Hello everyone. Thank you for visiting Brad’s Go Fund Me page—together, with some help from all of you and the power of God, I believe we can save his life. Anyone who knows Brad knows that he is one of the kindest, funniest, and most loving people in the entire world. He has a heart of gold and would do anything to help not only the people he loves, but also anyone in need! He has always wanted to be a firefighter just for that reason! Brad truly is the kind of person the world needs more of so with our heavy heart, we ask for your support to save his precious life. Any help that you could give would be so appreciated by our family, friends, and most importantly Brad.
Background: Brad was admitted to the hospital in September after a couple of days of getting sick and feeling generally off. After a few days, the doctors found a variety of different problems. He had a polyp in his intestines, which was making it difficult for him to keep anything down. He also had a hematoma the size of a baseball, which the doctors couldn't figure out the origins of. His white blood cell count was very high, indicating an infection somewhere. Most importantly, they found that his liver was failing. In the weeks following his admittance, the doctors and nursing staff have been working diligently to continue to help Brad's body heal and take steps in the right direction. He was in and out of the ICU, showing progress one day, and declining the next. His abdomen kept filling with fluids that the doctors continued to drain, but the pressure started to put strain on his lungs making it difficult for him to breathe. Through the advice of the doctors, they decided to put Brad on a ventilator in order to remove some of the stress that his body was under when he was fighting to breathe on his own. His liver failure is resulting in kidney failure and they put him on dialysis to help take pressure off of his kidneys. This means that, at this time, he is on full life support.
Here’s where we need YOU— Brad’s insurance will not approve liver dialysis, but it is the last option if his liver does not regenerate. We need to raise roughly $1,000,000 for the cost of the treatment, transportation to the treatment center, and post-dialysis care in order to pay for it on our own. This is a figure that was given to us by the team of doctors here at Mission. We absolutely cannot do this without your help and any contribution would help!!! Brad is only 28 years old and has so much to give back to this world … Please help SAVE BRAD!
Also PLEASE feel free to share this with anyone and everyone. We need all the help that we can get to save Brad. We aren’t done with him yet!
Brad would be eligible as soon as the funds are raised.
We also want to thank the American liver foundation for all the amazing work they are doing to raise awareness, support patients and facilitate, advocate and promote research for the treatment and cure of liver disease.
￼ Flow Brad's progress via our facebook group
Update- Cliff note version: (brevity is not my strength)
-overall, numbers that the doctors are monitoring are tending in the right direction or at least stable
- Brad is more conscious and aware than he has been in weeks
-He has been moving more with the addition of regular physical therapy
- concern of possible kidney failure as well, so continuing dialysis
-Hints of his awesome goofy personality coming back ☺️
1. Who will be withdrawing the funds directly: My mom (Sam Dixon) will open an account specifically to hold the donations raised for Bradley. This way, we can ensure all of the money raised is separated financially from personal accounts.
2. How they are related to Brad: Noted above, Sam is my/Brad’s mother. It is best that she withdraws the contributions to Brad’s campaign since she will handle payment of his healthcare.
I'd like to start by saying how AMAZED and thankful my family and I are by the love and support everyone has shown. Loved ones, close friends, acquaintances and complete strangers have come together to support my family. There have been 533 shares on facebook the last I checked, and nearly 20k raised in a little over one day! Thank you for all of your posting and generous contributions.
I'd like to share a cool example of the reach we have seen through social media: As I sat in Brad's room today, my favorite doctor came by to say hi. (PS. It's nearly impossible to make my favorite doctors list. I grill them prettttyyyy hard with questions and I think some might avoid me in the halls) He mentioned that the night before, he was on facebook and happened to see Brad's post & GoFundMe page on his news feed!!!! All of your hard work to spread the word and repost ended up right in front of Brad's doctor's face. Pretty awesome. I have no doubt that we will do BIG THINGS for Bradley!
Today at the hospital:
His numbers in general have remained the same. Ideally we want them to continue a trend of improvement, but stabilization is positive nonetheless. Brad is continuing kidney dialysis and was taken off the ventilator today! It is important that he does more on his own, so this is a big step toward recovery. Sedation is completely off, so he has been more aware and hopefully can start speaking again in the next few days. I read Brad your posts in the group and they seemed to make him really happy, feel loved and comforted. ❤️With that being said, with liver failure comes build up of ammonia in the body and brain, often resulting in patients being confused. Brad is definitely showing a little confusion and frustration with the feeding tube, inability to communicate and being stuck in the hospital in general. Although it's difficult to witness, it shows me his fight to get healthy!
I hope all of this was clear. I have NO doubt that the love, prayers and support you all have shown is contributing to Brad's slow and steady improvement over the last 2 weeks. Again, I am in awe of the support and I'm not sure words can express our gratitude.
Please keep the prayers coming for liver regeneration!!!!!
I may not know you all or Brad but know you have support in Monroe, NC as well. GOD can heal Him, HE is the Ultimate Physician. it sounds like with all the Prayers and the Faith Brad and You guys have will see You through this. GOD said, "Faith can move mountains!!!" So it can also regenerate a liver as well. So with all My Heart, Sincerely, Amanda Pressley!!!
Sending prayers your way with a small donation, wish it could be more but I'm a little strapped. Tell Brad to stay strong, never give up hope and keep the faith in God. I'm praying for his recovery and God hears all prayers.
Dear Dixon family! I'm praying for you guys constantly every single min of the day. Just know if you ever need anything from the medinas your old neighbors we're here for you guys 100%. LOVE YOU.