A Brave Heart Foundation

Mission

To provide immediate gratification and lift the spirits of those newly diagnosed with Cancer.  We are a team of Survivors, Supporters, and Licensed Massage Therapists and we focus on providing Care Packages to our In-patient group, and Therapeutic Massages to the Out-patient group.

Our goal is to help improve the state of mind during the treatment process.  Emotional and mental strength and stability play such a vital role in the overall fight and tolerance for the journey of cancer.

Vision

To be an additional layer of Love and Support in Every Cancer Unit.  To encourage every patient to have A Brave Heart.

Fundraising

Help us directly impact more patients and caregivers dealing with cancer.

We are a 501(c)3 Nonprofit. Your tax deductible gift allows us to connect with Patients and Caregivers dealing with cancer in local hospitals. With each gift, we can provide immediate emotional and mental gratification with one on one support time, therapeutic massage, and care packages. When you give, you become a blessing to someone else. Thank you in advance for helping us take care of someone's loved one.

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“Everyone won’t understand the journey of cancer. We understand a brave fight is the result of a strong mind.”

Who We Are

About the Founder!

Monette Brown

Monette BrownFounder and CEO

Monette Brown is a current resident of Birmingham, AL. She has lived in 5 different states, but calls Little Rock, AR and Atlanta, GA home. She is a mother of 2, and an Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor.  Her professional background includes 18 years of Retail Leadership, and studied International Business Management at Clark Atlanta University.  She is a Visionnaire with strong Strategic Skills, which has led to the formation of A Brave Heart Foundation.  Since her diagnosis and treatment 1 year ago, Monette has chartered a new course, as to become an advocate and server for and to other Cancer Patients braving the fight and encouraging them to never give up.

Our Story

Have you or someone you know ever received a cancer diagnosis?  Without a doubt, it is the scariest and most nerve-racking thing you could hear. Founder and CEO, Monette Brown was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in August 2013 and had a Bone Marrow Transplant in November 2013.

Here’s her story…Monette Brown

“I remember when I received my diagnosis, I was stunned. I really didn’t know how to react and I couldn’t react because I was hearing the news while I was at my son’s 2nd grade school orientation- 3 days before school started. The first thing that came to mind was, “I can’t die now… I have kids”. The second thought was, “I didn’t want to lose my job”.  I had just been promoted and relocated to Birmingham, Alabama 6 months prior.  I felt like I was in a ‘Lose Lose’ situation. Eventually, the shock wore off and the only thing that consumed my mind was how my body physically felt and that my life was forever changed. I felt horrible, I lost all my hair, I felt like I was losing my identity.  And, I absolutely hated that my kids had to see me sick.  Not to mention… I was scared.  Everything was happening so fast and I had no clue what to expect.  These thoughts brought on a host of emotions that were as equally draining as the impact of chemo treatments and the fact that I was now taking 8 to 10 pills twice a day. I began to have anxiety issues.  I was restless all the time.  Some days I was too weak to do anything, including getting out of bed and eating. And I found myself being doped up on pain medications that would put me to sleep-and at times I hated that too.  It was just hard to face what my short term life was becoming.

I remember waking up in the middle of the night because my feet and hands were burning- this was a side effect of the chemo.  I woke up and started begging for someone that was in my house to just rub them to make it stop. It just so happened that my entire family was there… so my sister and 6ft 4 uncle did just that. They massaged my hands and my feet until I said stop. It was the greatest feeling… my body went into this peaceful state.  I could relax- because something/someone was making me feel better. My mind could relax.  For that moment, I didn’t think about anything.  I just felt good.  It was after that moment when I knew- that once I was healed… I needed to find a way to provide this type of support for other patients.  I knew there was a need, because every Dr. visit, myself and other patients would discuss the same ailments and side effects while waiting to see our Doctors.  I was not the only person experiencing this.  So—I prayed that if it had to be me to go through this traumatic experience, that [He] would use me to inspire others. Many of my friends sent me Care Packages and each time one arrived, it put a smile on my face.  It reminded me that someone cares and  someone was thinking about me. That was the moment I decided to be BRAVE.  That was the moment I decided to EMBRACE my situation.  And, That was the moment I decided to CARRY ON.  

A Brave Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.  What differentiates us from other charities is that we focus our efforts on giving that immediate gratification and helping those that have been newly diagnosed and receiving treatment for any type of cancer. 

Our patients find comfort in relating with someone who has also been through the same process.  Our goal is to be a beacon of hope and light and help them to feel better now!  The most helpless feeling in the world is to see someone you know and love struggling.  That’s where we come in. 

There are so many wonderful programs and organizations already in place that support and fund: Research, Financial Assistance, and/or Support for Survivorship.  Therefore, our movement involves adding the emotional, mental, and spiritual support needed in accepting and tolerating the journey of cancer…  Reconnecting the Mind, Body and Soul.  Anyone that has gone through the process will agree…You need more days that will lift your spirit to offset the days that absolutely drain you.  Our team [#teambraveheart] helps expand awareness of our mission and raises funds to provide the Care Packages and Massages.  Join Us in helping more patients feel better now.

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