The ANE (Ayanna Noelani Emiko) Pediatric Stroke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation established on the 3rd day of August 2011 for the purpose of providing support services to children and families affected by a pediatric stroke, while increasing community awareness regarding its prevalence through outreach initiatives, in an effort to ease transitional burdens and reduce long-term stroke effects.
Ayanna Noelani Emiko (ANE) Bradford was born on the 2nd day of May 2006 to Brian and Mandy Bradford at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas; and for the first 5 years of her life, Ayanna, also known as “Yaya”, lived a normal and healthy life, surrounded by her parents and siblings (Valerie, Brandon, and Alyssa) who loved her dearly.
On the morning of June 2, 2011, the day of Yaya’s Pre-K graduation and one day preceding a fun filled weekend of camping with family, Yaya experienced something many would never perceive as an event that could directly affect the life of an infant or child; she suffered a severe right-side ischemic stroke believed to have been triggered by a clot formation consequent of Myocarditis caused by the rare attack on her heart by Parvovirus B19.
With Yaya’s world, and that of her family’s, moving into an abyss of uncertainty, many questions regarding atypical who’s, why’s, what’s, and when’s existed. Often referring to the internet for answers and in search of organizations whose mission is focused on matters pertaining to pediatric stroke, whether associated with awareness, research, or general support for children, families, and treatment facilities in need, consequent pediatric stroke affects; the Bradford’s witnessed a significant need and chose to embark upon the opportunity to increase visibility pertaining to the prevalence and warning signs associated with pediatric stroke in addition to providing various forms of support to children and families who have been affected by this most unfortunate event.
Following a stay of over 200 days and nights at Cook Children’s Medical Center (Fort Worth, Texas) and Children’s Medical Center (Dallas, Texas), during which a variety of treatments and medical procedures, including a decompressive craniectomy, echocardiograms, CAT Scans, MRIs, multiple endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatograms (ERCP), magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), a cholecystectomy, biliary and pancreatic stenting, a choledochojejunostomy (Roux-en-Y), and a titanium cranioplasty, Yaya was released from the hospital to return home and into Kindergarten, from which she successfully graduated on May 30, 2012.
Since Yaya’s discharge, she continues to make progress daily, while undergoing physical, occupational, and swim therapy weekly; and she continues to be a walking inspiration for the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation and many others.
Learn more about Yaya visiting www.ayannasjourney.com
Upon formation of the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation, a symbol was sought that possessed a meaning, which characterized the attributes pediatric stroke victims and their families experience and exhibit on the path towards recovery; in addition to identifying a symbol that serves as a collective representation of the key elements the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation hopes to engender in the minds of pediatric stroke victims, their families, and the community, as the organization progresses towards achieving its’ mission and vision.
Following little debate, the governing board and officers of the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation, decided unanimously to utilize the turtle as the organizational emblem due to its’ historical and present representation of innocence, protection, creation, patience, strength, stability, longevity, and endurance.
May the symbolism of the turtle live within us all and guide us on the journey of life, giving us strength when we are weak, patience and protection in times of uncertainty, and endurance when “the light at the end of the tunnel” appears non-existent.
Mandy L. Bradford, a loving wife and mother of four, possesses a genuine passion in achieving the mission and vision of the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation. She has an extensive background in the healthcare industry, and has functioned in various roles, from direct patient interaction responsibilities to managing proper information flow that ensures efficient and effective patient care. She is a passionate and empowering leader who will develop and elevate the foundation to a level at which many families and pediatric stroke victims will be aided along their respective journey. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian C. Bradford, the husband of Mandy L Bradford, shares the genuine passion his wife possesses regarding the purpose of the ANE Pediatric Foundation due to their personal experience with a pediatric stroke event. He has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, an MBA, in addition to multiple years of business management experience. Mr. Bradford, like other officers of the foundation, has the compassion and integrity necessary to successfully operate a foundation, while supporting those in need in an effort to fulfill the mission and vision of the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation. Email: email@example.com
Lori L. Davis, a resident of Austin, Texas and a loving mother of one, has spent the majority of her professional career in the banking industry. Ms. Davis brings focus, integrity, and a sense of compassion to the ANE Pediatric Stroke Foundation, which will significantly improve the probability of achieving and sustaining a level of functioning that is both financially responsible and in alignment with organizational bylaws. She will definitely add value the organization as we strive towards assisting those in need. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org