Brady's Powers

For: Brady Mickey
Organizer: Powers for Brady
Brady's Powers (Brady Mickey)
$7,608
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 74 donors
76% Complete

The Story

In February 2013 Brady started to get sick to his stomach. At first, we thought it was a stomach bug...

This continued until Brady was admitted to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at the beginning of March. Six days into his stay at GVMC and things were still not getting better. A good friend made a phone call and on March 12th Brady and his family travelled to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Here he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and began a six-month series of chemotherapy treatments. As of December 24, 2013, Brady has undergone 46 weeks of chemo with three more months scheduled.

Friends of the Mickey's coordinated this fund-raising event to help with medical and travel-related expenses and to show their support for a family who is much loved.

As of May 2014, Brady was doing REALLY well. Exceeding all of the Doctors original expectations. Cancer markers dropping to almost nothing. Scans look "beautiful " say the doctors.

In August 2014, Brady's scans were "clean" but recent scans show that he needs more chemo. So, Brady, Peri & Mick are again back on the road to Cincinnati quite often.

So put them in your prayers and think on how hard financially it would be to quit your job to take care of your child and then pay for the week long trips to Cincinnati every two weeks. If you can please make a donation to continue to help the Mickeys in this marathon because the wonderful donations raised in 2013 are all gone.

Please take a minute out of your very busy day to send a check to them. Or it can be dropped at First National bank to be put in Brady's savings. Please pause. We know and understand how hard it is to break routine on crazy schedules but think it is really why we are here. Bless all of you throughout your day.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 30, 2015

Posted on November 30, 2015

The Truth
Posted 5 hours ago

The Truth…

Before I forget, let me thank EVERYONE for their support and prayers. I have found a new wonderful job at a beautiful resort in Highlands, NC. The OLD EDWARDS INN and SPA; the owners are great people and have the faith and courage to put a framed Bible verse in every room!

What is truth? I have come to believe that most people make up their own truths to fit their beliefs and ambitions. Long ago I heard a quote that said, “What is perceived is what is believed”. So many times one’s own truth is only based on their perception of what the actual facts or real truth might be, but because of their perception the real truth or other’s perceptions do not matter.

I believe that I have quoted this line from the movie RUDY in previous posts, but it is worth mentioning again; especially in the full context of the conversation between Rudy and Father Cavanaugh. The scene begins with Rudy praying by himself in church.

Father Cavanaugh [in church] Taking your appeal to a higher authority?
Rudy: I'm desperate. If I don't get in next semester, it's over. Notre Dame doesn't accept senior transfers.
Father Cavanaugh: Well, you've done a hell of a job kid, chasing down your dream.
Rudy: Who cares what kind of job I did if it doesn't produce results? It doesn't mean anything.
Father Cavanaugh: I think you'll find that it will.
Rudy: Maybe I haven't prayed enough.
Father Cavanaugh: I don't think that's the problem. Praying is something we do in our time; the answers come in God's time.
Rudy: If I've done everything I possibly can, can you help me?
Father Cavanaugh: Son, in thirty-five years of religious study, I've come up with only two hard, incontrovertible facts; there is a God, and, I'm not Him.

I believe that at times we pray in our own time and we ask God for the truths that we want to believe based on the perceptions that we have for the outcome to make our truth the only truth, the only reality. However, God’s ways are not always our ways and I have found it difficult at times to pray the Lord’s prayer and not get a little stuck on the verse that says, “Your will be done”, because many times my will is not in line with God’s will. I want to make my own truth, but sometimes the real truth is simply what it is.

Our truth as it relates to Brady is that we have to face the earthly facts and the opinions of the doctors that there is not a lot of options left for Brady as it relates to defeating the cancer that attacked him at such a young age. To quote on of our doctors, “You know we are passed the point of hoping for a cure?” That might be a little shocking for you to hear, but it really wasn’t for the Mickey family. Since Brady’s diagnoses everyday has been one more blessing. We knew the odds then, even though we wanted to make our own truth about how Brady would beat this cancer.

Brady understands where he is in this fight; although we know that he has not given up. He is still fighting and will continue to fight.

We of course will continue to pray for miracle, but I also ask that you pray for peace and understanding for Brady and the Mickey family, especially Peri. It is hard for all of us, but I can not even begin to understand how a mother must feel at a time like this. I pray that our Blessed Mother, Mary gives strength to Peri because She understands what Peri is going through. Brady’s older brother are home for Thanksgiving and they are being very supportive…You hope you raise good kids and then you find out through adversity that despite your best efforts to ruin them, that they turned out pretty darn good!

I heard the old Conway Twitty song today, THAT’S MY JOB. To some of you it may not really fit for what is happening now, it is more about a father’s passing than a child’s, but this part of the verse struck me this morning…

And I said, "Daddy, I'm so afraid
How will I go on, with you gone that way?
Don't wanna cry anymore so may I stay with you?"
And he said, "That's my job, that's what I do
Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me, that's my job, you see."

So I ask that you pray for me as well. “To keep you safe…that’s my job.” I will continue to keep Brady safe for as long as he is on this earth and everything I do will continue to be for Brady, his brothers and Peri. I just wish God had other plans; a different truth for us.

Peri and Brady are going to be staying in a very nice two bedroom apartment on the property of our very good friends the Christie family as I make the transition to the Old Edwards Inn on December 7. They may join may they sooner than later, but we are going to play that by ear for now. We are trying to keep things as normal as possible for him for now. I don’t know what else to say at this time, but to say keep praying, thank you and know that we will never give up hope…

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:1-4

Love

The Mickey Family


Posted on October 30, 2015

Posted on October 30, 2015

Walk Through
Posted Oct 24, 2015 5:54pm

I apologize that I am have been so delayed in posting an update.

Brady came home from Roanoke Memorial Hospital on October 19th after 27 days in the hospital. He completed 10 radiation treatments and three chemo treatments. After all of this it was the first time in his fight that he actually lost all of his hair. The good news is that he has a great looking head and was never worried about the hair anyway. His spirits are good and he is trying to get out and do some things when he feels up to it, but for the most part he rests in his bed and researches on his computer and watches TV.

A few weeks ago a very good friend sent me and email with the attached verse, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”. Now that is a nice way to put it. I am sure that we all remember the Psalm 23. The famous words are, “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me”. At first I was rather upset, I was a little pissed to be honest. I mean no was dying here; at least not today. This was not the valley of the shadow of death it was just one more step in the journey, right?

Then it really dawned on me what my friend was trying to say. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley….” That verse, these words are not about despair, they are about hope. We, none of us, ever stay in the “darkest valley” we are just walking through and the greatest thing is that no matter what we feel we are never alone because “I will fear no evil for you are with me”. All of us are just walking through this journey with Brady and if any of us thinks that cancer is not evil and just a “disease” I would love to meet with you personally and share some stories.

So please keep the prayers going and know that Brady is doing much better than he was four weeks ago. He went out last night with one of his brothers and their friends and had a fun time at their local hang out. He is positive and had another round of out patient chemo on October 23rd.

Now I am sorry to share this news, but you are all our friends and our prayer warriors and I could use your help. The company that I work for; OK let me correct that, “worked for” decided that my position was no longer needed. Bottom line, I am looking for employment. I am not overly concerned about finding a new job nor is my wonderful wife Peri. God closes one door and opens another and I believe we will prosper, but we would appreciate you prayers in this regard.

I wonder sometimes how people without faith handle things like this. That was a thought I had for a about a second. Peri and I have unfortunately watched families fall apart because of their’s child’s illness over the last couple of years. You can’t hardly believe it when you hear about a father or mother leaving their family and their child because of a serious illness, but trust me we have seen it happen. I unfortunately have had to tell hundreds of employees that their job has been eliminated and most cried and screamed, but their were the few that smiled and said, “It’s not your fault, I understand and I wish you and the company the best”. When the Director of Human Resources gave me my news she was in tears. I think I failed, but I tried my best to offer her my comfort and tell her it was OK. And you know what it really is OK. We will walk on through this dark valley. It is not the valley of the shadow of death it is just another step in journey and we ARE NOT staying here, because our God is greater than that. We love you all and your faith and our faith will carry us all through this.

Thank you for all of the prayers,

The Mickeys


Posted on October 4, 2015

Posted on October 4, 2015

One More Hurdle
Posted 17 hours ago

Bow hunting season begin September 27th. Unfortunately Brady did not get to go hunting on opening day. Instead he spent the day in Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He has been there since September 22nd with no sure date of when he might come home yet.

On Thursday September 17th Brady didn’t eat much and vomited once. Friday was a little worse and Saturday the 19th was really his last decent day. A good friend of ours was able to obtain a Parker’s Crossbow for Brady and we went to his house to sight it in on Saturday evening. On the way there Brady talked about hunting and maybe even taking up turkey hunting, it was a great conversation and he seemed very happy. We had a great time sighting in his crossbow and on the way home we even stopped to get him some McDonald’s. Unfortunately, Sunday and Monday became vomiting almost nonstop and by Monday evening the 21st we figured we should probably head to Roanoke since Brady was scheduled to do chemo there on the 24th any way. However, Brady convinced us to let him stay at home one more night and go on Tuesday morning. He later admitted that his plan was a bad idea.

Tuesday the 22nd began at 4:00am with Brady continuing to get sicker and Peri putting things together to head to Roanoke ASAP. We left the house a little before 5:00am. About half-way to Roanoke, which is about a 90 minute drive, Brady had some complications. His face and limbs became numb, his speech was slurred and broken, he got scared and about all he could say was, “I need help, I need hospital, please”. Luckily we were about 15 miles from Low Moor, Virginia which has a small hospital right off of I-64. So Mom became nurse and Dad became ambulance drive and with the pedal to the metal we pulled up to the ER of Allegheny Hospital. I think I scared the receptionist out her wits when we rushed into that place. Brady was in pretty bad shape his limbs had drawn up, he couldn’t unclench his hands, breathing was rough and he was scared, but it seems like God is always sending Brady an angel. The emergency room nurse happened to be Katie T. who was Brady’s first baby-sitter when he was just six weeks old! Although she hadn’t seen Brady in many years that connection was still there and she was going to take care of her baby. She quickly moved things along to help Brady and politely, but firmly motivated all of the staff including the doctor to do the same. And along the way, she even found time to comfort Peri.

Well, after a rather intense hour or so Brady got some IV fluids and began to calm down. He even started cracking jokes with the ER staff. We believe everything was brought on by severe dehydration and a panic attack. Once he was stable we loaded him in an Ambulance around Noon (EMT team hand picked by Katie T. herself with strict instructions to take care of her boy!) and Brady was transported to Roanoke Memorial. CAT scans were done, Ports accessed and on and on the story goes. CAT scans showed that a tumor about the size of a golf ball was on the head of his pancreas and that of course was causing the lack of appetite and vomiting. Brady had chemo as planned on September 24th and is now getting his nutrition in the form of a TPN bag. Parenteral nutrition (PN) is feeding a person intravenously, bypassing the usual process of eating and digestion. The person receives nutritional formulae that contain nutrients such as glucose, amino acids, lipids and added vitamins and dietary minerals. It is called total parenteral nutrition (TPN) when no significant nutrition is obtained by other routes. In other words Brady has not eaten much of anything since September 19th.

Brady also started a 10 day treatment of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) on September 30th. It is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy that uses computer-controlled linear accelerators to deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor or specific areas within the tumor. IMRT allows for the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the three-dimensional (3-D) shape of the tumor by modulating—or controlling—the intensity of the radiation beam in multiple small volumes. IMRT also allows higher radiation doses to be focused to regions within the tumor while minimizing the dose to surrounding normal critical structures. Sorry I don’t mean to sound like a doctor, but it is the only way I know to give you the details. He will complete his last radiation treatment on October 13th.

The doctors and nurses, everyone is excellent at Memorial and our team in Cincinnati especially Dr. Geller are all on the same page. They all agree that the best place for Brady is in Roanoke right now. His radiation doctor has done thousands of these procedures on pancreatic carcinoma and although they could do the radiation treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He would be their first for pancreatic carcinoma. Now with that being said, when I asked the doctor in Roanoke how many times he had done this radiation procedure on a 16 year old, he smiled and replied, “This would be the first”. Typical Brady he needs to be first in everything.

This all might sound like doom and gloom, but it is not. This is just one more step, OK maybe more like one more hurdle, in our journey. Everyone is VERY confident that Brady will respond very well to the radiation. Dr. Geller and the teams in Roanoke are already talking about what the next steps are for Brady after we shrink or eradicated this tumor completely. The radiation doctor said it would be a one in a million chance that Brady would not respond well to this treatment. Although Brady is not feeling great his sense of humor remains and he his spirits are high especially right after he gets his morphine injections, pun intended. You may remember that Brady went on a trip to Texas this summer and he was chaperoned by one of the pediatric nurse from Roanoke Memorial, well guess who his favorite nurse right now? You guessed it, Nurse Karen, another angel.

Keep the prayers going and know that God continues to work miracles and send us angels like you. Much love, the Mickeys.

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