32:22 GMT
Please help our daddy, Josh McCoy, find a kidney. https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/6/please-help-our-daddy-josh-mccoy-find-a-kidney

Josh is a 28 year old, husband, and father of 2 boys. He was diagnosed with FSGS in 2008. He has been seeing a Nephrologist ever since. Even with medications and healthy lifestyle choices, Josh was unable to maintain function of his kidneys. He was added to the transplant list in July 2013. His kidneys failed in May 2014 dropping to 6% function, resulting in emergency dialysis. He has been on dialysis for over a year. 

Josh works full time as an assistant department manager at Washington County Machine Shop. Josh doesn't allow his kidney disease to stop or slow him down. He works very hard to provide for and be active with his family and friends. He coaches his boys baseball team, loves Georgia football, Braves baseball, golf, and fishing. He goes to the gym several days a week to maintain his health as much as possible. At this time he is still able to continue to work full time.


Josh is on Home Hemo dialysis. This means that he does dialysis 6 days a week (3 days on, 1 day off). Each dialysis session lasts roughly 3 hours and takes a toll on his body. Due to his and his wife's work, and boys schedules, dialysis is largely done in the evenings. This does make for much longer days for Josh and puts even more strain and stress on his body. Josh would benefit from a kidney transplant because it would allow him to enjoy a healthy life again and help to restore his quality of life as well. Dialysis is a temporary solution to FSGS and other forms of End Stage Renal Failure. There are many negative side effects as well. Many of which over the last year we have dealt with. 

Josh is A+ blood type. He can receive a kidney from blood types A+, A-, O+, and O-. Josh is also currently registered at both Georgia Regents University (GRU) Augusta, GA transplant program and Emory University Atlanta, GA transplant program. Information for both are listed below. If you are interested in becoming a living donor for Josh contact either location. When calling you need to tell the transplant coordinator that you are interested in becoming a living donor for Josh McCoy and give them his date of birth 5/5/87. Both centers also participate in the Kidney Paired Donation Program. More information can be found at www.unos.org

Georgia Regents University Medical Center (GRU) Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program
Augusta, Ga
(706) 721-2888 or (800) 736-2278 ext. 2888

Emory Transplant Center
Atlanta, GA
(855) 366-7989


We are blessed and thankful for all that are interested in spreading the word and helping to find Josh a kidney!!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a donor. It can either be done through this page or through Josh McCoy or Ashley Brett McCoy on Facebook.

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Brandon is a 32 year old married father from the Athens, Georgia, area. He recently had to start on dialysis and get onto the kidney transplant list. Brandon and Donna have been married for 6 years. He has a 15-year-old stepdaughter and he has a four-year-old Autistic special needs daughter. He is the breadwinner in their family because his wife was injured during the birth of their youngest daughter and has had a lot of medical issues since then. We need our daddy to be around for a long long time! Please help us find him a kidney! Thank you! 

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PLEASE HELP Linda D Carter find a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/please-help-linda-d-carter-find-a-kidney http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/please-help-linda-d-carter-find-a-kidney?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/please-help-linda-d-carter-find-a-kidney?customize=3

My name is Linda Carter, and I NEED A KIDNEY. “My character is bigger than my circumstance.” This is my quote for my life as I struggle with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease. I am 52 years old and a veteran educator of 27 years. My kidneys began failing in 2009 due to Type 2 diabetes, and I was diagnosed with Stage 5 (end stage) kidney failure in 2012. My blood type is Type O, and ALL blood types O could potentially be my match. IMPORTANT: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TESTED AS MY LIVING DONOR MATCH BUT ARE NOT BLOOD TYPES B OR O, YOU CAN STILL HELP ME!*** My transplant center participates in the paired exchange program. If you are willing to be a match for someone else who has a donor that is a match for me, both myself, and the other recipient would receive a life-saving kidney transplant! Please contact Emory Transplant at 855.366.7989. Let them know you would like to be tested as a match for me, Linda Carter – DOB 7/8/62.

Ten years ago, I modified my lifestyle by completely changing my daily food plan. I eliminated salt, red meats and carbonated beverages. I added much more exercise and water intake and began attending KidneySmart workshops. Despite my failing kidneys, I continued to teach and work towards becoming a principal by achieving an Education Specialist Degree (EDS). Unfortunately, the time commitment to continued education, educating my own students, managing my kidney disease and doctor’s appointments became unmanageable. In 2013, I had to set aside my aspirations to further my own education and focus strictly on teaching my classroom of students. My passion and love in life is teaching English Language Arts to 8th graders. My students are a diverse group of learners that are gifted, talented and some are being served in a co-taught special education setting. Our school is 100% free and reduced lunch, however, our students are some of the brightest, hard-working children in the county, and our school is recognized as a “School of Excellence”. Despite some conditions in their home life, students attend school each day eager to learn. I always do all I can to make learning interesting and fun. Our school motto is: “When you miss school, you miss out!” I strive to establish and maintain a safe classroom environment and “comfortable, home-like” atmosphere that allows students to feel safe to discuss and debate topics that will impact their life beyond the classroom. I supply students with extra pencils, erasers and even have an area known to my students as the “Lotion Station” for another added touch of home. If you look around my classroom, encouraging quotes can be found everywhere. A quote on the sides of the wastebasket reads: “I will get one task done today”. 

I am a recently divorced, single parent of an extraordinarily focused, ambitious, and inspiring 30 year old daughter. My daughter, Dr. Taryne Michelle Mingo, was once a student at the very school I teach. She continues on the educational path as a full time elementary counselor in a different county, working with kids with similar demographics. My daughter is my number one supporter, and I am so proud of her accomplishments. I am proud to announce that my daughter is the first member in our family to receive a doctorate degree!
I have always been the “helper” in my family, my community, my church and school. During the 1980s, I became a caregiver to my 15 year-old brother as he was diagnosed with an unusual cancer. My responsibility was to speak to his doctors, and help my brother and family understand his illness. During his senior year, he understood that he would not graduate from high school. I became his advocate to attempt to get the high school to understand that children diagnosed with aterminal illness should be given a different tract for graduation. I was met with resistance, and my brother passed away in February of 1988. His local high school then decided to give my mother an honorary degree on the day of graduation. I then became a relative foster parent for a niece that was experiencing homelessness. This placement lasted on and off for more than 10 years. I involved her in dance, music and summer events. Each year, I choose two students to mentor. Currently, I am working with a female student whose 7 year old brother in is need of a kidney. I am linking with our school's family engagement specialist to find resources such as your organization to assist in finding a donor. I provide free tutoring on Saturdays to students for writing and reading skills. I also participate within my local church with many community planned activities and work with a retired teacher (in her 80s) in our tutorial center on Saturday mornings. I recently completed my pre-ministry training and would like to work with women going through or experiencing divorce.

Instructing and teaching has become difficult in recent times. My days always lasted longer because of my condition, and I had to modify my teaching around some of my symptoms. Finally, I recently underwent surgery to begin peritoneal (in-home) dialysis. I am currently placed on work disability without pay, as I walk through the never-ending, confusing path to receive benefits from my long-term disability carrier. I greatly miss teaching, my students and my position as a classroom teacher. I struggle with knowing that I am not in the classroom to help my students conquer the new state tests that replaced the old CRCT. I still grade essays at home, trying to give them feedback on their work. Most of my students are not aware of my condition and think I am of the class due to other reasons. I just did not have the heart to tell them about my true situation. 

I teach my students to advocate for themselves when they need help. I had to direct that lesson to myself when I entered this stage of my kidney condition. A kidney transplant will change my life tremendously by giving me the opportunity to become well. I will be able to continue teaching and working with children in writing their own life stories. Receiving a kidney will relieve many stressful days of wondering about some parts of my future life. My brother and sister began testing but were excluded due to health conditions. I am reaching out in every way I know how to try to reach the person who could be my living donor match. If you would like to reach out to Linda personally or follow her Facebook Kidney Search page, please click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/253691388023937/908315269228209/#!/pages/Find-a-Kidney-for-Linda-D-Carter/1578543549064434?sk=timeline
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/please-help-linda-d-carter-find-a-kidney Wed, 20 May 2015 00:03:45 GMT
The Brave Little Soul. https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/the-brave-little-soul Losing Lake was unexpected and painful. I have only known him and his beautiful family for a short time and I feel like they have each inspired me so much in their own way. I know in my heart they will continue to do so. I pray for their comfort now and for the love around them to help them through this awful time. The service at Lake's funeral had to be shared. This story is the backbone to what I do and what I HOPE to do. You are gone but never forgotten Lake Bozeman.

The Brave Little Soul

By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. She especially enjoyed the love she saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day she saw suffering in the world. She approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?” God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” she asked.” God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.” The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love – to create this miracle - for the good of all humanity." 

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain herself. With her wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you. God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. 

In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.” Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through her suffering and God’s strength, she unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased. http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/the-brave-little-soul?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/the-brave-little-soul?customize=3

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/the-brave-little-soul Wed, 06 May 2015 03:57:57 GMT
Meet Ahmie. A beautiful young girl losing her battle with Cancer. PLEASE share her story! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/meet-ahmie-a-beautiful-young-girl-losing-her-battle-with-cancer-please-share-her-story PLEASE meet Miracles for Ahmie​ she is young girl losing her battle to caner. Meeting Jennifer from The Little Couple​ Couple is on her bucket list. Among several other things PLEASE help her make her dream come true while she has the chance! SHARE THIS POST! SHARE HER DREAMS!

Ahmie's Wish and Bucket List
April 16, 2014 at 4:13pm
Ahmie's Bucket/Wish List - Thank you for loving Ahmie. 

While Ahmie is on hospice fighting recurring DSRCT (Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors) we need your help. 
You can follow her journey at Miracles for Ahmie.

Please read, share, invite, talk, pray, love and donate. 
Ahmie's Bucket/Wish List - Thank you for loving Ahmie.  
Beat Cancer! 
Help find a cure for Pediatric Cancer - Fundraising for Strong Against Cancer
Violin & Lessons 
Piano Lessons
Trip to Hawaii
Universal Florida 
Meet Jennifer from Little Couple
Adopt a child
Gun Range
Go to Music Award Show - Teen Music Awards/MTV/ VMA 
Go to 5SOS Concert - GOING 7/15! Meet 5SOS would be ideal.
Be a Nurse - DONE! U/W Nurse for a day! 
Go to a Prom - DONE! 
Motorcycle bike ride - DONE!
Disneyland - DONE! 1/11-15!!
Have own room - Done
Meet Buddy from Cake Boss - Done!
Fly First Class - Done
Fishing Adventure - Done thank you Y.O.U Youth Outdoors Unlimited
Own Electric Guitar - Done
Learn the art of glass blowing - DONE
Great Wolf Lodge - DONE
Go to Leavenworth and go rafting - DONE
Digital camera - DONE donated by Kenmore Camera
Suncadia Spa & Resort - DONE
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/meet-ahmie-a-beautiful-young-girl-losing-her-battle-with-cancer-please-share-her-story Wed, 06 May 2015 03:38:29 GMT
Sunshine on a Ranney Day-Home Reveal for the Hill Family https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/sunshine-on-a-ranney-day-home-reveal-for-the-hill-family PLEASE share this post and PLEASE come to the reveal for the Hill family if you can! Such an amazing thing to witness! David Hill Kathryn O'Neil HillBrandy Angel Photography Sunshine on a Ranney Day

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/sunshine-on-a-ranney-day-home-reveal-for-the-hill-family Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:14:58 GMT
Dancing with the Stars Lake Oconee....LAST HOUR TO VOTE https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/dancing-with-the-stars-lake-oconee-last-hour-to-vote PLEASE go by and vote for Matt and I before 5 pm. We are dancing our little hearts out tonight for a wonderful non profit, First Call. Help us help others! Every dollar donated is a equal to ONE vote. EVERY DOLLAR HELPS! Thank you! 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel brandy call dancing first lake oconee stars the with https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/dancing-with-the-stars-lake-oconee-last-hour-to-vote Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:05:53 GMT
Go Fund Me...http://www.gofundme.com/bethechangebaf https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/go-fund-me-http--www-gofundme-com/bethechangebaf I am finally ready to take the final steps to make my non profit official but need help collecting the funds to submit the application, pay for the lawyer and the CPA. If you can help me PLEASE do. I have funded everything 100% out our family's already maxed budget and would love to continue what I am doing. Thank you so much! The work is important and will continue to change lives!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angel be brandy change fund go me the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/go-fund-me-http--www-gofundme-com/bethechangebaf Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:19:36 GMT
I am looking for my Aunt Dove L. Heuser. https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/i-am-looking-for-my-aunt-dove-l-heuser http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/i-am-looking-for-my-aunt-dove-l-heuser?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/i-am-looking-for-my-aunt-dove-l-heuser?customize=3 Hello, my name is Ashley Pugh. I am looking for my Aunt. My aunt was born mentally ill and also deaf. Throughout her life she moved from homes for the deaf and also other facilities for the deaf in Los Angeles California. Our family split apart and unfortunately through moves we lost contact with her. I I have been searching for dove but because I am her niece and have no idea who her guardian is its almost impossible to find her. I have contacted court houses in Los Angeles California and I was told they were unable to release any information to me. I decided to turn to Brandy Angel and see if social media could help me find her. All we want is for Dove to know that after 20 years her family is still looking for her and that she is loved. We would love to be able to know she is safe and happy. We also would love for her to receive letters and photos of her great nephews . Honestly we will never have peace of mind until she is found. Please keep my family in your prayers and help pass her information around so we can love on Dove! Follow us on facebook- Looking for my Aunt, Dove L. Heuser

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Ashley Be Change Dove Guardian Heuser L. Pugh the https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/3/i-am-looking-for-my-aunt-dove-l-heuser Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:32:22 GMT
"Are you my Daddy?" - Russell Popham https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/-are-you-my-daddy---russell-popham

My name is Russell Popham. I was born 1/1/1976 in Easley, SC. I am looking for my FATHER. His name is Jimmy Wayne Thomas, Jr. He is from Fort Worth, Texas and was in the army from 1975 to 1976. My mother's name is Debbie Freeman and she met him through my Uncle Donnie Popham "Dogeye". He served in the army with Jimmy. I think he is around 61 years old. I have been looking for my father for 20 years. If you have ANY information PLEASE contact me. (864)230-6471 or Russell.Popham@gmail.com. Thank you so much. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE my page so I can reach as many people as possible. Someone is bound to know my father. Let's make this go viral!

#AreYouMyDaddyRussellPopham Are you my Daddy?-Russell Popham​ http://www.gofundme.com/wkznks?fb_action_ids=10153130296268813&fb_action_types=og.shares

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) jimmy popham russell thomas wayne https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/-are-you-my-daddy---russell-popham Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:08:51 GMT
Pastor Terry Needs a Kidney https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/pastor-terry-needs-a-kidney

My name is Terry Richardson, and I NEED A KIDNEY. ***My blood type is O. I can receive a kidney directly from blood types O – and O + . IMPORTANT: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TESTED AS MY LIVING DONOR MATCH BUT ARE NOT BLOOD TYPE O, YOU CAN STILL HELP ME! *** My transplant center participates in the paired exchange program. If you are willing to be a match for someone else who has a living donor that is a match for me, both myself, and the second recipient, will receive a life-saving kidney!
In 1981, at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. In 1982, I received a kidney transplant from my brother. After 32 years of a very successful transplant, the transplant is now failing. My original failure was never attributed to a specific disease other than ‘hypertension’. Late last summer, my doctor decided to start the evaluation process to get me ready to go on the ‘transplant list’. She thought we would be getting a ‘head start’ on the process and would give ourselves time to prepare for the inevitable. But my kidney function declined more rapidly than expected and, by January of this year, I was already in need of a new transplant. 
One thing I have learned over the past 32 years is that God uses people to bring about His blessings. Because I have had a transplant for 32 years, I have experienced those blessings first hand. God’s blessing and my brother’s selfless act have allowed me to live a very normal life, raise a family and work like anyone else! With the onset of my now failing kidney, we are faced with a different set of circumstances. 
Since 1982, both of my brothers have needed transplants. Alan, the brother who gave me a kidney in 1982, just received his transplant this past fall. My oldest brother has received 2 transplants in the last 20 years. It is safe to say that we have exhausted all of our possibilities of related donors in our immediate family. Because of our family history the doctors have ruled out our family as donors.
Currently my kidney function (estimated GFR) is at 10%. Any function below 15% is considered kidney failure. I am being ‘worked up’ to start dialysis as soon as possible.
Without a transplant, dialysis will become a daily routine for us. It seems to me that when we are faced with difficult circumstances in our life, we tend to be more concerned for those we love rather than for ourselves. My concern through all of this is for my wife and our sons and my ability to be the husband and father I need and desire to be. It will be difficult to do many of the things that my family and I enjoy doing. When we are in good health, we often tend to take the most valuable things in life for granted. Kidney failure and dialysis drain most of your energy, making even simple tasks like working in the garden or cutting the grass difficult. My desire is to be able to continue to work and to do the things that our family enjoys like fishing and hunting with our sons, taking trips to the coast and the mountains, collecting shells and leaf-peeping with my wife. I also want to continue teaching kids at church on Wednesday nights and preaching every opportunity I can. 
We have had several people inquire about being a donor but have not received word of any matching candidates as of yet. 
If you would like to be tested as my living donor match, please contact Jenny McGraff with Emory Transplant Center at 855-366-7989. We have been told that any interested donor should call the above number and specifically say, “I want to be a living donor for Terry Richardson”. My Date of Birth is 03-09-1960. 
Please know that it is a difficult thing to seek someone to donate their kidney to me. But, like in every other aspect of life, we simply must trust Christ and follow Him. So we will trust in the Lord that His plan for our family is what is best for us. 
You will find my personal page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pastor-Terry-Needs-A-New-Kidney-Again/602756349857826#!/pages/Pastor-Terry-Needs-A-New-Kidney-Again/602756349857826

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/pastor-terry-needs-a-kidney Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:34:17 GMT
Support for Shelley! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/support-for-shelley Shelley is a single 56 year old woman diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Autoimmune Encephalitis or AE. Only 500 people world wide are currently diagnosed with AE. Her condition is worsening and the effects of the Encephalopathy and the brain damage caused by it have rendered her unable to work, drive, and function in every day life. She suffers from symptoms including cognitive dysfunction, incontinence, motor instability, muscle spasms, tremors, seizures, ataxia and severe debilitating pain. Simple every day tasks such as personal hygiene, meal preparation and family interaction are becoming extremely difficult and on some days impossible. The effects of AE are irreversible however further damage is preventable with proper treatment.

Our goal in this step of Shelley's journey is to raise the funds for travel expenditures for her out of state stay. Travel expenditures include flights, lodging and meals to see Dr. Eric Lancaster in the Neurology Department at the The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he can provide the best care to effectively treat her. Her children support Shelley in what ways they can but have exhausted their financial resources. 

Whether you can donate $5, $50 or more every penny makes a difference. Thank you for hearing her story and for your contribution!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/support-for-shelley Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:49:09 GMT
Help find my PopPop a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/help-find-my-poppop-a-kidney My name is Mike Eaton, and I need a kidney. I have been battling end-stage kidney failure and praying for a transplant for 5 years. 
***MY BLOOD TYPE IS A. I CAN RECEIVE A KIDNEY FROM BLOOD TYPES A +, A -, O +, AND O - .***
I was borned in raised in Buckhead, GA. My fiancé and I have 3 children between us, and I am a proud PopPop to 7 precious grandbabies. My family means more than anything to me, and we our raising one of our grandchildren, Madyson, who is 6 years old. I owned, and operated, a successful concrete business for 25 years. Kidney disease has taken away, or completely changed, my ability to do the things I have always enjoyed most. Kidney failure left me no choice but to shut my business down. With one diagnosis, I went from a hard-working, successful business owner to living on disability wishing I had the physical stamina and energy to work as hard as I did for all those years. I have to stay close to home, since I have to go to dialysis 3 days every week for 4-5 hours at a time. I was placed on the waiting list 5 years ago at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA. I have been called 7 times and was told that a possible deceased donor match had been found. Each time, there was someone else being considered also, and because of their time spent on the waiting list or better matching, the recipient chosen was not me. I am thankful that someone, even if it wasn’t me, received their transplant blessing. I remain strong in my faith and believe, if it is God’s will, I will receive my transplant when the time is right. I will admit though, that I sometimes wonder if it will ever happen. Hemodialysis has kept me alive and going for almost 2 years. Dialysis days are long and pretty much consist of just that – dialysis. Although my treatment is complete after 5 or so hours, my body is wiped out for the rest of the day, and sometimes even into the days between. I want, so much, to be well again!!! I want to be able to take Madyson hunting and fishing anytime we would like to go rather than plan our outings around my dialysis schedule or how I’m feeling that day. I am ready to go back to work and earn a living doing what I love. I am ready to live life without a standing date with the dialysis clinic. If you would like to be tested as my living donor match, please contact Lynn Joyner, GRU transplant coordinator, at 706-721-2888. I appreciate you reading my story. PLEASE SHARE, and thank you to anyone who feels it in your heart to help me. Our Daddy Needs a Kidney-Team Callaway

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/2/help-find-my-poppop-a-kidney Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:05:10 GMT
Lake Bozman, Bone Marrow https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/lake-bozman-bone-marrow http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/the-brave-little-soul?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/5/the-brave-little-soul?customize=3

~Prayers for Lake Bozman~​ www.bethematch.org
Lake is 5 year old and has a birthday coming up on May 24th. He has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is being admitted into Egleston this evening (5/15/12) and will begin chemo treatment in the morning. This page has been created to send as many prayers as we can get up to our Heavenly Father and for words of encouragement and support for Lake and his family through this difficult time. We will update everyone as soon as we hear from his mother, Anna. Thank you all in advance for your love, prayers and support. 
Lake's story from Anna.
"From the outside Lake looks and acts the typical seven year old boy, playing sports, wrestling with his little brother, and running around with friends. On the inside however, he is anything but typical. Lake has AML, acute myeloid leukemia, something that I never imagined my child would have. Since birth he has always been extremely healthy, only going to the pediatrician for his well visits. In the Spring of 2012, he started having ear infections and some sinus issues along with fevers that just wouldn't seem to go away and stay gone. Then he started becoming exhausted all the time which is just not normal for him at all. Finally the day after Mother's Day our pediatrician ordered blood work and after reading the results sent us straight to Scottish Rite Children's hospital where they diagnosed him with Leukemia. We were completely devastated but there was no time for all the hows and whys. The next day his central line was put in, we moved over to Egleston Children's Hospital, and he started chemo. Four rounds later he was in remission without hardly any complications or sickness and we were home again as a family. He was back at school, playing baseball, and was about to have a new baby sister. Then in April of this year at his routine clinic visit we found out it was back. Once again total shock and devastation. So here we are now just completed two more rounds of chemo and getting ready for a bone marrow transplant. The transplant is by far the biggest challenge we have faced. Lake is going to be very sick and he will be unable to see his little brother and sister for a long time but if this is what it takes to get him well and in remission forever, then we can handle it. Our hope and prayer is that Lake will get through this transplant and that he will go back to being a regular child and grow to live out all his dreams. Not in a million years did I think my child would be diagnosed with cancer but he was. It can happen to anyone. We have been truly blessed to have such an amazing support system and I know our faith in God and all the many prayers for Lake has gotten us through this. No family should have to go through this. While most children are playing with superheroes, these are heroes in real life and my son is one of them!
*Update on Lake: After completing 2 rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Lake had his transplant on August 5th, 2013. It was a difficult few months but Lake as always was a total Rockstar and did great. He was 100% donor cells and in remission. He came home about a week before Halloween and slowly but surely things began to get back to "normal". He returned to school in late Springof this year and even played baseball. We were almost to a year post transplant and then at a routine check up in May, we found out he had relapsed once again. To say we were  crushed is an understatement. We are now praying for a miracle. Although Lake's cancer has been labeled as "incurable", we are not giving up! He was, is, and always will be my Hero! 
Update on Lake: After his relapse we continued some different chemotherapy treatments to keep his disease at a minimum. He was able to do many things like go to Camp Sunshine, go on his Make-A-Wish trip ( a Disney Cruise ), go to school, be at home with his family, and even signed a one day contract with the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team. He was doing well but then suffered a huge setback when he got pneumonia and his body went into septic shock. It was then we learned that his heart was at very low function  and that a transplant was no longer an option. We continued more gentle chemos until his body just became too tired and on May 1st of this year he went home to be with Jesus. We miss him like crazy but take comfort in knowing that he is now Cancer free and perfect once again. We plan to keep Lake's memory alive by sharing his story and continuing to raise awareness for childhood cancer and the importance of joining the Be the Match registry!!"

~Sadly Lake gained his wings before his perfect match was found on May 1, 2015 just weeks before his birthday. 
Losing Lake was unexpected and painful. I have only known him and his beautiful family for a short time and I feel like they have each inspired me so much in their own way. I know in my heart they will continue to do so. I pray for their comfort now and for the love around them to help them through this awful time. The service at Lake's funeral had to be shared. This story is the backbone to what I do and what I HOPE to do. You are gone but never forgotten Lake Bozeman.

The Brave Little Soul
By: John Alessi
Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. She especially enjoyed the love she saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day she saw suffering in the world. She approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?” God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” she asked.” God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.” The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love – to create this miracle - for the good of all humanity." 
Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain herself. With her wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you. God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. 
In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.” Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through her suffering and God’s strength, she unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) bozman lake https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/lake-bozman-bone-marrow Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:59:51 GMT
Broderick needs a KIDNEY https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/broderick-needs-a-kidney My name is Broderick McWhorter. I recently turned 27 years old, and I NEED A KIDNEY!!!
***My blood type is O . ONLY blood types O + and O – can donate to me. ***
I struggled with nausea, fatigue and body aches for quite some time when doctors began monitoring my blood work. My blood work revealed that my kidneys were not functioning as they should, and I was diagnosed with Fabry’s disease after doctors performed a kidney biopsy on May 8th, 2013. I began hemodialysis on October 1, 2013. I spend 3 days every week at the dialysis clinic and spend the remaining 4 days of each week praying that my body can recover quickly enough to be somewhat active. My life is planned around my dialysis schedule. Brandy actually met me outside of my dialysis clinic to take the photo you see. But what is most frustrating about having to rely on dialysis to live is not having the energy I used to have, the energy I want to have so badly in order to be able to do all that I want to with my 5 year old son Kaylon.
Kaylon is my reason to fight through the tough days and see the good in every day. He knows that there are days I don’t feel well, and he knows that I go to dialysis and take a lot of medicine. But he doesn’t know how serious my disease is. The truth is, I want him to at least know that there is something going on with me, so if the worst happens, it won’t completely blindside him. I hate that I even have to think about how to prepare my 5 year old son for the news that something has happened to his dad, but I do. 
Battling kidney failure has taught me a lot. It’s taught me to be humble and appreciate what we sometimes take for granted. I cherish moments that may have been overlooked or unappreciated before. A transplant would change everything about my life and the life I am able to share with my son, and it is what I pray for every day of my life. 
I have been on the waiting list at GRU in Augusta, GA since September 2014. If you would like to be tested as my living donor match, please contact my coordinator, Kerrie Moyer, at 706-721-8560. Tell her you would like to me tested as a match for Broderick McWhorter (DOB 1/2/88). Thank you!!!! http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/broderick-needs-a-kidney?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/broderick-needs-a-kidney?customize=3

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/broderick-needs-a-kidney Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:52:48 GMT
Sabian Fuller, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Be the Change, Be the Match! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/sabian-fuller-acute-myeloid-leukemia-be-the-change-be-the-match Today I met this adorable little man and his amazing family. He didn't seem to be comfortable outside and his Mommy explained he had not been outside of the hospital very much since September 2014. Can you imagine? His story is just as amazing as his smile. 
Sabian Fuller is a 4 year old boy. Two weeks after his 4th birthday in September 2014 he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was life flighted to Gainesville, Florida Shands Children Hospital where he immediately started his first of 4 rounds of chemotherapy. In October 2014 he was transferred to Children's Hospital of Atlanta, Egelston Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to continue his treatment. He finished up his last treatment this month and will HOPEFULLY be going home this weekend. To be separated from his siblings and for his mommy to be separated from them has proven to be a VERY difficult time for them but Sabian is a true fighter and always has a smile on his face. He loves his siblings, spiderman and the ninja turtles. He is so excited about going home as soon as his counts are up! Sabian may very well need a bone marrow transplant and YOU could be his match! Getting on the registry is SO SIMPLE and the results can be so LIFE SAVING. PLEASE go to www.bethematch.org and JOIN THE REGISTRY! Brandy Angel Photography

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2015/1/sabian-fuller-acute-myeloid-leukemia-be-the-change-be-the-match Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:49:07 GMT
Our Uncle Joshy needs a KIDNEY! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/12/our-uncle-joshy-needs-a-kidney http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/12/our-uncle-joshy-needs-a-kidney?customize=3http://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/12/our-uncle-joshy-needs-a-kidney?customize=3

My name is Joshua Batson. I am 25 years old, and I need a KIDNEY!!!

***MY BLOOD TYPE IS A, AND I CAN RECEIVE FROM ALL A AND O BLOOD TYPES***

 I was diagnosed with FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) at age 9. At age 19, my kidneys failed completely, and I began hemodialysis. I am desperate to find my perfect match! Kidney disease, and nearly 6 years on dialysis, has wreaked havoc on my body.  I’ve fought through bouts of pericardial effusion, pleural effusion and fluid overload so extreme, that I had to be placed on a ventilator for 9 days. I just want to be “normal”. Since my diagnosis at age 9, I’ve spent more time sick or in the hospital than most people spend in their lifetime. I want to be able to do the things that most 25 year olds do, but I must have a kidney transplant in order to fully LIVE my life. My family means the world to me, and I don’t want to miss any moment that I don’t have to.

My family members have been tested as a match for me, but they are either not a match or are not cleared to be my living donor. I have been on the transplant list for 6 years at GRU in Augusta, GA. If you are willing, and feel it in your heart, to be tested as a living donor for me, please contact my living donor coordinator, Keri, at 706-721-8560. Tell her you would like to be tested as a match for me, Joshua Travis Batson (DOB 11/24/89). I will be forever grateful and thankful for anyone who is willing to be tested as a match to become my living donor! Please keep me in your prayers…

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angels callaway callaways donor joshua kidney live raleigh https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/12/our-uncle-joshy-needs-a-kidney Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:10:22 GMT
A Christmas Miracle for Mason! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/11/a-christmas-miracle-for-mason Many of you following my photography page, Brandy Angel Photography, and personal profile have wished to help others with kidney failure that we have been featuring on Callaway's Angels but aren’t able to for various health reasons. Many of you also know that every year, for the past few years, I have reached out to local families during the holidays to help them, however I can, have a better Christmas with their families. Well many of you have written me already about helping this year and HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO HELP!!! This has been a blessed year for all of us, and we are excited to pay it forward in a big way this Christmas. 
Last night, as I was searching through Facebook for local families in need, I came across the page, Prayers for Lil' Mason. My heart just stopped. And when you see him and read his amazing story, yours will too. I called Kristi, and we knew this was exactly who we needed to reach out to. Mason is a three year old little miracle who is in kidney failure who was sent home when he born on hospice. He has had open heart bypass surgery and and now he is receiving the gift of life from a living donor on December 11, 2014. I know there is no greater gift than that, but his family has been through so much over the past three years that we want to celebrate in a huge way with them, especially since Mason and Britni will be in recovery for Christmas this year. Kristi and I decided we needed to give them a Christmas they will never forget, and we need your help in a HUGE way!! Mason has a 6 year old brother, Trinity, and Mason’s donor, Britni, has a 3 year old son named Parker. As you can imagine, time to shop and money for gifts will be very limited for both of these families, and that’s where you come in!!!! We want you all to help us fulfill their wish list! We have included a link that will take you to a wish list for each child. We know all too well when a transplant is at hand, many other things are put on the back burner. No child’s Christmas should be put on the back burner, and we want these babies to have the best Christmas ever!!! Please visit their wish list on Amazon and help in any way you can. We can do this!!! We will get all the gifts wrapped and ready and delivered by Santa our home the week before the transplant. I am also working on creating a winter wonderland in my dining room for them to meet Santa! So if you would like to donate any left over christmas decoration or decoration help please let me know! We are beyond excited about this! This is truly in the spirit of CHRISTmas!
My Gift List for Mason Hyde
Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/XZMC2H65ZZU9
My Gift List for Trinity Hyde
Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/2RB40J838UC2Q
My Gift List for Parker Dougherty
Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/236LABCPU0IJU

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/11/a-christmas-miracle-for-mason Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:46:03 GMT
Our Grandma Needs a Kidney ~ Debra Phillips https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/11/our-grandma-needs-a-kidney-debra-phillips

My name is Debra Phillips, and I need a kidney.
** My blood type is A, and I can receive from ALL A AND O blood types**
I am in stage 5 kidney failure as a result of diabetes. I was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease in July 2011, and my health has declined since. Despite following my doctor’s diet and medication orders, I have lived on dialysis 3 times a week since August 2013. The affect kidney disease has had on my life has been an about face. I was a hairdresser for 35 years and had to quit due to the exhaustion I was feeling. I sadly, but fondly, remember my last day of work in April 2013. My kidney disease progressed much faster than I could have ever imagined, and I had fistula surgery, to prepare my body for a life on dialysis, in May 2013. I had been an active person all my life and was the main caregiver for both my parents and in-laws during their illnesses. This illness hit me 1 year after I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer. The past 3 years have been hard. Dialysis has given me back a little “normal” on the days I am not being treated, but I can see, and feel, how my body has slowly broken down. For me to receive the gift of a kidney transplant would mean I could enjoy my Grandkids everyday and actually be able to keep up with them. When I was first diagnosed with kidney disease, I never thought I could ask someone to give me one of their kidneys, but after being on dialysis for this past year, I pray daily for GOD to grant me the beautiful gift of a Kidney.
I have a wonderful family that is very supportive of me. My husband, Dennis, is my best friend and great caregiver. He hoped to be my living donor but was denied as a donor due to his own health issues, and our children are not a matching blood type. I have 2 granddaughters and a newborn grandson, and I pray that I am able to enjoy every precious moment with them that I did with my children.
My Blood type is A. I can receive a kidney from types A and O – both negative and positive!
Contact: Barbara O’Neal, RN (Piedmont Hospital) BSN 404-605-4128
I have been on the Transplant list since July 2013.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/11/our-grandma-needs-a-kidney-debra-phillips Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:45:03 GMT
Our Mommy~Kindergarten Teacher Needs a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/11/our-mommy-kindergarten-teacher-needs-a-kidney
 
 
CORRECTION TO THE SIGN EMORY'S PHONE NUMBER IS 855-366-7989
 
Hi everyone. My name is Natalie Pignataro, and I need a kidney. I am a 34 year old mother, wife and kindergarten teacher hoping to find my living donor match. 

*** My blood type is A+, and I can receive from blood types A +, A - , O + and O - . ***

I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy in 2009. This disease was always in body but didn't begin affecting me until I got pregnant in 2006 and 2007. A medication to control blood pressure was able to slow the damage from my disease, but in October 2013, my doctor told me that I would need a kidney transplant and would have to rely on dialysis to survive until I received my gift. 
I started dialysis on May 7, 2014 - my 34th birthday. I am currently on dialysis 3 days a week for 3 1/2 hours each time I go. Since learning that I would need to begin dialysis while I await a kidney transplant, my life has been all over the place. I felt as if I was being faced with a crisis, and I had two choices. I could muster the courage and strength to fight this battle and see it through, or I could fall apart and whine about it. I made the decision to wear my brave face, and I do everything I need to do. I still work 40 plus hours a week as a Kindergarten teacher, which is a very demanding job, as I’m sure you can imagine. I have an 8 year old son and a 7 year old daughter who need me, regardless of whether I’m sick or not, and I do everything I possibly can for them. I go to dialysis for 10 1/2 hours a week which is basically a part-time job. I try to be the best wife and friend as well. Do I have my moments where I lose it? Oh yes, but those are reserved for my husband, Joel. He sees me when I feel like I can't go on anymore. My husband has completely stepped in and been everything I need and is a shoulder to cry on. Do I think he has his moments? Yes, but he never shows me. It always amazed me how people with cancer are so strong, and they just keep on fighting. I now know what that looks and feels like. You just do what you have to do. Even at my weakest physical state in my life, I feel like I have become a stronger woman who is realizing everything I’m made of and everyone I’ve been blessed to be loved by. Going through all that I have been faced with has really shown me that I have an amazing support system. My family has rallied around me and helped me any way they possibly can. My mom is my rock who has taken me to every appointment and makes sure I have everything I need. She will be with me every step of the way to and through transplant as well, and I am forever grateful for her love and support. I have to go to dialysis right after work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, yet our children still have to be taken care of and loved even when I can’t be there. It does take a village at times, and my husband, in-laws, father and his wife, and my mom are all doing all they can to make sure our children are well taken care of, even in my absence. My best friend and her family also step in and help me whenever needed. It’s been such a relief to know I do have tremendous help. Nobody complains because we all know this is something we will get through. However, my disease has been tough to handle for my grandparents. I never really thought our children understood what I was going through until our family went to Stone Mountain and began climbing the mountain. I was determined to make the climb and reach the top. I only have one life, and I want to live my life to fullest. Of course, it took me awhile to get up, and I was way behind. When the kids realized I wasn't there, they both began crying and searching to find me. They were both so worried about me and kept saying I shouldn't be climbing a mountain. I realized at that moment that they understood Mommy is sick and, deep down, they worry. 
A transplant would be such a blessing. I’m only 34 years old and going to dialysis 3 days a week for 3 1/2 hours. It is somewhat depressing to think that a machine is what is keeping me alive. I should be enjoying these hours with my babies! Even though dialysis is keeping me alive, I know that it will eventually tear my body down. Having a transplant would give me a second chance at this wonderful life I already have. It would allow me to see my babies grow! Members of my family and friends have been tested but are not a match for me or are ineligible to donate. I have two cousins who are not matches for me but are still willing to the pair donor program - they would give a kidney to someone in order for me to get a kidney.
If it is in your heart to be tested at my living donor match, please contact Emory at 855-366-7989 and let them know you would like to be tested as a match for me, Natalie Pignataro (DOB 5/7/80). I cannot thank you enough…
 
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) donation donor kidney live https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/11/our-mommy-kindergarten-teacher-needs-a-kidney Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:05:58 GMT
Mom needs a Kidney - Jillene Schnitzer https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/mom-needs-a-kindney---jillene-schnitzer
Mom needs a Kidney - Jillene Schnitzer
Hi. My name is Jillene Schnitzer, and I need a kidney. 
*** My blood type is A+. I can receive a kidney from someone with blood types A -, A +, O – and O +.***
 
Allow me to tell you a little about myself and my family. I am 45 years old and a mother to 2 boys. My blood type is A+. When I was three, I endured a vicious bout with Strep, which went to my kidneys and caused me to have focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). FSGS is a rare disease that affects the kidneys. In particular, FSGS scars parts of the filters in the kidney, which are called glomeruli. An easier way to say it is:
Focal = some
Segmental = sections
Glomerulo = of kidney filters
Sclerosis = are scarred
 
I was in remission until a year after I had my second child. At the age of 32, my disease began to worsen. The scarring was destroying more and more areas of my kidneys. By May 2012, the scarring had rendered my kidneys useless and unable to function, and I had to begin life on dialysis.
 
Life on dialysis is crazy hard on any family – especially my family. My family is always on the go, and my disease always puts a big anchor on most everything we do. Living on dialysis is so hard on my body. I feel exhausted most of the time. I try to get my rest while my kids are in school so I can be ready to go when they arrive home. My family keeps me on my toes!
I have two amazing boys. My oldest son, Kyle, is 14. He is a part of many activities and keeps us running around everywhere. He is involved in everything from Hockey, key club, chorus and a Boy Scout with goals to become an Eagle Scout. Oh, and let me not forget that he’s already succeeded at being taller than me.
My youngest son, Kevin, is my creative 13 year old who loves drawing and painting. Like his older brother, Kevin also is extremely active. From defending the goal for his soccer team, the Dragons, to playing the baritone saxophone in his school's band, he stays busy! He also hopes to become an Eagle Scout.
So you can see I am on the run all the time. That is, until I have a bad day and everything just stops.
 
I hate putting a wrench in their lives. I want to keep up with them. I would love to take them on a nice vacation and not disappear every other day to do dialysis. It is emotionally hard to know that I am missing out on half of my children’s lives. I would love to be the Mom that my kids have a hard time keeping up with instead of them waiting up for me. I want to worry about my kids and not my kids always worrying about me. It is a life that I wouldn't wish on anyone, but it is the life I have. The only thing that would change my life that revolves around dialysis is for me to receive a kidney transplant. I am thankful that I am still here to see my kids grow. I also hope to see each of them go on to college, get married and have their own families. I know that is every parent's dream, and I am not different. My dream is to be the perfect loving parent for my boys and to live long enough to do just that.
 
If you would like to be tested as a match to donate one of your kidneys to me and save my life, please call Emory at 1-855-366-7989. Tell them you would like to be tested as a living donor for me, Jillene Schnitzer (DOB 5/1/69). To any person who will be so generous as to make the call, I offer you my most heartfelt Thank You!
 
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angels callaways disease donor. kidney loving https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/mom-needs-a-kindney---jillene-schnitzer Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:57:59 GMT
Randy Daniel Needs a Kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/randy-daniel-needs-a-kidney
Find A Kidney For Randy Daniel
My name is Randy Daniel. I have lived on dialysis, and been on the waiting list for a life-changing kidney, for 7 1/2years. My blood type is O + , and I can receive a kidney from any type O donor that is a match for me. Four years ago, we received a call that there was a possible kidney match for me. My wife rushed me to the hospital where we learned that the donor kidney was not transplantable. About 4 months ago, we had another close call. We received information of a possible donor from another state, but that also did not come to fruition. I’ve trusted all along that my transplant would happen as God has planned, and this may very well be His plan. Quite possibly, someone reading my story at this very moment is THE person God has planned to be my perfect match - my living donor.
At 15, I was hospitalized when I passed out at my Grandfather’s grocery store. We learned that my kidneys were not functioning properly. After multiple tests, I underwent surgery, and 1/4th of my left kidney was removed.  They were not sure of my condition but felt that I had kidney cancer and told my Mother that I would not live to see my 21st birthday. We later learned that I have a kidney disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease “PKD”. 
At this time, I have zero kidney function.  I had complete kidney failure in 2002. I was living on dialysis for 9 months when my cousin, Donna Oakes Smith, came forward and selflessly donated one of her kidneys to me in 2003.  After contracting the West Nile virus and 2 episodes of rejection, the transplant failed in 2007. I am currently on hemodialysis, and have been for 7 ½ years, except for a brief period when I tried peritoneal dialysis at home.  I developed complications and was forced back on hemodialysis.
I have been out of work since 2007. My kidney disease, need to live on dialysis and inability to work has been a huge strain on our household income and my mental well-being. I can’t help but feel that I am less of a man because I can no longer provide for my family, and my kidney failure has placed extreme pressure on my wife. While I do pray to receive a functioning kidney, I also feel led to help others in the ways I am able. After my first stint on dialysis and my first transplant, my wife and I began reaching out to others going through these transitions to lessen their fear by sharing what we have learned. We also donate regularly to our Church and American Kidney Services, and I take every opportunity to minister to other patients when I am in the hospital or visiting family and friends during their own health hardships.
Having had a transplant previously, I know what the feeling is like to feel healthy and normal again. One of the biggest challenges is thirst. I am thirsty - all the time, and my fluid intake is very restricted. If I am blessed with a donor, the first thing I would like to do is drink 32 ounces of water…that’s two bottles of water!! There are not enough words to explain how it feels to not be sick anymore!  I pray for and dream of that day like you cannot imagine. I pray that the end of my days of living on dialysis will come soon - while I am still healthy enough to receive the gift of life.
My wife was tested and is not the right blood type, but wasn’t accepted for the paired exchange program due to not having a specific level of kidney function that is necessary to donate. My wife’s friend, Doris Walker, was tested to donate to me, and has been approved to donate! Unfortunately, her blood type is not compatible with mine. So, we were placed in the paired exchanged program.  This program tries to match multiple families with other donors to achieve donation for those who do not have their own living donor match. Essentially, my living donor will save the lives of TWO people in need of a kidney!!! 
My blood type is 0+, and I can accept from blood types O ONLY. If you’re blood type is O – or O +, you could possibly be my match!
Anyone willing to be tested should contact my coordinator at Piedmont Hospital, Leanne Whitehead, at 404-605-4605. Please let her know you would like to be tested as a living donor for me, James Randy Daniel.  I do not have a Facebook page, but my devoted wife does. Please feel free to message her (us) with any questions, prayers or prayer requests. We pray for others as much as, and often more, than we do ourselves. I understand my needs are small compared to the needs of the world, but I also trust that God’s plans for my needs will be fulfilled. Thank you and God bless each person reading my story with a willing and caring heart. https://www.facebook.com/pat.w.daniel#!/pat.w.daniel?fref=ts
Pat Walker Daniel
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/randy-daniel-needs-a-kidney Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:12:11 GMT
Becky Ray needs a kidney! https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/becky-ray-needs-a-kidney We are excited to share this story, and ONE OF A KIND video, in hopes of finding someone who is willing to be tested as Becky’s match! Not only are we hoping her video will inspire matching blood types to make the all important phone call to be tested as her living donor, but to be tested as a living donor for other blood types. We hope that her video offers important and honest insight into the life of someone with end-stage kidney failure living on dialysis. Becky Ray and her video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yIw47VFvk8.

Hi. My name is Becky Ray, and I am hoping my plea through puppetry touches the heart of a kind soul that would be willing to donate the kidney that I need so badly….the kidney that will save and forever change my life.
**My blood type is B, and I can receive from blood types B and O. My DOB is 3/21/76.** 
It is a reality that is not easy to accept, but it is reality nonetheless. The fact is, this is a matter of life or death for me. In 1995, as a freshman in college, I was diagnosed with Lupus. The effects of Lupus vary from person to person. For me, Lupus resulted in kidney issues that I have battled in every way I can until there was no other option than to rely on dialysis to live while I pray and wait for a transplant. 
After my diagnosis, I immediately began a high dosage steroid, and for 5 years, I had regular IV treatments that were similar to chemotherapy. About every 2 months, I had to plan a weekend to travel back home from college and basically vomit and sleep for a few days. I tried to phrase it less graphically, but I would be downplaying my experience, and I was asked to share exactly how kidney disease has affected my life. Eventually, I started receiving IV treatments in the city where I went to school, but I still had to deal with the sickness. My dream career was to be a puppeteer, and I succeeded to a point, but I always had to maintain two full-time jobs – one to satisfy my love of being creative, and one to maintain constant health insurance coverage. Rest is imperative with my disease, but so is remaining active and focusing on an ultimate goal. It was a catch 22, but at the time I chose to follow my dreams. With around 2 hours of sleep each night, I achieved my Master’s degree as my kidneys continued to fail me.
In 2012, my kidneys completely failed. Since then, I have been unable to work and have been living with family members. I have depended on peritoneal dialysis, for 9 hours every night, to stay alive for the past 2 years. Dialysis leaves me exhausted and sluggish. Honestly, it’s hard for me to even recall the last night I had what you would call a good night’s sleep due to two common side effects of kidney failure – insomnia and restless leg syndrome. As dialysis removes toxins and extra water, it also depletes essential nutrients while failing to filter out any surplus of other electrolytes that could be damaging. Following a renal diet is practically an art in itself. My kidney failure has led to what is known as an associative condition called neuropathy.Associative means it was made worse by kidney failure and maybe cured with restored kidney function. Neuropathy is a painful condition that makes walking or standing for more than 30 minutes physically unbearable. Neuropathy also makes it unsafe for me to drive. I am now living with my parents who are looking after two adult children with life-threatening illnesses (my brother is severely disabled). I know they feel the stress, and it hurts me to know they are doing their absolute maximum to see to it that we are okay – at least as okay as I can be for the present day. Both of my parents have acquired their own health issues with age, and I would give anything to be physically able to care for them.
God has made it clear that if His plan is for me to receive a kidney, it will be from someone I don’t know all that well. Unfortunately, the only person with my blood type in my immediate family is my father, and his health excludes him from being my living donor. 

As you can see, a transplant would literally change everything for me…EVERYTHING. I would be able to work and support myself, live on my own, look after my parents and brother and have more control of my own health, diet and well-being than I’ve ever had before. I am beyond grateful and thankful for my friend and fellow puppeteers - Leslie Carrara-Rudolph who performs as Abby Cadabby on Sesame Street and Lindsey Briggs and Chad Williams, who have their own puppet company. As soon as Leslie found out about my situation, she reached out to me to see how she could help. It was always my desire to use puppetry to inspire others to be a living donor, so we quickly made plans to film a short video that was heartfelt and informative. If you would like to be tested as my living donor match, PLEASE CONTACT EMORY AT 1-855-366-7989. Again, I’M BLOOD TYPE B, AND TYPES B AND O CAN BE TESTED AS MY LIVING DONOR!!!
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angels becky donor hallway's kidney living lupus. ray https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/becky-ray-needs-a-kidney Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:45:51 GMT
11alive coverage https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/11alive-coverage http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/10/10/kidney/16968475/

ATLANTA, Ga. -- When we first brought you the story of a police officer in need of a kidney, no one knew just how big this story would get.

After the image of Raleigh Callaway's daughter's went viral, he had a stranger step up to save his life.

Now his friends and family want to do the same thing for others in need.

"People don't always read everything... but they will have an emotional connection with a picture," said Brandy Angel, the photographer who first took the picture.

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It was that connection that convinced a complete stranger in Texas to donate his kidney to Raleigh Callaway.

And after it worked, photorapher Brandy Angel, and Raleigh's wife Kristi knew they could do more.

"Kristi and I just thought, we can't walk away from all these people and not help them. Because obviously the formula we used worked," said Angel.

So they set up Callaway's Angels, a non profit that will showcase the story of a different person in need of a kidney every week.

"People want to help. They want to give to other people. And once they have the information and the education," she said.

This week, it's a 26 year old with only a 1% chance of a successful transplant.

Finding him a match will be difficult, maybe impossible, but they're not walking away.

"It's not where I thought my life would go, but I'm definitely excited about it," said Angel.

Check out their nonprofit here.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/11alive-coverage Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:34:07 GMT
Commonly Asked Questions for Altruistic Donors https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/commonly-asked-questions-for-altruistic-donors Every facility has it’s own guidelines for donation.  Per the National Kidney Registry:

~   The following are generally-accepted requirements for living kidney donation:

~  good general health

~  normal kidney function

~  age 25 to 70 years (exceptions are made)

~  insurance coverage

~   Conditions that may exclude a person from becoming a living donor:

~  hypertension requiring medication

~  kidney disease

~  obesity (BMI > 35%)

~  certain infectious diseases, such as AIDS

~  some forms of diabetes

~  some forms of cancer

~  some forms of heart disease

~  ongoing drug abuse

~  some forms of hepatitis

~  some forms of psychiatric problems

~  kidney stones

 

·        Donor candidates will need to contact the Recipient’s transplant center if they know which one specifically.

·        People who would like to be altruistic donors in their local area (versus having to travel to the recipient transplant center), should contact the National Kidney Registry (NKR) website and register as a Altruistic donor.  Their information will then be sent to the nearest transplant facility.  They can do this at http://kidneyregistry.org/no_recipient.php

·        There are many Living Donor Assistance programs available to assist with various financial expenses.  I cannot vouch for any of these organizations, but you won’t know what kind of assistance Is available if you don’t look.  Google search it!

 
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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) altruistic angels callaways donors kidney living https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/commonly-asked-questions-for-altruistic-donors Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:13:30 GMT
A kidney for Rob. Are you his one in a million chance? https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/a-kidney-for-rob-are-you-his-one-in-a-million-chance Written by Kristi Callaway.

This story comes from a young man who has his whole life ahead of him. I am asking you to please read his story, make the call if it is in your heart to do so and share his story everywhere you can. As you will read, only 1% of the population can donate to him. He is the most difficult type of match, but we know NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD! All it takes is for that one person to follow their heart and call to be tested as his rare match. Rob’s blood type is A - .
****HE CAN RECEIVE A KIDNEY FROM BLOOD TYPES A - , O - AND O + .****.
--My name is Rob Harding, and I am 26 years old. I was born with posterior urethral valves. Simply put, I have obstructing flaps of tissue in my urethra that prevent normal urine flow from my bladder to out of my body. The urinary reflux caused by the obstruction damaged my kidneys to the point of needing a transplant as a child. At the age of 13, I was blessed by a kidney donation from my Dad. To spare my new kidney the damage my native kidneys suffered, I had numerous procedures to allow me to completely rid my bladder of urine in order to protect my new kidney. The initial procedure, which involved using a small portion of my stomach to enlarge my bladder, was not fully successful at preventing reflux and caused me to have horrible bladder spasms. Another procedure, called the Mitrofanoff procedure, allowed me to self-catheterize through my abdomen, was painless and simple, and worked great! My new kidney did everything it was supposed to and made me a new, energetic, healthy teenager. Then, the pediatric urologist that had overseen my care for years retired. The urologist that replaced him felt that I could excrete all of my urine the natural way. Shortly after following that doctor’s orders, I developed a kidney infection that ultimately caused my kidney to fail. Because I have had one transplant and two subsequent blood transfusions while on dialysis, I am highly sensitized to the blood and tissue of others. My sensitivity to foreign blood and organs is 99%. That means that of 100 possible donors, ONE will be able to be my life-saving donor.
I have survived on hemodialysis since September of 2009 – over 5 years, and my body feels every single day of those 5 years. The days of feeling exhausted and drained only on dialysis days are long gone. Even on the days between clinic days, I have to make myself move, stand up, walk, “live”. I try not to spend too much time thinking about what I know is my reality. Dialysis is not an answer or solution to kidney failure. I will dialyze for 4 hours a day for 3 days every week until I receive a transplant or the Lord calls me Home. While I know the reality of kidney failure, I also know God has a plan for me. I just do not believe that God’s ultimate plan for me on earth is for me to be kept alive by a machine. That’s what dialysis is. It is life support, but I am conscious, awake and aware that my body is being kept alive by a machine. I pray, feel hopeful and TRUST that God’s plan for me does not end with a life on dialysis, and that His plan for me is similar to what I have dreamed of and envisioned for myself. I want to live a life that doesn’t revolve around dialysis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I was attending college when I had to begin dialysis. I want to finish my college degree. I want to work full time. As a matter of fact, I would love to work overtime…I just want to be able to work. I want to meet the person meant for me, get married, have children and maybe even grandchildren. I remember what it felt like to have the energy to go, and really LIVE and experience life. It is a distant memory, but one I have not forgotten because it’s what keeps me going when all I want to do is sit, rest, sleep. God made a way for my story to reach each person reading my prayer and plea for help. Please, please, please if you are the blood type that could possibly be my 1 in 100 match, call Emory to be tested. Emory’s number is 1-855-366-7989. Let them know that you would like to be tested as a living donor match for me, Rob Harding (DOB 11/17/88). Thank you, and please keep me in your prayers.

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angels callaways donor harding kidney living rob https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/10/a-kidney-for-rob-are-you-his-one-in-a-million-chance Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:46:12 GMT
Our First Feature, Bret Rieff https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/our-first-feature-bret-rieff A few weeks ago, we shared that Brandy and I would begin featuring one person in need of a kidney each week. More specifically, we shared that the features would begin after Raleigh received his transplant. The messages we've received have been so touching and special. We hope we can provide a way to bring attentioA few weeks ago, we shared that we would begin featuring one person in need of a kidney each week. More specifically, we shared that the features would begin after Raleigh received his transplant. The messages we've received have been so touching and special. We hope we can provide a way to bring attention to your need, and hopefully others will feel the same urge to help you as they did to help Raleigh.


If you are, or know someone who is, in need of a kidney transplant, please message us at callawaysangels@gmail.com.
 

Now for our very first feature: A Kidney for Bret Reiff  "My name is Bret Reiff, and I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) in 1994. I have been able to avoid dialysis by taking medications as prescribed, following a very restricted diet and remaining under the constant care of my nephrologist. Those choices have served me well until recently. I now find myself on the brink of dialysis and desperate for a kidney transplant. I was approved for transplant and placed on the waiting list in May of this year. Members of my wife’s family have been tested but were not a match or were excluded for health reasons. No member of my family is able to donate because each of them has PKD. Living with PKD is not easy, but I’ve managed as best as I could. I try to work as if I don’t have this horrible condition, but I fatigue very easily. Just as my work has been affected, so has my personal life. My wife of nearly 20 years, Sandy, and I enjoy being active and doing things together. Unfortunately, my ability to do any activity that requires energy is cut short by exhaustion, swollen ankles or pain. My life literally revolves around this disease. I miss being able to stay up late with friends around the campfire and waking up early enough to watch the sunrise. PKD is also the primary reason that Sandy and I made the difficult decision to not have children. I just can’t stand the thought of someone else, my own child especially, having to suffer with this dreaded disease. To fill the void of not having children and do our part to help others, we sponsor Salvation Army Angels (children in need) each year. We never know the individual children we sponsor, but we feel good knowing that we can make a difference in a child’s life. We are also active members in our church and community. I would do anything to get my energetic, healthy life back. I do not want to miss out on any chance to make more memories with Sandy. I want to be able to lift more than 20 pounds and be the active man I was before PKD took over my life. The only way I can ever be who I once was is by receiving a kidney transplant. I have always found it easy to help others when I can, but it is not easy for me to ask for help. I have now reached a point that I know there is no other option than to ask for help from any and every one I can. My blood type is B+, and I can receive a kidney from those who are B +, B -, O + and O - . Please, if you feel the desire or need to help and be tested as a donor match for me, contact Emory at 855-366-7989. Let them know you would like to be tested as a living donor match for Marvin Bret Reiff (DOB 9/10/58). Thank you for even taking the time to read my story. I hope and pray it touches the heart of someone who would be willing to give me such a special gift – the gift of life."

 

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) angels bret callaway callaways donor kidney live raleigh reiff https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/our-first-feature-bret-rieff Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT
A Blog from Brandy Angel https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/a-blog-from-brandy-angel 11alive said that they had request to run the Our Daddy Needs a Kidney-Team Callaway story all over the country yesterday but also in Japan and Australia! I personally had a phone call asking for my part of the story and photo permission from the UK. It's kind of mind blowing to know how many people we have reached at this point, to not only promote kidney disease awareness and education of being a living donors but also how big one act of kindness can GROW! From one picture and one online campaign we have saved an amazing man's life, made a man a HERO, turned Kristi Slade Callaway and I into co-founders of www.callawaysangels.com and now we are on our way to try and save many more lives. BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER PEOPLE! You never know what it can lead to!

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) another be donor kidney kind national one registry to https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/a-blog-from-brandy-angel Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:23:41 GMT
Kidney Talk with the Renal Network https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/kidney-talk-with-the-renal-network Kidney Talk with the Renal Network 

Going Viral for a Kidney

“Let’s take this picture and make it go viral,” said Brandy to her friend Kristi. Little did they know just how successful that campaign would be. Kristi Callaway told her long-time friend Brandy Angel that her husband was in need of a kidney and they came up with a plan to start looking beyond their immediate group of friends and family. Raleigh Callaway, the police officer who had kept quiet about his failing kidneys, suddenly found himself in the middle of a social media whirlwind. Listen to how these friends teamed up to make it happen and how they plan to help others through what they’ve learned.
http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk-podcast/show-index/going-viral-for-a-kidney/

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) a angels callaways daddy kidney needs our talk https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/kidney-talk-with-the-renal-network Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:40:36 GMT
National Kidney Registry https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/national-kidney-registry http://www.kidneyregistry.org/?cookie=1

"I sat down to watch the news one night and MY anchorwoman, Katie Couric, did a report on kidney chains. She told a story of one altruistic donor who gave his kidney away to a stranger and started a chain reaction of transplants all over the country. Before that show, I never heard of kidney chains and honestly didn’t know you could donate anything while you were still alive, other than blood, marrow, and hair. But after Katie explained it on her show and I did a bunch of research, I signed up to share my spare and start a kidney chain with the National Kidney Registry. It helped that her news report came on in November. Every year around that time I do something for someone else to celebrate my birthday, usually donating blood or attending a charity function. In my mind this was the perfect opportunity to give back, to be able to help someone in the most unconventional and necessary way." Meet Rachel from Northeast Indiana. As an altruistic donor through the National Kidney Registry (http://bit.ly/1ojtF3T), Rachel gave her spare kidney to an anonymous recipient from Pennsylvania in July 2012. In turn, his family member donated a kidney to an anonymous recipient in Illinois the very same day. "

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(Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) donor kidney national registry https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog/2014/9/national-kidney-registry Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:19:32 GMT