Are We There Yet?

This is one crazy journey.

The Brandon Reis Family Benefit June 29, 2006

Filed under: Brandon,Cancer,Family — taramayrn @ 6:20 pm

Any help our family can get is appreciated – this little boy is my cousin.  If you can help in any way please contact me.

Time has become very precious for Red Deer’s 11 year old Brandon Reis, who was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer last summer.  Brandon’s family, friends and neighbors are devoted to having a fundraiser in August and are urgently asking our community to help get Brandon and his parents, Diane and Darrel, to a research hospital in Memphis Tennessee.

This hospital has graciously agreed to take Brandon on at no charge but the family has been told that the prescription drugs needed to maintain Brandon’s life would not be covered by Alberta Health Care.  Brandon’s parents are too proud to ask for help, but they really need donations to get Brandon to this world renowed hospital.

Brandon’s mom Diane, gave up her home based business when he became sick and his dad Darrel has rarely been at his business.  We can all imagine the monetary strain on this frightened family.  They have barely left Brandon’s side at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.  Occassionally Brandon has been able to be at home, but continues to be rushed back to hospital due to complication.  The Reis family is exhausted both financially and spiritually and we are all very concerned.

So we are inviting our community to make donations for a silent auction and to attend a buffet and dance in Blackfalds on Saturday August 19, 2006. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and to consider this critical plea.  Your support, compassion, and understanding of this request will not go unnoticed. 

 Thank you God for our amazing community….

The silent, loving and committed friends of

Brandon Joel Reis


Pigeonholed June 8, 2006

Filed under: Adoption — taramayrn @ 10:33 am

I’m so pissed right now I could just spit. Why is it that when we birthmothers express our grief and try to explain to others that even though we don’t regret our decision to place, but we wish things were different, and we try and tell someone that adoption isn’t all roses we are labelled as angry and somehow that translates into being disrespectful of adoptive parents?!