Macey's Miss Maryland Teen Dream

$3,235 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 19 months
Amanda Vaughn
on behalf of Michelle Brietenback
 BEL AIR, MD

Macey Brietenback was born with a rare disease called visceral myopathy. Macey was given one week to live, so we are super blessed to have her here with us today. Her life however, has been a constant battle. Maceys disease affects her smooth muscle which lines your organs. She has been in the operating room 70 plus times with numerous attempts to get her small bowel working. Macey is currently on TPN which feeds her through her heart. Her intestines have shut down and are causing a great deal of pain. The doctors believe her disease is progressing and they said that anymore exploratory surgeries to get her small intestine to work would do more harm than good. We are at a crossroads with Macey. Our only option left is a stomach, liver, pancreas, intestinal transplant. Unfortunately, the transplants are fairly new and the data of survival only supports 5 years. We have tried to hold off as long as possible but have decided to do the transplant evaluation on May 21, 2017. After the evaluation, we will decide as a family what to do. Macey’s pain is increasing and at times unbearable. We still have some good days and try to make the best of them. Despite everything, Macey is a smart, beautiful, kind young lady that puts a smile on anyone’s face that meets her. She tries very hard to fight through the pain and enjoy life. Macey’s dream has always been to be in a pageant.

She has been chosen from many qualified applicants throughout the state as an Official State Finalist in the 2018 Miss Maryland Teen USA pageant. the excitement of this opportunity has really carried her through some of her tougher days. I am praying that she makes it to the pageant and we get to see her compete prior to her transplant. It would be a memory our family would cherish for a lifetime.

Participating in the pageant requires sponsorship. Contestants have been encouraged to request donations from family, friends, community businesses, and leaders to meet this financial obligation.

The sponsorship fee pays for:

* Her expenses during the three-day, two-night program, including food and lodging at the beautiful North Bethesda Marriot on October 27-29, 2017 as well as a hotel room for her family and her nurse who will have to accompany her.
* Her wardrobe and accessories needed during the competition.

Each contestant has a wardrobe to prepare and countless small details to complete. Your assistance with her sponsorship will ease her and her family’s mind and is greatly appreciated, given the current financial burden that the family has.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity especially for a special young lady like Macey. It is only possible with your help and will her the CHANCE OF HER LIFETIME.

Thank you in advance for your support.

 To learn more about Macey, please visit www.prayformacey.com

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$3,235 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 19 months
Created May 16, 2017
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LM
$100
Lisa & Jim Meyer
10 months ago
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Dear Macey~ Please know that you are an inspiration. From Day 1, what a brave and defiant life you have lead. Having just heard your story, we will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers!!

HH
$25
Heather Hall
13 months ago
1
1

You are an inspiration (I read your story in the Aegis).

RW
$100
rick & peggy wess
14 months ago
2
2

best of luck...you're a winner!!!

DB
$150
David Barker
14 months ago
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2

Ps. 139:13-14

TS
$25
Todd Salkowski
14 months ago
2
2

Good luck and enjoy your pageant experience.

RF
$100
Rhonda Fraczkowski
15 months ago
2
2

Macey, Amanda Vaughn is a friend of mine and told me about you! I am praying for you!!

CB
$25
Carol Bogner
15 months ago
2
2

Macy, you don't know me but I do know your Mom and her 2 sisters very well. I pray that your wish comes true to become Ms. Teen Maryland. You have a beautiful smile and lovely picture. Praying that your dream will happen.

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