Braelyn's Battle

For: Braelyn Oliver and Family
Organizer: Rebecca Oliver
Braelyn's Battle (Braelyn Oliver and Family)
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 25 donors
34% Complete
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The Story

On September the 16th, little Braelyn was taken to the pediatrician by her concerned mother, Kristin, to get checked out for what the family hoped and suspected was simply a viral infection taking its time moving on. The doctor offered some reassurances, but took blood and had it sent to the lab immediately, just to be on the safe side. Later that day, the results from that blood work came in and changed the lives of Braelyn and everyone who knows her forever. 

Braelyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL, a fast-growing cancer of a type of white blood cell known as lymphocites. The family was rushed to Primary Children's Medical Center that very night and began a whirlwind of procedures and treatments in order to give this sweet baby girl her best fighting chance. In just the last month and a half, Braelyn has already undergone intensive medical treatment including steroid therapy, chemotherapy, surgeries, and several middle-of-the-night emergency hospital trips. 

Braelyn's prognosis at this point is very good. ALL has an excellent treatment track record, and with proper care and vigilance there is still a great chance that this little girl will go on to live a normal life. But the treatments are taking their toll on the whole family, and we all continue to hope, watch and pray daily for each of them. Braelyn is most closely supported by her parents, Kristin and Steven and by her amazingly suportive and loving big sister, six-year-old Danica. She also has a network of grandparents, relatives, friends and community members rallying to do what they can in order to help everyone make it to the next phase. 

The treatment is long, taxing (both physically and emotionally) and most pressing at the moment, expensive. Even with medical insurance, the bills are coming and adding up quickly, and they've just gotten started. We are working hard to raise money to help cover the costs associated with Braelyn's treatment and medications and are looking for the support of any person willing and able to help. The initial goal for this fundraiser is $5,000, just to get us started; but we would love to blow that out of the water, and perhaps extend our goal in the future. This family is looking at many expenses for the next several years and any help that can be given is very much appreciated. We want to thank everyone that takes the time to read Braelyn's story, and thank you for the genrosity being shown. Your donations, thoughts, well wishes and prayers are very much appreciated by Braelyn's family and all of us who know and love them. Please check this page for updates on Braelyn's progress.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 22, 2013

Posted on December 22, 2013

Hello All!

Well, Our Braelyn has had a rough few days. She has recently required blood and platelet transfusions, as well as spending time in the hospital for more fevers. Each fever requires an ER visit, and usually an admittance for antibiotics. She has maintained her spirits though, and was able to be released just in time to see Santa! Check the gallery to see Braelyn with Santa! :)

Please let me take a minute to discuss how important blood and platelet donation really is! For little girls and boys like Braelyn it is the difference between recovery and a losing battle. Braelyn's Mom, Kristin, recently learned that of eligible, healthy, potential donors in the US, less than 3% donate blood. Less than 3%!!! That's abysmal! If you are able physically, please find it in you to head to local blood bank and save some lives! If you are unsure where to go, please check with your local Red Cross and they'll point you in the right direction. :)

As always, thank you to everyone who contiunes to support and pray for this family. Your love is felt and there is so much gratitude in all of our hearts that we can not adequately express it. 

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!!

Posted on December 9, 2013

Posted on December 9, 2013

Hi everyone! As e move into the holiday season, spirits are up! Miss Braelyn has made counts and begun her next phase of treatment. The fevers also seem to be largely under control for now, so we are all very grateful for that! 

Braelyn recently hit a new bittersweet milestone and asked her Mom and Dad if they would cut her hair off, since it was upsetting to her to have it just faliing out. Chemotherapy, while the best option out there right now, is awful and it's painful to know that this poor little one is having to make choices like this. On the bright side, Brae is the cutest bald girl we've ever seen! I can't post pictures within individual posts, so please check the gallery for pics of Braelyn's new 'do! 

As always, thank you so much everyone for your continued support and the outpouring of love coming in for this family! 

Posted on November 20, 2013

Posted on November 20, 2013

Hi everyone! Just a quick update; it has been a rough couple of weeks for the family, with little Braelyn in and out of the emergency room and hospital due to frequent fevers. Her next phase of treatment has been delayed until some of her counts can be breought up. In the meantime, all effort is being made to keep her well and keep her spirits up. 

The prayers, letters and kind thoughts pouring in from all over are really making the difference in helping keep their hopes high, so please, continue to send your support, even if it is not financially. We are very grateful for the kindness and support that continues to flow to this wonderful family. 

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