At the age of just 32 and 16 weeks pregnant with her second baby girl, Briana Dannen was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer on October 14, 2013. The words she used to describe her and her husband's reaction were "shocked and devastated".
Four months and 6 chemo treatments later, Briana is being induced to deliver her healthy baby girl early on March 10 so she can move on to a stronger chemo drug that she is unable to take while pregnant. All who know her are humbled by her strength and amazing attitude. She is a high school teacher in our small town in Oregon and strong in her Catholic faith. She is taking her cancer on face to face, determined to defeat it, but the exhaustion is indescribable, the nausea and fatigue from chemo sometimes overwhelming. She is long since out of sick days and still has a long road ahead.
What will your donation go toward? Everything from co-payments and anti-nausea drugs to diapers, wipes and baby formula as she will not be able to breast feed, much to her disappointment. It will help them purchase a double video monitor, one for each baby girl, so on those days when she can't even lift her head off the pillow, she can at least watch their little movements and be invigorated by the two little lives she helped create. To purchase a double stroller for the girls, to simply help make ends meet when the sick days are too many to count and the bills keep coming.
On behalf of the Dannen and Braxmeyer families and all who know and love and are supporting Brian, Briana and their girls in any way we can, we thank you for your consideration and any donation you make to this fund.