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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Brother John Bridegroom's Little Girl Needs Your Help

John Bridegroom is the art director for the Journal of the Masonic Society, and also operates The Master's Craft, a maker of fine Masonic products. His daughter is 8 years old and suffering from leukemia. In a few days she will undergo a bone marrow stem cell transplant in Indianapolis at Riley Hospital for Children. As you can imagine, this experience has put a tremendous strain on the family, financially and emotionally. They have been commuting from northern Indiana back and forth to Indianapolis for two years, a three hour trip.

Donna Donley has set up a website to take donations for Phoenix and her family. They are attempting to raise $5000 to defray some of the extraordinary costs of this ordeal. Let's pull together as Masons to help this incredibly resilient little girl and her family during this difficult time.

From Donna's site:

Only 2 days until Phoenix starts her 3 month stay at Riley's ! Please continue to like & SHARE this post to rally support
Now that Phoenix has relapsed....she needs our help more than ever!! The family is struggling with the financial burdens of having a child with cancer, of not being able to work, medical expenses, travel back and forth from home to Rileys Childrens Hospital, meals away from home, and living away from home..
This unbelievable little girl has fought harder than anyone can imagine and still wakes up with a smile. She has uplifted so many people. Not only family and friends, but complete strangers that follow her story on Facebook and share their stories of similar battles......
Please join Phoenix's team.....we need all the help we can get!

She has been battling a rare form of Leukemia called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) for 3 years!! After 2 years our family was ready to celebrate  a triumph over cancer when Phoenix had a relapse.... Her future requires a Stem Cell Transplant.
This family is facing the battle one day at a time and I am hoping that you will make a donation to help them keep up the fight. Even if you cant donate, your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Visit the facebook page Friends and Family of Phoenix Bridegroom if you would like to see and read more about Phoenix and her journey.
ABOUT THE FAMILY....Tammy, John and Diva Bridegroom are Phoenix's family.  They are some of the strongest people that I have ever met. During the hardest struggle of their lives, they managed to participate in dozens of fundraisers for Leukemia and other Cancers.  Phoenix has raised money for Rileys childrens hospital, and even appeared in their Christmas commercial.  She also earned a heart on the wall for reaching a fund raising goal for Ronald McDonald House!  Through all of the trials and hardships they managed to help others.  Tammy told me that she prays she can help as many people as have helped them!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Bro. Hodapp,

    This is JPG from FraternalTies. You do not have to publish this comment. I just don't know how to get in touch with you directly.

    I am a father of four and I feel sorry for Bro. Bridegroom and his family. I can fully relate to the situation that they're in.

    We went through somewhat of a similar ordeal not too long ago. We asked for help online and we received a shower of love and support from the Brethren from all over the world.

    My wife and I think that now is our opportunity to pay the kindness forward but we do not have extra money to give. Instead we would like to donate in kind.

    This is the first print of the Freemason meme that I made- the one that got tremendously popular online and is still making its rounds up to this day (see reddit.com/r/freemasonry - PhoenixMasonry reposted it there and I was pleasantly surprised that it received many many likes!). What I would donate is the same print that we proudly displayed in our showroom during the 157th GL in Ontario, Canada. It is there where I met you in person- thank you for the autograph, and the photo-op!

    Here's the link to the poster I'm talking about - this photo was taken during the GL. Please click this link http://i.imgur.com/7QLZ18O.jpg

    Perhaps they can auction it or something like that.

    Let me know your thoughts.



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