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Addison Bryan Foundation

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Remembering Addison

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In the wake of Addison’s 3rd birthday 2 weeks ago, I’ve been thinking of all the ways in which I remember her every day. There are days where it’s easier to remember her and days that I have to actively try to remember her. The memories of holding and comforting her come flooding back when I’m

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Life After Losing Someone to Cancer

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The words “you have cancer” or “someone you love has cancer” have become way too common. Each day more and more people are diagnosed with this horrific disease and given a grim prognosis. My first experience with cancer was when my mother, the most God-fearing woman I’ve ever known was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic

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4th Annual ABF Toy Drive Coming!

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Now planning our 4th Annual Toy Drive slated to run June 1st thru the 30th! We are so grateful that we can honor Addison’s birthday by bringing smiles to other children’s faces. This year our lofty goal is to benefit FIVE outstanding facilities – UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House of

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Azalea Festival 2016

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69th Annual Azalea Festival Downtown Wilmington, NC Saturday & Sunday April 9th & 10th We had an awesome time at the Azalea Festival this year. It was quite an experience with the gale-force winds trying to blow us away but we stuck it out, we met some amazing people and we raised $1200 to help

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Angels Among Us 5K Run and 3K Family Walk

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Angels Among Us 5K  & Family Fun Walk Supporting the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Children’s Hospital Saturday April 23rd in Durham, NC We were pleased to participate in the 2016 Angels Among Us 5K Run and Family Walk benefiting Duke Brain Tumor Center. The event raised $1.8 million dollars for brain

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Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day at NetApp

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The wonderful USPS Inside Sales team at NetApp in RTP, North Carolina raised $1000 over the week of Valentine’s Day this year in honor of the anniversary of Addison’s passing. Thank you so much to Matt DuBois, Lisa Shapiro, Kristyn Slater, Hunter Johnson, Kirk Kindl and Liz Kay for your generosity, kindness, hard work and

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The Greatest Fear of a Grieving Parent

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By Mark Myers What is your greatest fear? What is it for you — that thing that gives you shudders just to think of it? Thunderstorms? Dogs, snakes, spiders? Heights or maybe confined places? Perhaps it is something psychological like public speaking, failure or being alone. Most of us are afraid of death. Everyone has

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Gold Ribbon Kid #1 Addison Carolyn Bryan

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Addison Carolyn Bryan   June 30, 2013-February 14, 2015 Two years ago today our hearts were shattered when we learned that our precious Addison, who seemed to have more life in her little finger than existed in the whole Universe, had a very aggressive brain tumor. I wasn’t at the hospital when the doctors came

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How to Help (And How Not to Help) A Friend Whose Child is Seriously Ill

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How To Help A Friend Whose Child is Seriously Ill If someone you know and love has a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, you might feel desperate and helpless – but you don’t have to. Research has shown that extended family and friends play a tremendous role in helping children and

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15 Do’s and Don’t for Helping a Friend With a Sick Child in the Hospital

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15 Dos and Don’ts for Helping a Friend With a Sick Child in the Hospital 11/27/2013 03:16 pm ET | Updated Jan 27, 2014 Dr. Karin LuiseAuthor, Therapist, Motivational Speaker. Brave Mom of 3. Co-Founder, TheFatherlessDaughterProject.com – DoctorKarin.com You want to help. Your friend just admitted her child to the hospital, and it’s serious. You

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10 Things Families Affected by Childhood Cancer Need

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When a child is diagnosed with cancer it changes everything about a families routine. Often times a parent has to quit there job or reduce their hours drastically to become a full time caretaker. Parents and children spend a lot more time at the hospital getting treatments and the most medial tasks such as cooking

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Events April 2016

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We are gearing up for an exciting 2016 here at ABF and we are happy to announce our first 2 events of the year!  The first is the 69th Annual Azalea Festival in downtown Wilmington, NC the weekend of April 9th & 10th! We will be on the waterfront again raising money for families who

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68th Annual Azalea Festival- April 2015

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We had an amazing weekend at the first Addison Bryan Foundation fundraising event of 2015 – the 68th annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. We met and talked to so many wonderful people, shared stories, smiles, tears, lots of hugs and raised much needed funds to help other families who are suffering from the crippling financial

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3rd Annual ABF Toy Drive

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The 3rd Annual Addison Bryan Foundation Toy Drive was a TREMENDOUS success!! Thanks to the abundant donations of our Toy Drive Sponsors and our many individual contributors we were able to ensure that lots of children battling life threatening illnesses will receive something to smile about during their hospital stay! Last Christmas we were very

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2nd Annual Go Gold for Addison & the Kids Day

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This past September during Childhood Cancer Awareness month we honored Addison and all of the brave children fighting childhood cancer by going Gold for 1 day! Here are pictures of some of the amazing people that participated!                  

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CureFest 2015

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Ben, Lisa and I had the most amazing time at CureFest DC 2015 this past September during Childhood Cancer Awareness month. The weekend started Friday afternoon with a visit to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House for the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Briefing. We had quite an ordeal making it there in

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1st Annual ABF Book Drive

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We are very pleased to announce that the 1st Annual Addison Bryan Foundation Book Drive was a HUGE success! Thanks to everyone’s generous donations of new and gently used books we were able to provide 500 books to benefit our 4 RTP area facilities – The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, UNC, Duke and

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Christmas Goodie Bags 2015

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We were honored to present two very deserving hospitals with 60 Christmas Cheer Gift Bags to be distributed to children who are being treated at their facilities during and after Christmas. These amazing gift bags consisted of a very soft, comforting plush blanket, one of 4 cuddly cute plush toys by Disney Pixar with a

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