It all started with what seemed like a simple headache...
Van and SaMonna’s favorite little guy started complaining of head pain on Friday, February 14, 2014. Having just gotten over a stomach virus, his complaints caused his parents no real alarm. The pain continued through the weekend, so first thing Monday morning SaMonna took him to the doctor’s office. After a thorough examination, it appeared that Brayden was simply demonstrating symptoms of migraine headaches. They were sent home with a list of migraine-producing foods to eliminate from his diet. Since the Watts' household already practices healthy living, most of those foods were already excluded from their diet.
After returning home, Brayden's complaints of a headache continued. In the middle of the night, he awoke out of his sleep, crying about the pain in his head. SaMonna gave him some medication and he was able to go back to sleep. Early Tuesday morning, in response to Brayden's continued complaints of pain and discomfort, they rushed him back to the doctor and panic began to set in. What was going on? They just wanted answers and for the pain to stop. After a second thorough examination, Brayden's pediatrician was still unable to identify any significant cause for his headaches, but ordered a CT scan.
On Wednesday morning the CT scan results came back, but were unable to generate any additional information. Everything "appeared" normal. SaMonna was unable to accept these results at face value and began to strongly express her concerns to Brayden’s doctor. She was advised to follow the dietary guidelines given to rule out migraines and to schedule a follow up in two weeks. With an unsettled spirit, SaMonna contacted another physician, Dr. Theodore Watkins, a close family friend and mentor. He quickly consulted with another specialist and they collectively agreed that Brayden needed specialized attention, and fast.
SaMonna was able to get an appointment to see a Pediatric Neurologist on Friday at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C, but that was two days away. SaMonna asked God to prompt her if two days was too long to wait and she closely monitored Brayden for the rest of the day. He played happily and "appeared" to be his normal self, only complaining of slight head pain two or three times that day. Later that evening (Wednesday), SaMonna received a follow-up call from Dr. Watkins. He informed her that he wasn’t comfortable with waiting untilFriday for the appointment. Shortly after the call, Brayden woke up again screaming about the pain in his head. SaMonna and Van found themselves rushing to the Emergency Department around 1am Thursday morning.
…The battle is just beginning...
Once at the ER, an MRI was performed which revealed that Brayden had a growth on his cerebellum. Brayden was immediately rushed to Children’s Hospital for further investigation. After a flurry of additional tests, it was confirmed that Brayden indeed had two brain tumors on his cerebellum. Surgery to remove the tumors was scheduled for the following Monday, February 17, 2014.
The surgery was proven a success in that both tumors were completely removed, however more concerning news was shared by the doctors post-surgery. Brayden was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer. SaMonna and Van were advised that the cancer had disseminated to other areas of his brain and aggressive treatment was necessary immediately.
…Where we are today…
In less than a week, SaMonna and Van's lives have been turned upside down. They had limited preparation for the emotional and financial toll that the next few months would have on their family. But, God knew and He has made provisions for EVERY need they have to be supplied.
This site has been created by family and friends to help offset the financial expenses that SaMonna and Van are facing. As they prayerfully continue on this journey with Brayden, they are holding onto God with arms of faith. Some of the SIGNIFICANT expenses facing the Watts family on this road include, but are not limited to medical/prescription costs not covered by insurance and travel costs associated with Brayden's out of state treatments (e.g., housing, food and transportation). Your amazing support will greatly help the Watts family with the emotional and financial challenges ahead.
...What your gifts will be used for...
The initial amount of $45,000 is going to cover the out of pocket medical (e.g. deductibles, co-payments, not-covered benefits and medication), travel, prescription and supplement (e.g. fruit and vegetables for juicing) expenses for the first phase of Brayden’s journey to healing (e.g. 1 of the 4 prescriptions required this week WITH insurance cost $1,600 out of pocket). As treatment progresses and additional expenses arise, we will adjust our goal accordingly and pray for your continued support.
UPDATE: Now that the first set of bills have been received it is evident our intial goal of $45,000 was too low. Brayden is in the beginning stages of his journey and already his medical expenses are astronomical. Due to this we are increasing his fund goal to $100,000. Thank you for your continued support.
This site allows friends / family to send gifts using a paypal account or credit card. If anyone prefers to send a check, please email [email protected]for the mailing address or with any questions. Please note, these gifts are NOT tax-deductible.
...Facts Are...Truth Is...
Fact: Brayden has a serious diagnosis...
Truth: God is a healer!
Join us on this journey of faith! God WILL get the glory!
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. James 5:15
Link to SaMonna's testimony given at Breath of Life's Women's Breakfast March 1, 2014. https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hot5xtdl8z1v7h/SaMonna.m4a
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