Stories of Hope

Independence after Brain injusry

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Happy #BrainInjuryAwarenessMonth!

Recovering independence in the wake of a traumatic brain injury can be a huge challenge. Brain injuries can severely augment physical and cognitive ability, leaving many survivors unable to do things that the rest of us take for granted - like getting up and heading into work in the morning.

Enter Emily.

Emily is a #TBI survivor, an Andee's Army grant beneficiary and an all around rock star. Oh, did we mention that she's officially training to be a Side by Side Clubhouse snack bar clerk?

Go, Emily, go! #independence #survivor

Caroline's "All Fixed Up" thanks to dr. reisner

The day before her surgery, 3-year-old Caroline Brewer was running down the halls of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Caroline had brain cancer and a softball-sized tumor at the base of her brain. The neurosurgeon -- one of our incredible Andee's Army Board Members, Dr. Andrew Reisner -- was able to remove the large tumor from her brain. And, she walked out of the hospital seven days later.


At her six-month MRI in November 2017, a second brain tumor was found. Once again, sweet Dr. Reisner was able to remove the tumor.


We're rooting for you, Caroline! And, we're so grateful for the work you do, Dr. Reisner. #happytears


Check out this #CHOA video all about Caroline and Dr. Reisner's journey to cancer-free here

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Indego® Exoskeleton Gets the Green Light

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The American Heart Association estimates that +/- 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year. Regaining the ability to walk is a major struggle for many stroke patients, including our sweet girl, Andee.


The good news: this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given additional clearance to market and sell the Parker Hannifin Indego® exoskeleton. This piece of equipment provides patient-centered, individualized therapy for stroke patient's re-learning to walk post-stroke.




Read more here.

That Feeling When One of Your Kids is Changing the World

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Emily was struck by a drunk driver when she was a student at Kennesaw State University. After years of hard work to get back on her feet (literally), and with a little help from Andee’s Army and Shepherd Center, Emily is using her voice to effect change!

Emily - and her Mama, too - is doing all that she can to educate the public about the risks of drunk driving, and we’re crazy proud.

See Emily’s incredible story on WSB-TV by clicking here.

Comfort and care in action

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Eating is one of those things that we take for granted. We just do it. Breakfast, lunch, dinner: it's not a major thought in most of our days.


But, for Mommies and Daddies whose worlds are suddenly jam packed with tests, and blood draws, and procedures, when is there time? And, in the case of families who have traveled far for treatment and whose little ones will be in-patients for the long haul: how do they afford to eat out for months on end, even if they can find the time?

Remember when the Flight Attendant told you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others? If Mommies and Daddies aren't able to take care of this most basic need for themselves, it's so much harder to take care of their little warrior. For these families, all of a sudden, eating is a big deal.

Our mission is to help our kids live their lives to the fullest post-injury or diagnosis, and part of taking care of our kids is taking care of their caretakers. To that end, Andee's Army hosts complimentary breakfast and afternoon snack carts at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.


This morning we received the sweetest note from Mattie's Mommy, letting us know how comforting and helpful our carts at CHOA have been for her and her family. She also enclosed our VERY favorite kind of digital attachment: pictures of Mattie!


We're so glad that we're able to serve you, Mattie! You keep fighting, and we'll always be here when you, or your Mommy, need us.