By Tia Lynn Ivey
Local Photographer Brandy Angel is on a mission to help build a new home for an Eatonton family who has fallen on financial hardship after their daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Her organization, Be The Change Brandy Angel Foundation, has partnered with the Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam Counties and Andy Schulze, who will serve as executive director for the build, and they are in the beginning stages of securing a new home for the Fox Family, hoping someone in the community will donate a piece of land in Eatonton for the project.
Jason and Tara Fox ran into financial trouble after their 9-year-old daughter Cadence was diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors in 2015. Now, after four rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Cadence is cancer-free, but the Fox Family is not debt-free.
Medicals bills upward of $500,000 have accumulated for the Fox Family as continued expensive medical care is still required for Cadence.
“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,” explained Brandy Angel, who has raised awareness for the Fox Family since Cadence’s diagnosis. “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 eight 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.”
Now, Tara and Jason, and their three children Cadence, Isabella, and Zoe were forced to move into a tiny apartment after Cadence’s diagnosis. Tara was forced to quit her job to care for Cadence, too. Now, that Cadence has returned to school, Tara and Jason are able to work more, but feel trapped by their ever-growing debt.
“They are literally drowning in medical bills,” said Angel. “With the size of these ever growing medical bills they can never get out of this debt or the small apartment the family of five was forced to move into since the initial diagnosis. They have been unable to even rent a house 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.”
Angel is asking the community to make a new home for the Fox Family a reality.
“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 and deserving family a home!” said Angel. “The first step is to find a piece of land in Eatonton that we can attain for this family as a tax deductible donation or at a discounted price. We as a community are going to have to come