Saturday, February 26, 2011

Take some time this weekend....

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I spoke with my sister yesterday and she reminded me that there were some new updates this week on Brayden's progress. Please take some time this weekend and say some prayers as Brayden and his parents Jen & Drew continue their challenging journey.

Read the most current updates here

Be the Match website
Ways to HELP & UPDATES via Brayden's Battle Blog

Monday, February 21, 2011


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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Brayden's Update and Prayer Requests

Here's the latest updates from Brayden's Mom & Dad.....

1.) Keep praying for 0% cancer and NEGATIVE MRD!
2.) Keep praying for wisdom for the doctors and us in regards to the potential donor!
3.) Couple of key things to be praying for about round 3 that we are gearing up for… (a) they say this is the toughest round come prepared, but unfortunately we aren’t that prepared because you can’t prepare to see your son wiped out–and for the most part he still hasn’t been there and has responded so well to chemo (praying against long and short term side effects!).

Don't forget to get TESTED! Be the Match website
Ways to HELP & UPDATES via Brayden's Battle Blog

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A MATCH! Sort of - 1 in a Million

MUST READ Brayden's UPDATE! Drum Roll please......

 Encouraging NEWS .....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What if your bone marrow donation could keep a family from losing their child?

Be the Match website
Ways to HELP & UPDATES via Brayden's Battle Blog

What if your bone marrow donation could keep a family from losing their child? Can you imagine if you were the one that was able to save someone's life? It's a pretty powerful thought. Be the Match is a national database that matches donors with patients needing life saving bone marrow transplants. 

My sister has been helping Brayden and his family in this fight. Through prayer, volunteering at the Donor drive (See earlier post with a YouTube video she created), and also via "Brayden's Box of Love" - a collection of gift cards and donations for items they need as "extra ammunition" for the battle. As a result of Brayden’s 1st cancer diagnosis the family made a lot of lifestyle changes with organic food, clothes and many other things to simply remove any and all toxins from his body and life. Doctors believe there was a high correlation between the success of remission (of cancer) when the patients use both current medical treatment and natural lifestyle changes. 

They want you to know that to join the national registry of potential bone marrow matches is much easier than you would think. 

Potential donors must be 18 to 60, in general good health and willing to donate to any patient in need, said Paige Morrison, Be the Match spokeswoman. Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and consent form, as well as submit to a cheek swab. The process should take about 10 minutes.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Be BRAYDEN's Sweetheart of a Match!

So it's Valentine's Day today and a lot of people are getting "Sweets" and "Gifts from the Heart" from their beloved .... in Anaheim there's a Sweetheart of a boy that needs a "Sweet Valentine MATCH" this February. Meet Braydon, He's 4 years old and needs the gift of a bone marrow transplant. Could you be Braydon's sweetheart of a match?
Drew Sodestrom holds a photo of his 4-year-old son Brayden, who is battling leukemia, during a bone-marrow registry drive at Richfield Community Church in Yorba Linda, Sodestrom hopes to find a bone-marrow match for his son.
Be a Sweetheart of a MATCH for Braydon (or someone else) by registering today...don't delay.

Check out the video my sister created for "Brayden's Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive" in Yorba Linda on Jan. 30th, 2011. 
Please know there are other drives in CA & the ongoing online drive. Brayden, of Anaheim, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2009, but chemotherapy put it into remission for 20 months. Then he got sick again and was admitted to CHOC Children's in Orange for another round of chemo in December. He has finished his second 36-day "bloc" of treatment, and he was home for only five days before he returned to the hospital with a fever last Wednesday. He is tired but is in high spirits, riding his Lightning McQueen bicycle in the hospital hallways, his father Drew said. When he was first diagnosed, "We told him to kick cancer's butt," Drew said. "Then he got it again, and he said 'But I already did that.' "That was one of the most heartbreaking things for me," Drew said. "I told him, 'We have to do it again.'

Let's continue supporting Brayden & his family! Spread the word!! Thanks to everyone who came to the drive, for joining the online registry & contributing to Brayden's Box of Love.
Some Notes on BEING A MATCH. . .

A patient's best chance of finding a match comes from a sibling or someone else with the same ethnic background. But 70 percent of patients in need of a transplant lack a suitable relative. About 10,000 people every year are diagnosed with a disease for which their only chance is a marrow transplant from outside the family.

If there's a preliminary match, the donor is contacted for further testing. There are eight data points examined, and at least seven of the eight are needed for a transplant to occur. Contrary to popular belief, most bone-marrow donation is painless, says Paige Morrison, a Santa Ana-based spokeswoman for Be the Match. Seventy percent of cases involve a blood draw after certain stem cells are isolated, a process that takes several hours. The rest of the time a needle is used to extract the blood-cell-rich red marrow from the hip bone, an outpatient procedure in which general anesthesia is used.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

The History of Sweetheart Candies

One of America’s oldest candy companies, Necco was founded in 1847 in Boston by Englishman Oliver Chase, who got the business off to a good start by inventing devices that cut candy lozenges and pulverized sugar. Necco first sold confections similar to Sweethearts, but in the shape of scallop shells. Messages written on colored paper were tucked inside the fortune cookie-style candy. Fourteen years later, Oliver’s brother Daniel designed a machine that stamped words directly on the candies with red vegetable dye. The treats became popular at weddings and were considerably larger than today’s hearts as they could accommodate wordy relationship advice such as “Married in White, you have chosen right” or “Married in Pink, he’ll take to drink.” By the early 1900s the shape of the candy had changed from shells, baseballs and horseshoes to hearts. As the little hearts grew in popularity, the missives grew shorter: “Miss You,” “Love U.”