Here we are. On the eve of Briana's double mastectomy surgery. She's doing great and Brian, big sister Finleigh and baby Harper (3mo) are well. She is anxious to get the cancer out of her body though dreading the next two months of recovery during which she will not be able to pick the girls up. The Dannen and Braxmeyer families continue to provide an amazing amount of love and support to them. Briana can hardly speak of all they are doing without crying.
Please keep each and every one of them in your prayers as well as her medical team and incredible oncology doctors. We will be victorious friends!!
Update: Thursday May 8th was Briana's last, LAST, L A S T chemo treatment! She is so happy to have that behind her as these last 4 treatments since delivering Harper have been exceedingly difficult. She gets a short reprieve and then it's on to surgery on June 9. Please continue to keep them in your prayers. As I said from the beginning, this will be a long sustained battle, but the goal is tangible...ridding her body of cancer. She WILL win this battle! As for Brian and the girls, all are doing well. Finleigh and Harper are growing and thriving.
6 months. Its been 6 months today since we received the news about Briana's breast cancer diagnosis. With the help of this wonderful community of Sherwood, OR and beyond, look what we have accomplished! Humble gratitude to all those who have made this campaign simply amazing! Continued payers, friends, but the future looks bright! God is good.
T-Minus 46 hours and counting til the Sherwood Egg Hunt for HOPE to benefit Briana and her family! Saturday, April 12 - the festivities begin around 12:30pm so for those of you in the area, please come join the fun! It is going to be a beautiful day for an egg hunt! www.egghuntforhope.com
Briana Update: Bri has started her second taxol chemo infusion since delivering Harper. She is struggling with one of the main side effects - it really settles in her bones and joints. It just plain hurts to even stand. Two more after this, then surgery, then a year of herceptin and some radiation thrown in just for fun. They are managing. Their focus is the girls who, by the way, are both thriving. We are asking that you continue to hold them up in prayer.
Great news today friends! Briana got the results of her PET scan and it's clean! No additional cancer found! Hallelujah!
Some great family time while Briana has been able to be "just a mom" for a while. Back to chemotherapy treatments starting tomorrow....keep those prayers coming!
We are just a few dollars shy of an incredible figure in this fundraiser.....$25K! What a blessing this money will be in the weeks and months ahead for the Dannen family! Please share this story, this opportunity to help this young family, on your Facebook page. This will be a long sustained battle and every donation of any amount helps. Thank you so much.
Here she is! Meet miss Harper June Dannen. 5lbs 6oz. 17-3/4".
Harper June arrived about 2:30pm this afternoon. All are doing well!
It's baby day! Baby Girl Dannen should make her appearance today. We will keep you posted!! Please continue to pray for the Dannen and Braxmeyer families and share this link on your page.
One more update. At least for a short while as Briana takes a 4week break from her chemotherapy treatments, she can focus on her pregnancy and simply be an expectant mom. We are happy to report that Baby Girl Dannen #2 is doing fantastic and everything is on track for her induction and delivery Monday. Please continue to keep the family, her doctors and the whole medical team supporting her with her cancer and her pregnancy in your prayers. With sincere appreciation.
Twenty four thousand. So incredible! What relief your generosity is bringing to Briana and Brian. It's one thing to be sick, fighting cancer, but the financial stress that often comes with what will certainly be a long sustained battle can add a whole new dimension. Thank you for every donation that has come in and for helping to relieve that stress!!
Team Briana! Baby countdown, t-minus 10 days!!!
"I'm truly humbled by ALL of the support I am receiving from SO MANY! I want to 'thank' everyone, though words cannot, nor will they ever truly, be able to express my sincere gratitude. Thank you all!! ! I'm gonna get through this because of my army of supporters...YOU are among them!" Briana
We just can't find adequate words to express the gratitude the Dannens are feeling. So many people holding them up in prayer, donations from complete strangers as far away as Pennsylvania and Florida, the personal battles shared and, most of all, success stories of beating cancer! They are all so inspiring. HE is working miracles this minute, we are sure of this! Thank you. A million times, thank you.
Oh my gosh, WE DID IT!!!!!!!
This is incredible! Do you think we can make that initial goal by tonight?! Maybe we can even double it over time. Briana and Brian are sincerely speechless. They can't believe people they don't even know are donating. Everything from $5 to $15 to $500, it all helps. Our message back to B & B? We are blessed to be able to bless. On behalf if the Braxmeyer and Dannen families, thank you. And please keep sharing on your FB pages and ask your friends to share to.
Many of you are just finding out about Briana's cancer. For more information and to follow along on this road with her and her family, look her up on CaringBridge. There you will learn the whole story in her own words. Additionally, please share this GoFundMe link on your own Facebook page. Let's see how far and wide we can reach with our campaign and just blow that initial goal away! With sincere gratitude, thank you.
Wow! That's all we can say. Briana is in tears in response to your generosity. Former students, current students, people she doesn't even know. True expression of selfless love. Thank you all so much! Please keep sharing on your Facebook pages!
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.