Dear Family, friends and those we haven't met...
Thank you for your endless support, your donations, your prayers and encouraging words. It has meant so much to Brent, Melanie, Brady and Amelia. We started this page with a $10,000 goal and you have all helped us to surpass this goal "“ all in support of Brent - Thank you!
With the auction behind us, we are now closing the GoFundMe website. The auction raised over $18,000 for Brent and his family! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the evening.
Thank you for taking this journey with us and for sharing Brent's story. A message from Brent and Melanie will posted shortly and will be the last message posted here.
Baracak Obama said, "If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."
Thank you all for 'hope'....
Tonight's the Night! Auction & Dance in Support of Brent Garrison...
The auction is SOLD OUT! Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, only those with tickets (or on the paid ticket list) will be able to join us for the auction.
Anyone who was not able to get auction tickets is invited to join us for the dance. Doors will open at 10:30 pm.
Thank you for your continued support and thank you to the girls from Mel's work for putting tonight together.
See you tonight!
(Hall Address - 843 Fall River Road, LWF Hall)
Winner of the Brad Marchand autographed Boston Bruins jersey is Joanne. ($1000) Thank you to everyone for your bids and support.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the online auction for the Brad Marchand autographed Boston Bruins jersey. Bidding ends today (June 21) at 5:00 pm. Get your bids in now!
Global News interviewed Brent and his family. The story will air tomorrow, Friday, June 21st on the Global Morning show at 6:00 am, 7:00 am and 8:00 am. It may also run in the 6:00 and 11:00 pm newscast. The story will also be available online at www.globalnews.ca/halifax
Current top bid for Brad Marchand, autographed Boston Bruins jersey is: $1000 (Joanne)
Current top bid for Brad Marchand, autographed Boston Bruins jersey is: $500 (Portland Street Honda)
Current top bid for Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins autographed jersey is: $400 (Ken)
Current top bid for Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins autographed jersey is: $325 (Shane)
Current top bid for Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins autographed jersey is: $200 (Joanne)
Online Auction in Support of Brent Garrison
Boston evens the series 1-1 (as of Saturday, June 15th in OT)"¦
Are you a Boston Bruins Fan? A fan of Brad Marchand? Would you like an official Boston Bruins jersey autographed by Brad Marchand? Here is your chance"¦
A member of our community is best friends with Brad Marchand's mother. After reading Brent's story in The Laker she contacted us with an offer. Her son was going to Boston; they would have Brad sign a jersey that they would donate in support of Brent. On Friday, June 14th the jersey arrived in Fall River"¦ and now you have an opportunity to own on this collector's item.
We are hosting an online auction for the jersey starting on (Sunday, June 16) at 5:00 pm and ending on Friday, June 21st at 5:00 pm. Here is how you can bid:
Send an email to email@example.com
Include your bid amount in the subject line: E.g. $100.00
In the body of the email include your name. (If not part of your email address)
Three times, (each day) we will update the GoFundMe website and Facebook post with the top bid.
You can bid as often and as many times as you like.
No bids will be accepted after 5:00 pm on Friday, June 21st.
The top bid as of 5:00 pm on Friday, June 21st will be the winner.
Item must be paid for in full.
Jersey can be picked up in Fall River.
All funds raised will go directly to Brent and his family.
Thank you to Ann & Steve Merrick, The Marchand Family and Brad.
We ask you to share this online auction in support of Brent. (Additional pictures are available on request)
We would like to thank everyone for their auction donations in support of Brent. At this time we are not seeking further donations. Once again Brent's family, friends, community and strangers have gone above and beyond by collecting and making numerous donations - thank you all.
A reminder that tickets are required for the auction and that they are sold out. If you were unable to get a ticket for the auction we invite you to join us at 10:30 pm for the dance. (No ticket required). LWF Hall in Fall River.
Today, Brent sat down with Felicia Yep of CTV News to continue to share his story. The interview will air on CTV news tonight (Friday, June 14) at 6:00 pm.
Thank you to CTV news for supporting Brent, his family and his fight.
Brent's new treatment plan starts now!
One piece of the treatment is diet - Brent is strictly following the Ketogenic diet. If you would like to prepare meals for Brent and would like further information please contact us through this website or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support, kind words, prayers and hope.
A message from Mel:
"How can I even put into words ? Thank you to everyone for all the love and support, especially to my dear friend and neighbour who has been a rock for us on so many levels:) We are truly blessed by our family and friends near and far. Today we begin the new chapter, the fight for life. Please keep us in your prayers. These coming months will take incredible strength, faith, love and hope to get through. Our new treatment plan starts now! It's a full time job and we have HOPE!
I have to add that this has truly been the hardest time ever imaginable and I cannot even believe I've even been able to function. Without the help of the countless people, our parents, sisters & brother & sister in law, my work , our friends, neighbours and strangers, I don't even know how we would be standing today."
A message from Brent...
"What a great feeling to receive all the positive comments and support. I actually feel the positive vibes, they make me feel good - it is all unbelievable. It is bringing us great joy thinking of all the ways you are helping us get through this tough time.
Sincerely, thank you all."
Tickets for the auction are sold out. If you have purchased tickets and are unable to attend please let us know. (We have a number of people on a waiting list.)
Auction items will be accepted until Monday, June 17th. If you have donations for the auction please contact Tracey Dickson (email@example.com) or Deneen Remmele at (902) 476-7906.
The auction is a "˜live' auction with an auctioneer. Auction items can be viewed from 6:00 pm "“ 7:00 pm. The live bidding starts at 7:00pm. (Arrive early to pick a seat and receive your auction paddle)
If you are joining us for the dance please feel free to arrive around 10:30 pm.
Any questions can be directed to Tracey Dickson.
Thank you for your continued support.
Tickets for the auction are sold out!
Thank you for your support.
On May 22nd, Brent sat down with Pat Healey of The Laker to share his story.
His story was published in the June edition of The Laker which is now available at local businesses in Fall River and surrounding areas. You can also read his story here:
Although details have changed since the interview we encourage you to read Brent's story and to continue to share it.
Thank you all for your continued support and encouraging words.
We have 6 tickets still available for the auction being held on June 22nd in Fall River in support of Brent and his family.
Please contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
Auction & Dance in support of Brent Garrison & Family...
110 tickets have been sold for the auction - there are only 40 tickets remaining. If you can't make it to the auction "“ we'd love to see you at the dance. (No ticket required)
Thank you to everyone who has collected donations for the auction. A reminder that all auction items must be dropped off by Monday, June 17th. If you have donation items to drop off please contact Tracey Dickson at email@example.com or Deneen Remmele at (902) 476-7906.
If you have any questions about the fundraiser please contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who has continued to prepare meals for Brent and his family. There will be dietary changes made over the coming days and we are asking that anyone wishing to prepare meals wait until these changes are confirmed.
Thank you all so much - Tracey
Auction & Dance Fundraiser for Brent.
On June 22nd an auction and dance will be held in Fall River to support Brent and his family. Tickets are being sold in advance and only 150 auction tickets are being sold. If you are unable to join us for the auction, we invite you to join us for the dance at 11:00 pm. (No ticket required for the dance)
A number of items have been donated for the auction including an autographed Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins jersey, spa services, massages, books, art work and the list goes on. If you would like to make a donation or require a donation request letter please email Tracey Dickson at email@example.com
We invite you to join us at 6:00 pm to view the auction items and pick your seat. The auction starts at 7:00 pm and includes 50/50 draws and a wishing well.
The bar will be open, a BBQ is being held between 8:00 and 10:00 pm (hotdogs and burgers) and snack will be provided.
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Location: LWF Hall, Fall River
843 Fall River Road
Time: 6:00 pm "“ 1:00 am
Auction Items Viewing: 6:00 pm "“ 7:00 pm
Auction: 7:00 pm "“ 11:00 pm
Dance: 11:00 pm "“ 1:00 am
Tickets go on sale, Saturday, June 1st and must be purchased in advance. Please contact Tracey Dickson at (902) 209-3273 firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Vardy (902)225-8037 to purcahse tickets.
There have been recent developments in the medical trial that Brent was scheduled to start in the coming week. Brent and Melanie recently learned that one of the medications administered through the trial is a form of chemotherapy. Due to the nature of Brent's cancer, chemo is not a successful form of treatment. There is only a 3-6% chance that it will have an effect on reducing or removing the cancer from his body, however, he would still experience all side effects; continued loss of appetite, increased chance of infection, memory changes, nausea, vomiting, additional pain, fatigue and the list goes on. In the early stages of his diagnosis Brent decided that he would not use chemo as a form of treatment. He and Melanie have made the decision to withdraw from the trial. This has not been an easy decision; however, the decision was made with the hope that he will maintain a good quality of life to enjoy time with his family and loved ones. The numerous risks significantly outweigh the small percentage that the treatment will aid in his fight against cancer. Other forms of treatment are being researched and Brent is continuing with natural treatments using Flora tea, modified citrus pectin, flaxseed, other natural remedies and hope.
Where there is life, there is hope.
Thank you for all of your continued support. Brent feels blessed to be able to hear your kind and encouraging words. He is inspired by the outpouring of support and has gained strength knowing so many people care so deeply for him and his family. He and Melanie send you all a sincere and heartfelt "˜thank you'.
Thank you all so much - Love Tracey xo
(On behalf of Brent and Melanie Garrison)
We have found a web designer - thank you for all the offers of support.
Thank you to Pat Healey of The Laker for giving Brent the opportunity to tell his story and for taking this family picture. You can read Brent's story in the June edition of The Laker.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support Brent and his family. Thank you for continuing to share his story, for your many donations and your kindess. You are all so amazing.
Thank you - Tracey
Once again - thank you for your continued support. Brent is renewed and touched by your personal messages "“ he loves reading them. Please continue to send them.
Today we are asking for specific support. We are looking for a web designer and additional prepared meals. If you can help in anyway please contact me through this website or at email@example.com
Thank you - Tracey
SAVE THE DATE! Brent Garrison Fundraiser. Saturday, June 22nd.
A fundraiser for Brent is being held on Saturday, June 22nd at the LWF Hall in Fall River. Once details are finalized we will notify you here.
Thank you for your continued support.
Over $20,000!!! We are speechless"¦
Thank you - You have strengthened our belief in everything that is good. Thank you for the honor and privilege to hear your stories about Brent, how he has impacted your lives, the memories you've made and your thoughts and feelings.
Someone asked, "How long do you do this for?" And we didn't know the answer; however, we have decided to keep this site active until the June fundraiser event. As the event details are finalized we will provide them here.
You have all made such a monumental difference.
With everything sincere "“ thank you.
Yesterday we held a community bottle drive and were extremely successful. Thank you to residents in Oaken Hills Subdivision who were so kind to donate their refundables and make donations to Brent and his family.
Thank you to the neighbourhood children who helped sort and count the bottles and cans.
You are all so wonderful.
Thank you "“ Tracey
Over $19,000! Words cannot express...
Thank you all! Thank you for the donations, the offers of support, the prepared meals and encouraging words.
Brent and Mel continue to be awed and are speechless. The support they have received has been overwhelming. What a blessing!
Someone recently said to Mel, "Where there is life, there is hope."
Thank you all for giving the gift of hope.
Thank you - Tracey xo
A message from Brent...
It is difficult to find the right words to express our gratitude for all this unexpected and sudden outpouring of support. All of the kind notes and donations have been uplifting and bringing up good memories thought forgotten.
In the past 24 hours I have been feeling great from all the positive thoughts and prayers. We are filled with happy thoughts of things to do with our kids, our families and friends.
Thanks for all the donations.
Thank you for the meal drop-off's, they are helping to restore my appetite. The apple-crisp and blueberry muffins kicked ass!
Thank you for the appliance repair, I really enjoyed the random drink and talks.
Music has really been lifting us lately so feel free to share a tune that gets you pumped to take on anything or lift your spirits.
Thank you so very much. We hope to enjoy some more happy times with all of you.
Love from our family to yours.
Brent & Mel, Brady & Amelia.
We never imagined that there would be this much support from family, friends and even people who don't know Brent. In less than 24 hours we have surpassed our original goal of $10,000 and our total continues to climb. Thank you for your continued support and kind wishes. Please continue to share this page.
A message from Brent and Mel will follow shortly.
We have surpassed our original goal. Thank you! Brent is having trouble finding the words to express his feelings and gratitude. He is amazed by the selfless generosity, kind thoughts and prayers.
Good Morning Everyone!
Wow! No one could have anticipated such generosity! Mel and Brent are in awe. There have been tears of joy, tears of sadness and tears of relief. You have all made such a difference to their family. You are all what is good. Thank you!
A personal note from Mel and Brent will be posted later today.
A number of families are making meals for the Garrison family "“ thank you. If you would like to make a meal please contact me through this website or firstname.lastname@example.org
Again "“ Thank you all
Mel and Brent are in shock! They cannot believe what you have all done for them. They are simply amazed. Thank you!
In response to a number of people - there is a fundraiser being planned. As details are finalized we will get the word out to everyone.
Again...Thank you! xo