Brandon’s Battle Foundation honors memory of Brandon Hohenadel

“Brandon’s Battle,” a non-profit organization founded in honor of and continued in the memory of Brandon Hohenadel, supports pediatric cancer patients.

Hohenadel at age 18 was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in December 2012. After fighting cancer and the side effects of treatments for nearly four years, he lost his battle. Hohenadel died on October 11, 2016.

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Lisa Gettel from Leland, Hohenadel’s mother, started the foundation. The foundation provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill and the Ronald McDonald Houses in Durham, Chapel Hill and Greenville.

Patients and families spend hours to months in the hospital. Goody bags are distributed to patients throughout the year and during holidays in the hopes that it will distract their young minds from the terrible disease they are fighting. Gifts are also given to parents for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas.

The foundation is starting a ‘Chime Anytime’ project that will involve donating a wind chime to pediatric cancer patients at UNC Chapel Hill. When a cancer patient ends treatment, a bell may ring.

Gettel says she started the project because “All too often we lose a patient before they can ring the bell.”

This project ensures that every time a child achieves a goal they have set for themselves, they can ‘clock’. Goals could be to brush their teeth themselves, put on their socks themselves, or maybe they’ve done five minutes of physical therapy instead of three minutes.

Donations are needed. Businesses, large or small, and community members can collaborate and donate to this project at https://www.brandonsbattle.com/. Cash, checks, Venmo, Zelle and PayPal are accepted.

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