Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.: Blog https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog en-us (C) Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. bethechangebaf@gmail.com (Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.) Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:41:00 GMT Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:41:00 GMT https://www.bethechangebaf.com/img/s/v-5/u340755850-o450736062-50.jpg Be The Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc.: Blog https://www.bethechangebaf.com/blog 120 45 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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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! 


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

 

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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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. 

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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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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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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

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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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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bethechangebaf@gmail.com (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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