Sun, April 21, 2024

Real Talk Real Estate: Why we give

Editor’s note: As we salute all our ABD readers who are working moms this Mother’s Day weekend, it seemed appropriate to share again Shawna Woodward’s story about her company’s commitment to giving, especially to the Children’s Miracle Network. As the Editor for ABD, I can appreciate what Shawna went through with Braydon’s traumatic diagnosis. I almost lost my own son at five years old from bacterial meningitis. He would lose both feet from that terrible disease, but Shawna and I are both lucky. We still have our boys and are the mothers of miracle children. In March of this year, I found out that Braydon and I were the top Re/Max agent contributors to the Children’s Miracle Network for Georgia in 2022.

We give in the honor of our clients on every sales transaction. Because of you, and your unwavering support, we are able to help families in Augusta, Georgia at our local children’s hospital, AU.

I want to thank you all for choosing us to be your real estate agent and thought this would be a great time to share the “why” behind our choice to support this great cause and to remind you that when you use us, your home is a Miracle Home!

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When Braydon was 7, he was admitted to what was then the Children’s Center at MCG. This was a newer facility in our area, and they saved Braydon’s life.

I remember vividly that first night before the exploratory surgery. He had a history of stomach pain and had been to the ER multiple times in his young life with no answers as to why. Now, here we are again. This time was different, he had extreme pain that couldn’t be contained even with a maximum dose of morphine.

Shawna with her son, Braydon, prior to his diagnosis.

He cried all night long that he was dying and he had a hole in his stomach. With the only knowledge the doctors had being there was some fluid spilling somewhere internally, filling his abdomen, they planned exploratory surgery and estimated an answer in 4-6 hours. The after-care plan we expected was grim based on initial options of what the fluid could be.

Ten hours later, doctors came out and told us that Braydon had been born with a duplicated small intestine. This had literally grown as he was growing and finally, punctured a hole through the lining of his stomach. His abdomen was filled with blood internally from a hole in his stomach!

As you can imagine, we spent about 2 weeks in that hospital while he recovered. What they do to support families and the children who have to stay there is exceptional. They even had animal therapy for the children.

The end results are better than I could have imagined 20 years ago. Today, we get to work together bringing the joy of home ownership to our friends and clients.

Braydon has a gnarly scar. He has always joked it happened from a shark attack, amazingly people believe him!
The bottom line is that we are MHP Augusta and that stands for Miracle Home Partners. You have the opportunity to be a part of a local miracle every day when you choose us to be your realtor.

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