Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Out of ICU!

Bradley is out of ICU! He is still on oxygen but is doing better. There have been several ups and downs the last few days, including a second surgery to remove more tumor from his spinal chord (they DID get all from his brain in the first surgery). The best news though is that there is no tumor left!! Bradley still has a long way to go and many hurdles to jump but so far, God is listening to all of our prayers and has brought him this far.

Thank you for all the prayers and support and please, continue to keep Bradley in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Out of surgery and great news!

Chris and Angie just let me know that the surgeon came to speak to them and thinks that he got ALL of the tumor! ALL OF IT!!! Bradley will be kept sedated until he has his MRI tomorrow and the MRI results will be the real determination on how much of the tumor was removed, but right now, this is excellant news! The doctor said it went better than they could have ever expected!

Thank you all for your prayers and support! Please keep the prayers coming for the MRI to show that there is no more tumor!!

Surgery update

Bradley's surgery started this morning at 7AM. It took them about an hour to get to the spot they need to be at and they have started the removal of the tumor. The tumor has grown quite a bit, but not near the spot that the Proton Therapy doctor wanted removed. The doctor feels he can get the tumor that has grown and then will work on performing more miracles. They have called every hour on the hour and said all is going well. When surgery is done Bradley will be admitted into ICU for a day or two afterwards, but we get to keep our room they had him in last night. They did start him on strong meds last night as well as steroids to help reduce any swelling.

Chris and Angie are wearing their Bradley's Buddies shirts today as are several others that have them. Thank you for your prayers and we'll keep you updated. Pleaes keep praying.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Update and the Intergalactic BBQ!

The Allen family has traveled to St. Jude's hospital in hopes that the doctor's there can remove more of Bradley's tumor so the proton therapy will be successful. They traveled to St. Jude's not knowing whether insurance would cover another surgery or not, but planned to move ahead either way, as this is the best path to take for Bradley. They found out today that insurance WILL cover the surgery, which is AWESOME news!!

Bradley will have yet another MRI tomorrow, so please say some prayers that the tumor has not grown. As long as the MRI results show that the tumor has not grown beyond what is manageable, Bradley will have another surgery on Friday.

Please keep Bradley and the Allen family in your prayers, especially over the next few days!

On another note, a new fund raiser is in the works! Bradley's Buddies Presents an Intergalactic BBQ!! The Allen family's church is putting on the latest fund raiser to help raise money for the protone therapy and other expenses. There will 3-5 actual star wars characters in attendance, a silent auction, Wookie burgers, Anikon dogs, and many other fun things for every one to enjoy! The event will be held September 18, from 11:00am - 2:00pm at Crestbrook Park, NE 9th & Crestmoore Pl in Ankeny, IA, We'd love to see you there!

As always, many thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

MRI is set for tomorrow!

Insurance has approved his surgery for Friday! So we go in tomorrow in the morning for the MRI and then they will have him admitted into the hospital. PRAY that there is no infection and pray this doctor can do more surgery for Bradley. He needs a few more miracles to beat this! PLEASE spread the word about this and wear your Bradley's Buddies shirts this Friday:) This Sat is LaVitsef in Ankeny. They have chosen to support Bradley this year. Please read the carepages and join in the fun this weekend! We went last year and had a blast! Elijah was the Prince of Ankeny last year and was honored at this festival. I wish we could be there but we will be in spirit! Thank you again for all your support and keep up the prayers!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Gift Card Shower

School is just around the corner, which brings with it excitement, but also the demand for school supplies and school clothing. Then the holidays are upon us and Santa Clause must make this Christmas extra special. All this on top of the day to day expenses of food, clothing, gas, medications, personal supplies, etc make for a lot of financial challenges for Bradley’s family.

To help with these expenses, a gift card shower is being planned for Bradley and his family. Karen Boeding, who held the garage sale benefit for Bradley, is heading up this latest fund raiser. This is an opportunity for everyone, no matter where they live, to help lighten the burden for this young family as they continue to pray for Bradley's full recovery.

Any gift card amount is a blessing. Please help make this showering of gift cards a huge success.
Some ideas for gift cards are:
• Walmart
• Target
• Toys R Us
• Fareway
• Hy-Vee
• Caseys
• Walgreens
• Quik Trip
• Children’s Place
• Great Clips
• Sports Clips
• McDonalds
• Pizza Places

A gift card from anywhere will be accepted and greatly appreciated!

Please mail your gift cards to
Karen Boeding
6977 NE 8th Ct.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Karen will be honored to give the Allen Family your donations.

As always, thank you for all of your prayers and support! Let’s make this fundraiser a huge success!