– Be the Change-Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc., readies to break ground on Fox Family Home Build Project
– Photographed by Brandy Angel –
When Brandy Angel first met Cadence Fox and her family in 2015, she was nine years old and had just been diagnosed with two germinoma brain tumors. She was given just six months to live. Miraculously, after a lengthy battle with this cancer, she has had no evidence of the disease for almost two years.
“She has inspired and amazed us from that moment on,” says Angel, who has worked continuously with the Fox family through her foundation Be the Change – Brandy Angel Foundation.
She says Fox requires scans and MRIs every three months, spinal taps, lifelong daily steroid treatments, and hormone treatments. “She lives with eight brain bleeds that are ticking time bombs,” she says. Her family says Cadence has constant fatigue, migraines, muscle pain, and difficulty focusing – side effects of both the cancer and the treatments.
“This is the daily life of an 11-year-old warrior,” says Angel.
In addition, the family has faced mounting 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 more than $500,000 in medical bills.
Angel says these growing medical bills mean they can never get out of the small apartment the family of five was forced to move into since the initial diagnosis. “They have been unable to even rent a home with the state of their credit,” says Angel. “Sadly, this has become a very common story among families who have family members that were unlucky enough to get sick or seriously injured. Families are losing everything to satisfy medical debt.”
But this, she says, is about to change for the Fox Family.
“We are so excited to announce that, with the addition of Andy Schulze of Habitat for Humanity to our foundation, we are going to do everything we can to build this deserving family a home,” says Angel.
The foundation has already purchased land in Putnam County and will have a groundbreaking soon. It is in need of both monetary donations and volunteers for fundraising events and construction.
“I know this community has a huge heart for not only this family but also a desire to stand up and bring awareness to the growing epidemic of Childhood Cancer and the lasting effects it has on families,” says Angel. “We can be leaders in bringing awareness and positive change to the serious issues these children and their families face, both medically and financially.”
Visit www.BetheChangeBAF.com to see how to get involved and join the Fox Family Home Build Project. Donations can be made 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 Lane, Bishop, GA 30621.