Charity: Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Fundraising Goal: $2000
Project: Vision Bracelets by Abigail
Date: August 11, 2019
Location: Berry Mango's in McDonough, GA
Why I Choose The Charity
I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of 2017 after experiencing a chronic headache and personality changes for several weeks. Early on, my symptoms were thought to be related to “being a teenager”, but sadly after several MRIs it was determined that I had a brain tumor. Even then, because there was no outward change in my appearance, my diagnosis seemed less than to others.
As we moved forward, it was decided that surgery was necessary. After a ten hour craniotomy my neurosurgeon was able to tell my parents “we got it all”. What a sigh of relief my parents experienced, but little did we know that after all the swelling and bruising disappeared, after the countless hours of PT/OT/ST, that I would still have a lifelong battle to face. And in that time, I felt like because people couldn’t “see” what was going on inside my body, they couldn’t understand.
That was not the case with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) of Georgia. As soon as my mom reached out to them for more information so that she could educate herself and care for me, they were so immediately supportive and inviting of me into their world. They have never once made me feel “unseen” or less than. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. They allow me the opportunity to share my story in hopes of helping other patients with brain tumors and/or cancer, and they make me feel special instead of different. I want to raise money for PBTF so that they can help other kids the way they have helped me.
I still have chronic health concerns that aren’t visible on the surface. I know of so many people, kids and adults, who battle faceless monsters that just because others cannot see them they dismiss their struggles. I want others to know they are loved, they are heard, and they are seen. They (we) are important.
How I Plan To Raise The Money
I will be hosting a bracelet-making event on August 11 from 2-6 at the Berry Mango’s in McDonough. There will be pre-made bracelets, a bracelet-making class, face-painting and much more. Prices include pre-made bracelets which are $10, bracelet-making which is $5, and we will be having special sales or bundles for all shoppers. Shoppers will be encouraged to share their purchases online using the hashtags #nowweseeyou and #nowyouseeme for kids with invisible illnesses.
If you cannot make it to my event but would like to help me reach my goal, you can make a tax deductible donation through this page. Just click “support me” and be sure to put my name in the participant name section. You can also purchase some of my wish list items on my Amazon Wish List to help make my project a success.
Thank you for helping me help kids with brain tumors and their families!