Thank you for stopping by our Be Brave and Cowboy Up team page. Here is a little about why we do what we do and who we do it in Memory of AND those for which we are raising funds!
It is our 3rd year to have a team in honor of both Jeff Rothell and Ellie. Jeff is a friend of ours from Fellowship Church and he went to be with Jesus after a battle with lymphoma. Ellie is my daughter and she fought Myelodysplastic Syndrome(MDS), and ultimately turned into Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She underwent 2 stem cell transplants and spent 7 months in the hospital and almost a year in isolation when home. Ellie's father, Bill Johnson, will be climbing with us and so will Ellie's 9 yr old sister Kathryn, who was the stem cell donor for Ellie's 1st transplant. We are not yet sure if Ellie's older brothers will be able to climb with us this year.
Monday, January 23, 2017 Ellie Grace passed away from AML. Friday, 1/27, we had the visitation for Ellie, Saturday morning our team participated in the Big D Climb, then Sunday, we had Ellie's Celebration of Life. It meant so much to us to have people participate in that event with us. It was a incredibly bittersweet weekend as our hearts were broken and we were also surrounded by love!
This event is our way of honoring Jeff, Ellie and also supporting those that unfortunately are currently, or will be fighting battles with blood cancers. This year's climb will be just 3 days after the 2 year mark of Ellie's passing. This provides a good opportunity to use our heartbreak to help others!