08/09/2010by Michael Wells I am at a loss to truly express our feelings regarding yesterday’s fundraiser. It was just spectacular and we are just so humbled by the outpouring of support for our son’s foundation. The first annual Hugs for Brady Blood Drive & Fundraiser was a huge success. Here’s what the Red Blood had to say about the blood drive: “Once again, I wanted to share my appreciation and sincere gratitude for the wonderful job done with the blood drive yesterday! As I’ve mention, we registered 88 donors and were able to collect 79 productive units of blood.” For every unit we collect, we can help 3 hospital patients. Therefore, HUGS FOR BRADY Blood Drive yesterday will help 237 lives by holding one blood drive!!! Rosana Tabakci Account Manager American Red Cross Thanks to everyone who signed up to donate blood, it truly means so much in treating cancer. Also, keep September 1, 2010 open for the next blood (platelets) drive. I will let you know the details as they become finalized. On the fundraising side of the yesterday’s event; the Hugs for Brady Foundation raised more than $12,000.00. Wow! I cannot begin to thank everyone who took the time to participate in yesterday’s event but I would like to mention the Gondek family (Confectionately Yours) and my neighbor Debbie Pagan who made yesterday’s success possible. Thank you for your tireless commitment and support of our cause. The past 10 days have been very difficult for us and yesterday was a tremendous boost to our souls in trying to understand the meaning of our son’s passing. We will continue to attempt to bring awareness and attention to pediatric cancer as a legacy to Brady’s life. Thank you… I have ended virtually every journal entry with a request for prayers, hugs and good thoughts and today is no exception. To the many, many people who have been so considerate to Sherrie and me during this most difficult period of our lives please accept our good thoughts, hugs and prayers of gratitude.
“8 Years Later—Still No Cure for Pediatric Cancer” is a series of posts revisiting the journal kept by Sherrie and Michael Wells during the cancer diagnosis and treatment of their son, Brady Michael. Hopefully these entires will provide an understanding of the journey families face when dealing with these horrific diseases and of the important work the Hugs for Brady Foundation does.