Brice's fight for Sophia

Thank you for taking the time to read about Brice's story.  Brice is my older brother and one of the best people I know.  He's spent his entire life working hard and being the best son, friend, partner and most importantly, father that he can.  It's been a long, devastating journey for him these past 5 years.  Brice has gone from having it all, to having nothing.  After suffering through a drawn out divorce/custody battle, he was ultimately, like most men,  given minimal parenting time with his daughter Sophia. 

He is the light of her life and in her eyes, her Daddy can do no wrong.  In order to support his daughter and live a very modest life, he  currently lives 3+ hours away from her.  He has been working tirelessly for an opportunity to transfer into a position that will allow him to live in the same town as his daughter and has been getting closer and closer to making that dream a reality.  Brice makes the 6+ hour drive, there and back, to pick her up on a Friday and all over again on Sunday to take her back.  He has never missed his weekends with her and makes this daunting commute to be with her twice a month.  He makes it just to spend a half day with her on her birthday or to spend Father's Day with her.  Although, he's exhausted, he's been pushing through, because I truly believe that NO ONE in the world loves Sophia more than Brice.  NO ONE.  Through his sobs, through his anger, through all of the pain that he's had to endure while being away from his daughter, he has ALWAYS put her best interest above all else.  His number one concern has always been for her; making sure that her needs are met and that  she's never in the middle of anything. 

 A few days ago, the most devastating hit of them all came...Brice received an email notifying him that Sophia's mother intends to move Sophia to another state.  While Brice has been working to get back to the town his daughter lives in, so that he can spend much more time with  her, they've been planning to move away.  Effectively, ending all of his parenting time with his 7 year old daughter.  When did creating children together become a right for women and a luxury for men?  Why haven't the courts caught up with the notion that some men love their children just as whole heartedly?  Have not enough lawmakers had their children ripped away from them? 

So here we are, with the biggest fight yet ahead.  Brice needs our help.  There's NO WAY that he can afford to fight to keep Sophia here without us.  It doesn't matter how little or how much you're able to donate, it's still a dollar more than Brice has right now.  Legal fees are incredibly expensive and the costs add up so, so fast.  We're aiming to raise as much as we can to help Brice retain the attorneys that he is going to need in order to have a shot at winning the right to remain an active participant in his daughters life.  Do you have children?  Do you love anyone so much that you can't imagine for one second what it would be like to have them ripped from your arms and out of your life?  A piece of you.  If you can, please help Brice fight for Sophia.   I've set a basic goal of what the minimal costs might be and have faith that we'll meet that initial goal and beyond.  People care about what is right and we are blessed with an amazing team of loving family and friends to help support Brice and Sophie.  Thank you everyone!!!

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Leslie Stanley Smith 
Beaverton, OR
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