Poker Run Fundraiser

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A fundraiser held at Lake Oconee last weekend, organized by local photographer Brandy Angel, raised $2000 to be split between two families with children battling against cancer. Saturday’s event was a Superhero-themed “Poker Run” at Fishtail Marina where families and friends gathered for boat rides to various checkpoints to draw playing cards. The boat with the best hand at the end of the run wins. The event also featured entertainment by musician Brandon Sears.

The Brandy Angel Foundation has taken on the Fox Family and the Scott Family, helping to get out their stories and raise money to benefit each family.

The Brandy Angel Foundation has purchased land in Eatonton to build a new house for the Fox Family. Cadence Fox, a young girl, was diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors in 2015 when she was just nine years old.  The family has sought support from the community to get through the burdensome costs of treating Cadence’s cancer.  The Brandy Angel Foundation is aiming to raise $70,000 to build a new home for the Fox family. The foundation currently has $10,000 in the bank for the Fox Family home build.  Now 12-years old, Cadence has been in remission for two years but lives with eight brain bleeds and various other lifelong effects from the tumors, radiation and chemotherapy. Since her diagnosis, Cadence, two of her five siblings, and her parents have lived in a small, moldy apartment. Her parents are unable to rent a house due to their credit score that is negatively affected by debt from medical bills.

“We don’t know what the future’s going to hold for Cadence,” said Tara Fox, Cadence’s mother. “Inevitably, she’ll be in a wheelchair because of the bone deterioration in her knees, and she’ll have to have multiple surgeries. She’ll always have to be under a careful eye with the brain bleeds and amount of medications she’s on. This house is going to be a great opportunity for us not to worry as much about her future,” Tara stated. “We’ve always been the type of family, even before Cadence was diagnosed, that’s wanted to help others. Our goal is to get our new home to help put us in a position where we can help others. We just want to give back.”

Angel’s foundation is also raising money to help offset the cost of medical expenses for the Scott family. Sean Scott is a young boy who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma when he was just 10-years-old. After a year of intense treatments, Sean is finally in remission, but still in need of further medical care to ensure the cancer does not return.

“Although Sean still has to complete his next year or so of treatments to ensure the cancer does not come back, he is still in disbelief that he beat cancer,” said Sean’s mother, Tonya Scott.  “His little faith has stayed strong throughout and his saying from the beginning is ‘God’s Got This!’

“Thank you so much to everyone who came out and made this such a big success!” said Angel. “We had the best time and we were able to raise $1000 for both 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! “

Angel is currently planning another fundraiser in November, “The First Annual Music for Change” event that is slated to held at Vintaqge Oaks Farm on November 17.

Donations to the Fox Family Home Build may be made out to Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. and dropped off at any Bank South location or mailed to 100 Dickens Lane, Bishop, GA 30621. Donations can be made online through PayPal to bethechangebaf@gmail.com

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