Brandon Rude's Medical Fund

$27,110 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 317 people in 22 months
Everyone who knows Brandon loves him.  He's one of the sweetest, most generous kids I know and the past few months breaks my heart.  He still has a ways to go with 2 surgeries yet to be scheduled over the next few months.  Brandon is such a trooper and his attitude with everything has been amazing!

For those of you who have been following his story, his medical bills are now around $500,000 and around $20,000 is our portion of that.  

I was putting off doing "Go Fund Me", but yesterday Brandon had another allergic reaction to something from his ostmy bag, my husband cracked his tooth, I tracked down a funny smell to a leak under the kitchen sink, we got a disconnect notice for our water,  I was told the tires on my van have to be replaced before they blow, and our pest guy informed us we have termites! I'm waving the white flag and giving in.   We can't do this alone.

The HERO Initative has been a huge help over the past few months and we couldn't have gotten this far without them.  Big shout out to them for helping creators in need.

For those of you who don't know his story:

BRANDON'S STORY...

In August Brandon landed in the ER with cryptosporidium, a parasite found in recreational water that attacks the immune system.   At nearly 6' tall he weighed only 99 pounds.  

After treating the crypto didn't work, we found out he also had Ulcerative Colitis.  A nasty IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) that was attacking his digestive track.  It caused weight loss, malnutrition, and bloody stool which caused severe anemia.

Brandon was initially treated with an expensive infusion medication and blood transfusions that initially worked and all his symptoms were going away.  We thought he would simply be benched for the swim season, but 2 weeks later he was back in the ER and over the next few months he spent more time in than out of the hospital.  Between visits he was tired and never felt well.  The last time he went in the doctors were out of medications and the doctors were concerned his IBD infection was so bad he would go septic and infect his blood, so we opted for a colostomy surgery.  The actual surgery went well, but he wasn't recovering so 4 days later he was back in surgery where they found fluids and gas had built up.  Once that was cleared he was back on the mend and 2 weeks later was released.

Brandon is now recooping at home trying to figure out his ostmy bag.  He will need 2 more surgeries over the next few months, but the good news is the ostmy bag is temporary.

Because he basically missed the entire semester of school Brandon is trying to catch up at home with the help of a tutor who comes 4-5 hours per week.  His mom (that's me!) takes over the rest of the time, and next semester he will take online classes picked out by his school so he can start his senior year with no credits to make up.  He goes into school once a day for his elective - drama, and is on the Robotics team after school.

HOW FUNDS WILL BE USED

Funds will be used to help pay medical and household expenses and allow me (mom) to take time away to oversee Brandon's home schooling and medical care, and help bring the business back up to speed.  

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, AND SUPPORT!

You can also help by purchasing items from our online store:

www.SteveRude.com

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Sharing some blessings for a change. Brandon is still home and despite some minor setbacks has not needed to go to the hospital again! Sheba (my Shepherd) recovered nicely from her snakebite, and Steve signed on for a bunch of work from DC Comics that will keep bills paid for a few months! We've ALSO been blessed with an intern who will hopefully help me get the business back on track by the end of the summer. Happy to finally report some good news!
Sheba happy at the local dog park
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Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. Brandon is at home and doing well. He's on meds to slow down his output and goes in next week for blood work and a follow up with the surgeon. He's so glad to have the surgeries over and colostomy bag gone!

Now he's on to struggling with online schooling which has been difficult for him. He will have to take classes through August then he's back at his normal school to finish his senior year.

I'm slowly getting back into things. 9 months of work has piled up as I ignored everything to take care of Brandon. Thank you all for your support!
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Day 9 and Brandon is finally being released from PCH. He's been having problems with his fluid output levels. He's going to have to monitor it at home but the surgeon released him pending some blood work.

It's been a tough 9 days considering the average stay for this surgery is 1-2 days! He's been down and some people from his IND group sent flowers even though they don't know him. It really brightened his day!
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Happy Easter! Brandon is still at PCH but is doing better. His output is too high for release (Dr's worry about dehydration). Sheba is doing better and Steve is hobbling around ignoring Dr's requests to stay off his foot. My back is not doing great and the cortisone shot was denied as they want me to finish more therapy first. Jessica and our beagle, Chloe are thankfully home and healthy!
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Karen Opas-lanouette
18 months ago

So glad to hear that he is at home. Must be nice for him (and you) after all that time in hospital.

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$27,110 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 317 people in 22 months
Created December 8, 2016
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Grey Hautaluoma
8 months ago

Best to all of you.

JJ
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Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr
12 months ago

all my best (|:{>

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Anonymous
12 months ago
$500
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15 months ago
RJ
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Ramon Gonzales Jr.
15 months ago

May God Bless you all. Raven Concrete LLC Glendale, AZ

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Hikaru Katayamma
16 months ago

Hope y'all get back on track with life as usual soon!

Karen Opas-lanouette
18 months ago

So glad to hear that he is at home. Must be nice for him (and you) after all that time in hospital.

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