Get Brody to Thailand with Team USA

$5,535 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 24 months
Brody Joseph, an incoming Senior at Waunakee High School, has been a fan of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) since he can remember.  At the age of twelve, Brody started training in Muay Thai Kickboxing under Kru Mike Vaughn, previously of The Blast Muay Thai.  Less than a year after his first class, Brody competed in a national competition, winning the title belt by way of KO.  Since then, Brody has gone on to win four belts in five years.  
In 2014, during a championship bout, it was obvious to his parents and trainers that something was terribly wrong.  Brody was unable to catch his breath, and was running out of energy very quickly.  That was the one fight he lost, but may be the most important fight of his career.  Upon returning home, and multiple doctors visits, it was discovered that Brody had a 14 mm hole in his heart, called an Atrial Septal Defect.  Not only did he have this anomaly, he was nearing heart failure.  The pediatric cardiologist at UW Hospital said that if not fixed, Brody would need a heart transplant within the next ten years.  It was a Thursday afternoon, and the following Monday morning Brody underwent a cardiac catheterization which repaired his heart defect, in hopes that the damage to his heart was not permanent.  Four weeks after the procedure, Brody had an echocardiogram that showed a perfectly normal sized and normal functioning heart.  Brody went on to win his third belt the following June. 
On June 20th of this year, Brody fought in his fifth Championship bout, catching the eye of Team USA scouts.  Brody has been invited to represent the USA, fighting for Team USA in Thailand, August 24th-September 2nd 2016.  We're asking for donations to help Brody follow his dream to make it to Thailand as a representative of the United States.  Brody will no longer be working full time, so he may focus on training.  Donations will cover the cost of training, Team USA gear, travel expenses for him and one parent, and any other miscellaneous expenses.
For more information on the Youth World Championships in Bangkok, and progress towards making Muay Thai an Olmypic sport, please visit ifmamuaythai.org

Sincerely,
The Joseph Family
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I am in complete shock right now! The team at GoFundMe made a $1,000 donation! Somebody please pinch me. So, if we continue out fundraising efforts, I may be able to join my boy in Thailand. Feeling beyond grateful for everyone's generosity.
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Oh my Goodness!!! We have surpassed the half way mark already. This is incredible. Thank you so much to everyone contributing and sharing ❤️
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It has been an exciting week at the Joseph house. We got our first corporate sponsor, and Brody has an interview with NBC15 news tomorrow and will be live on 93.1 JAMZ Monday morning.

Thank you to all that have shared and donated. We're getting there!
Brody's second championship win -2013
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$5,535 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 24 months
Created June 21, 2016
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JS
$50
Jessica Schroeder
22 months ago

Congratulations on all your accomplishments, Good luck Brody! The Schroeder's

JA
$100
Jesse and Justin Johnson (JNJ Appraisals)
22 months ago (Offline Donation)
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PW
$100
Pam Waddell
22 months ago (Offline Donation)
AJ
$100
Angela Joseph
22 months ago

Go gettem Brody!! Go Team USA!!

RF
$50
Rodd Endres and Family
22 months ago (Offline Donation)
JV
$40
Jimmy Vlasak
23 months ago

Good luck and safe travels!

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