Braden Hofen- What Can You Do?

I talk about a lot of frivolous stuff on this blog. And I like it that way cause life is too short not to be silly. But this past week I reconnected with a high school friend on Facebook who asked me if I would be willing to use my blog voice for something bigger. To help an adorable little boy have a chance at a miracle.

Braden Hofen was diagnosed with Stage IV, high risk neuroblastoma on December 28, 2007 at the age of 3. Braden was given a 30% chance for survival at that time. He went through six high dose rounds of chemotherapy, an autologous bone marrow transplant, radiation therapy, and follow up therapies. Braden was declared to be in remission but merely a few months later, his cancer relapsed. Braden now has only a 10% chance for survival. Braden is undergoing medical treatments both at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Can you even imagine fitting that into such a short life? And to add more heartbreak to this family’s story, Braden’s mom has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Life has been hitting me with a million and one reasons to count my blessings lately and this is one more. I firmly, firmly believe that God is very clear that we are blessed to be a blessing. And that we are to be his hands and feet. So I am asking you to be blessing alongside me. But what can you for this sweet boy who truly needs a miracle?

  1. Pray, Pray, Pray: I believe so strongly in the power of prayer. And my God is a God of miracles. So if you could, take a moment to lift up Braden and his family in your prayers. Specifically, he is getting an important scan on Tuesday Mar. 2 at 12:30 EST. The family is asking that this scan be covered in prayer. If you could start praying at noon EST that day that the results would be positive. Basically they will tell the family if there are any options left for Braden. It is a critical day that needs to be surrounded in prayer.
  2. Donate: All of Braden’s treatments are being done in Philadelphia. And he lives in Kansas City. We all know how draining medical bills can be. Now add travel expenses to it. Overwhelming right? A fund has been set up to help with medical and travel expenses. And donating could not be easier. Walk into any Bank of America branch and write a check for “Braden Hofen’s Medical Fund”. I know there are a lot of ways to spend our money and a lot of worthy causes, but if you can spare any amount, I know it would so bless this family.
  3. Run: Are you in the Kansas City area? Join in an Braden’s Race for Life and Miracle Mile. The family knows this might be his only year at the race, but they want it to be a celebration of his life. David Cook, who you may remember lost his brother to brain cancer, has donated an item to be auctioned off at the race. If you are a runner, walker or cheerleader, please consider participating.

I honestly don’t know this family at all. But their story has caught my attention. As a mom of 3 “babies” I just can’t imagine any of them being so sick. Hug your babies a little closer tonight. And please, if you can help in anyway, consider being part of Braden’s miracle.

*I realize it is a sad fact that in the world we live in there are people who would try and scam others. So I am linking to Braden’s Caring Bridge site which has links to a lot of media which can verify the authenticity of his story.


  1. How sad! We live about an hour from Kansas City, so I’m going to talk to my husband about doing the Miracle Mile for him. And see how much we can donate. I can’t even imagine how hard this must be for him and his family! :(

  2. Wow, that is such a sad story!! :(

  3. DeLinn says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!! What a wonderful post, I truly can’t thank you enough for bringing more people to this amazing story. I know that Braden’s family will feel so blessed to know that you’ve helped them. Thank you for praying for their family–prayer does bring miracles! I’ll be forwarding this post to Braden’s mom. Please know that you’re help is so appreciated!

  4. will be praying, especially tomorrow starting at noon. going to write him in my journal right now.
    .-= ~love´s last blog ..the little ones =-.

  5. Kelli says:

    Such a precious little face.
    I will certainly be praying for this little boy and his family…tomorrow and everyday there after.
    Our God is a big and mighty God and not only do I believe in the healing power of prayer, but I believe they are heard and He shows up in magnificent ways.
    Thank you for passing this on.
    Kelli @ SustainingCreativity
    .-= Kelli´s last blog ..Easy Turkey and/or Bacon Wraps =-.

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