Amber's Angels

Raised: $1,780.00
Goal: $100,000.00

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Holly Armstrong Wiencek

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Up until recently, Amber Lynn Rhodes was living the normal life of a 15 year old girl – enjoying her sophomore year of high school at Brevard and hanging with her friends and family.  Fo... more


Updated posted by Holly Armstrong Wiencek 16 months ago

Greetings all! Amber is now in her third week of treatments and is handling it like only a Rhodes would. According to Stacey, Amber is tolerating her treatments remarkably well and is able to commute home on the weekends for some R & R with her family and friends. After this week is over, she will be halfway done with her treatments. YES!! Please continue to keep her and her family in your prayers....the prayers are working!

Please also keep in mind that this Saturday, December 15th, we are having a fundraiser BBQ for Amber at the Brevard Moose Lodge from 1-5. BBQ plates will be $8.00 and the menu sounds delish! Santa Claus will be there for the kids from 2-4 and we will have door prizes, raffle prizes, cornhole and horseshoe games, and a display of classic cars. We also have a lot of wonderful items up for silent auction including a Christmas items, beautiful artwork, handcrafted jewelry and quilts, and other goodies. There is a group page on Facebook called Amber's Angels to see a list of items up for auction. It is an open group for all to join and to share with your friends too.

We have a brand new shipment of "Banding Together For Amber" bracelets too. If you do not already have one, you need one....or 5!! They are only $1.00 and we are trying to turn this town pink in support of Amber!!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the benefit. Everyone is welcome and please bring your friends and family. The wonderful people at the Moose Lodge are working to make this benefit a great success. It definitely takes a village and we have a great community of people willing to give their time, love and support. Come on out and join in our reindeer games this weekend!


Updated posted by Holly Armstrong Wiencek 16 months ago

Amber's first week of radiation is done! Stacey and Amber were able to come home and enjoy a little bit of the parade in town and some family time. They are back at Duke for week 2 of treatments. Continued prayers for Amber are necessary as she continues her treatments. Hoping to see them back here at home this upcoming weekend!


Updated posted by Holly Armstrong Wiencek 17 months ago

First and foremost, Amber and Stacey are HOME! Even though it is for a short period of time, the entire Rhodes family is feeling a sense of normalcy right now. We all know there is no place like home and being surrounded by friends and family is great medicine. Amber is getting huge doses of love every day.

Amber is progressing beautifully in her recovery from the surgery 3 weeks ago and gaining more and more strength every single day. The day they arrived home, I pulled up in front of their house to see Amber crusing along hardly using her walker. It was a jaw-dropping moment to say the least. This is an amazing young lady who isn't going to let anything stand in her way. And if you are in her way, I say watch your toes because she just might run them over!

I had another visit yesterday and everytime I see her she is looking better, stronger and happy. As a matter of fact, I saw her again early this morning as she was taking a field trip to her school to visit with her friends. She had a huge smile on her face and it was obvious she was excited for this visit. Her aunt sent me a text with a photo of her sitting in her chorus class singing with her group. Very awesome indeed!

Amber and Stacey will go back to Duke the Monday after Thanksgiving to start the radiation treatments which will run Monday through Friday for 6 weeks. The radiation will challenge her energy and one of the main side effects is fatigue but Stacey is hopeful that they can return home to Jason and Garrett on the weekends.

Many thanks for continued prayers and support for Amber and her family. They are all so grateful for the love that is constantly flowing their way.

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Created by Holly Armstrong Wiencek on October 29, 2012

Up until recently, Amber Lynn Rhodes was living the normal life of a 15 year old girl – enjoying her sophomore year of high school at Brevard and hanging with her friends and family.  For the past several months, she had not been feeling quite right and made several trips to the doctor with blood work and various tests that revealed nothing specific.  After 18 days straight of headaches, on October 24th she went to the hospital and shortly after an MRI was conducted, the Rhodes family heard the words that are inconceivable to any family, Amber was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  

With no time to prepare or to even think about it, the family was whisked off to Duke Medical Center to meet with a pediatric specialist regarding a golf ball-sized tumor that had made itself a home on Amber’s brain stem.    On October 26th, the surgeons at Duke Medical Center believe they successfully removed the tumor with a high percentage rate that it is benign (the family is still awaiting the results of the pathology).  Amber is currently in the ICU at Duke and even though she is making small strides only a few days outside of her 8 hour surgery, she and her family have a very long road to recovery ahead of them.

With the exorbitant costs of her surgery and the eventuality of the need of extensive physical therapy, we encourage you to pull together as friends, family and as a community to help this family by contributing to our fundraiser and assist with the many financial burdens that are going to arise.  With Amber’s recovery being the most important thing on Jason and Stacey’s mind, it would be a wonderful blessing to not have them burdened with the heavy financial worry right now and be able to focus on Amber and her fight to bounce back.  All funds collected either from this site or from all other fundraising efforts locally will be used solely to enable Amber to receive and access appropriate care and therapy and for her parents to be able to be by her side as she fights the most important battle of her young life.  Amber’s battle at hand will require perseverance, faith and endurance – all of which we know this young lady possesses.    

Thank you in advance for your love, outpouring of support, prayers and words of encouragement for this beautiful young lady who is a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend.  We encourage you to share this link on Facebook and through your email.  Spreading the word is of the utmost importance so we can reach our goal.  Thank you.



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I love this wonderful family and I am praying for them as well. Stay strong and remember you have me for ANYTHING!!

posted by Anne Duncan 17 months ago

This young lady and her family will be in our prayers.

posted by Lisa Waddell 17 months ago

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$1,780 raised by 18 people in 17 months.


Transylvania Regional Hospital

15 months ago


Donated by the employees in the Quality and Medical Staff Services office. Praying for you and your family Amber!



Mimi and Hugh Haston

16 months ago


Philippians 4:6



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Tina Grose

16 months ago


You and your family are in our prayers. Gerald & Tina Grose & Bo Simms



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Bev Owen

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God is good all the time and all the time God is good. : )



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