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Picture Request - Please Read

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 12:48 am

A dear friend of mine has a 16 year old daughter who recently has had two surgeries for a brain tumor.

It has been an emotional roller coaster for the parents, as their daughter’s recovery has had moments of optimism and moments of sheer terror. It is a day to day struggle.

I have a 17 year old daughter myself; I can only imagine what these people are going through every waking moment.

Anna’s favorite color is purple, and people have started to send her pictures of purple things.

Being an honorary brit biker , I have a favor to ask.

Could you please put on a purple shirt or hat, park in front of a purple sign, or something purple with your british bike and post a picture in this thread? Maybe post a note of encouragement for Anna?

I will collect them periodically and send to Anna’s folks.
It would be a nice surprise for Anna’s family to see some of my purple britbiker friends. I can assure you they won’t be expecting pictures of old dudes on brit bikes!

Here is Anna, isn't she beautiful?



Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

Thanks
Posted By: wadeschields

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 4:13 am

How about an Aubergine Triumph . Close enough to purple? From my family to theirs, I hope Anna has a speedy recovery and that the stressful moments are over for good.
Posted By: DavidP

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 4:27 am

I can try. My tank is purple, but I can't seem to find the lighting which brings the color out in a photograph. It always ends up looking black.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 12:03 pm

David....that is so sad and I PROMISE you we'll do what we can.

Photo's to follow, it'll just take a bit.......in the meantime our thoughts are with Anna and her family.

Gordon
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 1:07 pm

Yep. Purple stuff eh? I'm on it...
Gonna haffta think on this one, tho. But first I need coffee...

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 5:03 pm



We'll take bikes and boys photo's this weekend.....be strong Anna.

Thinking of you and your family.
Posted By: expresidente

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 5:05 pm

Hello David

First thought, when i heard of the colour purple was: a commercial with a purple cow. Its a classic since many years.
Lately they asked kids in the kindergarden, whats the colour of a cow?. Guess what the most kids answers was: ...purple.!



here you can see, what commercials can cause...

Please send my /our regards to Anna and her family. We all hope she will have the possibility to find many more purple things just everywhere in the world.

Greets from Germany
Dieter, Biggi, Pandora and Lilly
(the dogs also say hello)
(and the sheep, the goat, the rabbit and the 15 chicken...)
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 7:21 pm

How about a picture of a purple Brit bike? Anna, are you a motorcycle fan? This isn't my personal motorcycle but one I saw in North Carolina recently. Hope your day is going well! Be strong & happy healing.


Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 7:44 pm

Here's my current avatar from Facebook. The Oriole Bird wearing a Ravens' jersey....I'm a fan of the Baltimore Orioles AND the Baltimore Ravens!

Not sure what happened to the text with the pic: From our
family to yours, sending good thoughts to you, Anna, and your family during this difficult time.


All the best,

Steve Prince

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Posted By: triton thrasher

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 7:49 pm

Purple Haze
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 9:33 pm

My daughter's dirt bike helmet I painted a few weeks back!







Get well soon Anna! Have y'all checked with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation? I understand they can be quite supportive.
Posted By: Jim Hultman

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 10:29 pm

Something different, but it's purple!!



Hang in there Anna. I have three metal plates in my head and, believe me, the brain has almost miraculous powers of recuperation! You can and will overcome this!
Posted By: choppadude

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/12 10:44 pm

I will gladly offer up a pic of one of my favorite builds. God bless this girl and my thoughts are with her and her family.
Posted By: Peter R

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 7:38 am

Be strong Anna, all the best for you and your family.
Here's a pic of Ravi, my six years old grandson on my purple bike.

Posted By: Ger B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 8:02 am

A green bike with my favorite little girl in a... whatever it is... dark pink or light purple dress.
With my best wishes.

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Posted By: GaCracker

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 10:14 am

Sweets for sweet Anna. Get well soon, cupcake. Greg and family in Johns Creek
Posted By: Grandad

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 10:26 am

David,

Our thoughts are with Anna and her family.
The nearest thing I could find to purple was this picture of the flag of Kent being waved around by Mr Ed (of this very site) at a rally in Belgium.



Here’s wishing Anna a speedy recovery.


Grandad
Posted By: Grandad

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 10:27 am

David,

Our thoughts are with Anna and her family.
The nearest thing I could find to purple was this picture of the flag of Kent being waved around by Mr Ed (of this very site) at a rally in Belgium.



Here’s wishing Anna a speedy recovery.


Grandad
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 11:30 am

AWESOME! Y’all are doing great! It gives my friends comfort knowing others here and all over the globe are thinking of Anna.


Here’s another Anna pic:

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 1:05 pm

Prayers for comfort and full recovery...

Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 3:31 pm

She's a beautiful young lady. I'll pray for a full and speedy recovery.
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 3:41 pm

Originally Posted By: Grandad
David,

Our thoughts are with Anna and her family.
The nearest thing I could find to purple was this picture of the flag of Kent being waved around by Mr Ed (of this very site) at a rally in Belgium.



Here’s wishing Anna a speedy recovery.


Grandad


Grandad,
These pix are supposed to be helpful to the young lass! That shot of Ed Is frightening!

Jus sayin! laughing
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 3:42 pm

It made me slightly ill frown
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 3:46 pm

Here's a nice shot I took on the Isle of Man in 2008



Cheers, Miss Anna!
Posted By: RF Whatley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 4:33 pm

Not mine, but I had one back in the day....



Best wishes for a full recovery. bigt
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 4:38 pm

Here's mine for the day....we'll get some shots of the "purple" Crackers tomorrow at the campout.



Hang in there Anna....we're thinking about ya and hoping for the best. smile
Posted By: Kev.

Jimi Hendrix... - 09/21/12 5:02 pm

Purple Haze laughing
outside Windsor Castle

Posted By: Ger B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 5:36 pm

Can I post a second time? smile

My favorite young man investigating some flowers.
Again with all the best wishes Anna deserves.


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Posted By: Randy Pigford

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 5:36 pm

Praying for you, Anna!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 6:31 pm

Originally Posted By: ricochetrider
Here's a nice shot I took on the Isle of Man in 2008



Cheers, Miss Anna!


GREAT picture Tom! The TT is Number 1 on my bucket list...
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/21/12 7:18 pm

Thanks David! We were there in 2008 at the same week as practice for the GP, attending the 45th Annual International BSA Rally.
In my mind, practice week for either the TT or GP might be better than the actual event- simply because there are likely fewer people.

Anyway...
Back to the plot.
Posted By: Bob~NJ

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/22/12 1:04 am

Hi Anna,
Way before your time,



color scheme"Plum Crazy".

Cheers~Bob(prostate cancer surviver).
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/22/12 2:43 pm

I mixed up soome left over paint, I hope this is the right color....

Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/22/12 3:23 pm

Is that a Harley color, Richrd?
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/22/12 3:26 pm

Originally Posted By: Richrd
I mixed up soome left over paint, I hope this is the right color....



That's HOT. crazy
Loud PAINT saves lives?
Posted By: bsahatch

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/23/12 3:07 am

Be strong Anna!

Posted By: BeezaBryan

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/23/12 9:57 am

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/23/12 9:57 pm

Hey Anna....hope you're doing well???? I'm the fellow who posted some of the first flower photos.....I thought I'd send you one more.

It's called the "Purple Blooming Idiot"



Gordon in NC
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/23/12 10:09 pm

Anna....honey (I can get away with calling you that because I'm old enough to be your great granddad)

A small group of us got together this weekend and camped out. We wanted to do a little something for you.....we had a good time and hoped we could get a smile out of you. We were laughing most of the weekend....except when we talked about you. We hope you get better soon. When the fellows in these photos have the time I want them to send me a message to you and I'll add it to their photo....we were all thinking about you and wish you and your family well.

We even had a purple rain fly on one of the tents!!! (BTW..I never knew there were so many shades of purple)



The blooming idiot and Greg



Okay this one is a little scary.....Mark and Don. You couldn't find a better couple of fellows. I swear the hat on the left (on Mark) is purple, but looks blue in these photos. Just like Greg's shirt...it's as purple as can be...except in the photos. confused



continues on next post

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/23/12 10:19 pm

A really good photo of Greg.



This is our adopted friend Cass...one of Greg's long time friends...another fine fellow to be around.



Take care Anna....be strong and get well soon....from your new friends at BB.com



Posted By: GaCracker

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/23/12 10:37 pm

Hi, Anna. Gordon has asked some of us in the photos to send a message to you, and I am glad to do so. My daughter was your age not so long ago, and I had a lot of fun acting goofy and silly with her, trying to get a smile or a giggle. We hope that these silly photos will do the same for you, and brighten your day. We all wish you well, and look forward to hearing from David that you are as good as new. Greg
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 12:15 am

Gordon, Greg, and the rest of the GA Cracker Federation:

THANK YOU SO MUCH. Anna and her family will get a real kick out of this- y'all are AWESOME.

Also thanks to EVERYONE who posted. I really appreciate y'all taking the time to do this!!

I visited yesterday; Anna is battling an infection now and a fever. She goes under the knife again tomorrow. She remains beyond polite even in her condition. One of God's children for sure!

Anna's mom is a saint. I don't think I have ever met a braver, more optimistic, and upbeat person in my life.

Let's hope/pray for the best!


David

One last picture



This is Anna before her very last performance as a ballerina (back problems - retired at age 15!)

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!
Posted By: No Name Man

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 1:26 am

That is one great photo David...and I hope to get the chance to meet her one day after she recovers. Keep fighting Anna...

Bill
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 3:07 am

Gordon the purple people eater. I think someone needs to send that pic to the inn keeper.

or maybe that shot of Don needs to be in the calendar.
Posted By: T140V-Rich

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 1:30 pm



I shared this with my wife, which sent us both scouring the house for anything purple. We looked over the neighbor's yards, the closets for a shirt, a hat, something. We don't have anything as smashing as Gordon's beard. But when we felt we had nothing to offer, we turned and remembered two little flowers sitting right behind us on the patio. My wife, Rose, thinks they're petunias. And I couldn't tell you a petunia from a pear tree. So what we're calling them now is simply "Annas."

We're praying our little Annas will help you, Anna, on your way to recovery. Godspeed, ballerina princess.

Richard and Rose
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 2:00 pm

Thanks Richard!

I will pass on your kind words!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 2:44 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta
..................snip..............David

One last picture




David my friend.....there's not going to be a last of anything for a LONG time...(okay let's hope for LAST hospital stay, and any problems associated with it)......we'll enjoy some photos of her when she gets better and out of the hospital.....we're all waiting for those.

Thinking of you Anna.....one of your new friends from BB.com, GG
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 5:32 pm

[quote=Gordon Gray]A really good photo of Greg.



Far out Greg!
Posted By: GaCracker

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 6:04 pm

David, I'm saving that shirt and tie in case I ever get to meet the parents of my daughter's boyfriend. Greg
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 8:30 pm

Okay boys and girls.

Friends of Anna are selling T shirts to help out the family with their hospital stay. Help pay for an aspirin or two!

Here is the shirt:





PM me if you want one. Cost is 18.30 shipped anywhere in the USA. If you are in Europe, cost is 30 dollars shipped.

Thanks again for the purple!

End of commercial...
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/12 10:17 pm

Originally Posted By: Gordon Gray
Hey Anna....hope you're doing well???? I'm the fellow who posted some of the first flower photos.....I thought I'd send you one more.

It's called the "Purple Blooming Idiot"



Gordon in NC


Please note the differences between a Gordon Gnome and a Garden Gnome...

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/25/12 11:36 am



Taken on the campus of Western Carolina University here in Cullowhee, NC

David....PM sent.

Gordon in NC
Posted By: M Shearer

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/25/12 12:06 pm

Purple is the official colour of a local Aussie rules football club - The Fremantle Dockers. Every season they have purple haze day games and raise money for The Starlight Foundation. An organization that raises funds for sick kids.
Click on this link to see what it is all about.
http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/starlight%20purple%20haze/tabid/17133/default.aspx
I hope Anna is ok and makes a speedy recovery. Kids don't deserve this.
Posted By: Al Eckstadt

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/25/12 1:14 pm

Morning Glories after the rain:

Posted By: Roadwarrior

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/25/12 9:28 pm

Here is a picture I took of some lavender just outside of Bonneaux France last summer.



It is on my france picture website www.provencalvoice.com
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/25/12 9:37 pm

To All Friends.

There has been a donation account set up for Anna Mott
and The Mott family.

It is active and ready to receive donations. You can deposit funds via wire, direct deposit, or postal services.

Donations are being accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank.

The Atlanta Ga. address is
Wells Fargo
979 Virginia Ave. NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30306.

Please include with funds the title name, routing number, and account number.

The Anna Mott Donation Trust
routing # 061000227
account # 2350225732

If you have any difficulties feel free to contact Lauren Ben-Egypt at Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta Ga. at 404-348-1271



Folks.....David has never asked us (BB.com) for anything...he's always given his time freely (he's the banjo player you see at places like the TSMR, Mid Ohio and BIBR. I'm sending a donation tomorrow in the name of BB.com and I'm asking you, if you can, to do the same.

It's already been said....kids shouldn't have to go through this.....and neither should the family.

Gordon in NC


Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/12 8:22 pm

Folks...I have tried off and on all day to get a paypal donation button set up in this thread but it won't work and I don't think it'd fair to ask Morgan to put one on the site?????? so...

I'm starting a paypal fund for Anna in BritBike.com's name. I'll keep it up for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. Good thing is....all you have to do is go to paypal and send your donation to dad1150@aol.com. If you send it as a gift....paypal doesn't take any fees out of it.

If you have any questions PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me at dad1150@aol.com, PM or 336-977-3658

Bad thing is......you'll have to trust me to get the money transfered to Anna's fund. For those of you that know me, that shouldn't be a problem....for those of you that don't, I understand completely if you don't want to do it this way....if you want to donate just do it directly to the trust.

I've set a goal of $1000 and as today Sept 26, 2012 we have $100 in the kitty.

I will update this post as we get donations.

I'm asking please....give what you can, $5 can add up quickly. I'll keep a list of those who donate and be sure Anna get that list.

Those of you that are attending the OSMR...be forwarned...I'm passing the purple hat. smile

Anna's Friends at Britbike.com

Total as of 10/10/12 $1000 WE MADE IT!!!!!!!

Morgan (BB.com's owner/webmaster in Sweden)
Gordon in NC
Ob1quixote
GaCracker
Richrd
Greenspringfarm
No Name Man
Mike G and Ms L
Howard Inough
Royaloilfield
Mike and Dave Carter
Hud
Beezabryan (from the UK)
Doc Z (via the trust fund)
Paint by Don (DWR)
In memory of Craig (Bonzo) Holder
flgoff
Bob in NW PA (via the trust fund)
Jim Hultman
DSC
In memory of Tarvin Porter
bsahatch
Atlanta Bonnie
JustRich1
JubeePrince
expressidente (from Germany)
David Duke
Larrylebel
Peter R (from the Netherlands)
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/27/12 11:18 am

I'm in!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/27/12 11:31 am

Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote
I'm in!


YES you are sir and THANK YOU for getting the ball rolling. I'm lisitng those who donated on the post above yours and will keep it current with names and our total.

Thank you again....I know it comes from the heart.

Your friend in NC.....Gordon
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/27/12 11:50 am

Here's one from my alma mater, The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee:



Gordon, you're a rockstar too! (Just like Keith Richards laughing.)
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/27/12 7:38 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta
Here's one from my alma mater, The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee:





WOW....best photo yet!

Folks there are three (3) ways to donate.....PM David in Atlanta for a T-Shirt, donate directly to the Wells Fargo fund (see info above in another post) or paypal dad1150@aol.com

There's been a few that have stepped up and I'm happy about that.....but we still have a LONG way to go to reach our goal....so HELP. Come on fellows....dig up some of that moldy money out of those coffee cans burried in the back yard and let's show this family what we can do as a group....we've done it before we can do it again.

I'm going to be off line for three days and when I get back from the OSMR I want to be covered up with paypal's "you got money"......don't make me have to come after you. smile

Don't think those poor souls at the OSMR will get away easy....I'll be right there in front of them with my hand out...I'm not to proud to beg.

Step up.....I know you can.

Take care.....Anna's friends at Britbike.com
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 11:25 am

Bump for the cause... maybe it needed it own thread GG?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 1:51 pm

Here here to the bump!

Here’s a thought –

Anytime anyone sends a paypal to our Britbike Anna fund, let us know on this thread like Ob1quixote did.

I will then post an Anna picture.

Such a deal!

Here's yer prize Ob1quixote!

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 2:24 pm

Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote
Bump for the cause... maybe it needed it own thread GG?


Naw....I think this will work and Anna and her family can keep an eye on it if and when they get a chance.

I'm updating the total and names of Anna's BB.com friends. It's going slow right now...but still going. Maybe soon I can take the double spaces out of the list laughing

I'm headed to the OSMR (One State Mountain Ride) and will be outa touch for a couple of days (I think?).....when I get back I'll start beating the bushes...I have faith we can make our goal.

Take care and BE STRONG ANNA.......your friends at BB.com
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 2:40 pm

Way to go Richard!

Here's your picture:



Anna and her sweet sisters.

You're a nice guy, I don't care what Floyd says about you!

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 6:48 pm

Folks ( I've gota wireless connection in Pa )

I made the statement that there were/are 3 ways to donate but I forgot one...an important one at that



POST SOMETHING PURPLE


Don't worry about the money it'll take care of itself in time.

PLEASE don't stop posting purple......please.

Friends of Anna at Britbike.com
Posted By: BeezaBryan

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 7:11 pm

You want purple?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ak12PBrTuw

You got Purple beerchug
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/12 8:48 pm

those girls make me wish I was 5 years younger and in Georgia.

But I have to ask, "WHO'S FLOYD?"

We need some Deep Purple music
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/29/12 3:04 am

Taken this afternoon....here in Pa next to the motel we're staying at.



Hope you're doing well Anna.....your friends at BB.com
Posted By: Morgan aka Admin

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/29/12 3:15 pm

Hey all
I saw this thread just now I had missed it completely.
Sent a donation to Anna thru Gordon's paypal account.

See below: Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter in Purple clothes.. back in the seventies

Morgan
BritBike admin


Description: See Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter in Purple clothes.. back in the seventies
Attached picture mott.jpg
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/29/12 8:52 pm

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/12 1:21 am

Thanks to the riders at the OSMR we're over $300....and I can finally do away with the double spacing on the donor's list. blush

Still a bit slow out there and I know there's plenty of you that have $5 to spare....AND have sat around and listened to David's banjo playing....so where are you now?

I'm hoping your buying up T-shirts and direct depositing to the fund....that's the only excuse I can think of why we haven't heard from you yet. smile

THANK YOU to the OSMR (One State Mountain Ride) riders... bigt Sending Anna some purple luv.



Anna's friends at Britbike.com
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/12 11:46 am

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/12 4:50 pm

Thanks for the contribution One Staters!

Here's today's photo...

"Sister Love"



Anna has moved one room down, and the room is purple.

If everything goes right, she begins chemo and radiation next week. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/12 8:25 pm

David....that photo breaks my heart. I'm glad I'm sitting here alone....that poor baby...... it just isn't fair.

I want to send you the money we've already raised....PM me with which way will work best for you.

I'm going to keep it going as long as she's in the hospital...no matter how long that is.

We haven't heard from A LOT of people and it worries me.....$5 is chump change for most of them??????

I thought I knew this group better.....but I still have faith they'll come through for her and her family.

Emails are starting today......you can run but you can't hide...time to step up.

Anna's friends at Britbike.com
Posted By: Mike Carter R.I.P.

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/02/12 12:37 am

Gordon, David, sorry for slow response but I do not spend much time in the Rod and Tappet..Gordon you should have cash I paypaled you tonight..Anna...You are young and will be fine...I know it.... don't have anything purple around but always doing bikes the next ones for you...

Mike Carter
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/02/12 11:06 am

Folks if you donated through the fund or purchased a T-shirt please let me add your name to the donation list (thank you Doc Z).

If you donated to the fund directly there was probably no way of knowing it came from a BB.com member....and I'd like for all to be mentioned if that's okay with you...just PM me or email at dad1150@aol.com so I can add you to the list.

Thank each and everyone of you....be strong Anna...your friends at BB.com
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/02/12 12:21 pm

Originally Posted By: Mike Carter
Gordon, David, sorry for slow response but I do not spend much time in the Rod and Tappet..Gordon you should have cash I paypaled you tonight..Anna...You are young and will be fine...I know it.... don't have anything purple around but always doing bikes the next ones for you...

Mike Carter


Mike, if you are doing an Anna bike, I'm down for painting the tins!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/02/12 12:50 pm

I have created a care page account for anyone who wants to follow Anna’s progress.

Go to www.carepages.com.

Email is fishburger1@gmail.com.

Password is “oilleak”

Search for “annamott” in the upper right hand corner, and that will get you to her page.

Leave a message if the spirit moves you.

Thanks everybody.

Check out the profile I created!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/02/12 4:16 pm

Folks, just a reminder there are 4 ways to donate/let Anna and her family know we're thinking about them

1. POST a photo with something/anything PURPLE!!!!!

2. Purchase a T-shirt (see a photo/info of it in a post on this thread.) through David Duke

3. Donate directly to the Wells Fargo trust fund set up for Anna (see info in a post on this thread)

4. Donate to dad1150@aol.com through paypal (my account and you'll have to trust me to get the funds to the family.

PLEASE do something.

If you've donated to the trust fund or purchased a T-shirt...please let me know one way or the other so I can add your name to the list. (total and list of who's donated in a post above in this thread...I'm keeping it updated). When you post a photo with purple....it's right there for the family to see...so I haven't added those names to the list (yet).

Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: flgoff

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/03/12 1:22 am

Gordon, I just sent a small donation to Anna's fund via you. The only picture of anything purple I have is of my lower leg and toes after the accident in Canada, and it's too gross to be shown in public. lol!

SCREW CANCER!!!!
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/03/12 2:54 am

welcome back floyd.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/04/12 6:24 pm

Thanks for the contributions to date fellows! The Mott's will be floored when they find out what the good folks at britbike.com have done for them.

Good news today from the Mott's. Anna is leaving recovery and going to rehab today. This is BIG BIG BIG!

Quoting Ms. Mott:

"Why dontcha just guess who's going to rehab, room 351????!!!!!!! Around 3pm today???!!!!!! YEP! It's Anna Mott!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you guys. your prayers have gotten us to this point! we still have a looong way to go but today is about celebrating this MILESTONE!!!!!!!!!!" beerchug

Here's today's Anna picture, from last year's Nutcracker performance:

Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/04/12 8:53 pm

hey dave, pm at ya
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/04/12 11:37 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta
Thanks for the contributions to date fellows! The Mott's will be floored when they find out what the good folks at britbike.com have done for them.

Good news today from the Mott's. Anna is leaving recovery and going to rehab today. This is BIG BIG BIG!

Quoting Ms. Mott:

"Why dontcha just guess who's going to rehab, room 351????!!!!!!! Around 3pm today???!!!!!! YEP! It's Anna Mott!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you guys. your prayers have gotten us to this point! we still have a looong way to go but today is about celebrating this MILESTONE!!!!!!!!!!" beerchug

Here's today's Anna picture, from last year's Nutcracker performance:





That's wonderful news David...... ata girl Anna!!!!!!!

The Mott's will have their little girl home soon.......hang in there, stay strong....your friends at BB.com

PS...updated list and total (THANK YOU JIM bigt )
Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/05/12 12:47 am

Gordon,

Donation sent..... COWABUNGA, ANNA!!

Your friend in Maryland,

Steve

Attached picture barney.jpg
Posted By: LarryLebel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/05/12 8:31 pm

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/05/12 10:51 pm

Here's mine for today.....as seen in the main lobby of the new HHS building on the campus of WCU...who's colors are white and PURPLE!!!!



Good luck with rehab Anna.....we're routing for ya bigt

Anna's friends at BB.com
Posted By: bsahatch

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/05/12 11:32 pm

Be strong Anna!


Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/05/12 11:34 pm

Surely she isnt too old to enjoy a lolli-pop?



We are out here Anna, wishing, thinking, praying for you!

Get through this and I'll teach you to ride {with your parents permission and supervision!} I have a lot of experience with girls and dirt bikes, two of my own...






and one very special kid!



{I'm the furry one in the back!}
Posted By: MikeG

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/06/12 12:26 am

Originally Posted By: LarryLebel

A#1 shot...thanks bigt
Posted By: hacksaw

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/06/12 9:02 pm

david in atlanta - you are over your pm limit. please pm me. thanks.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/06/12 10:44 pm

Originally Posted By: hacksaw
david in atlanta - you are over your pm limit. please pm me. thanks.


You're over your limit too! You can PM me now. I cleared my inbox.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/07/12 11:52 am

I was so depressed about the flack I was getting for a slight "break" of the rules by posting to the other boards ( not everybody reads the R&T and a lot of people didn't know we were doing this)

I know it was selfish and petty.....but at this point I'll do what it takes to make our goal.

It all changed when I opened my email this morning and we had a couple more donations!!!!! Rich and Steve...you just don't know how close I was to tossing in the towel...THANK YOU!!!!!

We're getting there...........

Anna's Friends at Britbike.com

Total as of 10/10/12 $1000 WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!

Morgan (BB.com's owner/webmaster in Sweden)
Gordon in NC
Ob1quixote
GaCracker
Richrd
Greenspringfarm
No Name Man
Mike G and Ms L
Howard Inough
Royaloilfield
Mike and Dave Carter
Hud
Beezabryan (from the UK)
Doc Z (via the trust fund)
Paint by Don (DWR)
In memory of Craig (Bonzo) Holder
flgoff
Bob in NW PA (via the trust fund)
Jim Hultman
DSC
In memory of Tarvin Porter
bsahatch
Atlanta Bonnie
JustRich1
JubeePrince
expresidente (from Germany)
David Duke
Larrylebel
Peter R (from the Netherlands)

If you don't see your name on this list and it should be, let me know and I'll add it. If your name isn't on the list because you haven't helped....I wish you would reconsider.

Anna, we're still here and hope you're doing better?????


Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Morgan aka Admin

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/07/12 12:04 pm

I made this topic global so more people can see it.
It will stay global maybe for a week.

Morgan / Admin
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/08/12 4:33 pm

Folks......we're only $130 away from our goal. Keep this thread on top by posting those purple photos....PLEASE.

David has a message about Anna he wanted to share yesterday but with the thread global we couldn't reply to it. Morgan has changed it back so please post away. David's message was/is heart breaking...I hope the family doesn't have many of those days to go through,

THANK YOU to all of you that have taken the time to help....keep in mind that Anna and her family check this thread from time to time.....so send them some love.

Anna's friends at Britbike.com
Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/08/12 4:48 pm



Welllll, bless my soul, rock 'n roll!


Steve
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/08/12 5:07 pm

Rough day for the Motts yesterday. Anna got her beautiful waist long hair cut in preparation for chemo on Tuesday.

From Ms. Mott:


"Hard day.
She won't remember. We will.
Daddy and I are not going to take this well. Not.At.All.
Have I played it over and over in my mind and tried to figure out another way? Yes.
I have asked her over and over. Although she can't remember one minute after, each time she says, cut and save my hair.
Hope and pray I'm doing the right thing.
It makes me physically sick.
Is it JUST hair? Yes.NO.
It signifies our Anna, the healthy Anna. The little girl. Our old way of life. Her physical identifier.
Cutting it means accepting it somehow. Accepting the disease? No way. Accepting the change.
But, we know in order to heal, we have to take some steps. Hard steps. Those begin tomorrow with the haircut. They are followed by the radiation Tuesday.
Will I cut her hair to save so that I can let the rest fall out to save her life?
You betcha.



Pray for us. Please.
We need grace for today.
His grace is sufficient."
Posted By: Ger B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/08/12 5:19 pm

Quote:
Keep this thread on top by posting those purple photos...


Back to the top than. With my favourite little girl in her favourite hiding place.

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/08/12 10:07 pm

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/09/12 9:02 pm

I couldn't help but think about Anna starting her treatment today. I can't imagine what that's like.

Hope you're doing well...... frown


We're just $105 away from giving Anna's family a check for $1000 from the good people at BritBike.com. That's the BritBike.com I've been proud to be a part of all these years...good people who'll go out of their way to help.

I've been busy at work and just haven't taken the time to find Anna some purple....But I'm working on it.

Anna....I wish I had a magic wand I could wave over you and take this all away....I feel helpless and so sad you and your family's having to go through this. frown

Take care, be strong...we're thinking about you. smile

Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/09/12 11:52 pm

Posted By: flgoff

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/10/12 12:09 am

For personal reasons, this is hard for me to read. This I do know . . the hair will grow back. My prayer is that the treatment will be successful and complete; that your beautiful girl will be that again soon. May your faith bear you up through these trying times.
Posted By: Mike Carter R.I.P.

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/10/12 12:38 am

This thread is one of the reasons Gordon is one of my true Friends in life...Hope all goes well Anna..

Cheers group

Mike and Dave Carter
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/10/12 12:47 am

Heck, it isnt the hair that makes her such a looker.
It is that smile.

Keep smiling Anna, better days are coming!
Posted By: Dennis B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/10/12 12:00 pm



Purple Power

as Doc BSA would say "Keep on keepin on", better days are indeed coming Anna. We are all pullin for you

Cheers
Dennis B
Posted By: Morgan aka Admin

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/10/12 7:58 pm

Gordon, you should have reach the goal by now. good work!
Morgan /Admin
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/11/12 12:48 am

Originally Posted By: Morgan
Gordon, you should have reach the goal by now. good work!
Morgan /Admin


WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Morgan chipped in the money we needed to reach our goal of $1000!!!!!!! ( he gave TWICE!!!)

THANK you Morgan......thank you, thank you, thank you.

THANKS to all of you that helped.....with money and photos....we're not finsihed showing support....but for now we're not taking any more paypal donations. If you do feel like donating to the cause....scroll back up through this thread for the information on her trust fund or contact David Duke for information on the T-shirt sales.

All we need now is for David to tell me how to get the money to him and he can hand it to Anna's mom and dad. What a proud moment for BritBike.com....in all these years I don't think we've ever done anything quite like this...all of you that helped should be proud...I know I am of each and everyone of you.

Keep smiling Anna.....we'll keep sending our purple power and best wishes.

Anna's friends at BritBike.com

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/11/12 1:28 pm

Thanks everyone! clap




clap clap clap
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/11/12 11:54 pm

Sending some purple power your way Anna.....



Anna's friends at Britbike.com
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/11/12 11:58 pm



Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote
<snip> and one very special DAD!


{I'm the furry one in the back!}



There.....fixed.

BTW.....when ya gona trim that beard????? laughing laughing laughing

Thank you again...Gordon
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/12/12 12:20 am

Originally Posted By: Mike Carter
This thread is one of the reasons Gordon is one of my true Friends in life...Hope all goes well Anna..

Cheers group

Mike and Dave Carter



Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Mike, you're such a softie..... smile


"Damnit Jim".......GG
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/12/12 1:32 am

Gordon, that one isnt mine, just a very special kid not at all unlike Anna, who I was blessed with the opportunity to help out over the years, and capped off with being able to coach her on her first dirt bike ride. Mom and Dad are to each side.

Anna, offer still stands!

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/13/12 12:12 pm

From Anna's Carepages....(set up By David)...It contains updates from Anna's mom off of facebook.

"Miss Anna Mott made it through her first 3 radiation days. Thank
goodness they flew by! (Maybe for me, she would say!) She's had a
bit of nausea by nothing some meds can't handle. Rehab is going
well, she's just really tired from the radiation, combined with
having spent over 5 weeks in bed. She's a hard worker though and
physically, we've already seen a lot of payoff. She's recovered a
lot of the use of her left side back...especially the arm right
now. She can raise it almost over her head...


Read more | 2 message(s) | Send a message
October 11
Posted 2 days ago
3:04pm

Day 2 of radiation is now in the books. Check. Done.

She had no memory when I asked her about it, of day one. But,
somehow I think she remembered subconsciously as she got so antsy
when we put her on that table. Today was so much better. She was
only in there for about 10 minutes. They say once a week she has a
45 minute or so session.

I'm just gonna tick off each day and pray and believe it's killing
it all.

I am so, so tired. I just don't know how Anna is even..."


What a mom.....sounds like Anna's doing well. I can't imagaine having to go through this...nobody should have to.

Sending good thoughts to you Anna.

Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/14/12 1:19 am



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/14/12 5:11 pm

October 14, 2012....for some reason this one reminds me of Richrd.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/14/12 6:30 pm

what are you trying to say?
Posted By: bryan johnson

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/14/12 6:58 pm

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8087229073_0971df6478_z.jpg

It's not British, but at least it is European... Hope you're doing well Anna!
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/15/12 12:12 am

Anna's slide show

this was sent to the Mott's,

thanks to all who helped, make sure the volume is turned up
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/15/12 12:51 am

That's really nice Richrd.....really nice indeed.

Now let's start working on volume 2!!! bigt

The Motts will get our "gift" this week....we'll report back when it's in their hands.

Thanks again to all of you that took the time to post/donate....let's keep the purple coming...Anna's got a long haul and I don't want this thread left on the side of the road.

Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/15/12 1:39 am

You done good Richard!

From Ms Mott:

"Wow. This is awesome. I like your peeps, David Duke. To be praying for and supporting our girl like this, unbelievable. It means so much.

There are some really awesome people in this world. Some of them care about my girl and are all about encouraging her....and us. Thank you!"
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/15/12 9:46 pm

Midnite Dahlia



Took this pic near midnite at my GF's sister's house- cut flowers brilliantly lit by flourescent lighting. BOOM.

Hi Anna!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/17/12 2:41 am

Folks....I wanted you to know that I have the honor of handing the funds we collected for Anna, to her mother this Friday afternoon....face to face at the hospital (thank you David)

In all these years and all the stuff we've done as a group...I think this act is our finest hour.

Given from the heart....from those who will probably never cross paths with the Motts.

You're a special group of people and you have every right to be proud....I know I am of each and everyone of you.

YHS.....Gordon in NC
Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/17/12 4:25 am

Makes me proud to be associated with all you BritBikers. Thanks Gordon and Morgan!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/17/12 11:21 am

GG leads the best endeavors, one of these days I'll get to the other one!


Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/19/12 10:38 pm

I don't know what to say.....

I delivered the money along with a large vase of cut flowers (made with as many purple flowers as the folks at the shop could find).

Every thing I had with me seemed to get smaller and smaller the closer I got to Anna's room.

I got a glimpse of the struggle....and feel more helpless than ever.

I walked away broken hearted....the only up side to the visit was that I had the honor of meeting those two angels. (Anna and her mother)

Some way, some how....I have to do more.

Gordon
Posted By: GaCracker

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/19/12 10:52 pm

You're a good man, Gordon Gray. Anna is in excellent care at Children's Hospital of Atlanta. WHEN she makes a full recovery, and if she is interested (and mom and dad approve), David and some of us locals would be honored to take her on a scenic ride through the north Georgia mountains. It can be a very spiritual experience. Either way, she is still in our thoughts, and we wish her the best. Greg
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/19/12 10:58 pm

I want EVERYONE to go to Anna's carepage and read the October 19th updates. See my earlier post on how to log in. You will be glad you did!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/19/12 11:02 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta
I have created a care page account for anyone who wants to follow Anna’s progress.

Go to www.carepages.com.

Email is fishburger1@gmail.com.

Password is “oilleak”

Search for “annamott” in the upper right hand corner, and that will get you to her page.

Leave a message if the spirit moves you.

Thanks everybody.

Check out the profile I created!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/20/12 1:12 am

I went ahead and sent myself an invitation so's I can send a message under my own ID.

I'd be all up for a N. GA ride, and my offer still stands if she wants to learn offroad! I will talk to someone I know in the Thomson GA area, who has plenty of open pasture land, perfect spot for a first ride!

But first things first Anna, knock that tumor OUT!!!

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/21/12 1:27 am

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta
I want EVERYONE to go to Anna's carepage and read the October 19th updates. See my earlier post on how to log in. You will be glad you did!!!


I just hope when and if you checked in.....Ms Mott had finished what she was writing....here's part of it....

" <snip> Then, I just have to let our friends from Britbike...Brian and Jen and Robert, and any more I don't know yet, know how much the Mott family appreciates you guys! Don't know how much each of you are involved but David shares lots of pics with us and words of encouragement and we just love the youtube video that was done for Anna. You guys are just amazing. Our hearts are just swollen with love and gratitude for all of it!
Our cup runneth over.
All our love,
Melissa


She's a special lady and the whole family is going through a lot.

She say's Anna could be in the hospital for another 3-4 weeks.....I'd like for us to do something else for the family and I'm still thinking it over and would love to hear any ideas you all might have.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/21/12 2:28 pm

I'm betting that the TSMR area is in prime leaf peepin' season...

Maybe an impromptu ride based out of a certain campground? Potluck chow and BYO refreshments, and pass the purple hat?

Just an idea...
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/21/12 4:40 pm

Not a bad idea and I thank you for taking the time to reply...but I figure it'd be the same people we always hang with and for the most part...they all have given already.

I'm trying to reach the people who didn't help the first time around and give them a chance to help now.

Still up in the air about it.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/21/12 4:42 pm

Here's hoping Anna has a GREAT day....with LOTS of PT progress and smiles.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/22/12 11:52 pm

How did I miss this? Gordon, there is an old-fashioned envelope with an old-fashioned check in it headed your way. Please send it to Anna's family in any way you see fit, along with my best wishes. If tears were dollars, Anna would be a millionaire....

I've been sitting here staring at the computer. What does one say? Heroes come in all ages and sizes, and sometimes being a hero means simply taking one more breath, then one more, then one more.

With highest hopes and the simplest of prayers: God! Please!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/12 1:00 am

Thank you Barb - I sent Melissa your message (except the check part - that will be a surprise). Send us a purple flower picture!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/12 11:19 am

I'm gonna send a little something to Anna!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/12 12:10 pm

BEAUTIFUL!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/12 12:38 pm

Don't ruin the surprise David!
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/12 9:07 pm

If Ms Mott is watching this thread, the surprize is out.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:19 am

Originally Posted By: Richrd
If Ms Mott is watching this thread, the surprize is out.


Well....Kinda but Melissa (Anna's mom) would be the one watching and she wouldn't spoil anything. Anna's got her hands full and probably only sees what her mom lets her see.

Man oh man you guys and gals are GREAT.....I've been pulling mega hours at work and haven't been able to check in until now.

David's carepages link is a GREAT way to keep up with how Anna's doing....it's a struggle and she's making progress but still has a long way to go.

Richrd....ya working on Anna's video part 2 yet???? bigt

GG
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:34 am

Originally Posted By: Barb
How did I miss this? Gordon....<snip> With highest hopes and the simplest of prayers: God! Please!


Barb....I figured you had missed this but I didn't want to go around knocking on doors (just yet). Heck, I posted personally asking some folks to help and got no replies at all confused. I did try to post on all the active boards but got my hand slapped for that....some people took offence to me asking for help...go figure.

For now please keep the check/donation. We're working on a new donation drive that will be a way for some who haven't helped yet to do so.

I'm going to ask Morgan if we can open a new board...for as long as Anna's still in the hospital. It will be called "Anna's Auctions".....it's not going to actually be auctions but the name sounded good...so I'm going for it. It will be a way to sell off some extra spares and send the profits to the Motts. David Duke will be taking care of the funds this time and you can send him your check/donation when we post that info.

I'm going to start off the sales with Craig "Bonzo" Holder's Royal Enfield project. One of the "Worlds Slowest Indians"....Craig wanted me to have the bike....and I excepted...but I think he'd be proud to know it went to somebody that wanted to help Anna out. All the profits go to the Motts from the bit's I'm putting up. Others wanting to help can work out that with David when the time comes.

Look for more details...probably this weekend.

Thank you and to ALL that have have stepped up so far.





Anna's friends at Britbike.com
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:38 am

Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote
I'm gonna send a little something to Anna!




Yep...you can tell who's been keeping up on carepages bigt


You get a big ATA BOY! for that one...well done, well done indeed.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:39 am

What is the address, like Barb I'd like to send an old fashion check, in an envelope, with a stamp.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:49 am

Shel, your PM's are full.

I would post the info publicly, but I'm not sure whether it is my call. If you knew what a healthy fellow I am, you'd understand when I say I dont want to step on anyone's toes...
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:55 am

Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote
Shel, your PM's are full.

I would post the info publicly, but I'm not sure whether it is my call. If you knew what a healthy fellow I am, you'd understand when I say I dont want to step on anyone's toes...


Fellows..... We'll be posting David's contact info soon....probably this weekend. He had asked me to hold off a bit so I wouldn't burn everybody out on giving... laughing Ob....if you already have David's snail mail addy....please send it on to shel, (when he cleans out his maibox) you're okay to step on my toes anytime.

Thank you both....info coming soon.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 1:05 am

PM box emptied or scook@hittles.com. thanks
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 1:13 am

Probably wouldnt be a big hurdle for a curious person, so what the heck!

Here is the addy to send direct to her room, and thanks to those who have used it, and may down the road!

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Miss Anna Banana Mott
Room 351
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA30342.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 1:16 am

Probably wouldnt be a big hurdle for a curious person, so what the heck!

Here is the addy to send direct to her room, and thanks to those who have used it, and may down the road!

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Miss Anna Banana Mott
Room 351
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA30342.
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 1:44 am

"Richrd....ya working on Anna's video part 2 yet???? "

another slavedriver!
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 12:44 pm

part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVhXHXCfulA&feature=youtube_gdata

this video is for the Mott family and will be of little interest to bb.c'rs except for the first picture. that one's for Gordon.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 7:15 pm

AWESOME JOB RICHARD!!

Princess Anna approves!

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 8:12 pm

Richard, how about a discography on your videos?
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 11:28 pm

disco WHAT?
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/24/12 11:56 pm

Who played the tunes in your videos?
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/25/12 12:35 am

the first one was allman brothers followed by leo kottke doing "little Martha.

second video was "happy again" by chet atkins followede by "Antonellea's birthday by Tommy Emmanual.

Dave comes up with these somemhow.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/25/12 1:35 am

Allman Bros was a given, and I found the others very enjoyable, hadnt heard them before! Not at all familiar with LK and TE.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/26/12 11:28 am

Anna's bracelets:



The chemo and radiation is pretty rough right now. She's feeling pretty lousy...

frown
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/28/12 1:51 am

Richrd.....what a WONDERFUL video.

I've been working nights and days and haven't had much computer time.

I'm worried about the MRI she had today and won't rest easy until those results are in....that poor baby is going through hell. Nobody should have to go through that. frown (okay, I know 1000's of people are/have been...but this one has touched my heart and I can't let it go)

Folks....in the next couple of days we'll start another donation drive..."Anna's Auctions" where we can sell off some of our spares and send some or all of the money to the Motts. I'm starting it off with Craig "Bonzo" Holders Royal Enfield 250 Project...and will be taking offers. So these really won't be auctions...but that name sounded good.

Keep Anna in your thoughts.....every little bit helps.



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/28/12 2:38 am

I do have this seat hanging around, light shelf wear, threads on the studs have NEVER SEEN A NUT, leading me to believe the foam and cover have never seen a butt...

Edit: After I dig it out of the Treasure Chest, I'll take some new photos with attachment point measurements to help potential bidders identify the Triumph the seat fits, and they wont be posted here.

Soon to be an Anna's Auction in the Garage Sale forum!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/28/12 11:57 pm

Folks.....quick update.

Steve E and I are working on setting up the next donation drive. This will be held on the Buy and Sell board. (thanks to Steve E)

Please look for the details/instructions and the first auction (we will use a silent auction format) to be posted in the next couple of days.

Thanks to all who have helped out so far.

Details/instructions soon......



Anna's friends at BritBike.com



Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/29/12 12:03 am

Ob1....I'm trying to PM you but your box is full.

Please get back to me when you get a chance.

Gordon
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Anna's Auctions - 10/29/12 2:34 am

Folks, we’re starting a new donation drive for Anna Mott and the Mott family. This time around we’re going to use the “silent auction” type format. Here’s a chance to get rid of some of those spares you have lying around the shop and donate the money to a good cause.


Here are the instructions. PLEASE do your best to follow these, we’re trying to keep this as simple as possible so please help us out here.


1. The seller will post on the Buy and Sell forum and
the first words of the post must be “Anna Auction”.


2. There will be a 72 hour time limit on each auction
from the original post time. If the item doesn’t
sell the first time around it can be posted again.


3. The seller can set a reserve and does not have to
share that publicly if they don’t want to.


4. Please limit your auction to one item per auction.


5. The seller will open his or her auction by posting a
description and photos of the item they’re putting up
for auction. Remember, first words of the post should
read “Anna Auction” and please mention the 72
hour time limit the auction will run.


6. All bids will be sent to the seller through the
boards Private Message system. (aka PM) PLEASE
DO NOT post your bid on the Buy and Sell forum. No
bidding by any other method other than the PM.



7. Seller, please announce the end of the auction and once
the auction is over it will be removed from the forum.


8. The seller will contact the winning bidder and they can
work out shipping costs and method of payment. (please
only charge actual shipping/packaging charges)


9. Once the buyer and seller are 100% satisfied, the seller
can send his or her donation to David Duke (who will be
collecting all the donations this time around)


10. It’s up to the buyer and seller if they want to post the
winning bidders name and the selling price of the item.


Please sellers and bidders remember to keep your PM boxes checked and cleared out.


We will run this donation drive as long as Anna’s in the hospital in hopes that the money we raise will help the family out once Anna is home.


Sellers: You can contact David Duke through the board's PM system to set up sending in your donation.


Thank you in advance



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Anna's Auctions - 11/05/12 10:53 am


Here is an awesome shot from one of the good folks at the ADV Rider website:

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Anna's Auctions - 11/05/12 10:00 pm

Proudly in possession of one positively purple chapeau! Gotta get down to the post office and send it out!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Anna's Auctions - 11/06/12 11:50 pm

Post made, hope she likes it!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/08/12 3:46 am

Good day for Anna Banana- beerchug

From the unsinkable Ms Melissa Mott:

"Now that we are on the new meds for nausea/vomiting around the clock, we have it all under control. I even got her to eat a bit today. A few bites of plain waffle, a banana and some bites of grits for breakfast, then a small bit of protein shake for lunch.....Steve (Anna's dad)and Aaron (brother) called me today, though, and they think they know what Anna realllllly needs to be cured. They think she needs more cowbell!!!! lol
We are still on the iv fluids and her white blood cell counts came down this week on Wednesday instead of waiting til Friday. But, her oncologist said that is all ok and expected so I won't worry...
Therapy went well today. She apparently used the last few days with none to rest up and kick bootay! She walked without the walker, just with the belt and some assistance...majorly good...and with the same assistance, went up and down 3 steps!
Making progress here!
Now for the BEST NEWS!
We have a projected release date of November 20!!!!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Two days before Thanksgiving.
13 days from today.
2 weeks from yesterday.
1 day short of 12 weeks.
OH YES!
Now, the next week we begin day rehab.
And in 4 weeks after release we start a whole new leg of treatment with the major chemo.
But, we shall rejoice in the bliss that is being at home for the nights and having the holidays together!
We are gonna keep her germ free and hospital free!
Glory to God!!!!!!!!"

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/09/12 12:46 pm

Here's today's update. Powerful stuff...

"You guys, please be praying for outstanding, awesome, better-than-ever-hoped-for results on the final MRIs of the brain and spine, pretty please. All our hopes and prayers have been towards that radiation killing what's left of the tumor and the chemo keeping any wandering cells from living and growing otherwise. The good part is that in 8 weekdays, radiation is over. The scary part is that in 8 weekdays, radiation is over.

You know what I'm sayin?

This afternoon, after radiation was done, and we were back, and she had done her final 2 therapies of the day, we were sitting here alone in the room for a bit. She was in her wheelchair sitting in front of me as I was in the chair. I was messing around on the computer, answering some facebook stuff and I thought she was just chillin...out of it, if you will. Suddenly, she whispered to me in a desperate voice, "Mom, pray right now over me that this tumor is killed and I'm healed."


Wow.


She knows.

She knows more than I think she does. Down deep, even though I'm careful, even though the word has never been uttered around her, hardly ever been uttered from my lips.

She knows.


Back this summer when we thought I had breast cancer, she prayed and prayed and prayed over me. The surgeons really thought I had cancer. I think I did. I think my Anna's prayers healed me.


She never could say the word cancer concerning me. She called it "Voldemort".

I do the same for her.

I love you Anna.

We got this."

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/12/12 2:20 pm

I have the honor of getting to visit Anna and the Mott family every Sunday in their room. My daughter and I were there yesterday and were privileged to witness her physical therapy.

The Mott girls were in force – Ella (Ella Bella), Olivia (Livvy Lou), Ms Melissa, and the star of show, Miss Anna Banana.

Anna walked a lap around her floor with her mom on one side, the therapist on the other, Livvy Lou with the IV stand, and Ella Bella spotting Anna in the rear with the wheel chair.

Y’all, I was tearing up big time. Happy and sad at the same time. There are a lot of kids on Anna’s floor with their own story....

Anna IS getting better, I can see the improvement every week. It’s a long damn road though. Her hair is starting to fall out now, and the chemo is beating her down.

Please buy a calendar or two, and consider selling some of your stuff (motorcycle related or not) on Anna’s Auction!



Livy, Anna, and Ella
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/12/12 2:46 pm

David....I know I've been really quiet (a good thing?) lately because of the strange hours I've been putting in at work. I complained enough about not having an Internet connection that the school set me up again so that's going to help.

There's not ONE day that goes by that I don't think about Anna and check into your/her carepager. I saw my 21 year old twins yesterday and damn near broke down...we've been SO lucky that they've been healthy.

I know that there's 1000s of kids/familes out there fighting pretty much the same battle that Anna and her family are fighting. I wish I could help them all, but I can't. Anna and the Motts have touched my heart (okay to some of you that might sound phoney...but you're the ones who don't know me).

Thank you David for letting us in on this and for keeping us in the loop. I have another Anna auction going up tonight..just trying to help.

Take care...hang in there....your cracker friend in NC Gordon
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/14/12 10:14 pm

Here is one from today.

Anna and her little brother Isaac AKA "Little Man".

Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/20/12 2:39 am

David...update please!!!!!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/20/12 11:48 am

the next phase of treatment is outpatient, so Anna is preparing to go home...

"On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, our world changed forever.
Something we had no control over invaded our lives.
We hated it.
Still do.
But, though not embracing it, we've fought it head on and embraced the good that has come from it.
Here are some things we have learned along this path we were dealt:

~You can get one of the worst phone calls a parent can have and survive.

~There are some truly genius people in the world. Some of them work at Scottish Rite and are neurosurgeons.

~Brain juice (csf fluid) isn't green!

~There are tons of children in the hospital, ones that never get media attention, that face horrific circumstances. And some with no parents with them. Some with parents who have to work and can't stay. Some that have just about brought me down to my literal knees, that I have had to go back to my room to get myself together from having seen and witnessed.

~Not all hospital food is bad...just the patient's food that comes to the room!

~Most every bad thing that can happen to worsen your child's condition will usually happen at night!

~Even when she feels bad, my Anna is still polite to her nurses and doctors.

~That riding in an ambulance with total strangers can become commonplace and that you can have tons of fun, even though your sweet girl is going to radiation.

~Some nurses can wash really long hair and get it braided and all done up even though multiple surgeries seem to have ruined it!

~A sad haircut party can become totally fun in an instant when Keiko brings a Tina Turner wig and a lady probably named Edna comes to your room!

~We have way more friends in our lives than we ever thought and we have been given way more than we ever have or will be able to give.

~That Olivia can spend hours tooling around the room in Anna's wheelchair, getting on my nerves, and I can restrain myself from going insane!

~That nurses, especially a few I have had, are what I truly believe to be the earthly hands of God sometimes. There are some that mean more to me than I can ever say and hold a place in my heart that is so full, I've been crying all night!

~Anna Mott is a true steel magnolia, is the biggest fighter I have ever known or heard of and is my hero. Period. She never complained ONE TIME.

~The CIRU rehab unit is amazing and got my child (with her fighting spirit) from not even having an function on her left side, to walking!

~That even though I still hate this stinking tumor, the circumstances of it have brought SO MUCH love and blessings and wonderful people in our lives.

~You can laugh even though you are in the worst pain of your life.

~To live one single day, sometimes one hour, at a time.

~That Jesus places people and blessings in your life. It's your job to see them.

~Thankfulness

~A heart that is more open that it has ever been.

There are a thousand more things running through my mind that I/we have learned but these are just a few.
My heart is so dang full tonight. Been crying a lot today. Some of my favorite nurses have been coming in to see us the past couple days. Some have come up from the first floor, some from here.
I wish I was a writer who was able to just put on paper all that has been learned in this and how many lessons and blessings we have! How much love we have been given! And how much we appreciate all you guys who have supported us! You guys have made such a difference in this journey!
I will keep updating, but I just want you all to know as this leg of our journey ends, you all have prayed, encouraged us through!
We love you all!"
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/20/12 11:50 am

Thanks for the update Robert, you beat me to it! laughing

Anna is leaving for home today after 12 weeks at the hospital!

My daughter Emma and I visited last Sunday. This past Friday, a good bit of her personality had returned! Some of her old sassy self is back. Here are Anna and Emma goofing off:



When we got there, Emma grabbed Anna's hand and Ms. Mott said "ANNA, IT'S EMMA!!". Anna's face lit up with an ear to ear smile. Christ, I almost cried right there!

My next visit will be around Christmas when I give them their calendar with a big damn check courtesy of britbike.com. To quote Melissa she will be "KNOCKED OWT"!

Thank you everyone for helping out. I cannot overemphasize how much it means to Melissa, Anna, and the family!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/20/12 5:18 pm

GOING HOME!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/23/12 9:02 pm

God bless Anna!



Happy thanksgiving to everyone here and across the pond!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/29/12 1:24 pm

Today's abridged update from Ms. Melissa:

Just got back home a bit ago from taking Miss Anna to the Clinic for a look over and blood work.

Guess what? Just guess!

Her blood work looked great!!!

Woot woot!

I'm officially on Cloud 9,

thankyouverymuch!

While we were there, and it was a while, Anna kept complaining of a stomach ache. I asked a ton of questions trying to assess what the problem could be. We finally figured it out....

Hunger!

It's been so long, she forgot the feeling!

So, on the way home, the girly ate a Chickfila sandwich meal!

Annnnnnnd, last night, I am so excited to report, she asked for her Ipod....and listened to music all night. You KNOW that girl is sick when she doesn't want her music. And when she asked for it back, that spoke volumes!!!!! She let Livs look up more stuff on Youtube today for her to listen to too.

She's huddled up now under her electric blanket. Lights out early for this chick!



you can keep up to speed on how Anna is doing at https://www.carepages.com/

email is "fishburger1@gmail.com"
password is "oilleak"


Leave a message for Anna and Ms. Mott!! Tell her who you are and where you are from too!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/02/12 5:48 pm

It's been a while since I posted to this thread but there hasn't been a single day gone by since David let us know about this that I haven't thought about Anna and her family.

She's home for the time being and doing as well as can be expected but the poor girl is still fighting a battle. She's no where near back to anything that she considered normal.

We've tried to do what little we could to help.

I don't pray, never have, but I'm asking you that do to please add Anna and her family to your prayers.

I want to thank each and everyone of you that has taken the time to help the Motts...whether it was money, posting a purple photo or just keeping her in your thoughts...it has all helped.

IMO....it's the best thing we as a GROUP, have ever done. There's no rally, event, ride, vacation that we've done under the BritBike banner that even comes close.

Thank you for being a part of this.

Have a safe and happy holidays



Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/04/12 2:48 am



I wasn't sure where to put this so this seemed to be as good a place as any.
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/04/12 2:53 am

I don't want to make you lot too jealous but that is a genuwine Anna Mott autographed shirt bigt
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/04/12 12:47 pm

[quote=shel]

I wasn't sure where to put this so this seemed to be as good a place as any. [/quote



PERFECT place to put it......it's the perfect purple photo.


Anna's autograph too!!!!!! oh my.... smile





Anna's friends at BritBike.com



Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/10/12 4:33 pm

Anna Banana is slowly getting better. She has days where she can see a bit better at a distance of about six feet or so. Her pupils have become less dilated. She recognized that her brother had changed shirts in the course of a morning. She can walk a bit without guidance. Still working on the short term memory – she repeatedly asks the same questions all day. She likes to listen to her IPOD as well, so that vital teenage function has returned.

Making the best of a bad situation department - The Motts have purchased tickets for Anna and friends to see Taylor Swift next year. The first time they told Anna, she screamed she was so excited. Of course, she forgets in about ten minutes. So they tell her and she gets all excited all over again! So when there is a lull in the conversation… “Hey Anna – GUESS WHAT????”

In about a week I will be giving the Motts their Britbike calendar along with all the donations from you fine folks. We are up to $2492 as of Dec 10. Let’s round it up to $2600! Buy a calendar or paypal me at sdduke@bellsouth.net.

Thanks everyone!

Posted By: JiminNC

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/12/12 8:57 pm

Just finished catching up/reading all posts regarding Anna.

At a loss for words...in response to the courage and spirit of Anna and her family, as well as the generosity expressed by this group.

I am so glad to read of the improvements over improvements for Anna.

Heaps of good vibes heading Anna's way.

Calendar orders going out today, and donation to David.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/12/12 9:47 pm

Thank you Jim; I sure do appreciate it! We are close to raising over 2600 dollars with this fundraiser in addition to the 1000 dollars previously raised.

Pretty damn good in my book!

Ms. Mott thinks the world of britbike.com and for good reason. It is a great comfort to her knowing strangers care about her Anna.

See you at the Three State next year?



Since this thing got going in late August, we have over 5600 hits on this forum topic.

This fundraiser will end on December 18th- I will give the Motts their calendar and card on the 19th. Any remaining monies will come from whatever calendar sales generate after that date.

Please consider sending me a buck or five if you are following along. Paypal sdduke@bellsouth.net.

Think about it - if the hundred or so of you that are following would do that, maybe we can bust past 3000 bucks by Dec 18! bigt

Every dollar helps this family!

Posted By: JiminNC

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/12/12 10:20 pm

Hi David...

Agreed, and re: TSMR 2013...sure do hope to be there.

Jim
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/12 7:56 pm

As of Dec 14 with forum view closing in on 6000 hits, we have about $ 2690 in the bank. Can we make it $ 3000 by the 18th? I take checks too! PM me for my address.

If you haven't seen it already, here is a slide Rich Stone did for the Motts a few months ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVhXHXCfulA&feature=youtube_gdata
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/12 10:54 pm



David's right......there's still time to help out here. IF you haven't sent anything....PLEASE reconsider and help David reach the $3000 mark.

Some of us have given till we haven't anymore to give....some of you haven't given anything. PLEASE....think about it....send $5, EVERY dollar helps.

This is not going away. The 2013 Three State Mountain Ride will be known as the "Purple Three State"...that's right, we're going to carry this on and stick by the Motts until Anna's over this.

THANK YOU to all who have helped so far....be it photo's, money or good thoughts. Shame on you if you haven't done anything.

Gordon in NC
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/17/12 6:40 pm

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre has just wrapped up their 16 show run of the Nutcracker here where I live. This is the ballet company where Anna danced until a back injury forced her into retirement at age 15.

Steve Mott, Anna’s dad, was the production manager for 10 years. Now I do it.

This year, the girls all wrote “Anna” or “AM” in their ballet shoes (pointe shoes) in honor of Anna.

From Miss Melissa:

“…found out tonight that Anna’s friends from Gwinnett Ballet Theatre all had put either her name or initials in their pointe shoes and they said they dedicated each step of Nutcracker to her and that that way she was dancing with them this year instead of sick with this nastiness. Even with her mental impairment, she lost it when I told her. So did I. It means everything to her that they still remember her and think of her and love her.”


Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/18/12 1:07 am

That's just awesome!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/19/12 7:15 pm

Got some stocking stuffers over at the Garage Sale forum...

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/21/12 9:11 pm

I got my cousin Pat to do this for the Motts - he's the voice for Swamp People and all sorts of commercials you may see on TV:

http://f.cl.ly/items/123I190N1P0h1q381C0R/Mott%20Swamp%20People%20Christmas.mp3

It's an mp3 file - let me know if you can't get it to work.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/21/12 10:06 pm

Doesnt work for me, but then again, I dont play Facebook...
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/22/12 12:19 pm

Works now!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/22/12 10:08 pm

Well, after some Britbike garage sales, Craigslist, and paypal donations (one good soul donated twice), we are now at $2880.

Can we make the magic $3000 by Christmas? It just SOUNDS better!!

Short story long - My goal was to give the Motts their calendar, card, and money on Wednesday. Well, on Wednesday I only had the calendar. The money was in limbo between Paypal and my bank, and the Britbike card was in transit between Washington state and South Carolina. Have money and calendar now, but no card. Hopefully will get the card on the 24th.

So... the fund raiser deadline has been extended till Christmas eve. We are only 120 bucks away!

THANK YOU EVERYONE AT BRITBIKE.COM!

My daughter and friend approve:
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/24/12 1:12 am

Update-now at 2960 dollars. Had a banjo gig at a party and picked up a few bucks. 40 bucks shy of 3000!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/24/12 2:15 am

Call it good, $3K is hit, PM me that paypal addy again.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/24/12 2:26 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta


...maybe we can bust past 3000 bucks by Dec 18! bigt


BY GOD WE DID IT - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - CONGRATULATIONS BOYS AND GIRLS!!
beerchug clap bigt

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/27/12 1:03 pm

Yesterday, I had the honor to represent Britbike and present our gift to Anna and her mom Melissa.

I met them at the tail end of Anna’s speech therapy class. I had not seen Anna since before thanksgiving - over a month ago!

She is doing much much better personality wise! Her therapist works with her on her memory, and they talked about stuff most teenage girls here in the states talk about (The UK band "One Direction", "The Hunger Games" movie, "Twilight" movie , Harry Potter, "So You Think You Can Dance" TV show).

Then off to the car. Melissa opened the present and they LOVED it. Melissa was SO THANKFUL for the calendar. Best of all, and I shall never forget this, Anna hugged me and said “thank you for seeing me through all this”! Man, that made my day!

Then, they were off to lunch, having not seen the gift card yet...

Here is Melissa’s take on this from her carepage:

Ok, so, just gotta tell you all....I am so glad Christmas is over!

I totally get what it's about, we were completely aware of how blessed we are and so thankful for everything, but it was way hard this year and I'm ready to put it behind us and get cracking on this chemo and finishing off the killing business of this tumor…

…Today, we got right back on the horse and went to therapy. Mr. David stopped by over there with a package for the girly.

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The most awesomest, cooliest, splendorific, amazingest, thoughtfullest, bestest, most wonderfullest gift in the world. (love my new words?!)

Gotta tell you all, the BritBike members are the most supportive, amazing, caring, thoughful, giving people and they have just touched our family's heart over and over. So many times, the encouragement on here from the members gets me through the day. Well, they have done it again, and topped themselves. What did they send us?

Awesome Christmas cards with a totally generous monetary gift, and a calendar....with Anna Mott all in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On May 21, her birthday, it's purple power day!!!!!! All over the calendar are the most thoughtful touches, with pictures of her and some of the amazing BritBike peeps too!

After Christmas, I didn't think I had any tears left, well...I did! Cannot even tell you how touched we are! And as I write this, I asked Anna if she remembered it....SHE DID!!!! I asked her what May 21st is and she said "purple power day"!!!!!!

Mr. David Duke, thank you so much for telling your friends about our girl and caring about her…BritBike peeps, you guys mean so much to us!!!!! I wish I could describe properly in words how much!!!! The way you all have supported and encouraged this family is just incredible. We thank God for you guys all the time and pray all the time that He pour out blessings in return tenfold on all of you for all you have done for us. You guys are true angels. Y'all are AMAZING and we love you!!!!!!!!

My heart is just so full tonight, it's running over.

Love you guys!






Last request, go to https://www.carepages.com/ right now. Email is fishburger1@gmail.com Password is "oilleak". Click on AnnaMott, Go to the Dec 26 update. Tell the Motts something from the heart!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/27/12 4:34 pm

Just thought I'd insert a reminder...

We have been as active as possible for over 14 years in the annual Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's annual fundraiser that has been supported by Honda dealers nationwide. For us, it was in the form of a classic bike show every spring at Irv Thomas Honda dealership in Corpus Christi, TX. Sadly, that bike show had it's last run about 3 years ago, but we still donate directly and when possible, though other co-supporting organizations.

PTBF is a worthwhile organization, and thier research is at the forefront of the battle.

Direct donations to specific families, of course, are always much appreciated and far more personal. Still, give a little if your local Honda dealer is still participating. Some do a ride/rallye, some do special ralles/sales.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/03/13 1:58 am

Big day for Anna tomorrow. Going back to the hospital for Round 2 of her chemo. Please take a minute and check out the carepage. Ms. Melissa is anxious and could use some
words of encouragement from Britbike! See my post above for login info.

Thanks guys!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/04/13 1:59 pm

Well, yesterday was a bust for Anna. frown

From the carepage:

"Well,

It was a day.

A Day.

"This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it"

That's what His word says, so that's what I'm gonna choose to do.
No matter how I feel. As Christians we go on our faith, not our feelings!

It is 7pm and we are home.

Not at the hospital.

Home.

We arrived at 8:20am as planned for her port surgery.
It was delayed a few hours so it was after 12 when she came out and went down to Aflac, the cancer wing.
We began meeting our nurses and our doctors and the info and process began. As part of the procedure, she had blood drawn.
Well, whadaya know
White blood cells were too low.

She's had a cold for the past few days. Just what I feared would happen, did.
SO,
plans are changed.

We are home and she's on pain meds for the surgery site.

Saturday at 7am, she has an MRI.

Next Wednesday, we go to clinic and, hoping and praying the counts are up, we are admitted.

In the meantime, I feed her and coddle her and keep her well. And pray for good MRI news.

She's lost more weight and we don't want to get to the feeding tube. It has been mentioned. Especially with all the nausea and appetite loss that usually comes from chemo.

I am so tired and she totally is.

Poor baby.
It's pajamas and bed for us!

Just as soon as Daddy gets home with her Snickers blizzard she has requested. Let's hope I can break the 3 bite barrier!

Love you all smile

Thanks for praying.

We sure needed it.

We're gonna press on.

We got this."



You know the routine - go to the carepage and tell Anna you are thinking of her. Hell, it takes maybe 2 minutes. It sure would lift some spirits at the Mott house!

How about ten britbikers post a note? I already posted mine - so nine more to go...
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/13 1:27 pm

I think about her and her family everyday...it's heartbreaking.

I just don't know what to say to them on those carepages?????

Thinking of you???? sounds so small. I don't pray. So I can't help there either.

Helpless in NC..........Gordon
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/13 3:52 pm

"Thinking of you" isn't small if it's true!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/13 7:44 pm

Well...dont go taking up limericks, that's my schtick!
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/13 8:59 pm

Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote
Well...dont go taking up limericks, that's my schtick!


You da boss when it comes to those bigt

Your friend in a cold NC Gordon
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/13 9:03 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta
"Thinking of you" isn't small if it's true!


Oh, it's true alright......I can't shake it. I can think of a dozen people who deserve a brain tumor...why that poor baby?????

Heartbreaking......Gordon
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/13 10:09 pm

Originally Posted By: Gordon Gray
I can think of a dozen people who deserve a brain tumor...why that poor baby?


You don't know how relieved I am to know I'm NOT the ONLY one thinking that!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/08/13 1:18 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta

...maybe we can bust past 3000 bucks by Dec 18! bigt

Correction - let's make that 3500 bucks!


A fellow britbiker not only stepped up to the plate, he knocked it out of the park with the bases loaded on a 3-2 pitch in extra innings.

A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR DONATION!

I was absolutely floored when I got the email.

I told Melissa and wished her a "happy damn new year".

It takes A LOT to make Melissa speechless laughing , but she is running out of words to convey her love and appreciation for the GOOD PEOPLE at britbike:

"Mr. David....
you trying to give me a heart attack???!!!

The other fundraiser just about did! I have to close my jaw every now and again...it keeps coming open!...With friends like YOU and yo family and the BritBike peeps who are now counted as our dearest ones ever too, it IS a Happy Damn New Year!

Honestly, David, we are blown away and humbled and thankful and in awe and just, everything. I wish there was a way to show you guys what's in our hearts for you all…Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."



Bravo britbike! clap
Posted By: Graham Ham

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/08/13 1:39 pm

Sales of the book managed to reach 40 in the end. So that's 40 x $4.00 I gotta send to you. Just waiting confirmation and payment from Amazon, then I'll round it up to the $200 and send that. I assume Paypal is the way to go?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/08/13 2:16 pm

AWESOME! Paypal is fine! THANK YOU!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/08/13 4:49 pm

Hey, if anyone else wants to paypal me a couple of hundred dollars today, feel free to do so!! laughing

Seven hundred damn dollars! Hot damn!


Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/08/13 6:36 pm

Anna is the same age as my oldest granddaughter; I just can't imagine how tough this battle is.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/08/13 7:43 pm

I hear ya Paul,

AND....I gota say that WHOEVER it was who stepped up and donated $500 out of the blue....well...heck, I don't know what to say. Add that to what our friend Graham put together and it's ANOTHER proud day. Graham, and whoever you are....thank you thank you thank you.

I know David has asked for us to post a little something on Anna's carepages. I've been dragging my feet posting anything but I finally did and feel better for it. I'm asking you PLEASE to drop in there and at least say hello and/or get well soon.

We're going to be putting something together for Anna and the rest of the Mott clan at the Three State Mountain Ride this year....stay tuned for more details.

What I'd like to see is a HAPPY ending out of all of this....50 years from now when Anna has her own grandkids.

You guys and gals are the BEST and it makes me proud to share a screen with you.

Take care....Gordon, one of Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/09/13 12:24 am

Here's a nice story to close out a great day.

Emily (a dance friend of Anna's) had her grandmother pass away this weekend.

This is what they found in the grandmother's bible:



Y'all take care tonight! Keep our girl in your thoughts tonight -hopefully she will be strong enough to begin chemo tomorrow.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/10/13 2:51 am

Great day for our girl today! To be honest, I was worried about the flu that's been going around in Atlanta. Sure sounded like Melissa and and maybe Anna had it. If Anna had the flu, chemo would have to be delayed again.

But everything turned out okay.

From Melissa -

Great news all the way around tonight!

We are at Aflac, and she's already on her second infusion!
The first was vincristine, which is the one she received for 6 weeks in a row during her radiation. It takes 5 minutes.
Now she's on the next one (forgot the name) and it takes 6 hours to infuse.

They gave her nausea/vomiting meds beforehand and so far, so good. Hoping and praying it stays that way.

Also, we got the results from the MRI today. There are a couple of spots that they aren't quite sure about and are going to monitor and assess, but...

BUT,
overall, it is mucho grande better!!!!!!!

Dr. Claire put up the films from this past one against the films from September, after her resections. Major difference! The brain has gone back into it's spaces and her ventricles have gone back to normal size. That is major.

Now, we pray for no side effects from the chemo drugs, no fevers and no illnesses while her counts are down, that her counts don't fall too hard, that all the tumor cells die, and that our Anna's brain isn't affected by the chemo and she quickly returns to us, fully herself!

Not too hard for my Jesus!

It's so strange and so familiar being back here, all at the same time. Right when I came in, saw one of our lovely, original neuro nurses. Love those ladies!!!!!! Then another one of our lovelies came to see us in our room.

More visits tomorrow.

It's amazing and just miraculous that God can bless you with such wonderful people, even during the most horrific time of your life!

Thanks so much, you guys, for praying us here today. You guys are the best!!!


Posted By: Graham Ham

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/10/13 6:52 pm

David.

Paypal has been ... er Paypalled.

How long have you been going by the name of Susan? shocked

G.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/10/13 7:27 pm

Thanks Graham! You're the best!!

Now awaiting a purple card from Morgan (It FINALLY showed up at Rich's a few days ago).

I will include our bonus $700 check with Morgan's card, then off to see Melissa and Anna again, hopefully this Sunday.



"Susan" is my supervisor's name! laughing
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/11/13 6:37 pm

Things are indeed looking up for our girl!!! smile smile smile She is doing even better since I saw her at Christmas. bigt

Here is a great update from last night from Miss Lisa. Lisa was Anna’s ballet instructor and has known Anna since she was three or four… She dearly loves Anna…

"… I could never had imagined what I saw today in Scottish Rite room #193 if I hadn't seen it for myself... Anna was so alert, so bubbly with enthusiasm and conversation, totally spunky and hilarious with clever comments and delightfully communicative!!! Still so polite, she told me several times how "blessed" she is. and that Jesus has gotten her through this, and "who needs a better support group than her loving friends and family"!!!!!??? I cannot decide who is stronger... and I probably never will decide... Anna or Melissa??? Well, all I can say is... this perfect Apple, did not fall far from the majestic tree!!! She still has moments of frustration and what she calls stress.. when she is aware that she has a memory lapse, but this is a victory, because she knows it is happening.. but it is very frustrating for her. Keep the prayers coming! I have never seen such a beautiful "patient" and thankful young lady, pushing so hard through so much... it is the biggest inspiration I have EVER witnessed!!! EVER!!! I LOVE YOU ANNA MOTT!!! WE are ALL cheering and praying for you!!! And I have the biggest BRAVO for the best performance of courage and strength that I have ever seen!


Miss. Lisa and the Mott kids
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/12/13 6:17 pm

Just to refresh the links so I don't have to go back and scroll to find it...

https://www.carepages.com/
Email is fishburger1@gmail.com
Password is oilleak

"P.U.S.H."
(Pray until Something Happens)
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/15/13 12:54 pm

Here’s a new video from Rich. The Eleventh Reel is the name of the song – hence the title…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ub4NABhJA8&feature=youtube_gdata


The chemo is playing cruel games with our girl’s mind – she is saying some crazy stuff to her mom. You gotta laugh sometimes. Melissa has orange hair, and they have been living in the woods for two years…

Next chemo is this Wednesday. My daughter Emma and I are hoping to visit this Sunday if all goes well.

What a roller coaster!


Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/15/13 1:52 pm

Beautiful family.

We'll keep praying...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/19/13 2:59 am

Well, Anna has had a bit of a setback.

Our girl has developed a fever in her weakened condition and is back at the hospital.

Should be there four or five days... frown frown frown




https://www.carepages.com/
Email is fishburger1@gmail.com
Password is oilleak
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/20/13 8:43 pm

Had a very good visit with Anna and her parents this Saturday at the hospital. My daughter Emma and I joined Anna's old ballet mistress Miss Lisa and her husband to hang out in Room 187.

Anna displayed a whole range of emotions over the course of the evening, she was sad, happy ,funny, scared. It was all very moving to me, and I was glad to be a part of it.

Emma kept a cold rag to Anna's head and stroked her head for literally two hours. She loves her Anna! My job was to keep the rag cold.

Melissa dearly enjoyed everyone's company - she said we were all good medicine for her and Anna. Lots of love and laughter in the room from 6 pm till almost midnight.

Here is a clip of Anna from the 2011 Nutcracker. She is the second from the right at about 19 seconds in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrLA3GKgclw&list=HL1358714710&feature=mh_lolz







Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/24/13 3:06 pm

Here is a very touching personal note I got from one of the good people at ADVrider.com:


G'day mate,

Your thread ...brought tears to my eyes. This reminds me of my sister who passed away on 10 October 11.

Her favourite colour is purple, and she was cremated in her wonderful purple dress that she went to her formal in.
Everyone at her funeral wore purple, or had something purple with them for her day.

She had survived brain surgery 79 times, and cancer being the f*ck that it is, was the begining of the end for her.

I understand what Anna is going through, and also what her family are going through. Having an ill child/sibling is the hardest thing to go through.

I thought, if I may, that I would like to go one better than a purple pic. I have in mind some small gifts (in purple) that I would like to send to her. A token that her story has reached Australia, and she has support on the other side of the world!

Im happy to send the gifts to you, to keep her details private, or if you and her family are ok with it, I can send them directly.

I was thinking something along the lines of a purse, or a clutch (purse/small bag in one). I spend some time with my wife looking at such things, so I have some experience in these matters

Anyway, Im happy to read that she is doing well, and starting to eat and listen to music again! Top marks for her courage!!

Regards,

Joel
Sydney, Australia.




Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/24/13 6:21 pm

Here, here.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/24/13 10:39 pm

Way to go Joel!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/29/13 5:48 pm

A very very difficult day for our Anna and her brave mom...


"Throughout this long ordeal, there have been challenges and trials. We have overcome a lot and are still fighting a lot. More than once we have been faced with the unimaginable. Things that challenge who we are, what we are made of, and the foundations of our faith. Today, again, I choose to trust and have faith in my Jesus. They tell us Anna is legally blind and nothing can be done. Nothing. I don't know how we are gonna make it through today, much less the future. But I know He will be our help. Please pray for a miracle for my girl."


https://www.carepages.com/
Email is fishburger1@gmail.com
Password is oilleak

Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047


Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/29/13 8:19 pm

God, please restore those beautiful eyes...

...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/07/13 11:07 am

Yesterday went well for Anna.

Our girl is now undergoing her second chemo treatment at the hospital.

From Melissa:

Today, my dear friends, has been a long, but stellar day!
I am so tired. I did good though. Only one Goody Powder!...

We did her weight and her counts first thing. Both were up! Scandishakes + ice cream, mixed with chocolate protein smoothie = up 2 pounds for the WIN! They said she is the single, only child on the same chemo regimen without a feeding tube! The ONLY ONE! How about THAT! Score one for mom!

The counts being up meant we could get admitted for chemo. Score again!!!

The last thing was that we had to redo the entire hearing test. Now that was no small feat. Lots of time, paperwork and waiting to do it.

But, Score yet again!!!!
It was better!

Her doctor told me they are being extra, extra, extra cautious about it as they know her sight issues are bad enough and don't want her losing her hearing too. We had to have an accurate assessment to know the chemo dosage. I am yet again so thankful to have my girly in the care of her doctors.

I didn't sleep hardly at all last night. I think it was knowing I had to get up and be at it and just the nervousness of the anticipation of today. I was up almost every hour. Now, I am so tired that I'm not. Know what I mean?

So far the chemo is going well. The first infusion is finished and the second one is almost. The first one takes 5 minutes and the second takes 6 hours. Tomorrow we do another 2 and Friday, another. So far the girly hasn't gotten one bit sick or queasy and even ate a ton of dinner that Ms. Lisa brought! Ms. Lisa always gets her to eat. She's a magician. smile

Love you guys and appreciate you being there for us. It makes it so much fun to have folks to celebrate some good news for a change! Fingers crossed and prayers said for more good stuff tomorrow!!



My daughter and I are planning on visiting Sunday. The daffodils in our yard are already blooming here in Georgia, and I am going to pick every damn one of them for Anna!

Remember to visit Anna's carepage and leave a note. Melissa always tells me she loves to hear from britbike!

Y'all take care!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/10/13 3:57 pm

Well, we had to scratch our visit today. The Mott household has a bug, the Dukes have the sniffles as well. Don't want Anna to get sick!

This picture was just posted today by Melissa:



And the story:

"This one is very special to me. I'm really glad I found it last night. The day before her surgery, she had wanted time alone with her sibs so we went next door to the family lounge and left them there for a couple hours. Turns out, she had wanted to comfort and reassure them she would be ok. I took this when Steve and I came back into the room. It's my last together shot of them before the surgeries."

That's one helluva girl that Anna Mott!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/18/13 1:37 am

Well, Miss Anna cannot catch a break of late.

We had to scratch our visit for the second weekend in a row. Last Sunday, the Motts were sick. Today, Anna has been nauseous all day.(Melissa says she is "vomitrocious" laughing )

Now she has developed a fever and they are at the hospital again. frown

Fellas -this chemo is beating her up bad...she is losing weight with the loss of appetite and the chemo leaves her susceptible to fever and other illnesses.

Fortunately, Anna is in good hands at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Anna is a tough tough girl. Just like her mom!

Here are my girls and their flowers for Anna. We were hoping to hand deliver , but life had other plans for us today:



Keep our girly close to your heart this week!


https://www.carepages.com/
Email is fishburger1@gmail.com
Password is oilleak

Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/20/13 7:31 pm

I have known for a long time that life is not fair. Anna’s story is testament to that. What I have trouble with is that life seems to be piling up on Anna – cheap shots after the whistle.

Brain tumor at age 16. Next, the prognosis of being legally blind. Now the news today is that the chemo is slowly permanently damaging her hearing.

Life indeed is not fair to some of its most beautiful creations…

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/21/13 12:56 pm

From Melissa’s Carepage -

"….(yesterday) morning was pretty hard. Getting those results from the hearing test was NOT what we had wanted. I knew she'd been having a hard time but I was hoping so much that it was coincidental and this test would remain the same as the last one.…I remember back when we found out about the tumor, we prayed so hard and told them to do anything to save her. We still feel that way but I don't think it's too much to ask for her to not only be saved but to have a life that includes vision and hearing. I know and believe that Jesus has the power to fully heal her. Restore her completely. And that's what I am going to continue to ask of Him. That and wisdom for our doctors.

I had a huge cry and I think it really helped. I'm usually able to hold it all together really well, but sometimes, things are just too much. It's not that I lose hope, it's just that sometimes the sadness overtakes me. That there's just so much to tackle, deal with, accept, and overcome. And goodness knows I can't let myself think about how she was before. Again, not that I don't think she will get back to that, just that it's so hard remembering. I just keep focusing on thinking about the day we're in and what needs to be done in this moment and working with her to help her overcome each challenge that arises and be happy and feel safe and loved.

... Even though our family has this going on and we may get sad and depressed and anxious about it sometimes, I realized that we have, at our core, inner joy. We can still find happiness in the days, we laugh, we cut up, we look for the positives, we look for the good in each situation, we love big. We know that although this road is way long and so tough, we will get through. Sometimes you just gotta remind yourself of that!

We appreciate you guys being a part of this with us."

Of all the people I have met in my life, I have without a doubt never met a more courageous person than Melissa Mott. I am privileged and honored to know her.

Emma and I shall try again to visit this Saturday with a bucket full of daffodils. I am looking forward to it.




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/22/13 12:24 pm

Here is the beautiful Saint Anne's Reel played by one of my son's friends - Abby Hartley. Abby is 17 - not much older than Anna.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xKM4ohgUoyc



People like Abby make me proud to be a human!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/13 1:07 pm

Well, Emma and I FINALLY got to visit the Motts Saturday, and we had a wonderful visit.

Melissa was not kidding about cutting up (See Feb 21 post above). The Motts take no prisoners. Nothing is sacred, and that includes brain tumors and blindness. I was cringing at some of the trash talk being flung around. Anna can dish it out too!

Later on Emma, Mr Mott, his son Aaron, and I went to see the great Tommy Emmanuel in concert. I was able to get a word to Tommy via a mutual friend. For his encore, Tommy played Antonella’s Birthday and dedicated it to Anna. I was watching Steve, and he had the deer in the headlight look. He says I got him GOOD!

It was a great weekend for all!

Antonella’s Birthday


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al6QFAZAFVU



Anna and Friends

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/13 3:34 pm

David, you are eating me up.

I give my kids extra hugs regularly these days...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/28/13 1:47 am

Well, things are going okay this week for Anna. She got overstimulated this weekend - friends (including us) filled her weekend and by Monday, her brain was just worn out.

She's getting better though with some afternoon naps.

The Motts are working on the paperwork for Anna's make a wish. Make a Wish is a foundation that allows families with sick kids to do whatever the child desires. Check it out at http://www.wish.org/stories/recent.

What a great organization!

Anna's wish is to go to to Disneyworld with her family. They have not been for seven years. If all goes well, they will go in September.



Anna at Disneyworld

Y'all keep our Anna close to your heart this week!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/28/13 5:05 pm

Adding our wishes to theirs...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/28/13 5:37 pm

I have the same wish as you Paul!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/03/13 12:40 pm

Not too much drama to report this week - Anna is still battling nausea and she has had some confusion to deal with.

Here in Atlanta, Anna's old ballet company was fortunate enough to host the Youth American Grand Prix of Ballet, a prestigious ballet competition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SmiBXdBNIXE

Here are some pics of Anna's friends who competed; they have known each other since they were children. Pictures are from other performances or are studio shots.

Melissa was watching from home on the internet. I would text her when one of our girls would perform.



Bianca - Good Lord what a dancer! Top 24 performance last night.



Kendall -She performed last night with a hairline fracture ON HER FOOT. Her foot has been in an air cast all week...



AbiGrace - A finalist for the championship. She is a sweetheart and is beyond dedicated to her art.



Madi - Kendall's little sister. Top 12 performance last night.

Here are Madi's shoes:


Madi said she danced for Anna! 12 years old!! Melissa said "that slap tore me up". laughing



Anna begins another round of chemo this week...MRI on April 2. Keep her in your thoughts please.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/04/13 5:08 pm

Melissa has just posted a note for all you who have been following the story ("10,000 Views for My Anna Banana").

Do yourself and Melissa a favor. Please read it AND please follow Grandpaul’s lead and leave her a short note!

My intent is to share with the Motts once I get a respectable amount of comments.

With 10,000 views I would certainly hope to generate some comments from you!

If you have a private message for Melissa, use the email provided in her profile instead of a PM. I doubt she will be checking the site too often. She is kinda busy now!
laughing



Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/05/13 5:14 am

GrandPaul suggested this would be a good place to post this and i couldn't agree more.
Credit TR6Ray for the artwork laughing

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/06/13 12:28 pm

Funny story from Melissa about her kids:

"The girls were all telling me how they are going into healthcare as nurses and will be working at the hospital, and how Aaron wants to be a physical therapist and will work there too. Isaac piped in 'Well, guess i'll work at the cafeteria there!' "

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/06/13 1:27 pm

hee hee

Cute kiddo.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/07/13 4:53 pm

I am fortunate through attending bluegrass festivals to meet literally some of the finest musicians and people in the country.

Here is St Anne's Reel as played by the amazing Samantha and Zeb Snyder just for Anna:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH5EcREgiVc&feature=youtu.be

I told Melissa that Samantha's hair reminded me of her Anna.

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/08/13 12:24 pm

Anna is in the hospital now for her 3rd round of chemo. Halfway through!

Emma and I visited Anna last night and as usual had a great time.

I realize as I type that is always the case. There is always laughter in the room, Anna's included.

Anna will continue her chemo till midday I think and hopefully will be discharged tomorrow.

She will be washed out from the chemo and should be better this time next week.

Keep Anna close to your hearts, I know I do!


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/10/13 1:50 pm





Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/12/13 10:43 pm

I am going to be attending the Three State Ride this year, and we are thinking about having some special Three State/Anna shirts made up.

Gordon and I were kicking it around. We were thinking we could put the purple handprint Gordon has on his signature line with the words "Anna's Friends at Britbike.com"

The back would say "TSMR 2013 - Riding with Anna" Maybe blow up my Avatar and photshop a Davida pudding bowl helmet on Anna. Or, I could just leave her alone!



OR... How about this one? She already has the proper shirt on!




My question to you is would you get one if I had some made up? I don't know how much they would cost - I would charge no more than 25 bucks for one + shipping.

I think I could get Anna to autograph one for you for a small service charge. Melissa would definitely sign one for you too.

If I can get a handle on how many of you would like one, I will get going on that.

All profits go to Miss Anna! Her 17th birthday is May 21.

Let me know your thoughts please.

Thanks

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/12/13 11:07 pm

I like the shot of Anna in the Brit flag T-shirt. I'd pay $25.
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/12/13 11:41 pm

I'm good for one, David
Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 3:29 am

I'd buy at least two.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 2:56 pm

Here is pretty much what the tee shirts are going to look like.






The back may change a bit; there is a Three State Logo floating around somewhere. I will edit once I get it.

The shirts are $25 each plus shipping

Special editions are available too for you Miss Anna fans!

Signed by Melissa – $35.00
Signed by Miss Anna - $50.00

I need to know if you want one. Please indicate size and quantity. If you will not be at the ride, please add three bucks for shipping. If you get the special edition versions, shipping is free.

So far we have:

Anna Mott 1 S
Melissa Mott 1 S
Steve Mott 1 XXL
Aaron Mott 1 M
Olivia Mott 1 S
Ella Mott 1 Childrens L
Isaac Mott 1 Childrens M
David Duke 1 L
Emma Duke 1 M
Shel 1 ?
Bob Kent 2 ??
GrandPaul 1 ??

Paypal me at sdduke@bellsouth.net. Be sure to include your mailing address. If you are going to be at the ride, let me know that instead of your mailing address. I will bring the shirts with me.

Order deadline is April 29.

Order a boatload for Anna! Let’s help her have a happy 17th birthday! (May 21)
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 4:33 pm

XL for me David
Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 9:09 pm

As usual, you Britbikers just blow me away!
This shirt is awesome and your hearts are BEAUTIFUL!!!!
I am so proud to share my girly with such awesome folks as you all. You guys are just amazing.
My greatest desire, next to total healing and restoration of my girl, is to bring her to your ride...wearing HER SHIRT!!!
You guys are just freaking amazing!
<3
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 10:08 pm

1 XXL {is a pocket an option?}

1 S {edit, make it a medium please!}

Pretty sure I'll be at the ride...LOL!

Momma M, thank YOU for sharing!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 10:41 pm

Make that small a medium please...
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/13/13 11:38 pm

Change mine to (1) small, (1) medium.

thanx.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/14/13 1:57 am

Another thing we are doing at the Three State (see separate forum for details)is to give Anna a purple gas tank, which we are all going to sign.

For those of you that can't attend, you are welcome to send Anna and or Melissa a note.

Or, if you have a little keepsake, earrings, charm, picture of yourself, your kids, grandkids, whatever, send it to me.

I will give them all to Melissa.

Then, we will put your notes and keepsakes in the tank so you can be a part of this too.

Send me your notes in a envelope. If you want Melissa or Anna to read it, say "please read first" on your envelope. If you want it to be between you and your creator, say "private". Melissa will then put the notes and keepsakes in the tank, sort of like a piggybank!

Mail your stuff to me:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071.

Put your note in a separate sealed envelope. What you write is between you, Melissa, and Anna. I can assure you I won't read them.

I need these by May 15, so you have plenty of time!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/17/13 1:48 pm

Here is a picture from yesterday at Anna's old ballet studio on
St. Paddy's Day.

Anna and her old dancemates!



Anna is having a rough weekend with the nausea and fever... keep her in your thoughts. It is a beautiful day here in Atlanta. Count your blessings!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/18/13 12:11 am

Here is a beautiful picture of Anna before her very last Nutcracker. Melissa just posted this on facebook.



I was there as a stage hand with Mr. Mott. I remember watching Steve when Anna danced. He was standing next to one of the wings with his arms folded. I remember thinking how content he looked watching his daughter.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/21/13 2:04 pm

Here is another one, just posted last night by Melissa.

Good lord, what a beautiful child!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/25/13 5:36 pm

Here in the states, a popular doll (more so in the 1980's) is the cabbagepatch doll. There is a doll "maternity ward" here in Georgia where you can take your young daughter to get her very own cabbagepatch doll.

Steve, Anna's dad, took his younger daughters Ella and Livvy there this past Saturday.

From Melissa’s carepage…

"Steve took the girlies to Babyland General yesterday. They had so much fun! Miss Ella had saved her birthday money, all the way back from August (her birthday was a week before Anna's diagnosis). She had decided it was going to be used to buy Anna a Cabbage Patch doll of her own. No matter how many times Steve tried to give her the money for the doll, she would not have it. It HAD to be from her! Preciousness!!!! Of course I took a million photos of her giving it to her Sissy!!! …"

Melissa was kind enough to share with us this picture of Ella with her big sister Anna.




MRI is scheduled for our girl next Tuesday, April 2. This will gauge how well the chemo and radiation is getting rid of this ugliness.

Keep Anna close to your heart!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/01/13 11:41 pm

Anna had a pretty good Easter weekend.

Gareth Pearson, a friend of my son and an outstanding guitar player, sent Anna a video with some sweet words and a song.

It made Anna's day so much that she sent me with Melissa's help a video thank you, which I forwarded to Gareth. Gareth was touched by that.

While not the song Gareth played for the girly, here is a clip of his artistry. It reminds me of Anna...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf-VJ9gYHLk



MRI tomorrow at 11:00 am fellas!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/04/13 3:01 pm

For once - I got some damn good news for y'all.

Anna's MRI results from Tuesday indicate that there is no evidence of a tumor in her brain or in her spine!!!
beerchug beerchug beerchug




Join me if you will in giving that tumor the one finger salute...


Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/04/13 3:13 pm

That's wonder news!
Posted By: Peter R

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/04/13 5:22 pm

That's very good news indeed.
I wish Anna and her family all the best. bigt
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/05/13 1:29 am

Here she is boys!

That is what you call one happy girl.




Miss Lisa on the left, Keiko Guest (friend of the family) on the right.

What a great day!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/05/13 1:57 pm

That is the best news I've heard since our newest grandson was born!

Prayers being answered.

...Doesn't mean we stop praying (for complete healing).
Posted By: lilo

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/11/13 9:39 pm

If you like cats Anna you might like this one.
Hope your feeling better.


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/12/13 1:28 am

Thanks for the pic lilo! Cool Panther!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/12/13 1:56 am

And now for a commercial break...

Two weeks remaining on the Three State/Anna Mott tee shirt sale!

Melissa was bragging on us on her facebook and Anna's Carepage:

"....I don't think I have mentioned on here before about this new thing (Britbike is) doing but they have a 3 state ride in May each year and this year, Anna is on their shirts and they are doing this as a fund raiser for her!!!!!!!

You guys, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!! And believe me, after all we have been through, our hearts have huge bottoms. blush We love you all immensely and it means everything to our family. I can't wait to get our tshirts with Anna's picture on them!!!!!

Ever since she was little, I have saved every tshirt from soccer, ballet, concerts, anything she went to or that meant anything to her for a quilt when she graduated. This one is taking center spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Thank you to Mr. David Duke, the Duke Family and BritBike.com for supporting Anna Mott with these tshirts!!!!!

We appreciate you guys so much!!!! You guys have been so supportive and there for us during this entire journey. We are so excited and honored that you would put Anna on your shirts!!!


Ordering infomation here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=481119#Post481119

If you already have a drawer full of shirts, I will gratefully accept any cash donation you may want to throw my way. No amount is too small...




Some things to consider:

The sale of 1 tee shirt will feed Anna four meals.

4 tee shirts will pay for a Doctor's visit.

14 tee shirts will pay for Anna’s prescription medicine for one month.

20 tee shirts will feed Anna for one month.

Think about it, and count your blessings!




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/15/13 1:24 pm

Emma and I try to see Anna every two weeks or so. The way it has been working out is the visits more often than not get scrubbed because of a last minute complication with Anna’s health. So, it tends to be more like once every three weeks.

The advantage of that is that when we do visit, it is apparent how much Anna has improved cognitively. Last September, she was very monotone, one word answers. Now, she is part of the visit. Her sense of humor is returning. It’s good to see.

Emma and I had a great visit last night with Anna .

Unfortunately, we were at the hospital. The girly stubbed her toe on Saturday and it developed into an infection. Anna was taken to the ER.

Let’s all hope she gets well this week. Anna is to attend a Taylor Swift concert this Friday, and she needs to be well!
From Melissa’s carepage:

“Next Friday is that long awaited Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran concert!!!! We have to pray her well to go! She has a new lace lilac dress courtesy of Miss Kelly and Erin and Grandmother (Kelly's Mom) and brand spanking new vintage style black, distressed cowboy boots with purple crosses on them!!!! We have this girl HOOKED UP!...Anna has always dreamed of checking a Taylor Swift concert off her list and Ed Sheeran being there is almost more than she can take!”

Let’s all hope and pray Anna is well enough to go to the concert on Friday. She and Melissa have been so looking forward to it!




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/17/13 11:42 am

Today's update from Melissa

"The good news today is that the infection seems to be responding to the antibiotics. The redness and feverish hotness on her foot and leg are beginning to recede.

The bad news is that her counts aren't going up much. frown
Still no fever though, not from the infection and not from the neutropenia.

Anna was doing well the first part of the day, cognitively, but in the late afternoon, she randomly and suddenly got sick and then things went downhill.

She was zoning out and staring off into space and then she got all sad and began crying over her eyes and ears. (We had a hearing test today and she got upset because she heard them tell me it's a wee bit worse). She also was totally confused on where we are and who was here all of a sudden and she couldn't remember it was April, which she has known.

I climbed into bed with her and played with her hair and told her it's perfectly acceptable to be upset and sad and mad and anything she wants. And I just held her.

Then Olivia called on the way home from ballet and asked to come and stay with us.

Perfect.

Just what Anna needed! Having any of her siblings here is always good medicine.

It took her sleeping pill 3 hours to do the job tonight but she is finally asleep. Poor little girly. She looks so little and helpless laying there all covered up in her Pooh blanket (she has had it since before I even got pregnant with her..and it has gone into every surgery and was the one item she requested when being loaded onto the ambulance to come here). Maybe that's because she is so little and helpless laying there all covered up in her Pooh blanket. But she is also a rock star, a beast, AnnaMott, and a superhero.

I spent today just loving on her and soaking her up. Living in the moment.

Hopefully we will be going home soon.

All the nurses and everyone are telling me it's their goal to get her home for the concert. Our night nurse told me it's written in huge letters on her chart "Anna has Taylor Swift tickets for Friday"!!!!

They are just the best over here."



Anna, Melissa, and Olivia


Man, I really hope they can go see Taylor Swift. They have had tickets since late November.

I think Melissa is looking forward to it as much as Anna, just because she wants Anna to step out a bit.

Let's hope for the best...
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/17/13 12:48 pm

Still praying...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/17/13 10:25 pm

Just so you know, there are now white Anna Britbike T shirts for sale if you just can't stand the idea of wearing purple...



Details here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=481119#Post481119

We are now at over 12,000 views on this bittersweet topic.

Please consider getting a shirt or sending me a small donation. It is for Anna after all...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/13 12:11 pm

Yesterday was just an awful day for Anna. Terrifying and awful.

Wednesday, things were looking up. They were to be discharged Thursday mid morning. Anna and Melissa were getting excited for the long awaited Taylor Swift concert.

Then, Anna started complaining of a backache, then she started vomiting. She went into a seizure that lasted NINE MINUTES.

NINE F*CKING MINUTES.

Can you imagine the terror that was going through Melissa’s mind? Nine minutes of convulsing and vomiting. The medical team was vacuuming out her vomit so she would not choke to death.

After that, her left side was paralyzed. She could not speak.

She had a CT scan, spinal tap, and an exam. The cause of the seizure has not been verified. There is no evidence of any tumor regrowth, thank God.

After awhile, the feelings on her left side returned. She slowly became more cognizant.

Miss Lisa, Emma, and I visited yesterday afternoon. Anna was about 80 percent back to herself. I suspect she is better this morning.

On the Taylor Swift front, Anna’s friends have been burning up Twitter and bombarding Atlanta radio stations and Taylor Swift’s page to get Taylor to visit Anna in the hospital. Q100, the Atlanta station hyping tonight’s concert, has acknowledged their call and is contacting the Taylor Swift’s agent. As I type this, I hear that they are actually talking it up on the radio station.

It is a long shot for sure.

For reasons that escape me, Taylor Swift is a superstar, and I suspect her handlers have every minute of her day scheduled. I would like to think if Taylor knew about Anna, she would make time to visit.

Here is what Anna’s friends have been carpet bombing on Twitter:



From Melissa:

"This poor, sweet little girl has really been through the ringer today. Well, not just today, but you know what i'm sayin.

I pray there will be no more seizures. I pray there is no root cause other than radiation related irritation. I pray, I pray, I pray.

I am thankful for the most amazing friends in the entire world. For the most amazing medical team possible to have. For an oncologist that told her nurse practitioner to give me a hug and that she wasn't worried. For Erin, our NP, who stayed the entire time and checked on us on her way out. For the amazzzzzzing nurses at Scottish, who are angels on earth. For ballerinas and their friends who are blowing up twitter tonight, hashtagging #bringtaylortoanna and #prayforanna. For Hannah, Anna's best friend who said she would drop everything to come tomorrow night to be with her. For all you guys praying today, holding us up. For all your encouragement and love.

Thank you."

Let’s all hope Taylor visits Anna! It would sure lift her spirits.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/13 2:30 pm

Update

From the Bert Show (Atlanta morning radio show) facebook page:

"A little bit of light in a dark time: Anna M's been battling cancer & a brain tumor, and was SO EXCITED about seeing her hero, Taylor Swift, in concert...until she had to go back into the hospital and couldn't go. Devastated.

So, Anna's got some of the BEST friends in the world for rallying to get Taylor to visit Anna in hospital. Well, it's a slight change of plans...but we got it sorted out and...ANNA'S GOING TO MEET TAYLOR BACKSTAGE!"

Our Anna is gonna get herself a stretch limo ride down to the concert.

Check it out boys!

http://thebertshow.com/annameetstaylor/


People are good, aren't they?





Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/13 3:37 pm

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: GaCracker

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/13 3:42 pm

That's great, David. I'm proud of our city. Greg
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/13 6:09 pm

hard to see the screen just now...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/20/13 11:26 am

A few shots from Anna's big day. I like to think of it as Taylor's Swift's big day, she got to meet Anna!



Anna with lifelong friend Hannah on the left, Livvy on the right.



Here is Anna and Hannah back in the day:

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/20/13 1:19 pm

From a family friend, writing to the radio show that helped pull this off:

When a child becomes very very sick, its hard not to start keeping a list of all the things that are lost. In Anna's case she has lost so much. But one thing that has never wavered is her faith, and the faith and support of her family. I have never seen anything like it. You said she has a lot of friends. Its because Anna Mott is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. With everything she has lost, her love of music sustains her. Missing the Taylor Swift concert was just really unfair....but you guys made it so much better. The smile on Anna's face in the photos from the meet and greet are wonderful. I am including a photo of Anna doing what she loved best, because I just want everyone to see what a strong beautiful dedicated hard worker she is. I have every faith that all these things will be restored to her because she has a huge mission on this earth to fullfill. The joy you gave to this wonderful family can't even be measured and words can not express it. Thank you. Thank you a million times over

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/22/13 12:32 am

Here is Melissa's take on the Taylor Swift thing.

She has such a way with words; you can just feel the joy...

One little bitty tweet to the Bert Show here in Atlanta by Anna's sister Olivia, followed by me copying and pasting it and asking the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre ballerinas to join in, resulted in a fairy tale coming true! These things really do happen, people! I admit, I thought it was a one in a million chance. I should have remembered that Anna is a one-in-a-billion girly!!!!!!

The girls all kept tweeting til around 1:30am on Friday. Livs and I went to bed about 2 but we were up and down all night as Anna had contracted a bacterial infection in her intestinal tract and she was in the bathroom constantly. Around 3am, in the bathroom, Anna brought up the concert again and I knew at that point that I had to tell her. I was trying my best to sell the fact that it wouldn't be any fun with her feeling so bad and that I would spend the entire months of July and August and September taking her to every event I could to make up for it. She was as gracious as she always is but she was crying and so, so disappointed.

At 6am, Livs and I gave up the idea of any sleep and decided to see what, if anything, was shaking on twitter. Bert from the Bert show had tweeted asking Anna to direct message him!!!!
I wish you all could have seen Olivia and I scrambling around in that room, trying to be all quiet! We looked like Abbott and Costello! Livs was trying to be Speedy Gonzalez as the tweet had gone out a bit before and she needed to take Anna off private on her twitter account. She then got on for Anna and asked Anna what she wanted to say. It was so nerve wracking and exciting!!!!!!

Then things got so dang crazy, I don't even know all of every detail or the exact order some of it happened.

One of the techs who works at the desk came to my room saying there was a phone call she wanted my permission to transfer in. It was one of the CHOA reps that Bert had called!!!!!!!! He was asking my permission for Bert to call me. Of course I said yes! (You all keep in mind throughout this tale that I absolutely ABHOR being in the public or even having my picture taken. I mean, I actually think I need therapy for it or something)
So, Bert calls me and we are talking and all of a sudden, Livs, who was in the bathroom with Anna again, flies out in the middle to tell me I am on the radio and she hears me!!!!! Now, I don't even remember if he had already said it to me or not! I was just flabbergasted!

Then he says they are hooking Anna up to see Taylor at a backstage meet and greet. They couldn't get Taylor to Anna so they worked with the AMAZING folks at Choa,who spoke with our medical team and the nurses, who MADE IT HAPPEN!!!!!

Anna's nurses and doctors, I really believe, were as devastated as Steve and I were about the whole thing. They went above and beyond to make this happen for our little girl, as did the folks at Choa.

SO,
my friend Kelly was coming down to be with me, she had decided on Thursday, as she knew how down I was and that Anna would be, and wanted to support us. I called her like a mad woman and asked her where she was on the road. They had told us to start getting everything in order to go and that they didn't know when but it was happening!

Poor Kelly! She had already bought Anna a special Taylor Swift dress but I didn't have Steve bring it down as I knew it wasn't happening as of Thursday morning. I also didn't know if he could get it to me in time as he had work and I didn't know when he would arrive or when we would leave. Kelly said she literally flew down the road in her little car to Kohls, which was the only thing open at that hour and she got Anna a beautiful dress and got Livs an outfit too and got them shoes and also got Anna a pair of jeans to wear with the Taylor Swift tshirt she and her daughter Erin had bought the night before at the first concert for my girl. They are SO THOUGHTFUL!

Well, it turned out that Steve was able to make it but the first dress, by that time, had been vetoed and the new one was in. He was also able to get the new boots we had bought just for the occasion down there in time! (They are purple, by the way!) I didn't think we would get those boots on Anna's foot that had the infected toe and told her so. Her reply? "Oh, we're getting those boots on" Hahahaha! An attitude and strength and determination like that is just exactly why she's beating brain cancer, people!

Anna's best friend Hannah had also, like Kelly, dropped everything to come down with Anna for the day. That girl is just the best. Period.

She and Kelly, with the idea supplied by our nurse and the supplies brought in by Choa's child life, spent hours making posters. Our catch phrase? #tweetsreallydocometrue !!!!!!! Kinda perfect, right?

Well, Hannah, as usual, was a huge help and just a ray of sunshine! She did Anna's makeup and helped me get her dressed.
So did one of our dear nurse friends, Kathryn, who brought lunch and spent the day with us!

What special people to spend this special day with!!!!

Well, when it was time to go...in our rented limo, courtesy of Bert, mind you....we went out the door and all the nurses and our nurse practitioner were out there to see our girl off!!!!!! These people are just amazing, y'all!!!!!

Olivia, me, Anna Banana, and our used-to-be-speech therapist, and now dear friend Katie, got in and off we went. (We decided to invite Katie as she had given Anna the Taylor Swift Red cd during Anna's therapy and they both shared a love of TS. We just totally connected with Katie from the start and she always just "got" Anna. She was able to draw her out so much while we were inpatient. More than was ever thought even possible. Katie loved my girl and showed it. We LOVE KATIE! I am so glad we became friends after we left, even outside of the hospital!!! She is such a blessing to us! &#9829; )

So we got to the venue, out back, and it was incredible to be there. It was almost unbelievable, really! People kept staring and wondering if TS was in the limo! Once our driver lied and said yes to some who asked!!!! We kept the windows up to keep the suspense going! We saw Ed Sheeran walking by our limo and Livs called out to him. (He is one of Anna's total faves too!) He looked at us and smiled and waved but didn't come. Boo! frown
That was ok though cuz we went in to meet Taylor!

Let me just tell you a few things about that!

She is beautiful, almost Amazonian in height, ethereal, and was totally gracious! She made it all about Anna. She got down on her knees to speak to her and really "spoke" to her. She has a gift of making it feel intimate and like you are the only person she wants to speak with. It was like a soothing balm on my baby's heart to get to do that. She is totally not the kind of person who would ever seek out to meet a celebrity but having a once in a life time opportunity like that was, to me, just what she deserved after battling such a rare and costly tumor. She needed something beyond the ordinary!

Oh so quickly, it was over. I wish my eyes could just show you all the smile that baby had on her face. It came up and out, all the way from her little heart. It makes me tear up right now as I write about it. That sweet baby.

We dropped her off with Hannah and Steve and the boys. Ella and Livs and Katie and I went back to the concert. I was in the best company and the concert was amazing, but very bittersweet. I walk a fine line in my life of making sure the other kids still get to live. I try to enjoy the moments with them and not be sad as it's not fair to their moments with me and their memories. But I must admit, that concert was H.A.R.D. Every song that came on I was thinking about my little girl, back at the hospital, looking all small and frail and covered with her Pooh blanket. Thinking about how much she has been robbed of. It just bites. It's the worst thing ever. I had a really hard time keeping my mind in the right place last night, guys. I just turn those upset moments into prayers for my girl. Total restoration. Nothing less.

Wanna thank Jennifer, my friend who got the tickets for us and who bought Anna a TS shirt and an Ed Sheeran one. Did that so we didn't have to stand in that line that must have reached to China! The seats were so good and they were there with us, which was awesome! What a blessing. &#9829;...

Also, some have asked me about tshirts. There are no more Anna's Army Tshirts but David Duke is doing some through BritBike for Anna. You can get that info on his facebook page or ask me for it in the comments. I have had several folks ask.

Ps..I actually got in some photos. Anything for Anna.



Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/24/13 8:57 am

Tee shirt sale ends this coming Monday.

Details here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=481119&page=1

Check it out!

My daughter Emma with the purple, and Anna's younger sister Olivia with the white. They are beautiful. And the shirts are nice too!











Operators are standing by!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/24/13 11:33 am

...and they're PRETTY operators!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/26/13 1:40 am

Tee shirt sale ends Monday

I pulled some strings and got us a supermodel to show off the shirt...





Ordering information here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=481119#Post481119
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/29/13 1:22 am

Here is a picture of Anna and her little sister Ella. Taken in September of last year before Anna's first surgery. Melissa captioned the photo "Big Sister pep talk before the big surgery".



Shirt sale ends tomorrow boys. Think about getting one, or consider a small donation.

Ordering infomation here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=481119#Post481119

Count your blessings!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/30/13 1:02 am

To me, this picture conveys to me more than anything the love between a mother and daughter.

I am fortunate to see it first hand...




Melissa and her first born daughter Anna.

Taken on the way to see Taylor Swift.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/02/13 2:20 pm

Anna’s 17th birthday is May 21.

Would you be so kind as to bop on down to the Walgreen’s or Halmark and get her a birthday card?

If you are following from across the pond or down under – a card from overseas would be so appreciated!

Say you’re from Britbike too.

Address cards to:

Miss Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047


Reply that you will do this on this forum too! Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself here...

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/04/13 10:24 pm

Anna has is halfway through her fifth of six chemotherapy sessions. She was in the hospital last Thursday, and got discharged today (Saturday) around lunch time.

She goes in next Thursday for a day or two to complete the round.

After that, she has one treatment left in June.

Things have been for the most part uneventful, which is a good thing!

Olivia, Anna's younger sister, occasionally blogs about Anna.

Here is an exchange with Anna she shared when they went to see Taylor Swift awhile back:

" In the limo on the way she told me "Livvy, what do I say? I mean she's Taylor Swift and I'm just Anna!"! I told her not to worry about that because being Anna is all you need to be! " bigt


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/05/13 2:23 pm

Reminder for you Anna fans;

Another thing we are doing at the Three State (see separate forum for details)is to give Anna a purple gas tank, which we are all going to sign.

Here it is - Ob1 Quixote did a magnificent job on this...



For those of you that can't attend, you are welcome to send Anna and or Melissa a note.

Or, if you have a little keepsake, earrings, charm, picture of yourself, your kids, grandkids, whatever, send it to me.

I will give them all to Melissa.

Your notes and keepsakes will be included with the tank so you can be a part of this too; I will try to find a crown royal bag or something like that to hold it all.

Send me your notes in a envelope. If you want Melissa or Anna to read it, say "please read first" on your envelope. If you want it to be between you and your creator, say "private". Melissa will keep the notes and keepsakes with the tank.

Mail your stuff to me:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071.

Put your note in a separate sealed envelope. What you write is between you, Melissa, and Anna. I can assure you I won't read them.

I need these by May 15 or thereabouts.

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/05/13 3:17 pm

Finished up the base yesterday, all that is left is assembly/alignment and sticking on the felt footpads!
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/06/13 2:05 am

ob1 ...that is AWESOME....so cool....good work man!!!! is there a coin slot inthe cap ? maybe we can fill it with dollars??????
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/06/13 10:12 pm

thankya suh!

The tank is plain filthy inside, whattaya say we fill an envelope instead?
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/07/13 2:15 am

redkote or caswells will fix that filthy inside....i'll send some to ya if you need it....
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/07/13 2:31 am

And risk that paint?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/07/13 11:51 am

Portions of this morning’s carepage update from Melissa…

“Saturday was Aaron's birthday so Steve and the kids brought breakfast to us at the hospital that morning. When it's a Mott kid birthday, the entire day is all about them, down to them picking all the meals and activities. This was the third birthday we have celebrated in the hospital since all this began…

(Anna) has been in and out cognitively on us. That chemo brain is real but unfortunately, necessary. It also made her grumpy today. Mostly at Aaron. That is way unusual on both accounts. It made him a bit upset but I explained to him that it isn't really her. It's the chemo. That helped a lot. He loves her so much. Those two have always been so, so close. They depend on each other and lean on each other.

This has been really hard on him. Every day he tells me how much he misses her company, her advice, having fun with her, her musical findings. He's lost, sometimes. I do think he's handling this like most grownups wouldn't, even. And he is adamant and steadfast that she is going to be restored and come all the way back to us… I believe him!”





Aaron, like all the Motts, is just a beautiful human.

We had the Motts over last Sunday for lunch. Aaron would piggyback Anna to and from the car. I should have taken a picture. He’s a good kid.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/13/13 11:37 am

Not much to report on Anna – a good thing!

She completely finished her 5th round of chemo last Thursday. It wiped her out pretty bad, and Emma and I had to cancel our weekend visit.

On Mother’s Day, people on facebook would wish their mother happy Mother’s Day or say something about their mom.

For Melissa, people would write HER and tell her what a great mom she is, usually along the lines of “I know you are not my mom, BUT…”

Here is my favorite:

“You inspire me to be a better mother everyday. You are a blessing to everyone that knows you and your kiddos are so blessed to call you Mom. The depth of your love for all your babies is beautiful to behold and be a part of. Love you dear lady.”




Anna had Aaron write this for her:

Happy Mother's Day to the most wonderfully, amazing mom! I love you sooo much!

And Melissa’s reply:

Anna Mott I love you more than life itself. You are my hero. The greatest gift I have had is being your mom. I have been honored to take care of you during your illness. You are a dream daughter. One day, you will be able to see this. Until then I will have Aaron read it to you, just like he posted for you. I LOVE YOU.”





Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/16/13 1:27 pm

Barring fever, medical complications, or other baddies, Miss Anna Mott will be at the Three State Friday and Saturday morning.

Those inclined to prayer, please say one for Anna and her family as they travel. A five plus hour ride is a long ride for a sick girl.

Anna will be with her mother Melissa, brother Aaron, little sister Ella, and little brother Isaac.

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/20/13 12:08 pm

The T shirt sale is over and the grand total raised is....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itAOGRiYRLI



$3,000 beerchug

Thank you so much everyone!

The funds will be used for physical therapy, copays, food supplements, and assorted out of pocket expenses.

To quote Melissa,


"Y'ALL ROCK!"





Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/13 9:49 am

Anna Melissa Mott is 17 today.

From mom:

"17 years ago, a miracle happened. God, for some reason, allowed me to be the mommy of Anna Mott. Anna, it has been such an honor to have you in my life and I have gone from teaching you to learning from you. My wish for you is complete health and restoration and that one year from today, you will be reading my 18th wish for yourself. I am so proud of you, I am in awe of you, and I LOVE YOU.

'As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.'-Winnie the Pooh"







Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/13 8:23 pm

Happy, happy Birthday to Anna!! Such a steep hill to climb---I hope we all would have just a small percentage of her courage!

And the money raised, and the concern-----I've never been more proud to be a little part of a community as I am to be part of BB.C right now.

Thank you, David, for spearheading all of this!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/22/13 10:17 am

Here are a few pics from yesterday:



Anna and her dad Steve.




With brother Aaron



All the brothers and sisters - Aaron, Anna,Isaac, Olivia, and Ella.



The birthday girl

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/22/13 12:13 pm

Beautiful!!!!
Posted By: JiminNC

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/23/13 2:43 am

Happy Birthday!
Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/23/13 2:49 am

Rhododendron in the Rain



Happy Birthday, young lady!!

Steve
Posted By: Bob E

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/23/13 4:57 am

Happy Birthday Anna!!!

Bob in Ct
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/27/13 12:50 pm

Yesterday was Anna's 17th birthday party, and it was done up in style.

Anna has always been a lover of classic literature and loves vintage stuff, and that was the theme of the party.

I volunteered to help set up for the party, which started at 1:00.

Melissa said she would love the help - "get there at 9:00 a.m."

I was thinking 9:00? That's four hours!

We needed every hour to get it ready!

The clubhouse was transformed into Anna Land, with all sorts of cool vintage stuff in every corner and wall.

Just a few pics...

Take it from me, pictures don't do this party justice. Here is the food line...



The girly



Anna's corsage





Anna and her childhood friend Ali Bell. Anna was in a quiet room to receive her guests. Just like the pope!







Livvy Mott on left with her friends. This was the photobooth room.



It was a great day for Anna and the Mott family.


And...

I have a few shirts left and they are on sale.

Twenty dollars each shipped to you doorstep!

White - XL, qty threetwo
Purple - S, qty one
Purple - L, qty one

Every dollar helps the girly!

PM me if you want one.

Thanks y'all!
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/28/13 12:30 am

WAY COOL!!!!!! GO ANNA!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/30/13 1:29 am

Tomorrow Anna goes in for her last chemotherapy session. She will be in the hospital till Saturday. She has an outpatient treatment the following Thursday and she will be D.O.N.E!

Melissa invited Miss Lisa, Emma, and I to her last treatment. I tend to say "honor" a lot, but I really am honored that she invited us. Melissa told me "you two have been with us from the get go like Lisa so I wanted you to come if ya can and ya want! Basically, it's come hang, eat and laugh."




Robert's (OB1 Quixote's) beautiful Miss Anna tank is in the mail, plus I have our $3,000 check for Anna. If Steve (Anna's dad) is there, I will present them with OUR gifts.



It will be wonderful!

Please keep Anna, Melissa, and Steve in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow!



Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/31/13 5:32 pm

We're keeping her in prayer on a regular basis. Talitha loves her new purple BritBike/Anna T-shirt!

Thanx David.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/03/13 11:30 am

Price reduction

I have a few shirts left and they are on sale.

Fifteen Twenty dollars each shipped to you doorstep!


White - XL, qty two
Purple - S, qty one
Purple - L, qty one


Every dollar helps the girly!


PM me if you want one.

Thanks y'all!



Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/05/13 11:37 am

This picture says it all...

Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/05/13 12:09 pm





Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/05/13 9:59 pm

She looks great, I hope she feels as good as she looks.
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/06/13 2:06 am

looks like ANNA got an A++ on her last visit...HUrrah!!!!!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/08/13 7:32 pm

A few pictures from today's "Miles for Smiles" fun run put on by the Amanda Riley Foundation.

This foundation offers direct and immediate help to people like the Motts (families dealing with pediatric cancer).

Read more about them here - http://www.amandarileyfoundation.org/

Anna and her family were there today with friends -



The young lady on the right is Erin. She used to dance ballet with Anna a few years back. A beautiful person. Her family has been beyond helpful to the Motts throughout all this.




Anna and mother Melissa - the strongest ladies I know.




The big check the dude is holding is a surprise $1000 check for Anna! clap clap clap




A good day for the Motts!





Balloon release for kids past and present who suffer from cancer. The purple one near the tree top is Anna's!

Count your blessings boys!
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/09/13 4:24 pm

Hi David,

Just a little note; thank you for the tee-shirt, and thanks for including the photo of Anna. It is on my 'fridge where I see her every day, and send a little energy winging east. I wear the tee-shirt quite often, and people are always asking me about Anna, and I tell them a much-abbreviated history, and some nod, some have stories of their own, some get misty, but EVERYONE is touched in some way.

So I just wanted to say thanks, and to let you know that Anna is touching the lives of people she will never meet, and they all wish her the very, very best!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/10/13 1:25 pm

That's pretty cool, the ONLY purple balloon in a huge bunch; she's THAT special!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/12/13 8:00 pm

Just a quick update on Anna-

Her last chemo infusion from a week ago today continues to beat her down.

Melissa took Anna in Monday for her white blood count.

The count was very very low, the lowest it has been through this ordeal.

She got two units of blood plus some platelets.

Anna is now home resting, but she is battling with nausea.

She is also out of it. Melissa says this is the worst cognitively she has been since her surgery back in September. frown

I have yet to give her our gifts...

We are going to try for next Sunday, June 23rd.

Anna will be out of the woods then I hope!

Thank you all so much for following along. The Motts think the world of Britbike and with good reason I think.

Please keep our girl in your thoughts and prayers!





Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/13/13 12:40 am

Dang it! She will be out of the woods, and I will be in them!

Got a play day then, dual sport ride in Abbeville SC.

Guess I'll have something to look forward to when I get home!
Posted By: JiminNC

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/13/13 8:57 pm

Sending loads of good vibes from NC to GA.

Jim & Ann Marie
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/14/13 9:15 pm

Lots of positive energy and hope for a speedy recovery from the Pacific Northwest!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/17/13 8:37 pm

Only one XL White Shirt left!


15 dollars shipped to your door!




Think of it as buying Anna breakfast, lunch and dinner for a day.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/20/13 11:31 pm

Once I sell this last shirt, we will be at $3200 for Anna.

So, who wants a shirt or has 15 dollars they need to put to good use?

If all goes well, Anna will get her check and tank on Sunday.

Melissa and I have been trying for weeks to get together, but this very last chemo has done a number on the girly.

Keep her in your thoughts and prayers please
.








Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/23/13 12:00 am

All shirts sold!

Thank you Eddie for helping out Anna.


I appreciate it!
beerchug



Anna and my daughter Emma, taken last night. Stay tuned for the rest of the story...
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/23/13 2:58 pm

Thought of Anna last night at a recital my daughter and granddaughter participated in. Over 4 hours long, so thinking about her pretty often. Prayers continuing daily.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/24/13 2:58 pm

Anna is getting her follow up MRI today, and Melissa is a nervous wreck.

Imagine having to check if your first born child is free of cancer every three or four months .

Further imagine doing this for a lifetime.

Logically, Anna will be cancer free today. She had an MRI last month after her second seizure. She was clear.

Emotionally, it is gut wrenching.

I repeat myself, but count your blessings, and please say a prayer for Anna today!




Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/26/13 9:20 pm

Holy flipping WOW!!!!

You guys are freaking crazy-amazing!

Just thought you should know that and also that you should know that we are eternally grateful for all you have done for Anna and our family.

To do your shirts with Anna's face and name on them was such an honor.(Beeeeuteeeful shirts, by the way.)

THEN, you go and do a fundraiser for her. (SO much help for her medical expenses, which seem to be the gift that keeps on giving.)

And THEN, the gas tank.....OH MY. (The most precious possession she now owns. A gorgeous, unique, creative gift that took a lot of time to restore and sign, that is sitting prominently in her room, to be kept for always and forever.)

On top of all these things, you guys have been an unending source of support (financial and verbal), encouragement and prayers for almost a year now. To a family you didn't even know!

You all are the best people around.

Ever.

We are forever grateful and forever honored.

Thank you so, so much.

I love Robert's (Ob1 Quixote) Carepage limericks so I wrote a poem!


The Motts, they had a little girl
When she got sick it changed their world
She's fought hard, but not alone
And now they say the tumor's gone
They offered support, love and to pray
The Britbike peeps, they sure don't play!
Some special folks those bikers are
Those who live near and also far
Whether messaging or sending cards
Flowers, gifts or such cool bards
Britbike never left her side
And even took her on their ride!
The Motts, they are blown away
And plan to pay it forward some day
These Britbike peeps aren't regular folks
Nope, they are the most special blokes!


We love you all!

Melissa and Steve Mott


Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/26/13 11:11 pm

Glad to be able to help out a little! Gotta go get a paper towel and some glass cleaner, screen seems more than a bit blurry.
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/27/13 3:07 pm

What a beautiful family.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/27/13 7:33 pm

Yes, it’s been almost a year and how could we ever forget Ms Anna and the rest of the Motts.

I’ve said it before…I think this has been the single best thing we have done as a group. I’m proud of everybody involved and I’m proud to have been a very small part of it.

For me…..Anna getting back to being herself is the number one priority. She has proven to be one tough young lady and an inspiration to us all.

BUT………it’s not hard to see where she got that from.

Ms M (aka Melissa, Momma Mott, Anna’s mother) you are absolutely the bravest, wisest, strongest most inspirational woman I have ever met. It was an honor to have met you in person. Your courage and wisdom thorough all of this is something I will never forget.

We’re still here and we won’t forget the Motts. smile

Take care, one of your BritBike.com friends, Gordon in NC (aka Gordon Gray)


Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/27/13 9:04 pm

And what an honor it is to have Britbikers as our friends....
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/01/13 6:55 pm

We are now at 20,000 views on a topic on a motorcycle forum that has little if anything to do with motorcycles.

What started as a request for purple pictures has evolved into something so much more.

You may be surprised to know that this time last year, I barely knew Anna and Melissa. Anna was one of my daughter Emma’s dance friends. We never exchanged anything beyond a very occasional wave or maybe a hello. The same is true with Melissa. She was Anna’s mom. She was someone I said hi to in the dance studio lobby, or made small talk backstage at the nutcracker.

Things are so very different now. Anna is like a daughter to me. Melissa is a sister to me. I love them both dearly. I am so truly blessed to know them.

My life has been profoundly changed for the better by the strength, wisdom, courage, faith, graciousness, and optimism of these two extraordinarily brave women. It is a privilege and an honor to help. It is never ever a burden or inconvenience.

Melissa recently posted this quote on her facebook page:

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

I like to think that Melissa had Britbike in mind when she shared it.

Next Monday, Anna will restart her physical and speech therapy. She will also begin to attend a school for the visually impaired.

The updates will continue occasionally but less frequently; hopefully the “exciting” events of the past nine months are behind us.

Thank you all for helping and caring for Anna.

http://tinyurl.com/beautiful-Anna



My Heroes

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/05/13 2:37 pm

Hope everyone had a happy 4th!

Mott family circa 2006

Anna on the right.


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/08/13 11:40 am

Melissa and Steve got Anna a Cairn Terrier (Toto in Wizard of Oz)last night.

I think Anna has a new friend!






Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/08/13 3:16 pm

Aww, that's so sweet
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/08/13 3:18 pm

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta


GREAT photo!

Good to see Anna's hair coming back in.

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/08/13 9:45 pm

THAT looks like a HAPPY kid!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/09/13 1:06 am

From today...

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/11/13 5:19 pm

I wanted to share with you a bit about Anna’s lifelong friend, Hannah Watkins. Hannah is Anna’s angel. You may remember her from my post about Taylor Swift a few months ago.

Nine times out of ten, when my daughter Emma and I would visit Anna, Hannah would be at Anna’s side.





Here is what Melissa recently wrote:

…Hannah has been there since day 1 of the diagnosis. She sat with us through the looooong hours of Anna's surgeries, she spent the night numerous times, often staying for hours at a time by Anna's bedside. She helped me take care of her in every way. Never flinched at things that would have been some people's worst horrors. She answered Anna's questions, over and over and over without ever growing impatient. She spent the precious weekends of her senior year in high school with her friend who didn't even comprehend she was present. I could just go on and on about this young lady. She is exceptional.

She was headed towards possibly teaching special ed children until all this changed her mind. Now she is on full scholarship at Georgia State University and plans to become a nurse at Scottish in the Aflac oncology unit. Now how special is that?
"

Hannah wrote an essay about Anna in her Senior English class, and I will share it with you in the next day or two.

She is, as Melissa says, an exceptional person.







Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/12/13 1:19 am

Here is Hannah’s essay. She was kind enough to send me some pictures of her and Anna.

Part 1

Things Were Never Quite the Same

I found Anna, or rather she found me, as I was struggling to frost a birthday cake. When I say struggling, I mean that more of the icing was ending up in my mouth than on my cake, and as she took the icing bag my mess turned into beautiful, intricate swirls; and things were never quite the same after that. That wouldn’t be the last time Anna was there to clean up my messes, and now I am able to laugh at how beautifully symbolic our friendship began. Her one, simple act of trying to help me, of cleaning up my mess, turned into years of laughter, late nights, and amazing adventures.



The saying that, “opposites attract,” could not have been truer in our case. Anna was quiet, loveable, and flawless- whereas I was loud, crazy, and hilariously entertaining. Together though, we completed each other- the two of us were invincible, and we were more than certain that one day we would rule the world. I was older than Anna, by precisely one year, four months, and fourteen days. When we were younger, I was the captain and Anna was my right hand. On our ship of childhood, we ruled; we conquered everything that came our way- whether it was a dance performance, a dare, or a math test. In our imaginations, we saved villages, we won the Olympics, we slayed dragons; but in the reality, we were just two little girls, who knew that no matter what, through anything, we would have each other.







This year marked my senior year of high school, and I was pretty much jubilantly happy to be done with my small town. My biggest worry was what I would wear to my senior prom, if the cute boy in my math class even noticed me, or if my parents would buy me a new car for graduation; and as I look back, I cringe at how naive I was. It was a Wednesday, I had just gotten off of work, and my parents were out of town- leaving me alone for a week, without supervision. That Wednesday, changed my life forever. My best friend, my rock, my person- the doctors found a mass, they found a brain tumor unlike anything they had ever seen. Anna, they explained, has cancer. And, even though I was a small, innocent seventeen year-old, I knew that things would never be the same.

You know when you read those books, where something bad happens and the character doesn’t even remember what happened next- or how they got from point A to point B? Well, I remember that day- I remember everything I ate, everything I did, and even what I was wearing. I remember getting a phone call, I remember getting an explanation; but, I don’t remember what happened next. I remember crying, a lot. I remember yelling, a lot. I remember numbly trying to explain what was happening, and for the first time in my life being at a loss for words. I stared at my wall that night, I begged and pleaded for this to be a nightmare, for this to go away, for this to- selfishly, happen to anyone else, but us.

The next morning, I jumped in my car and drove to the hospital. I prepared myself to see a vegetable and to struggle to see her through the tubes and wires; as if she was some crazy science experiment gone wrong. I walked the halls, which would soon become all too familiar to navigate, I found the room- and with a deep breath, I opened the door. To my surprise, there were no tubes and wires, there was no vegetable- but my same bright-eyed beautiful friend looking up at me. She was my same friend, who joked with me, criticized my choice in nail polish, and sat up with me all those crazy late nights. I stayed for hours, she talked, and she slept- we joked, and I wept.

It didn’t take a brain tumor for me to know how much I loved her, it didn’t take a brain tumor for me to appreciate the person that she was. It took a brain tumor for me to know, that I couldn’t live without her- I hate to say that, but it remains to be the fact that Anna was always there for me, that I always had her by my side. And now, because of a growth that developed itself in the center of her beautiful mind; that there was a chance that she wouldn’t always be by my side. I hate that I thought those words, I hate that I even doubted her ability to win this war- but I needed her, and the selfish being that I am, pleaded with her not to leave.

The next day they cut her open, they sliced her beautiful brain, and took out what they could of her awful invader. She slightly recovered, and they went in again and when Anna woke up- she wasn’t Anna anymore. Sure, there were similarities- she still popped her knuckles when she was nervous, asked to have her hair braided, and wanted to listen to the same music. But her beautiful eyes could no longer see, her beautiful legs could no longer dance, and her smart amazing mind was more jumbled than the most intricate puzzle. I sat with her, I joked with her, I held her hand- yet she didn’t answer, she didn’t laugh, and she didn’t squeeze my hand back.

Finally, after months of moving from floor to floor- the doctor’s finally sent us to room 351, on floor three. We had entered the rehab floor, and we were here to stay. The plan was to bring Anna to normal enough capacity, so that she could independently function. Anna, at this point couldn’t walk or feed herself, her speech was limited, and she needed assistance to do, literally, everything.

In addition to beginning rehabilitation services, the doctors explained to us that Anna would also be receiving radiation therapy everyday to the brain and spine, as well as chemotherapy once a week. The explained to us side effects, complications, and statistics- but for some reason all we could focus on was her hair.

There were certain things everyone knew about Anna: she was a ballerina, her favorite color was purple, and she had the longest, and most beautiful hair in the world. She would wear her wavy locks in a side braid, or clip it back as the long tresses swept down her back. We then, knowing that her beautiful mane would fall out- decided to cut it off. So, in spirit of keeping everything fun- we had a party. We invited friends and family, we munched on cake and sipped our cokes; and we all silently cried, as her hair was cut off in two, brilliant slices.



That night, was the first night I spent at the hospital. To call it a “sleepover” would be a joke, as there was sleeping, no pillow fights, and no late night gossip sessions. I sat up in a chair beside Anna’s bed, and held her hand through the long hours of the night- as I pleaded with her to sleep. I was, honestly, scared to sleep- my eye-lids weighed thousands of pounds, my muscles ached from sitting up, and my body craved the warmth of a blanket- but, I was too scared to let go. As I looked at my best friend I couldn’t help but remember the things we had done and the times we had shared. I laughed as I remembered setting up a lemonade stand in the middle of December, or the time I taught her how to dive from a diving board- and she ended up doing the world’s most fantastic belly-flop, or her reaction to her surprise thirteenth birthday party. I looked down at this girl, laying in a bed and looking entirely too vulnerable- and I wondered what had happened to the girl who fixed my cake all those years ago, I wondered what had happened to my best friend.

The months that came offered us hope, and light into this dark situation. Each day Anna woke up stronger and more resilient- she was fighting, because her life depended on it. While Anna fought front lines on the battle field, I was able to see firsthand how something as traumatic as brain cancer effects a family. Anna’s mother and I became closer, and we now share a bond that I will forever hold in my heart. I was able to watch as Anna’s mother transformed into Anna’s coach, doctor, mentor, comedian, and friend. She continuously pushed Anna to her limits, helped her succeed in almost impossible tasks; all while providing love, optimism, encouragement, and astonishing hope.


Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/12/13 3:00 pm

Wow.
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/12/13 8:05 pm

God. I haven't cried like this in years. Does anyone still need a definition of "courage" or "friendship"? Look no further.

Bless you, Anna, for coming into our lives!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/13/13 1:50 am

Part II

Anna’s father, became superman- he was always there, giving Anna a hug, providing her with words of advice- all while steadily holding a full-time job as both a father and a rock that all of us could lean on. No matter what, that man always had a smile on his face, a joke on his mind, and a word of inspiration in his heart.


Anna’s siblings, grew up- quickly. Her brother became a man, with a goal and a dream to help others like Anna; her sisters became little women, more than capable of doing a nurses job, and entertain their sister with the news of up-and- coming pop culture; and the baby of the family, became a constant form of fun, who knew how to cheer anyone up in a matter of seconds.

I also, in addition to seeing this family transform into incredible individuals, got the pleasure to meet amazing people, with amazing stories. We learned of a beautiful little girl, from an amazing family- who lost her battle, shortly after diagnosis; or about the little boy from Savannah who was able to create a new outlook on childhood cancer to his community- before he too, lost his battle. We also got the pleasure of meeting, and being helped by a mother, who now spends her time giving back to the community, and other children with cancer diagnoses- after her daughter passed, just two years ago.

Meeting these people and hearing their stories, made me begin to think- I knew that I had changed since Anna’s original diagnosis, my morals, values, and beliefs had all changed because of one simple word: cancer. Knowing that thing were never going to be the same, I made the pledge to become a nurse- dealing specifically with children battling brain cancers. Thanks to Anna,I learned more about medicine and cancer than I even thought was possible- and because of that knowledge, I am confident in knowing that I will be able to do my part in making the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancers just that much easier.

Thanksgiving, usually a time of historical remembrances and family, happened to be our first day home from the hospital. It was funny, that we had just spent short of four months, non-stop, in a hospital room. Anna was night and day better; she was now able to walk, with assistance, talk, laugh, and joke- and having her in her own home, surrounded by her family, was the best medicine of all.

The month of December flew by, and before we knew it- January snuck up on us. Anna was admitted for her first, of many, week-long chemotherapy admissions. Her doctor’s explained to us that Anna would be receiving round-the-clock chemotherapy during her stay for one week a month, for six months. I must say, there is something alarming, yet oddly satisfying about chemotherapy. In one aspect, it is poison and there is something off-putting about a medicine that must be applied by a doctor in a full protective suit; yet, at the same time, you know that this poison must infiltrate her weak body in order to wipe out the intruder.

She took the chemotherapy, with the grace of an angel- and she flew through her appointments, beating odds, surprising doctors, and being incredibly optimistic. As of this month, she officially ended chemotherapy treatment- and saying goodbye to the hospital and everything it held, was harder than I thought. There were so many nights spent on that floor, so many tears shed, so many mountains climbed, and so many obstacles overcome that parting from the hospitals cold walls, felt like saying goodbye to a home. Her doctors waved at us as we left, and I had to wipe tears from my eyes as I helped push her wheelchair out the door. I could not be happier to say, that as of just recently, under a year of treatment for the world’s most rare brain tumor, and against all odds- Anna is in remission. Her journey is not yet over, she has many more bridges to cross- but now, as we face our future, I know with all confidence that she can handle anything that is thrown her way.

Knowing Anna, just by being her friend, I learned a lot, enough to fill an entire book. I know how to make light of the darkest situations, how to joke, even when you don’t want to laugh, what to say when nothing seems like it is going right, and to never give up hope in yourself, even when you don’t know what you’re hoping for.

When Anna was diagnosed, things were never quite the same after that. Because of her, I am now motivated to make a difference in our world, I have made relationships with people, and connections over things I never knew existed, I know the names of over a hundred different medications, I know which nurses can bring extra blankets, I know which days the hospital cafeteria serves the best food, and I know which floor has the best parking. I also know that I wouldn’t be who I am today, if it wasn’t for Anna. I know the true value of friendship, and what it means to be there for thick and thin. I know that no matter what I will always tell Anna’s story, because she truly is my hero. I know that’s cliché, the whole hero thing. Nonetheless, my hero doesn’t have a cape, or a crown- my hero is the person that taught me how to decorate a cake, who cleaned up my messes, and changed my life for the better.





Posted By: Bob E

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/13/13 8:33 pm

Wow is right.
Posted By: Zimm

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/14/13 12:52 am

Wow doesn't even begin to cover it.
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/14/13 1:57 am

truly amazing and very humbling. thank you.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/22/13 10:45 pm

Not much to report with Miss Anna, and that is a good thing!

Anna is now starting her third week of rehab, albeit at half days rather than the originally scheduled full days. She does not have enough strength for full days yet.

One thing that did happen this week is that a former GBT ballerina Whitney Sue visited Anna along with her therapy dog.

When Anna was a child, Whitney Sue was Anna's age and a beautiful ballerina. Anna always looked up to her. Whitney Sue was one of the "big girls".

Here is Whitney Sue and Anna in the 2006 Nutcracker:




Anna is the girl wearing the green.

Whitney Sue was in a terrible auto accident during her last year as a ballet dancer at GBT- her neck was broken. There were doubts at the time that she would ever walk again.

During her recovery, therapy dogs would visit her on occasion. Whitney Sue fully recovered from her injury years ago and is paying it forward with her own therapy dog. She and her dog visit sick kids and helps to brighten their day.

Melissa said her visit made Anna's week.



My daughter will be returning from her ballet intensive in Nashville this weekend, and we plan on visiting Anna next week. I am looking forward to it. Visiting Anna makes my week!




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/28/13 12:59 am

Britbike's own Peggy Strain of Burgettstown Pa boldly sporting the DOUBLE PURPLE for Anna.




Anybody else there in Anna land got a purple picture they can post? Let's see it!
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/29/13 1:26 am

Way to go Peggy!!!! Everytime I see a brilliant swatch of Purple, I think of our Anna!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/31/13 3:39 pm

Today's picture from Melissa; she calls it "sister love".



Livvy is Anna's little sister, and an outstanding ballerina herself.

Taken at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/04/13 11:08 pm

Any interest in these pins?



Minimum run of 50 before I would order.

10 dollars shipped in the US.

Would have to investigate overseas postage.

Just a thought...
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/05/13 1:30 am

put me down for two if you run with it!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/06/13 12:14 pm

My daughter Emma is 18 today. Last night, the Motts treated us to dinner to celebrate.


Ella, Olivia, Anna, and Emma.

Anna is slowly getting better. Her eyelashes and eyebrows are growing back, she is walking a bit better, and she is more talkative. Through all of this hell, Anna has always maintained a good sense of humor.

Before all this happened, Anna had just a tiniest touch of a mustache, she called it "Barbara". I asked her last night if Barbara is going to come back. She said "I hope not, she is not invited to the party! She shall be asked to leave if she makes an appearance."
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/06/13 10:26 pm

Originally Posted By: royaloilfield
put me down for two if you run with it!!!


I'm good for a pair!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/13/13 3:50 pm

How about this one?

Need some feedback y'all!
smile

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/13/13 10:08 pm

Looks good to me!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/16/13 12:50 pm

Some local ink about Anna...

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2013/aug/15/art-beat-mott-family-experiences-miracles-through/

Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/19/13 11:58 pm

Hi David,

Both designs are very nice and I like them! Either way, put me down for a pin. I wish I could get 100 of them, but reality being what it is, I'll settle for having one and knowing that every little bit helps a little bit.

Thanks for doing this. People really *can* move mountains....
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/20/13 9:11 pm

Here is something Momma Mott is doing in September (National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month).

http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/115975

The money raised here are not specifically for Anna (more from me about that soon smile wink ).

Funds raised will be for pediatric cancer research to help other kids cursed with this disease.

It would sure look nice if there were some familiar Britbike names on Anna's donor list don'cha think?


Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/21/13 1:06 am

That sure was easy!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/21/13 12:25 pm

The lemonade stand has already raised $210 of its $1000 goal.

Britbike (OB1 and Gordon)has a big chunk of change in that $210. bigt

Melissa (who seldom is at a loss for words) is running out of words when it comes to describing Britbike, so she made up some.

Here are a few:

splendoriffic
awesomesauceness
stellarnessawesomest
cooliest
amazingest
thoughtfullest
bestest
wonderfullest

Here's the linky again:

http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/115975

And here is the stand - not decorated yet.


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/21/13 9:47 pm

God Bless you Bob and Corky smile Kent!

Thank you so much for contributing to Anna's Lemonade Stand, Melissa just told me.


Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/22/13 1:01 am

My wife, Corky, was the instigator for Anna.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/22/13 10:24 am

Thank you Brian and Jen (Royal Oilfield)!

Proud to be a Britbiker!


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/23/13 7:14 pm

Here is a video about Alex's Lemonade Stand, the foundation for which Melissa and Anna are raising money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM9GbaSsUaE

Anna's Total as of Aug 23- $480.00; goal is $1000.

Britbikers have contributed 42% of that total. clap



http://tinyurl.com/Annas-Lemonade-Stand

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/13 8:06 am

August 29, 2013

For most of my adult life, I have kept a diary of what I do during the day, usually just a phrase or two.

One year ago today, 16 year old Anna Mott was rushed via ambulance to the hospital. She was soon diagnosed to have a pineoblastoma, among the rarest of brain tumors.

I went back this morning and checked my 2012 diary to see if I had written anything about Anna.

I had.

My diary said:

"Anna Mott. It is not fair."



It is NOT FAIR

Cancer is a thief. A goddamn thief.

Melissa, dear sweet Melissa, wrote it best in the fall of last year:

"You have my child's eyes, you stole her memory, many of her cognitive skills...

You robbed my girl from her health the past 9 months. You stole events from her... birthdays, parties she wanted to attend, hanging out with friends, father's day, her sweet 16!!!

You made her physically sick, but you also stole her peace of mind. She thought she was overreacting, going crazy.

She wasn't.

Your were just doing your thing. The thing you do...invading, being parasitic, destroying, eating, occupying, stealing."


Cancer is indeed a thief.

Cancer has robbed Anna of her sight, and has robbed us of much of her personality.

Cancer has robbed Anna of high school dances, dates with boys, hanging out at the mall, driving a car, texting silly messages to her friends, reading the classics, enjoying her ballet, and wondering where she will go to college.

Cancer has robbed Anna's beautiful brothers and sisters of time and attention from their mother and father, who have at times been literally been fighting to save Anna's life.

Cancer has robbed Melissa and Steve of peace of mind. Every three months their beloved Anna, their first born, must be screened for cancer. Will she be clear, or will she be given a death sentence? Every three months!

Cancer has robbed the Motts of disposable income. Bills must be paid. Chemotherapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, prescription drugs, ambulance rides, MRI screenings, and school for the blind are not free.

Shortly after I gave Melissa one of our checks, she confided in me that they would not have been able to make it without our help. I did not press her for details. Was it the money we gave? Was it the words of encouragement? Knowing that we cared?

I ask that each of you who follow this story seriously seriously SERIOUSLY consider putting aside a small amount of money aside each month for Anna, to be given to her family each Christmas and on her birthday in May. And I do not mean just this year. I want Britbike to do this as a group for as long as it takes. And it is going to take awhile. Can you spare 20 dollars a month? I can, and I am as cheap as they come. How about 10 bucks? Surely you can do that.

It is my prayer that a significant number of you here in the states and across the pond will dedicate yourselves to chip in and help Anna in her journey every step of the way.

We can CONTINUE to make a real difference in her young life if YOU elect to help.

I will do damn near anything for that girl, and I want you to feel that way too.

God bless Anna Mott.





Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/02/13 9:28 pm

On Sunday, Melissa and Anna sold lemonade to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

The goal was $1000.

Close to $1300 was raised, in large part because of Britbike.

Melissa is so very grateful for our support.

Here are some pictures:

Lots of customers



Britbike shirts



The girly




Spiderman (lttle brother Isaac) to the rescue.



"Thank you for saving me Spiderman!"



Sisters Madi and Kendall - Anna's ballet dance mates



Beautiful Anna Mott



Happy to say Anna is doing better. She had a very long day yesterday and was worn out by late afternoon.

If all goes well, she will be at the Norcross British Car Fayre this Saturday and will get to meet some local Britbikers.




Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/02/13 9:30 pm

Looks like they had a good time and a beautiful set up. Hope they rasied a LOT of money for the cause.

David....what happened to the carepages?

Take care....bless you Ms Anna....Opie Gone Bad
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/02/13 10:59 pm

Got a carepages update just a few days ago...check your spam filter?

Gonna have to make a trip to ATL in the near future, gonna have to make a delivery...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/05/13 3:26 pm

Here is an oldie!

Five year old Anna as an angel in the 2001 Nutcracker.


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/07/13 5:49 pm

Great day today in Norcross!

Anna got to meet a couple of local Britbikers, Greg Borneman (Ga Cracker) and Eddie Garrett.

Within minutes of meeting them, Anna had a beer spilled on her and got an oil stain on her leg.

Melissa said she in now an official Britbiker!
laughing







Posted By: GaCracker

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/07/13 8:00 pm



"Within minutes of meeting them, Anna had a beer spilled on her and got an oil stain on her leg."


Well, what do you have to say for yourself, Mr. Garrett? Greg
Posted By: Eddie Garrett

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/07/13 9:36 pm

My Beer had a leak but my BSA didn't.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/08/13 9:54 am

Thanks for sharing the photos fellows. She does look like she's feeling better.... bigt

Wish I could have been there.

Kicking it in NC.....Opie Gone Bad
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/08/13 7:51 pm

A friend of Melissa's just posted this photo.



This was Anna three years ago...

Still hard to believe what has happened to her this past year.
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/10/13 7:19 pm

Now THAT is an update.

Proper BritBike photo and all!

Very happy to see her progress, and of course continued prayers for steady improvement.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/10/13 7:31 pm

Today and yesterday were pretty hectic for the Motts and myself.

Today, September 10th, the governor declared September to be Childhood Cancer Awareness month for the state of Georgia.

Purely symbolic, but one must start somewhere I suppose.

In late August, I had written the first lady of Georgia. I asked her to tell her husband to make the declaration. As a married man, I told her I know who really calls the shots in the household!

I never heard back from her and had almost forgotten about it.

Yesterday, I got a phone call from the state capitol. The office aide told me that the first lady had in fact gotten my letter. They were on some business development junket and were out of the country, and that is why I had not heard back from her sooner.

The first lady was touched by Anna's story and wanted to meet her in person.

At the same time, Melissa got a phone call from a child cancer advocacy group, Rally Kids, about Anna. Somehow, they got word about my letter to the first lady. They had independently contacted the governor to make this proclamation, and they wanted Anna and her family to attend too.

So, Steve (Anna's dad) rearranged his schedule, I took the day off, and we all piled in the Mott's minivan and trucked on down to the state capitol this morning.

It was a very nice ceremony and very sad at times.

Some children were fine and others obviously were going through chemo. One young lady about my younger daughter's age had lost her leg to bone cancer. Other parents had lost their children, and had only a picture to share.

I had to leave the area a time or two. It bothered me.

Here are some pictures:

Anna outside the capital building (wearing her purple hat from Ob1Quixote! bigt )



Anna and Melissa, two beautiful brave souls:



I was an honorary Mott today!



The first lady, Anna, and the governor:



Group picture-lots of brave kids and parents here:



I was glad to be a part of it.

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/10/13 8:18 pm

WOW.....wonderful and sad at the same time. The wonderful part.....Anna looks SO much better.

The sad....you all had to be there in the first place.

Damn cancer.

In the group photo there's a young fellow in a dark blue shirt (on the right) holding a photo....that one's a heartbreaker.

I bet I'm not the only one who's proud of you Mr David....you've done well.

Gordon
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/10/13 10:53 pm

She's getting some good skin color back! I found that gray color to be disturbing, and damned happy to see it leaving!

Happy to see the hat on the capital steps...thought she might not have liked it. Wouldnt have been a big surprise; a fat old curmudgeon picking out a purple accoutrement and getting it wrong...

Placing the order for screen prints soon. Can't rush these artistic types, especially when they are good enough to get paying work!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/12/13 5:26 am

Yesterday was a terribly difficult day for our Miss Anna and the Mott family.

From Melissa-

"All these months, I have been avoiding taking Anna back to an ophthalmologist. Finally at this last visit, our oncologist told me it needed to be done. She felt things maybe had improved a bit. It really didn't look that way day to day but medically, she thought so, so I bit the bullet.

I went in with not a lot of expectation but as this guy was amazing and the appointment went a lot longer than 5 minutes(for those of you who read about our last eye visit) so hope began to spring up.

At the end of 3 long hours though, we were very gently told that the damage to the optic nerve is insurmountable and there is nothing he can do except refer us to the Emory Low Vision Clinic.

My poor, poor baby. She was listening so intently to him speaking to me and she just lost it right there. Now, lost it for Anna Mott does not mean hysterics. What it means for her is those beautiful, injured eyes welling up and spilling out and her little face crumbling and those sweet shoulders collapsing.

Today was hard my friends.

I had to be the biggest cheerleader right there in that room. I have not done such a great fake out job since she was diagnosed and we didn't let on how bad it was.

As I got her to the car (thank God Little Man was there to distract her) I just had me a big old convo with Jesus. I let him know we were still "down" and our faith isn't shaken one bit. And He reminded me how last year I was just begging Him to save her life, no matter the cost. I reminded Him how cool it would be to heal her and get all that glory but I also let Him know Anna and I had talked it over and nothing will stop us from getting her through this. And He reminded me He has a plan in all this, even when we can't see it.

We always laugh about how stubborn we are and I reminded her all day that we WILL get through this. She knows that and she agrees.
But she needs to grieve.

And cry.
And hurt.
And mourn.
And I'm letting her when she wants to.

And I'm cheerleading.

And when we got home, the whole family got out their pom poms too."

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/12/13 8:26 am

That's heartbreaking..... frown

Gordon
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/12/13 11:28 pm

Oh Dear God,

Why is it that it seems that some of us have to carry the weight for a lot of us? Hasn't this poor little girl earned a whole TON of good news?? I'm filled with awe at her endurance and courage....I'd be a huddled mass of quivering flesh in a corner by now.

We love you, Anna, and we are humbled by your courage. God bless.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/13/13 8:17 am

Yesterday, September 12th, was wear gold for childhood cancer awareness.

The Motts had their gold shirts on...



They are great kids, every one of them.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/13/13 9:08 am

And there she is..(Ms Anna)....with a smile on her face.

I'm with Barb...I'd be a wreck.

I got my "Gold" yesterday in the mail and wore it all day in her honor.

Gordon
Posted By: Richrd

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/13/13 10:00 pm

As I'm sitting here with Bailey's in hand, two weeks ago I was on my own version of the OSMR in Colorado. ( now that's a MOUNTAIN ride). One day we were caught in a down pour 100 miles from the condo and had to resort to the gore tex for the first time since Blowing Rock. Got back and put my hand in the pocket and found Anna"s picture. Still dry and still logging miles.

It's now in map pocket of the tank bag.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/14/13 6:59 am

Originally Posted By: Richrd
As I'm sitting here with Bailey's in hand, two weeks ago I was on my own version of the OSMR in Colorado. ( now that's a MOUNTAIN ride). One day we were caught in a down pour 100 miles from the condo and had to resort to the gore tex for the first time since Blowing Rock. Got back and put my hand in the pocket and found Anna"s picture. Still dry and still logging miles.

It's now in map pocket of the tank bag.


Beautiful, just beautiful Rich.

When I shared your story with Melissa, she said "I am just in awe of God stirring up the hearts of these wonderful biker dudes and dudettes. I can't really find the words to describe how my heart feels. Amazed, full and overflowing don't do it justice. Thank you for always sharing this with me. You have no idea how encouraging this is to me."



She is in my tank bag too!



The next time someone asks if she is my daughter, I think I will say yes.
Posted By: Dick Harris

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/14/13 9:48 am

My heart is full but no words will suffice. We are praying for you all. Dick
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/16/13 6:06 am

30,000 views and counting.

Thanks for following along.

Here is something I put together on August 29th, the day Miss Anna was diagnosed in 2012:












God Bless Anna Mott




Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/16/13 9:47 pm

picture of Anna hanging in the shop...

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/19/13 7:38 am

This coming Monday, Anna will have her first follow up MRI since the conclusion of her chemotherapy.

As the day becomes closer, the stress for the Mott family will be almost too much to bear.

Can you even imagine?

If the MRI is clear, they can breathe easy for the next three months.

If not, what next? Surgery? More radiation? More chemo? There are no options?

Statistics show any recurrence is bad bad news, and Melissa and Steve know this. And they are scared.

I am scared too.

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/13 6:10 pm

Any word?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/13 8:10 pm

MRI on Monday Robert, hopefully will know something that evening.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/20/13 8:19 pm

thought it was today...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/22/13 12:43 pm

From Melissa:

"Tomorrow at 9:45am, Miss Anna Banana goes in for her first post chemo MRI.

It's been 3 months since we finished chemo.

My hands are shaking and my nerves are quaking even writing this but I wanted to share so you all can pray.

This is huge.

And my prayers and hopes are that I will be writing an update really soon that says the results show she is still cancer free.
Gonna try and keep these butterflies in check.

It's hard, y'all.

Very hard.

Trying to remember and walk out Philippians 4:6:


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Keep Anna in your thoughts and prayers please.




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/13 9:51 am

Still no word on Anna’s MRI results.

This morning, Anna and the Mott family were on “11 Alive” , a morning show here in Atlanta.

Check it out:

http://lilburn.11alive.com/news/community-spirit/428662-random-acts-kindness-mott-family




Melissa had no idea they were coming to see her.

She abhors to have her picture taken, and she REALLY hates to be on video!

So I thought I would share both with you! laughing

God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/24/13 12:14 pm

prayer for good news...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 7:22 am

This afternoon, Anna have her follow up appointment on the MRI results.

Melissa is beyond anxious and at times serene about all this.

Please keep our Anna in your thoughts and prayers today boys.



I will let you know how it goes.
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 8:55 am

Originally Posted By: David in Atlanta




I've got to save this one...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 10:09 am

She's ALL CLEAR boys!


Posted By: wadeschields

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 10:46 am

Great to hear !!!!!! Say hello from us...
Posted By: Morgan aka Admin

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 11:29 am

What great news it echoed all the way to Northern Europe.. bigt
Posted By: Ger B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 11:48 am

Fantastic. Congratulations!
Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 11:52 am

Best news we've heard today!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 4:43 pm

THATS what I wanted to hear!
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 5:42 pm

that's wonderful news!
Posted By: Bob E

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/26/13 5:56 pm

tremendous news! wish her and her family the best from Ct

Bob
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/27/13 2:00 pm

Sometimes the warmest days and bluest skies of Summer come in late September! This is the greatest news possible, and in the middle of the wind and rain of western Washington State, there is a spot of gentle breezes and warm sunshine, all thanks to the courage and determination of a young woman most of us will never actually meet.

Anna, you are one of my all-time heroes!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/13 7:48 am

As I may have mentioned before, I post sometimes on ADV rider about Anna.

They love Anna too.

Last week, a fellow named George took Anna along on the San Diego Ride for Kids.

Here are some pics




















Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/13 9:54 am

As I may have mentioned before, I post sometimes on ADV rider about Anna.

They love Anna too.

Last week, a fellow named George took Anna along on the San Diego Ride for Kids.

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Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/04/13 8:00 am

This week, the Motts are at the beach.

They are fortunate that their grandfather has his retirement home in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Here are some pictures.

Fishing



At the Beach





Anna and her best friend, brother Aaron





At the pool



Ella, Aaron, Anna, Livvy, and Isaac



This has been a very good week for Miss Anna.

Melissa said on the first day, Anna spent a lot of time on the sofa. That afternoon, she got up and said " I wanna have fun too!"
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/04/13 11:53 am

She looks so much better! Hope they all have a great time, they deserve it!
Posted By: Jon W. Whitley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/04/13 12:18 pm

Glad to hear Anna is doing much better and clear and Clearwater Beach is a beautiful place to spend time on too !
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/07/13 11:45 am

Wonderful news.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/09/13 6:14 am

Melissa and Steve have always had some hope that some portion of Anna’s vision could be restored, or that maybe she could build upon what has been left.

After two opthamologist visits and a Tuesday appointment at the at Emory University Low Vision Clinic, the cold reality is that Anna is blind and there is nothing that can be done about it.

It was suggested that Anna be enrolled in the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon, Georgia.

That is not an option for Anna. Anna has other problems beyond blindness. If she were “only” blind, maybe she could attend. Unfortunately she has other problems to deal with, namely short term memory loss.

She is not ready for school yet, and certainly not at a boarding school 100 miles away from her family.

Another issue facing the Motts is that many of the benefits afforded blind children expire once they turn 18, and Anna turns 18 in May.

Melissa has decided she will take on teaching Anna how to adjust to her blindness. She has been gearing mentally up for this since August, when she told me:

“My biggest, and I think only, qualification is that I know her and love her more than anyone else on Earth so I will make myself do this. I was just talking to her and I promised her I will not quit. I told her we can do this together.”

I have no doubt they can do it.

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/16/13 9:26 am

One of the many qualities of Melissa I have long admired is her optimism; her ability to make the best of a bad situation.

How would you react if your child, your first born, was stricken down with a deadly life changing illness?

Melissa has made a conscious decision to be upbeat about it; I firmly believe Anna is where she is today because of her mother’s attitude.

Melissa has started a blog of her thoughts, I think it is very cathartic for her to put her feelings on paper.

Here is her first entry:

Didja ever have one of those days where it seemed nothing went right, everything went wrong, and you were at your wit’s end?

Sure you have.

Well, last week, I was having one. Some might say our family has had a year like that.

You see, I have 5 children. The oldest is 17, the youngest is 7. And they, along with my husband and I, but especially my oldest, Anna, have had the year from hell.

She was diagnosed last August, after months and months of pain and suffering, with a malignant, aggressive brain cancer.

She endured numerous surgeries to remove it and fight infections, has had a boatload of radiation treatments and chemo treatments, been hospitalized more than not,and most of all went from being a brilliant child and aspiring ballerina to being

brain damaged and blind.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I KNOW we are blessed that she is in remission.

I pray the cancer stays away and I rejoice that it is gone.

But day to day, here and now, this is where we are at.

Last week we saw a couple of top notch specialists for her eyes and on Thursday the second one told us he agrees with all the others and there is absolutely nothing we can do to help her eyes.

She must now live blind.

I was sitting in my car that same day waiting to drive my 15 year old son home from his job and I was agonizing over Anna’s situation.

About how heartbreaking it is.

About how much she has lost and how far she has to go.

About the fact that her brain damage just makes the situation even more difficult to overcome.

Our family has the utmost faith in Jesus to help us all in this battle, but still it’s a lot and it breaks this momma’s heart to see one of my babies in such pain.

I once heard it said that a mom is only as happy as her most unhappy child.

So true.

I am not a people watcher and tend to be more of a reader when I wait in the car.

I spent my time that afternoon praying, for the most part.

I kept noticing a lady next to me who had her back to me and kept moving around.

Finally, I stop and just look at her shirt.

Guess what it says?

“We live by faith and not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

Those words.

From Him.

They didn’t change our situation.

But they changed our outlook.

In a moment, so much lifted. He saw us right there.

He knew our hurt, our pain.

He was paying attention.

He knew we were at our wits’ ends.

Anna and I, and the entire family just from that, got
the strength and peace we needed for another day.

We never know where and when He will show up.

We must keep our eyes and our hearts open.

And sometimes, He may want to use us to speak healing words to another.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 16:24



Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/17/13 8:43 pm

Right now, my daughter Emma is gearing up for her final Nutcracker at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre here in Atlanta.

Emma is a senior this year. Anna was one of her dance mates, and this would have been her senior year too.

One of Emma’s roles is the “Dewdrop Fairy”, it is one of the more desirable roles in the performance.

I could not help but remember that two years ago, that was Anna’s role. It was her last performance as a ballerina.

Here is Emma.



Here is Anna.



Melissa is having a difficult time with this right now. It is hard for her to see the new Nutcracker studio portraits of Anna’s dance mates.

Anna should be out there too
.

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/18/13 7:32 am

A quick web search shows the blind do dance, but first things first! Recovery, strength and stamina for Anna, she's been through a year of hell. I'd guess it will take another year to get over that.

Something tells me that when she is ready, her highly supportive ballet community will step up in force to make it happen!
Posted By: Graham Ham

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/19/13 11:46 am

Maybe We should put Anna in touch with Flossy. ?....
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/28/13 7:21 am

It is a modern day miracle that Anna Mott is here on this earth with us today, but there is a dollar cost to that miracle.




On August 29th, the anniversary of Anna’s diagnosis, I asked you to consider helping out Anna twice a year- on her birthday, and at Christmas. Go back and read that post in its entirety when you can.

Here is a portion of my message:



“Cancer has robbed the Motts of disposable income. Bills must be paid. Chemotherapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, prescription drugs, ambulance rides, MRI screenings, and school for the blind are not free....

Shortly after I gave Melissa one of our checks, she confided in me that they would not have been able to make it without our help. I did not press her for details. Was it the money we gave? Was it the words of encouragement? Knowing that we cared?”




Since early August, there has been a noticeable increase in the daily hits on this topic. There is an average of 250 views per day. Since September, there have been about 300 views per day.

Let us be conservative and assume 200 Britbikers check on Anna every day.

This post is addressed to YOU, one of the 200:

Christmas will be here in less than two months.

Anna and her family need and will continue to need our help and support, emotionally, spiritually, and monetarily. I would like to add the Motts have NEVER asked for any help beyond prayer.

I am in for $250.00 this Christmas. I wish I could give more. I will do better by her in May.



How much are YOU in for?

Start thinking about it, boys. Think about it long and hard. Do the math. 200 Britbikers helping Anna, our Miss Anna.





I accept personal checks, money orders, or paypal.

Checks are to be made out to me, David Duke. Say “Anna Mott” or somesuch on the memo portion of the check.

My home address to mail the check is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071
USA

My paypal address is sdduke@bellsouth.net.

My cell phone number is 678 462-8884.

PM , email, call, or tell me on this forum you are in.

Don’t let me down boys…




God bless Anna Mott!

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/28/13 9:55 am

David, I made a promise to you, the Motts and myself and I'm going to keep it.

I'm in.

Gordon Gray in North Carolina, USA
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/29/13 8:52 am

There are precious few WORTHY causes as dear as this one.

Deep-felt thanks to all who are committed to being a part of this support group.

Let's pray that none of us are ever in her family's situation.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/30/13 7:13 am

Might have to skip this one, what with the art project approaching completion. Between the screen printing and the special backlit frame {crosses fingers}...

Not looking for any help in that matter, but maybe a few who are "on the fence" will pick up my slack?
Posted By: Deadstiffcatt

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/30/13 1:02 pm

Originally Posted By: Ob1quixote


Not looking for any help in that matter, but maybe a few who are "on the fence" will pick up my slack?


wink
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/31/13 11:14 am

Anna Mott

Halloween 2008



And 2013



From Melissa:

Having these monsters here,

together,

is priceless.

Praising God up in here today that

our girl

is with us

and

is cancer

free.

Happy Halloweeny!

smile

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/02/13 9:29 am

Here are two pictures of Anna and her little sister Ella.

In both pictures, Anna is giving Ella a pep talk.

The first one is the day before Anna’s first brain surgery. This I believe was the last day Anna had sight.



The second was taken last night, Ella had a bad day.



In Melissa's words:

"I don't remember exactly all the things she said, but...she sounded JUST LIKE her old self in that moment. When those moments happen where she is exactly as we know her, I KNOW that heaven is shining down on us and that hope is still alive. Day by day, step by step, moment by moment, I believe that restoration we have been praying for is happening. I just cannot imagine a world without "my Anna" in it. I can't wait for her to join us again!"

The world is a more beautiful place because of Anna Mott.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/04/13 8:35 am

I have never been a particularly religious person; I have seldom been to church since Anna’s illness.

My wife suggested I go yesterday. Daylight savings time gave us an extra hour, and I was reminded of my poor attendance record.

Yesterday was All Saints Day.

The traditional exit hymn for All Saints Day in the Episcopal Church is “I Sing a Song of the Saints”, a very British hymn.

Here is the last verse:

They lived not only in ages past;
there are hundreds of thousands still.
The world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesus' will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
In church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
For the saints of God are just folk like me,
And I mean to be one too.


I know two saints of God myself.




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/08/13 9:36 am

Christmas Help for Anna
Donor List November 8, 2013:



Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly



Sure would like to see your name on this list!

Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/08/13 7:06 pm

Cork and I are in!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/11/13 8:34 am

Melisa has taken to writing a blog of her thoughts.
This weekend’s entry has a veiled reference to Britbike. See if you can find it.




Isn't this so true?

Whether it was done in a good or bad way, we all
remember those who have most impacted our lives.

Especially during the most trying times such as tragedy or illness.

Praise God for the amazing, wonderful friends we

have who rallied around us and held us up

during Anna's surgeries and treatments!

What a wonderful circle of people.

There are also some folks we didn't even know before
we now love dearly and hold in our hearts.

We don't always remember each and every specific word
but we remember the folks who were there for us and
that loved on us.

And boy are we so blessed!

Those that you have spoken and shown love to,

they remember.

Trust me.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/15/13 8:35 am



Donor List as of November 15, 2013:

Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Eddie Garrett
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly

Sure would like to see your name on this list!




God Bless Anna Mott !
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/16/13 4:34 pm

David,
Just sent you something for Anna via paypal....keep up the GOOD work!!!! Brian
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/20/13 9:39 am

Originally Posted By: Graham Ham
Maybe We should put Anna in touch with Flossy. ?....


EXCELLENT idea Graham! bigt

Melissa says Anna would LOVE to hear from Flossy.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/22/13 7:26 am

Donor List as of November 22, 2013:

Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Eddie Garrett
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
Royal Oilfield
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly


Sure would like to see your name on this list!

I accept personal checks, money orders, or paypal.

Checks are to be made out to me, David Duke. Say “Anna Mott” or somesuch on the memo portion of the check.

My home address to mail the check is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071
USA

My paypal address is sdduke@bellsouth.net.

My cell phone number is 678 462-8884.

PM , email, call, or tell me on this forum you are in.




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/27/13 8:27 am

It has been over a year since Anna has been discharged from the hospital.

Since that time, she has:

Completed six months of chemotherapy
Met Taylor Swift
Turned 17
Been given a signed gas tank from Britbike
Gotten a dog
Met the governor and first lady of Georgia
Sat upon a BSA Rocket Goldstar
Gone to the beach
Caught a fish or two
Been cancer free

Ever since Anna was ill, I sometimes hear a song that reminds me of her.

This is one of those songs:



It seems to be popular nowadays this time of year in the USA to state what you are thankful for.

I am thankful that my family is healthy.

I am beyond thankful that I know Anna Mott.



Happy Thanksgiving to all.










Posted By: Eddie Garrett

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/27/13 7:08 pm

Thank you David for everything you have done in the past 12 plus months. I feel good just to be a small part of this effort. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/29/13 9:52 pm

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

Here is the Donor List as of November 29, 2013:





Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Eddie Garrett
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Royal Oilfield
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly


Sure would like to see your name on this list!

I accept personal checks, money orders, or paypal.

Checks are to be made out to me, David Duke. Say “Anna Mott” or somesuch on the memo portion of the check.

My home address to mail the check is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071
USA

My paypal address is sdduke@bellsouth.net.

My cell phone number is 678 462-8884.

PM , email, call, or tell me on this forum you are in.



Emma and I visited Anna today. She is doing okay. For some reason, she has started to lose her hair, so she looks worse than she feels.

We thumb wrestled - she won. I told her I will be back for a rematch and I am going to kick her ass.

She is on the waiting list for a seeing eye dog. The list is apparently long. When she gets her dog, she will learn to walk with a cane. frown


The plan for the fundraiser is to give Melissa her check on December 22, a Sunday.

I will need your donation if by check on Dec 18. If you use paypal, I need your help by Dec 13, as it takes about 5 days to clear.

We are doing well with this fundraiser, but I need about $1,500 dollars from Britbike to reach this goal.

Please think about it boys. The Motts have been dealt a dirty rotten hand, and they could use some help.
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/02/13 10:23 pm

Just wondering if Anna got in touch with Flossy? I think that would be so cool! Brian
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/03/13 8:04 pm

Ya know, we oughta send Christmas cards to Miss Anna!
What a totally original idea!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/04/13 8:38 am

Great idea Mr Ob1!

Her address is:

Miss Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047


Tell her you are from Britbike.

Here is Anna and her brother Aaron decorating their tree this year:




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/04/13 12:42 pm

50,000 hits.

FIFTY THOUSAND.

That means that fifty THOUSAND times, a finger has consciously hit the key to go on this page.

Your fingers.

On purpose.

Woah.

It boggles my mind that you all would care enough about a little girl, my little girl, who you didn't even know before, to check on her and follow her journey.

A year later, when the shock has worn off and most have moved on, either assuming she is all well since we are no longer at the hospital or have grown tired of hearing of it, you guys are still hanging with us.

We are humbled, amazed, honored, thankful.

The support you all have given her and our family has made all the difference in this for us.

From our hearts to yours,

THANK YOU.

Melissa




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/07/13 11:23 am

Here is the Donor List as of December 7, 2013:

Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
Anonymous 4
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Eddie Garrett
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Royal Oilfield
Shel
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly


I need about 1400 dollars to reach our goal for Anna by December 18th.

I desperately need YOUR help.

Earlier in the year, I approached a family friend of the Motts for money to help Anna. The lady tearfully replied she could not help this year, her family was struggling to make ends meet.

I later got an envelope from this family with a donation for seven dollars in cash.

In my mind, that is free parking at the hospital for one day, or maybe one free pill for Anna.

Every little bit helps. It all adds up boys.

Send me 10 dollars or more or less. It matters not.

Thank you!


Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/07/13 12:07 pm

David...please send me your snail mail addy....PM or email.

Thank you.....Gordon
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/07/13 12:40 pm

Gordon, his address is posted up the page a bit, just above the fuel tank photo.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/11/13 8:33 am

If you have followed this story awhile, you are well aware of Melissa’s optimism and positive attitude.

Sometimes, but not often, the reality is too much too bear.

From her December 9 blog entry… Melissa was trying to find Christmas gift ideas online for her girl. Her blind, brain damaged girl.

“Today is one of those days where I am not saying
‘We will handle this. We are gonna figure it out. We will get through.
We are tougher than all this.’
Today as I look up gift ideas and none of the blind gift suggestions
fit because she cannot even remember if she is on the
couch or the bed, if it’s morning or night,
what show she is listening to on tv, or
who came over to our house 30 minutes ago, I find myself in despair.
How am I supposed to teach her school?
How will she live?
Every single dream she had is shattered.
It’s all gone.
The Anna that we had, my daughter I have known since birth, that exact
person,
is gone.
Today, I am just at a loss.
My heart is grieving.
I am overwhelmed.
I can’t figure this out.
I will find the strength to fight again and we will pick up the pieces and move on.
Help my girl move on.
But not today.”




Anna will have her MRI this Friday Dec 13.

Please keep her close to your heart that day.

God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/11/13 9:20 am

That's heartbreaking

Friday the 13th

Gordon
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/12/13 8:15 am

Just read Momma Mott's update from the CarePages site.

They have lost their health insurance. She says an employer didnt pay the premiums.

She has an MRI appointment Friday, and no coverage. Around here, an MRI runs about $3000 in a hospital, $700 at an imaging specialist, money I am sure they dont have.

I'm gonna have a second look at my budget, and see if I can tighten it up a bit more so I can try to help out.

Please join me, if you will.

{Edit: Re-read the update, Anna does have "some help" insurance wise, but the rest of the family is not covered. My sentiment remains}
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/12/13 12:17 pm

If I say what I'm thinking right now, somebody is going to get hurt.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/13/13 7:33 am

Today, our Anna gets her quarterly MRI.

As you go about your day, please think of this courageous young woman.

She is a treasure.

Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/13/13 11:23 pm

Anna is in our thoughts.....
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/13 10:48 am

Here is the Donor List as of December 14, 2013:

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
Anonymous 4
Anonymous 5
Anonymous 6
Anonymous 7
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Eddie Garrett
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Royal Oilfield
Shel
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly

I need about 800 dollars to reach our goal for Anna by December 18th.

I desperately need YOUR help; you saw Ob1's post. The Motts are in dire straits. They have no insurance and no steady income.

Look inside yourself and please consider sending some funds for Anna.



God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/17/13 12:00 pm

MRI results are in.

She’s all clear boys, she’s all clear.



God bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/17/13 7:01 pm

Great! We were wondering every day and could use a little Christmas cheer. Bob & Cork
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/17/13 9:20 pm

THAT is what I wanted to hear!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/18/13 11:52 am

God is great.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/18/13 2:35 pm

Part of classical ballet warmup includes the barre, where the dancer works combinations of all the positions in ballet. Sort of like calisthenics.

Just got these pictures today.

We made this portable barre for Anna. All her dancemates at her ballet studio signed it.

Anna got to try it out today and have ballet session with her younger sister Olivia, a ballerina herself.









Melissa was moved to tears. She said "she still moves like our girl".




God bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/18/13 7:28 pm

Dang, I think I just got something in my eye
Posted By: JiminNC

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/19/13 11:59 am

:-) :-)

Jim
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/23/13 8:57 am


Yesterday was the last performance of the Nutcracker at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Anna’s dance company.

This would have been her Senior year.

We got the girly backstage for the second act so she could visit with her friends during the show.

Here are some pics; Anna has never looked better since the badness struck.

She was absolutely radiant.


Anna, the Motts, and Miss Lisa




The girly





Emma, Anna, and an old Britbike dude





Anna and her fellow Seniors. They are all without exception the kindest of souls.





Emma and Anna. Melissa called this photo "Anna and her Emma"




This is my favorite. Anna and Miss Lisa. Lisa has known Anna since Anna was 5 and was her ballet instructor for 11 years. She is like a daughter to her.




Merry Christmas y’all.

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/23/13 10:22 am

Beautiful Christmas.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/23/13 4:56 pm


Anna and Mia 2011:



Anna and Mia 2013:

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/25/13 12:05 pm

Merry Christmas Y'all!

Anna making her gingerbread house and snow globe...












God bless Anna Mott.


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/29/13 8:02 am

Our fundraiser for Miss Anna was the most successful to date.

We raised over $5,000 for the girly.

This would NOT have happened without these guys helping out:


A Nony Mouse
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
Anonymous 4
Anonymous 5
Anonymous 6
Anonymous 7
Anonymous 8
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Eddie Garrett
Gordon Gray
Grand Paul
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Radiator
Royal Oilfield
Shel
OB1 Quixote (on behalf of Anonymous 1)
WV Hillbilly
Zimm


You guys are the best!

From Melissa:

“I am so shocked I can hardly even put words together to express how blown away we are with surprise, gratitude and love to all our GBT, BritBike and Ga Ballet friends. YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!! A mere "thank you" doesn't suffice. Our hearts are completely full of love for you all. We are so, so blessed to have you all in our lives. …What you all have done doesn't just bless us, it changes our lives. (Italics mine)

Thank you. Thank you all."


Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/30/13 11:08 pm

There are FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE in my life that have been touched by various cancers.

WE MUST DO WHAT WE CAN TO ERADICATE THIS SCOURGE IN OUR LIFETIMES.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/31/13 12:47 am

Fate has it that I will be at Stone Mountain GA this weekend, and I'll be visiting Miss Anna and family!

Fate also has it that my artistic buddy got back from few months at a movie shoot in AL, and I reminded him about the picture project...

Since I dont know the finished size of the print, the backlit frame is on hold...

But with any luck, I'll be bringing some pretty cool art! It aint written in stone.
Man, a brain storm just struck, or maybe a light drizzle.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/31/13 1:01 am

Wife said it aint a drizzle... Art project just picked up a new angle!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/03/14 9:33 pm

Picture request?

Lurking around Stone Mt GA now, and you guys get the first look!

While the screen printed art is still to be done, this piece is just for Anna.

Etched into polystyrene, tactile art. Whatcha think?

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/03/14 9:44 pm

Beautiful. Just beautiful!
Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/14 5:30 pm

How cool it is that this thread is called "Picture Request" aimed for the Motts and now a Mott gets to post one!!

It was a true HONOR and pleasure to get to meet the famous Robert in person today! He's even more amazing than the limericks he composes!! Dude is totally cool and has a heart the size of China! He came bearing a gift and not just any ordinary gift from Robert, oh no (he IS after all the "motorcycle tank beautifier")it was an out-of-this-world touchable, totally customized piece of artwork that commemorates one of Anna's most special days! We can't take our eyes off it and Anna keeps touching it. How genius and thoughtful is THAT?

Robert,
We love it, we loved visiting with you, and we love you!!!!
(My kiddos think you are way cool!)





Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Melissa



Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/05/14 10:54 pm

Melissa, no thanks are needed! That project allowed me to use parts of me that dont get used banging out bent fenders and scratched bumpers. I mean, how often do you think that I get to mix Honda Taffeta White, Honda Milano Red and Hyundai Cabo Bronze Metallic to make a skin tone? Famous? Only in the most limited of circles, I'm just that exclusive!

Folks, I had a great visit today with Anna, Melissa and almost all the kids. Emma and Mr Mott were out doing their thing at a ballet tryout. Sometimes you gotta go, the opportunity is limited!

First off, I had a preconception, I will have to admit. I figured, ballet folks? Must be kinda high fallutin'!

I could not have been more wrong. These are salt of the earth people, doing the best they can for their family, as we all do. No Thurston Howell III's here, just regular folks. Their family centers around dance, mine centers around off road motorcycling. While that seems quite opposed, there was an instant connection.

Anna, what an experience for me. Sure, I read the CarePages updates and posts DavidInAtlanta puts up, but nothing prepares you. She is a sweet kid, and I swear I could see the gears turning in her head as she figured out who came to visit.

I painted the tank for you!
<????>
The BritBike tank!
CLICK!!!! Boy, did she take off on that! Made me feel good, as it should anyone who took the time to sign it! Trust me guys and gals, it had an impact.

Yes, she has her recovery issues. I think I see what Melissa says when she gets glimpses of her old Anna. I'm pretty sure I was witness to a number of these glimpses today.

I was happy to know she remembers the limericks I would write for her when she was in the hospital. Not because of my world class limerick writing skills, but the sheer fact that she could remember them!

And, best of all, I got to bestow a nickname!

Preface: Anna is downright skinny now {eat a sammich Anna!} The wry sense of humor in the Mott household means that kids who arent eating enough get chided as if they were eating too much.

So I broke one out from my Closet of Ancient Quips, and told her her new nickname was the Crisco Kid!

Why?

Better get to eating so there is some lard in that can!

Any Britbiker in the area or passing through, make time to have a visit with the Motts. Set something up in advance obviously, but do it if you can. You dont have to bring an art project. You will make the family's day, you will make Anna's day. Funny thing is, you will make your own day as well. There are no losers in the equation.
Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/14 12:36 am

We're not high fallutin, but DD is! wink
Nahhh, j/k!
It was a wonderful visit and trust me, we were the blessed ones.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/14 12:43 am

I'd like to think we all were blessed a bit.
Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/14 12:49 am

Agreed!
By the way, the missing family members flipped when they saw the artwork! Both my girls Instagrammed it. That means it's "official", ya know! wink
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/14 12:51 am

You'll have to let me know how that goes.
I dont play the Twitter/Instagram/MySpace/Facebook game.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/13/14 8:49 am

Not much to report on Anna this week – a good thing!

I asked Melissa for an update, and what she this is what she shared with me-

As a result of her chemotherapy, Anna now occasionally suffers from neuoropathy. I had to look it up. The nerve endings on her hands and feet sometimes are very painful- it comes and goes.

Anna is at times OCD. I had to look that up too! She repeatedly will say she needs to go to the restroom event though she just went.

Lastly, some good news. This Friday, Anna will get her chemo port removed. A port is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein . Sort of like a Schrader valve.

Here is a picture of Anna and my son Edward – the Dukes and the Motts got together for Mexican shortly after Christmas. Edward spent a good amount of time talking with Anna. I was very proud of him.



Emma and I will visit the Motts this Sunday. I am already looking forward to it.

God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/13/14 11:14 am

Fine lad and a beautiful lass.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/21/14 8:37 am

Anna is getting her port removed this morning.

Keep her in your thoughts and prayers please.

Hannah (see #497434 - 07/11/13 post in this thread) is by her side today.


God bless Anna Mott!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/27/14 8:24 am

How'd it go?
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/31/14 8:54 am

C'mon David, update on the port removal man!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/01/14 2:26 pm

Sorry Robert!

Anna's port removal went fine, absolutely no problems at all.

As some of you may be aware, we had a bit of snow in Atlanta this past Tuesday.

Here is how Anna spent the day:



Brother Aaron just had to wake her up to get out in the snow a bit:



This past Thursday, Emma and I had lunch with the Motts. Anna looks good, she is still very thin though.

She is also a smarty pants. The restaurant had piped in music. Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was playing.

Anna: "Mr David!"

Me: "Yes Anna?"

Anna: "They are playing your song!"


Melissa: "Anna, we are gonna get you an ugly boyfriend. Since you can't see, you won't know the difference."

Anna: "Won't work, I can smell ugly!"




God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/01/14 2:40 pm

"Won't work, I can smell ugly"
laughing
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/01/14 5:26 pm

Yeah, I can hear her saying just that, in a totally matter of fact tone!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/02/14 10:43 am

Good thing my wyfe's nose was broken...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/06/14 8:50 am

A few updates on Miss Anna.

One of Anna’s ballet friends, Erin, is getting married this spring.

You may remember Erin from my June 8th post 493416.



Guess who is going to be a bridesmaid?

Anna trying on her bridesmaid dress-



Melissa is getting a tutu made for Anna. Here she is trying it on. When Anna regains her strength and is able to walk better, she intends to visit the pediatric cancer ward wearing this tutu. She will deliver blankets and shawls for the kids.



Melissa told me that life is about the little joys and loving on others.

God bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/12/14 9:29 am

A strange thing about Anna’s illness is the hair loss.

During her chemo, she did not lose hair, it actually grew.

Months after her last treatment, she experienced hair loss.

It is just now starting to come back.

A wonderful woman, Samantha Dawn, knits caps for kids who have hair loss due to chemotherapy.

Here is Anna’s:



God Bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/18/14 8:40 am

This is a big week for Miss Anna and her family. They are at Disney World courtesy of the Make a Wish Foundation.

This past Friday, the foundation had a going away party for the girly.

Some comments from some of the event participants:

"… rarely do you find a family and a child like the one I granted our wish to today. I was introduced to them by a dear friend, and they will forever be a part of my heart!! If I could only take an ounce of her courage, grace, and determination I would be doing good.”

” I photographed a Make a Wish going away party for my friend Anna, who is a beast and fought hard to beat her brain tumor. She and her family leave for her dream Disney World trip soon. The best moment from today was when Anna spoke to tell everyone how this trip made her fight when she was tired. Made her determined to get stronger. This girl has been through the ringer, but she never lost her Anna determination and gratitude”


Here she is at the party:



Hannah, Anna’s faithful best friend, had this to say:

The world is full of magic: a rainbow after a scary storm, a beam of light in the darkness, laughter and smiles even in the hardest of times. But, by far the most magic I have ever seen hasn't come from special effects or from a man behind a curtain- but from my best friend, my hero, and my rock: Anna Mott.

Through everything she has been through, every obstacle and every mountain she's had to climb, she has remained happy, remained smiling, and remained both hopeful and optimistic. The doctors that made her better, the nurses who helped us through early mornings and late nights, her amazing family who managed to joke and smile through it all, the visitors, friends, and family that joined together through faith, hope, and our love for one absolutely amazing girl- all of these people contributed to the magic that surrounded Anna, and helped to bring her back to us.

Anna herself is full of magic, and I may never be able to explain everything that creates our friendship, that I know can survive absolutely anything, but I know without a doubt that she has magic, she has love, and she is ,by far, the most amazing person I could ever know, or will ever know.

I want to say thank you to the doctors and the nurses of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for doing everything in their medical power to bring her back to us. And thank you to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for taking our magical girl , and her amazing magical family, on an absolutely perfect vacation to the most magical place on earth: Disney World.

Lastly, I want to thank Anna- for being my best friend, for being my rock, for being my hero- and teaching me that magic does still exist.

I love you Anna Banana, to the moon and back.


God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/20/14 9:35 am

A few pictures from Anna’s visit to Disneyworld.

First off, the Motts are staying in a villa courtesy of “Give Kids the World”. This little neighborhood is for folks that have sick kids who want to visit Disneyworld. Check it out - http://www.gktw.org/. Looks like a great organization to me.



Here is Anna and sister Olivia enjoying the water sprayers near their villa.



Anna’s hat:



The girly:



Anna was too scared to ride the Tower of Terror when the Motts visited in 2007. Not this time!



Beautiful Anna Mott:



Getting ready for the Kali River Rapids ride:


I'll post some more in the next day or two.


God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: JD

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/20/14 10:29 am

Thanks for keeping this post going David. Every time I log in here and read your updates, it does something to me. It's amazing how a girl that I haven't even met can influence the decisions and outlook I have in life. Indeed, God bless Anna! What a special young woman...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/21/14 8:46 am

Anna and her family continue to have a great time at Disneyworld. They deserve it so!

Here are a few pics from yesterday.

At Harry Potter World



Snow White with Ella, Anna, and Livvy. Snow White is Anna’s favorite Disney character.



Anna and Daisy Duck.



Melissa said Daisy noticed Anna was blind and had the foresight and compassion to hold Anna’a hand and guide it along the costume so she could make out who the character was. What a thoughtful individual!



The whole fam damily incognito



God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/21/14 11:49 am

If this thread serves no other useful purpose (for me, anyway), it does ONE thing VERY well: it puts my life in perspective every day. Like downshifting back to first gear before I start off the morning.

God bless the Motts, and especially Anna.

Thanx, Dave.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/21/14 6:03 pm

She is such a sweet young lady!

Somebody hand the Crisco Kid one of those smoked turkey legs! Gotta get some lard in the the can!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/24/14 8:50 am

Anna and her family are now home. Their last day at Disneyworld was Saturday, and Sunday was spent on the road.

She had a wonderful time, but by Saturday she was worn out and rested at their condo with mom.

During her downtime, Anna at times became a bit despondent and frustrated with her situation. Melissa viewed that as a positive, to be aware that things aren’t as they used to be.

Melissa told me it was a good week, but bittersweet at times. She would often think of their last visit and how Anna used to be. It was hard.



Mott kids 2006



Mott kids 2014



Snow White 2006



Snow White 2014



Eeyore 2006



Eeyore 2014



Daffodils are blooming here in Georgia. Emma and I will visit Anna next weekend, and we are bringing her a bucket of flowers.




God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/03/14 9:19 am

Emma and I had a great visit with the Motts on Sunday.

We had lunch at her favorite Mexican restaurant and had a short visit afterwards at their house.

I got to see and touch the Taylor Swift art (see Ob1quixote Jan 5 post). You can really feel the contrasts in texture. It looks even better in person.

Three things I noticed about Anna:

1. She is walking much better than the last time I saw her a month ago.
2. Her skin tone is great; she looks very healthy.
3. She is more aware mentally. When I complemented her on her walking, she said “thank you so much for noticing that!”



Her next MRI is in two weeks, March 17th.

God Bless Anna Mott!

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/05/14 2:42 pm

A very very happy day for Anna.

A woman in Florida crochets hats free of charge for kids with hair loss due to chemotherapy, and Anna got hers today.

Here she is:



Melissa’s thoughts on this may be found here:

http://themottley7.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/not-one-drop-left/

Lastly, this song reminds me of Anna:



God Bless Anna Mott!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/10/14 7:52 am

It was a great weekend for Miss Anna and her family.

One of Anna’s former dance instructors, Miss Tierney, has a horse stable. She invited the Motts down for a day of horse riding.

Here are some pictures from the day-

Anna and her dad Steve







Anna and Keaton





Purple Shoes!



Anna when she was 11. She got to have a pony ride for her birthday.



God Bless Anna Mott.


Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/11/14 9:42 pm

That must of been a great day for Anna and the family!!!!!! always in our thoughts...Jen and Brian
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/17/14 7:22 am

Anna has her quarterly MRI today at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Please keep her in your thoughts today.





God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 10:25 am

David,
Any word on Anna's MRI results?
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 10:34 am



My favorite picture.

Hope all went well and life is normalizing (if it can ever be that...)
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 10:48 am

Melissa should hear something in the next day or two.

It's gut wrenching to wait...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 12:56 pm

She's all clear boys!



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 6:42 pm

bigt

Over 80,000 views....and somebody actually said we didn't care.

Ya gota love the Motts

Opie
Posted By: Jon W. Whitley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 7:30 pm

Who ?



Originally Posted By: Gordon Gray
and somebody actually said we didn't care.

Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/19/14 7:30 pm

Great! Best news today. We were getting anxious.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/21/14 8:21 am

Here is something very cool going on for Anna.

Keiko Guest, a local artist and family friend of the Motts, is having a photo exhibit on April 4th at Georgia Tech with proceeds going to Anna.

Check out this picture!



If you are so inclined, here is the fundraising page.

http://www.gofundme.com/7mlrj0

Lots of 5 and 10 dollar donations could add up….Saying you are from Britbike in the comments section would be a real lift for the Motts.

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/24/14 12:54 pm

It was a good weekend for the Mott and Duke family.

On Saturday, Emma had her last dance performance as a high school student.

The Motts were in the audience, Anna included. Melissa and Livvy would tell Anna what was going on on stage.

Yesterday, we had lunch together.

I will post more pictures later, but here is my favorite.



God Bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/24/14 2:02 pm

Wow, she is an absolutely gorgeous model. When life hands you lemons, as they say...

As thin as she is from all her body has gone through, she has far healthier features than the skeletal females that pass for models these days.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/25/14 8:02 am

Here is a picture from after the dance.



The girl on the left is Gabbi, and she has known Anna since they were five years old.

I don't think she has seen Anna since her illness.

It was a very poignant moment. Gabbi must have hugged Anna ten times during their short visit. It was very emotional for all.

God bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: Ben Strain R.I.P.

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/25/14 1:29 pm

Who is the ugly bald guy? Looks like a banjo picker.

Ben
Posted By: BeezaBryan

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/25/14 3:52 pm

Seem to remember a couple of occasions somewhere, someplace, someone similar with a banjo on his knee bigt
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/27/14 9:49 pm

From Gwinnett Magazine, a local publication here in the Atlanta area...

'Don't wait for tomorrow. Love big.' – Anna Mott

She moved with grace across the stage. Every move, every breath seemingly an effortless display of her love of life.

As so many of us do, Anna Mott funneled all her energy into her passion, losing herself in the quiet momentum, her talent on display for those who saw her dance.

As a ballerina with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, she performed in productions like the Nutcracker, her body and mind in tune: flowing with precision.

A back injury in 2011 put her on the sidelines. A diagnosis of pineoblastoma and a subsequent brain tumor ended her dancing career.

Doctors performed surgery to remove the tumor, but the young girl had already lost her vision. The cancerous growth had done permanent damage, but it couldn't extinguish the light in her eyes.

It couldn't discourage Anna from being positive. "Anna's strength comes from within," said mom, Melissa. "She's always been so mature, so responsible. And she's still strong to this day, despite what she's been through." While mom said Anna's passion for dancing has been put on hold, she's found a new appreciation for life. Her ballet aspirations have been replaced by a desire to help others. "She prays to God everyday that he'll find a way to use her. Now, Anna wants to be a nurse."

The past several years have taught Anna's mom many lessons. "Don't sweat the small stuff, don't wait for tomorrow," she said. "And love big.""



Here is the link to the complete article:

http://gwinnettmagazine.com/content.cfm?StoryID=5555

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/28/14 11:53 am

Heroes come in very unexpected forms.
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/02/14 8:57 pm

I haven't been on in awhile and just saw this....That's awesome! An inspiration to us all......thank you Anna and Mrs. Mott!!!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/04/14 7:31 am

This is pretty cool!

At the photography exhibit tonight (See my #534059 - 03/21 post), Anna is going to perform!

Here is a short clip of Anna rehearsing.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152309899679663&set=vb.98615159662&type=2&theater

I will post some pictures of the performance this weekend and maybe a video of the whole performance.



God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: Ger B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/04/14 7:51 am

Good news after everything this young lady had to endure.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/05/14 8:02 pm

Last night was a great great night for Anna and her family.

A fundraiser was held for her by her friends in the Atlanta dance community. Anna was one of the featured performers.

Here are a few pictures:

Anna – that is her in the photograph too.



With Miss Lisa







Going over the dance steps with Livvy one more time.





Anna and her best friend Hannah





Brother Aaron



Sister Livvy



Old Britbike Dude



Lastly, here is her dance performance. You may want to get Kleenex or your shop rag handy first...




God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/05/14 8:08 pm

Beautiful....thank you Mr David

Gordon
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/06/14 8:06 am

Looks like the Crisco Kid has put on a few pounds! Looking good, lil miss!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/06/14 11:37 am

Here is a better picture of Anna's photo at the exhibit:



The title of this photo is "Phoenix Rising"



God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/07/14 8:43 am

Old britbike dude



I usually hate getting my picture taken, but this one turned out okay.

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/07/14 1:24 pm

I suppose it's no longer 'speechless' if I post "speechless".

...but you get the idea.
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/10/14 11:53 pm

Truly inspiring. I look at Anna's photo on my fridge, and think of my son and granddaughters and how healthy they are, and then what this wonderful young woman has endured, and I am at the same time thankful for the health of my family, and in total and utter awe at the courage and tenacity of Anna Mott.

Amazing.

Simply amazing.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/15/14 8:09 am

Anna is now involved with Rally Kids (http://rallyfoundation.org) , a charitable group that raises money for pediatric cancer research.

My September 10 #505600 post about going to the state capital was a Rally Kids effort.

One of the events this organization holds is a fashion show. Girls will walk the runway, escorted by Atlanta Falcon football players.

It will be on May 1st.

Anna is going to do it this year.

This is Anna’s page:

http://rallyfoundation.org/rally-kids-cancer-charity/our-inspiration/meet-the-rally-kids/anna-m

Anna’s partner is Corey Peters, a 6’3” 305 lb defensive end….



I think it is fair to say this guy puts away the groceries.

Lastly, here is a video of the show from last year:



I am really looking forward to this. I'm even going to wear a tie!

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/21/14 8:13 am

I sometimes think about my daughter Emma and Anna.



Emma has her Senior prom this weekend. She will be graduating soon and will go away to college.

There is no Senior prom for Anna, nor will she go away to college. Cancer has robbed Anna of these and many other things, yet she maintains an unworldly positive attitude.

In one month, it will be Anna’s 18th birthday.

I am here again to ask you to consider sending a donation for this exceptional young woman.

The Britibike and Atlanta ballet community have so far given this girl, this treasure, close to $13,000 dollars.

It has been been at times a lifesaver for the Motts. It is appreciated beyond words.

I accept personal checks, money orders, cash, and paypal.

Checks are to be made out to me, David Duke. Say “Anna Mott” or somesuch on the memo portion of the check.

My home address to mail the check is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071
USA

My paypal address is sdduke@bellsouth.net.

My cell phone number is 678 462-8884.

PM , email, call, or tell me on this forum you are in.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/28/14 7:52 am

Donor List as of 4/28/2014

Annonymous 1
David in Atlanta



God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/28/14 4:52 pm

Count me in David.....Gordon
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/05/14 7:49 am

Donor List as May 5

Anonymous
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray

I could really really use your help and want to add your name to this list! Anna’s birthday is a little more than two weeks away.

This past Thursday was a big night for Miss Anna and other brave girls who are battling cancer.

I have to admit it was a bit hard to watch. Some of the girls looked to be as young as six. There were a few that looked perfectly normal. On the other end of the spectrum, one girl was in a wheel chair, another walked with a cane, several were bald from the chemo. It put a knot in my stomach.

Anna was the last girl on the runway. She was wearing heels, and she was radiant. Her escort, Corey Peters, is a class act, as were all the other Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves escorts who volunteered their time for this.

I sat with Miss Lisa, Anna’s ballet instructor.

Here is what she had to say:

“Oh Anna Mott.... tonight was such a victory... I am so proud of you!!! What a night of incredible triumphs and precious people who have braved so many medical tests, procedures, diagnoses , chemo, radiation, rehab, realapses.. and I just want to say... in all of your your darkest days of your illness, you continued to be THE most loving sweet Anna, I have always known... BRAVO for your courage…”

Here are a few pictures -

Makeup:



This woman volunteers her time for this show every year and prepares head scarfs for the girls:





Anna’s placard:



Anna and her escort Corey Peters on the runway:





Here is the video:

https://tinyurl.com/Anna-Runway


Anna and Miss Lisa



Anna and her grandmother, Melissa’s mom



Anna and Corey



Old Britbike dude



God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/05/14 9:16 am

Fantastic pix. Thanx.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/07/14 9:15 am

Aaron, Anna's brother, just turned 16 this past Sunday.

Here he is helping Anna from late last year...



He is a selfless individual, and as Melissa says, "an old soul".

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/07/14 12:14 pm

In late 2012, I was in total shock and awe when David told me that there were 1,000 views on Anna's story.

Now there are 100,000?!!

It still amazes me that you all would click on Anna's story even once.

I mean, she's not Miley Cyrus with her tongue out, it's not a big political story, nothing that would ever appear on the news.

She's just a regular 17 year old.

Who got a brain tumor.

And you guys have cared enough to follow her 100,000 clicks worth.

I want you all to know that your care, support, interest, prayers, words, cards, gifts, have meant the absolute world to our family.

And now, almost 2 years after diagnosis, you all still care.

Blows me away.

Do you all even KNOW what beyond amazing people you are?!!!!!

Do you realize you have poured out such good things into a family's life? Into a 17 year old's life?!!!!

I hope you do.

Because you have.

And it means the absolute world.

May God richly bless you all, even more than you have blessed us!!!!!

Melissa and Steve Mott


Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/11/14 10:06 pm

whoa.....100,000.......that's pretty amazing.....Happy B-day ANNA
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/12/14 8:33 am

Donor List as of May 12

Anonymous
Anonymous 2
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Jim from Pasco
Ob1Quixote
Royal Oilfield




Thanks to those who have donated so far for Anna’s eighteenth. It is so appreciated.

For everyone else - Anna’s birthday is the 21st. I would like your donation by week’s end if possible. That will give time for deposits to clear and for me to get a cashier’s check cut on Monday May 19th or so.

I am hoping to raise 5 grand. If I can get the same Britbike response I got at Christmas, we can make it. If you haven’t ever contributed – please give it some thought!

Shifting gears , if you do send Anna a birthday card, try and get one with some depth/texture to it so Anna can feel it.

Examples here –

Card Ideas

Or, you can get one of the cards that plays a song when you open it. You get the idea.

Address –

Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/16/14 7:22 am

Last call for donations.

This story averages 300 hits a day. On March 18th of this year, there were over 1000 hits.

So far I have 9 donors, myself included.

Any amount is appreciated. It adds up.

Thanks

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/18/14 7:39 pm

The kind people at the 2014 TSMR donated over $600 yesterday to Anna's birthday gift.

There were reminders of her all along the 200 mile route.



One of Anna's friends at BritBike.com
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/18/14 9:11 pm

655.00 dollars to be exact!!! THANK YOU Gordon.....and all the boys and girls who kicked in!!!!story to follow I'm sure>>>>
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/19/14 7:50 am

Donor List as of May 19

Anonymous
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
BOB IN NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Jim from Pasco
Ob1Quixote
Royal Oilfield
Three State Riders 2014 in honor of Gordon Gray clap clap clap

I was completely taken aback by the generosity of the TSR crew. Their contribution, along with BOB in NW PA and Anonymous 3, puts us at $4386.

We are $613 away from the goal of $5,000.

Miss Lisa and I will not meet with Anna until next week, so I am still accepting donations.

Give it some thought. A few $50 and $20 donations and we will make it.

Regardless of the final amount raised , I am very proud to be associated with a group of people (most of whom I have never met) who are willing to help someone in need.




Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/19/14 9:07 am

To Mamma Mott, Anna, and family:

We are just a bunch of scruffy old guys with old bikes that get sucked in by stories of amazing courage, grace and beauty.

YOU, Mott family, are the TRULY amazing ones.

"The Color Purple"

HA! That movie has NOTHING compared to this thread!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/14 5:45 am


From Melissa's blog -

http://themottley7.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/18-years-ago/
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/14 6:18 am

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/14 10:02 am

From Hannah, Anna’s best friend -

“Eight years ago Anna Mott had her tenth birthday party. We all gathered into her backyard and decorated individual cakes, ate yummy food, and ran around in the backyard to our hearts content. I can't remember for sure what happened, maybe it was that she didn't laugh as I messed up the icing on my cake, but helped me fix it, or maybe it was the way she smiled and laughed at my jokes- but that birthday party changed our friendship, and that was the day it truly blossomed. From that day on-we were inseparable. Both of our families gained another daughter and each of our siblings gained another sister- if Anna wasn't at my house, we were at hers. It was a summer full of smiles and laughter- from swimming in the swimming pool, roller skating in the rain, dancing on the hardwood floors, making and recording our own cooking show, pretending to be twins everywhere we went (don't worry, of course we had matching outfits) and trying to stay up all night (we were usually asleep by 11:00.) Anna kept me laughing, and here we are eight long, crazy, and difficult years later- and we are all still laughing.

I have always admired Anna's spirit, her thoughtfulness, her courage, her faith, and her caring nature- and each of these characteristics became even more evident as Anna battled the unthinkable- from brain cancer, to radiation and chemotherapy, to a stroke, and to complete rehabilitation Anna was ALWAYS positive, charming, thoughtful, and happy- the smile rarely left her face. And even through the worst possible time of all of our lives- she still laughed at my jokes.

A lot has changed about Anna over the past, almost two years, but her smile, her laughter, her ability to love, and her Anna-ness is still there- and I know it's because of the person she is that she persevered, and came out smiling. Anna changes people, you don't recover from knowing Anna- she makes everyone around her a better person, and just by knowing her and being her best friend all these years- I know she has changed me and helped me smile.

So here we are, a long road away from those two little girls that decorated cakes at your tenth birthday party and laughed and giggled probably more than we formed actual sentences. Many things have changed, where we live, what we eat, and even what we look like- but our friendship hasn't, we're still happy, we're still smiling, and we're still laughing.

Happy 18th Birthday Anna Banana. I love you more than words can say. Thank you for still laughing at my jokes, and not making fun of me when I'm being dumb.

Congratulations on 18 years of being a person we can all look up too. It's funny, I'm older- but it's you I want to be when I grow up.

I love you more than there are stars in the sky, thank you for everything.

Happy Birthday to my hero, and my absolute best friend.”

Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/14 10:15 pm

B-day wishes to Anna from Brian and Jen in NJ
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/02/14 8:26 am

Last Thursday, Miss Lisa and my family had dinner with Anna and the Motts.

Anna got a few gifts and our fundraiser birthday card.

From memory, here is what Anna had to say. I wish I the presence of mind to record it, but she just blurted it out.




“Thank you guys so so so much for the cards and presents. You all are so nice to me.

You all have been with me since the very beginning and it means an awful lot to me, more than I can say.

Hearing your messages of encouragement, getting cards from all over the world, taking the time to visit with me, they all keep me going.

You guys have made this easy for me and I love you all so very much.

You mean the world to me.

Y’all are the best and I am so blessed to know you.”




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/09/14 12:44 pm

Great weekend for Anna!

About this time last year, she had just completed her chemotherapy and was feeling just terrible. She had no energy and her skin color was awful.

She participated in the 2013 Amanda Riley Miles 4 Smiles fun run – albeit in a wheelchair.




This year, she easily walked the whole mile. My girls and I were privileged to walk too.

Here are a few pictures:

Anna and her father Steve:



My girls and me with Anna:



Getting ready to cross the finish line:



Anna and Barbara Riley. Barbara lost her daughter Amanda to cancer and has since dedicated her life to helping other families with cancer stricken children.
http://amandarileyfoundation.org/



Anna and fellow ballerina alumna Whitney Sue.



Daughter Emma and Anna. Anna calls her "my Emma".





God bless Anna Mott


Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/09/14 1:50 pm

Hi Guys,

One day I may get through these posts and not end up crying in front of my computer---but not yet. I know this, however; if all of my adult friends had half the courage of this 18 year-old young woman then the World would be a far, far better place. And every time I have a little twitch and have to trot into town to see my cardiologist (I'm on my new defibrillator--Lucky Number 7) I think of Anna, and I remember that she awakes each day not knowing if the sun is up, or if it is misting rain, and she is strong enough to endure that. In the light of such courage, how can any of us do less? Thank you, Anna. In a dark world, you bring light to SO many other people!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/16/14 7:59 am

Not much to report on Miss Anna Mott this week – a good thing!

Melissa has told me a portion of our birthday gift will be used to enroll Anna (and Melissa ) in online classes, audio books, and text books for the blind.

They also will go shopping for a wig, also courtesy of our gift.

Gordon and I were planning to have lunch with Anna this coming Friday, but she has her quarterly MRI that day.

Please keep this brave young woman in your thoughts and prayers!



God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/23/14 7:55 am

It was a good, no a GREAT weekend for Anna Banana.

First on the list was her MRI was ALL CLEAR! She did not need any sedation at all, which shows her concentration has improved since her last MRI three months ago.

The staff gave her a standing ovation when she was done. Anna was so excited and proud of herself, and who can blame her?



Anna’s doctor did not want the family to worry all weekend, so she told Melissa the good news once she read the scans.

On Saturday, Anna went to a bridesmaid luncheon for her friend and fellow ballerina alumna Erin.

Here are a few pictures:

Anna, Erin, and the bridesmaids



Miss Keiko, Anna, and Miss Lisa



Anna’s fortune- "You will know true love in your life"



God Bless Anna Mott!

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/23/14 4:28 pm

That is great news!

Do we need to send those gals some shoes? LOL!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/30/14 7:39 am

Anna had her check up last week, and it was a mixed bag.

Good

Strength improved
Leg reflexes better

Not So Good

Eyes a bit worse
Small increase in white matter
Lost 10 pounds

Weight loss can partially be attributed to Anna’s increased physical activity (good!).

Melissa is going to try to fatten Anna up a bit. She now weighs 90 pounds.



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/15/14 6:02 pm

I haven’t been updating much lately, mostly because there is not much to report on Anna… until now.

Partly because of the generosity of Britbike and the Atlanta Ballet community, Anna has been able to participate in physical therapy , dance therapy, and horse riding.

She would not have been able to do these activities without your help. You should be proud of yourselves!

Here are a few pics from the past two weeks:

Working on some ballet moves and pilates while laying down:



Strength training:







Horse Riding:





God Bless Anna Mott!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/21/14 1:58 pm

Big weekend for Anna. Her friend Erin was married, and Anna was a bridesmaid.

Melissa said Anna was very relaxed and not anxious at all. She really enjoyed visiting with her ballet friends.

A few pictures:

Getting ready:



Anna and her friend Jordan. Friends since they both were six:



Relaxing



Down the aisle



The beautiful bridesmaid



With Miss Lisa and Greg, Lisa’s husband



A favorite of mine, in a sad way. Anna and father Steve. Steve’s eyes say it all for me.



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/21/14 2:16 pm

That last photo....is almost too much for me.

Gordon in NC
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/10/14 4:15 pm

A good summer for Anna.

She continues on with horse and biocord therapy.

Here are a few pictures from the last month.

Horseback riding:







At the pool:





Lastly, a family friend surprised Anna with tickets to see Ed Sheeran, one of Anna’s favorite performers.

Here is her reaction smile :



God bless Anna Mott





Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/14 8:07 am

Today is the second anniversary of Anna’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. My feelings are the same as they were one year ago; please take a moment and read them here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=503790#Post503790

Here are excerpts of Melissa’s thoughts today about her first born child.

The full story can be found here - http://themottley7.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/happy-girls-are-the-prettiest-girls/


I still can’t look at her Twitter feed or her Pinterest boards.

Her sisters tell me to update her Facebook profile pic and I won’t have it.

No way in heck I can watch dvds of her dancing.

Just hearing “Snow” or “Clara’s solo” Nutcracker music can send me to bed for a day.

I still take sleeping meds every night to block out some of the most horrific memories and mom guilt from the journey.

This past spring, when she would have graduated high school, almost caused me to come undone.

I still don’t have the perfect words to soothe her brothers’ and sisters’ tears and ache for the Sissy they mourn. The one still not back.

Every time I see a photo idea, I have to catch myself from telling her to style it for me.

Something as simple as her old favorite tv show coming on can bring on a deluge of my tears.

I still don’t know why, 2 years ago today, my then 16yr old girl was diagnosed with brain cancer.

I don’t know why she had to lose her sight and have such traumatic brain damage.

Oh, I’ve seen some things that give me glimpses and suppositions, but not the whole picture, not the actual reason for all this suffering.

But I will one day.

His Word and His Promises tell me so.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

This August 29 we have another year under our belt.

We are farther down the road.

Today as I look back and reflect, I am going to choose to be aware of the loss but concentrate on celebrating the miracles.

Many of which we could never have imagined.

Every 3 months we have had our MRIs come back with no new evidence of disease.

Our girl walked a mile at Amanda Riley Foundation’s “Miles For Smiles”, when last year she couldn’t take a step. And the last few feet all alone!



Our girl has grown in strength.

Anna was gifted with a beautiful, beautiful Sugarplum tutu by dear friend Barbara Mock. It meant the world to her and made her feel like a real ballerina again. Ms. Barbara, you totally rocked this girl’s world!



She’s still a wee thing, but she’s eating again. That is a huge step for a child who was on appetite stimulant and anti-nausea drugs twice a day!

She was gifted with a barre by wonderful ballet friends and began barre work again. This photo is from her first time back at it. Need I mention that this momma was a tiny bit emotional?



Anna is joining in conversations more instead of sitting comatose or having to be asked a question to speak. We have missed her voice. Rejoicing over this!

She danced in April!




Thanks to a huge miracle and a Keiko connection, Anna is riding horses and we made some amazing friends who were sent straight from God to us.



Anna became a Rally Kid with the Rally Foundation and walked the runway with Falcons player, Corey Peters.



Cognitively, she’s coming along, inch by inch; most days she can say what month we are in and every now and again, she knows the day of the week. Last fall we tried some mental exercises and she could hardly do any. We tried again a few weeks ago and she did nearly all of them.

Our goals this year have been threefold:

That Anna would feel safe, loved, and happy.

I check with her very frequently to make sure we are achieving them.

She assures me when I do, that that’s just how she feels.


Anna’s sister, Olivia, got this beautiful candid between studio shots.



On this August 29, two years to the day from the worst day of our lives, we will choose not to mourn.

We will celebrate our precious Anna.

We thank God she is here with us to be loved on, kissed, laughed with, talked to, and cherished.



She inspires our family every moment of every day.

She has taught me about overcoming.

She’s been a pillar of faith and strength.

She’s my inspiration.

I hope I can be even a tiny bit like her when I grow up.

One of Anna’s very favorite quotes has always been this one by Audrey Hepburn (her favorite icon):

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”



Our little miracle girl is happy and oh, she is one of the prettiest!

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/14 10:57 am

That is STILL so heartbreaking and so hard to read through.

Gordon.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/14 3:55 pm

Gonna have to take a trip back down there, one of these days when the weather cools down.
Maybe on a bike, with a spare helmet just in case the stars align...

Hmmm, a nice back-roads route on a Friday, camp somewhere close by Stone Mtn Friday night, visit on Saturday for a while, and have a few routes/camping options planned for the return home, depending on how long "a while" is?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/15/14 7:27 am

I was going to update y’all on Anna, but I will do that another time.

A heartbreaking blog entry from Melissa –

Letter To Anna

Everything I didn’t say,
everything I didn’t do,
if I could just go back,
I’d fix it for you.
The places you didn’t go,
the things you didn’t see,
I’d take you there, you’d have it all,
to keep in your memory.
If only, if only
I could do it again,
there’d be yes’s not no’s,
you see.
For the lesson is learned
but it’s too late to fix,
because the time I cannot redeem.
As I look back, at being your mom,
the things I did, I don’t regret.
It’s the things I didn’t, that eat at my soul,
And I can hardly live with it.




God Bless Anna and Melissa Mott.

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/13/14 9:10 pm

Anna has had a nice fall.

In September, Anna had her second lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. Over a thousand dollars were raised from online donations and sales at the stand.

Here are a few pics:

Anna and old Britbike dude



Anna and Emma



Anna and childhood friend Ali Bell. They had a great visit talking about the “old days”



Also, we had our Norcross British Car Fayre, and Anna came to visit. Here she is at the wheel of a 1967 Morgan +4.



We are trying to schedule a ride for Anna in this car soon.

She continues with her biochord therapy and has made great strides. This therapy has really helped Anna with her balance and self confidence.







Lastly, Anna and Melissa are going to Jamaica after Thanksgiving with other special needs kids from the Atlanta area , all expenses paid. Among other things, they will be Santa’s helpers and will hand out Christmas gifts to children at an orphanage.

Thanks for following along.

God Bless Anna Mott.

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/14/14 7:36 am

Man, wish I was that limber!
Oh, and that great balance point on the hips! My balance point would be considerably higher...

Hope Melissa takes a camera to Jamaica.
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/16/14 3:56 pm

Well----I was doing just fine until I got to the poem. When a person rips a part of her soul out and lays it bare before the world, it is so heartfelt and courageous---I ended up reading the rest through a veil of tears. The recovery of Anna has a LOT to do with her own tenacity and courage, no mistake, but a lot has to do with the depth and character of her Mother.

Very special people....
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/01/14 8:57 pm

David, any updates on our Anna? family our always in our thoughts!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/03/14 1:11 pm

Anna continues to plug along, always with a positive attitude.

She recently had her quarterly MRI and it was all clear!

Anna has gained 7 pounds,and is up to 98 pounds.

She continues to make progress physically; mentally she is lagging a bit. It takes time I guess...

As mentioned earlier, Anna will be going to Jamaica after thanksgiving on a goodwill performance tour with some other kids who have had life changing illnesses.

Here is Anna practicing yesterday for her performance:


Beautiful Anna Mott:



With her friend Lindsey:



Sister Olivia helping with the choreography:




Thanks for following along!

God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/03/14 10:41 pm

Man, that kid is L-O-N-G!
Posted By: Don Leaming

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/04/14 4:44 am

We all have our little problems now and then.. Sometimes we let them get us down.. What this young lady bravely faces is something else. She is an inspiration!
God Bless and fight on.
Don
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/01/14 8:34 am

It is once again time for our semiannual fund raiser for Miss Anna Mott.

To date, more than $17,000 has been raised for this exceptional young woman. Your gift has been used for medicine, doctor’s visits, online learning, and therapy. It has also deeply touched the Mott family, Melissa in particular.

Out of the blue, Melissa sent me this message last week:

Sometimes, when things get rough, I go through and look at all you and your peeps have done for us. It's beyond my comprehension and ability to convey gratitude.”



I accept personal checks, money orders, cash, and paypal.

Checks are to be made out to me, David Duke. Say “Anna Mott” or somesuch on the memo portion of the check.

My home address to mail the check is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071
USA

My paypal address is sdduke@bellsouth.net.

My cell phone number is 678 462-8884.

PM , email, call, or tell me on this forum you are in.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/04/14 6:05 pm

Hi David,

It may not be as much as I'd like, but count me in. A check will go out tomorrow. Please tell Anna's family how honored we all are to be able to help a little.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/08/14 8:10 am



Donor List as of 12/8/14

A Nony Mouse
Barb
David in Atlanta
Greenspringfarm

Total raised to date is $1,000. I hope we can raise $5,000.

Would you be so kind as to send Miss Anna Mott a Christmas card?

Cards from overseas are especially welcome.

Britbike means the world to the Mott family, and with good reason.

Her address is

Miss Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047





Tell her you are from Britbike too!


Thank you

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/09/14 11:09 pm

David - the check's in the mail! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Bob & Corky Kent
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/12/14 9:57 pm

Where' that Momma Mott?

Sure would love to hear about the Jamaica trip!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/13/14 9:29 am

Oh, and done deal on the fundraiser!
Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/13/14 4:25 pm

Thanks for all the updates,

Card and check sent!!

Cheers,

Steve
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/14 10:32 pm

Donor’s List as of December 14, 2014

Anonymous
Anonymous UK
A Britbiker
A Nony Mouse
Barb
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspringfarm
Jubilee Prince
Ob1Quixote
Royal Oilfield

Thank you guys and gals. We are at about two grand. I am hoping to raise five if we can. Please consider donating. It is money well spent, I promise you.

As I told you earlier, Anna went to Jamaica after thanksgiving on a goodwill tour. There, she and other damaged angels handed out gifts to special needs kids at orphanages.

Here are some pictures:

Getting ready to leave the airport.



Handing out gifts



One of God’s own



Anna and some of the kids



Melissa wonders what Anna thinks at moments like this.



This shot is very poignant to me. These young women were part of the group from Atlanta. They love Anna. The one on the right is guiding Anna’s hand on her face so Anna will know what she looks like. Angels on earth, all of them.



God bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/14 10:54 pm

Thanks David! Anna is looking a good bit stronger, and good color as well.

Never did get over that way for a visit... 'course the weather never did get cool until just recently.
Now I hav more irons in the fire; my club's on/off road appliance event in January and racing a national enduro a few weeks later.

Maybe this spring I'll make an appointment?!?
Posted By: c caspary

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/16/14 10:11 am

David

$$ and Christmas card going in the mail this am.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Charlie
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/19/14 11:00 pm

Donor’s List as of December 19, 2014

Anonymous
Anonymous UK
A Britbiker
A Nony Mouse
Barb
BOB in NW PA
C Caspary
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspringfarm
Jim from Pasco
Jubilee Prince
Ob1Quixote
Royal Oilfield

We are pushing 4 k now. A few days left till this fundraiser ends...Would like to see some of the familiar names on the list. Like I said, I am hoping to raise 5 k. Some $20 donations here, some $50 there, maybe a $100, and we will make it.

I also post on ADV Rider. They have an Anna fan club too, and have sent Anna Christmas and birthday cards. It is a great comfort to the Mott's to get these cards. Today, a guy I have never heard of volunteered his time to write a song for Anna for Christmas.

Here is what he said:

"It's an awfully sweet thing you do for Anna and of course her family too.

I would like to send something nontraditional and maybe you can facilitate the process.

I'm a jazz musician in Chicago. Given the vast majority of my 52 years in dedication to my art. At the point now where I'm questioning all the years of sacrifice, all the constant struggles that come with living near the poverty level all my life. I'm not trying to be melodramatic and I'm not looking for a pat on the back. One of the only reasons I'm still here is because of the rare and precious times when I know that the music has touched people in a very profound way.

When I wake up tomorrow morning I'm going to be thankful for all that I have, a roof over my head, my wife and dogs who adore me and thankfully my health. I'm going to have a cup of coffee and then I'm going to compose and record a short musical piece for Anna. It won't be a Christmas song per se.

I'll upload the audio file to dropbox and PM you the link. If you would be so kind as to email the link to her and her family that would be great.

Do you think this is an okay idea?

Thanks,
Ron Perrillo
Chicago"


And here is what he wrote for Anna -

http://tinyurl.com/Anna-s-Christmas


God bless Anna Mott.







Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/20/14 9:16 am

Figures, my computer wont play it.
Gee thanks, Win8.1, you never fail to fail.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/20/14 9:28 am

It should work.

Download it first, then it will play on Windows media player.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/20/14 9:29 am

I'll have to confess I was a little late with my donation and actually thought about not sending anything at all... frown Then I remembered all the stuff we went through to help her and her family at the first of this and was reminded WHY we went to the trouble.

We have made the Motts a part of OUR small family and please don't forget them.

I remember how proud I was of BritBike.com when I handed Mama Mott our first $1000 donation....but how humbled I was to actually be standing in that hospital room.

I think David has rasied over $20,000 for the Motts by now and it's all been done a $1 at a time....think about stepping up and helping out....it's Xmas time, a time for giving.

Wishing the Motts and everybody in the family here....a SAFE and Happy Holidays.

Gordon Gray (aka Pokey)
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/20/14 9:43 am

After downloading a player at majorgeeks for free, I was able to listen...all I {and my wife, choir gal over at the church} can say is

WOW!

Beautiful piece of music!

Merry Christmas Motts, what a special gift!
Posted By: Pgh Rich

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/20/14 10:44 pm

Glad I saw this. Sent some help via Paypal. Happy holidays to all.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/22/14 10:29 pm

Donor’s List 12/22/14

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous UK
A Britbiker
A Nony Mouse
Barb
BOB in NW PA
C Caspary
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspringfarm
Jim from Pasco
Jubilee Prince
Ob1Quixote
Pgh Rich
Royal Oilfield


We are just north of 4k now. If you ever thought about donating but haven’t, you need to act NOW. Miss Lisa and I will see the Motts this Friday with OUR gift.

I hope you will contribute. You can paypal me at sdduke@bellsouth.net.

Anna had her Christmas performance this past Sunday; along with a group of special needs folks – a group of young and old adults. There were people with downs,birth defects, cerebral palsy, arsberger's disease,you name it. It was both very uplifting and depressing at the same time.

I could not help but think why is Anna up there with “those people”,all these folks with the odd faces and blank stares. I became very upset. Then I thought about it bit more. There were probably 100 people in the audience thinking the same exact thing - wondering why their own child, brother , or sister was up there , why had they been given the short straw in life ?

After I stopped trying too hard to rationalize, I found the pageant to be joyous. I was glad I went.

Here are a few pictures and a video of Anna







Anna and her friend Lyndsay. Lyndsay was involved in a horrific car accident a few years back. A tie rod failed on her car on the interstate. The car crossed the median on I-575 and was hit by oncoming traffic. She was wearing her seat belt, but the seat was torn from the car by the impact. Lynsay was thrown nearly 300 feet while still in her seat. She is lucky to be alive - she had severe brain trauma, and now has Arsberger's syndrome. She loves Anna!



Anna and Miss Lisa



Who invited this guy?



Anna and Lacey. Lacey danced with Anna when they were younger.



The lady on the left directed the pageant. She did a great job. The lady next to Anna is the one who organized the visit to Jamaica. Both special ladies in my book.

Lastly, here is the video of Anna's performance:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=963382917022670

Here are Melissa's words:

Today she danced at Christmas again. It wasn't the Nutcracker, or even anything I had ever imagined for her, but I'm more proud today than when she was Clara, angel, Dewdrop, or anything in between. I want to give God thanks for all he has done and all those who have supported her and gotten us to this point. Two years ago, I dared hope she'd be alive in six months. What a beautiful day!!

God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/30/14 12:27 am

Dang it David!
We need a trip report!
Resplendent with happy tales and maybe a couple pix of your Friday visit!

Chop-chop!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/30/14 8:32 am

This Christmas, we raised $4,600 for Miss Anna Mott.

I see Anna maybe once a month. With each visit, I can see that she is getting better both physically and mentally.

When Anna got her gift, she became very animated, happy, tearful, and thankful. In the past, she was more subdued.

I am forever grateful for the the guys/gals below, most of whom have never met Anna. You all make it happen. You all allow Anna to have horseback therapy. You all get her online learning material. You all help pay for her prescriptions and doctor visits.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous UK
A Britbiker
A Nony Mouse
Barb
BOB in NW PA
C Caspary
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspringfarm
Jim from Pasco
Jubilee Prince
Ob1Quixote
Pgh Rich
Royal Oilfield

Melissa will have something to say, hopefully later this week.



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/30/14 10:35 am

"Two years ago, I dared hope she'd be alive in six months."

THAT says it all.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/15 2:49 pm

Folks, this is why we help.

From the lady herself:



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/15 9:50 pm

Right at a year now since my visit, and I can sure see her gains!

Still gotta get by there... maybe this spring?

I would encourage anyone to make an appointment to stop by if they are in the area, I'm sure David would help make it happen, spend a little time with Anna and her family.

A true win/win situation.
Posted By: Jon W. Whitley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/06/15 11:40 pm

So cool, that's great !
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/13/15 10:29 am

There is a soon to be published book called “The Sibling Story Project”, where siblings of a child suffering from cancer put their thoughts on paper.

Olivia is Anna’s younger sister.

Here are her thoughts after an introduction by Melissa:



Olivia is my middle child.

She’s the third of five, and the second of three girls.
In every way she is outgoing, social, and extroverted.

Except concerning Anna.

She’s the one I have to really pull things out of.

I have to coax her to talk to me and share her feelings.



It’s easy to think, sometimes, that she isn’t really as affected as the others or hasn’t noticed too much…until something happens and her flood gates come down.

This girl feels a lot.

These are her words:


“I Stepped up to be the Big Sister”

I am 13 years old. I have an older brother, a younger brother, an older sister and a younger sister. I am the middle child of 5.

My older sister, Anna, the eldest of us five, was diagnosed in August of 2012 with pineoblastoma brain cancer. Ever since then, our lives have changed.

Anna went through many surgeries, 33 days of radiation, 6 months of chemotherapy, and many days of being in the rehabilitation center. Anna has since been cancer free!



During the surgeries, Anna went blind and she was paralyzed on her left side. She now has worked harder than anyone I know to gain a lot of strength back on her left side, and is now able to walk with assistance. It was a miracle that she was able to walk again. Now she is taking every day step-by-step.

It has not only been hard on Anna, but on me and my siblings.



At the time Anna was diagnosed, I was about to turn 12. I didn’t know exactly what cancer was, or what it would bring, but I soon found out. I honestly didn’t think that my sister was going to live, and this was SO hard because I had to keep an upbeat, alive and happy spirit so my little brother and sister wouldn’t get upset.

The first two weeks Anna was in the hospital, I stayed at my mom’s friend’s house with Ella and Isaac (my younger siblings). I didn’t have my mom, dad, or my older brother Aaron to take care of me, so I decided that I had to step up and take Anna’s place as the “big sister” and help Ella and Isaac have faith in this time period.

I couldn’t show them that I was upset because they would get upset. So, I learned by keeping them happy and almost “unaware” of the situation, it made me feel better and gain strength to stay strong.



After Anna had her surgeries and was in remission in the hospital, my dad came and took me and the kids back home. I thought I would be able to come off the “big sister” role a little and have time to myself, but it actually got stronger. I became so much closer to Ella and Isaac during that time,, and I am happy we did. Aaron and I formed a bond as the older siblings to help the younger two. This has still continued, even though Anna and my mom are home.



Now, in 2014, almost two years since Anna was diagnosed, not only has Anna grown stronger in faith, but I have. I have learned SO much through her experience.

Every day I help out with Anna with her daily medicines, feeding her, taking her to the bathroom, bathing her, brushing her teeth, and other daily activities.



Through this experience I have decided that I am going to go into the nursing field or be a child life specialist when I go to college. I want to help others who have experiences like me.

The one thing that I have learned through this experience is that you have to be strong. No matter what, you have to be strong. Be strong through your faith. You have to be strong.




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/13/15 1:21 pm

Hi Guys,

Well, I wasn't ready for this.....hearing Anna's voice was a bit over the top, and wonderful to hear and of course brought the tears. I guess --although I wouldn't have thought so-- her situation had been a bit abstract for me, and hearing her made it real. Really real...

The other thing that brought things into focus is the fact that her sister Olivia is the same age as my twin granddaughters. It isn't fair to have to be an adult before being a teenager, but she has done it, done it beautifully, and seems remarkably cogent and together.

What an amazing family. It is a privilege to just know their story, and to be allowed to follow the progress along the road back.

Thank you, Mott Family. You are an inspiration to us all.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/20/15 2:31 pm

Here is brother Aaron’s story, with an introduction by Melissa:

"I am sharing my 16 year old son, Aaron’s story today.

He is 2 years younger than Anna, number 2 in the line up, and the oldest son.

He and Anna were joined at the hips from the day he entered the world.

They always spent a portion of each evening together, talking, laughing, writing music, hanging; just being best friends.



It hit him so very hard when Anna was diagnosed.

He’s been so lonely without his best friend."

In Aaron’s words:



“Life Can Change In An Instant”

I think that I can pretty accurately say that almost everyone has heard this saying. It’s one of those universally known sayings, commonly associated with breaking free from the norm and doing something amazing with your life, beacuse you never know when you won’t be able to. I, for one, have heard it so many times that it almost makes me cringe at each mention of it. But it describes so well the situation that everyone in my family has experienced.

One minute everything is normal, just how you’ve known it to be. You’re thinking about that new video game you want, waiting on the season premiere of your favorite tv show, and wasting time all day, mindlessly browsing the internet. Life is pretty mind-numbing, really. But in that one instant, the very foundation that your life is built upon is shaken and none of that other stuff matters.

I know that my older sister, Anna, has truly experienced this “instant change” like no other. Anna was an astoundingly beautful dancer, a very vibrant, intelligent person, and was known for her crazy long hair. Like, seriously, in all of her 16 years of life, she had never cut it.

On August 29th of 2012, my dad and I took her to the ER. That day, all had been completely normal up until the early afternoon, when she began to babble incoherently and fall all over the place, later coming to without any recollection.



I don’t know if I was trying more to reassure Anna or myself, but I was sure it would be a quick in-and-out visit, nothing more than some random insignificant problem. One short, terrifying visit later, though, and Anna was being transported by ambulance to the bigger, more equipped hospital in the middle of the city, a ride of which I was fortunate enough to accompany her on. They had discovered a mass that needed immediately to be reviewed. It was there, that night, of the day that I can most certainly label as the worst day of my life, that the directions of our lives were altered forever.



What resulted, after discovering a cancerous brain tumor, was 3 long, grueling months that my sister and my mom spent in the hospital , enduring countless scans, several sugeries, the highest dosage of radiation possible, many sessions of various therapies, and high dosage rounds of chemo.



Throughout this time, I was very scared, depressed, and had been required to step up to a challenge at home. Anna was the oldest of five siblings, right above me. She was the authority, mother figure, and caretaker; she and I had worked as a tag team regarding helping with various responsibilites around the house. With her gone, my mother with her, and my father working many hours daily, I had to take charge of everything that was left off, like cleaning, schooling with my youngest siblings, keeping up wth my own education, and cooking; none of which I minded. They kept me busy and took my mind off our current situation.

With each small victory, each obstacle Anna overcame, I was encouraged and rejoiced for her, and was ecstatic when they arrived home on November 20, just two days before Thanksgiving. Because of the many things she faced, Anna returned very frail, blind, mentally damaged due to the various procedures, and without her iconic, long hair. It was very hard to see the person I’ve known all of these years, my best friend, so very changed. It was truly a wake up call to the devastation this horrible illness brought about.



Since that day, we’ve taken part in every opportunity to improve Anna’s condition, a long road we’re traveling, I try to find encouragement in each little sign of improvement, and take inspiration from the sheer courage, strength, and unwavering faith she’s demonstrated.



This whole experience, despite the havoc it’s wreaked, has brought about a few positive aspects in my life. It has solidified my faith in Jesus, and proven to me that He really can turn anything around for the better. Also, experiencing firsthand the extent of the physical damage that many children have faced due to some disease or injury, I plan on going to school to be a pediatric physical therapist. I can also say that I, as well as my family and many of of my friends, have been inspired to take part in helping with many local organizations that aid and benefit children suffering from cancer related illnesses.

Despite everything that has happened, and the many challenges that we’ve faced and overcome, I am forever grateful that I’ve been exposed to the reality of the situation, and have the wonderful opportunity to make a difference.



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/02/15 8:24 am

Today it is Miss Ella's turn to talk about Anna, with an introduction by Melissa.

"Some of the details are a bit off but she was little and some of that time was a blur to her. The important stuff, how it made her feel, she got right!

She wrote it at age 10 and the diagnosis came a few days after her 9th birthday.



In fact, Ella had asked to go to Cabbage Patch Babyland General for the day on her birthday that year.

We took her and I will never forget stopping on the way there to get yet another can of saline for Anna to use as all the doctors kept saying her symptoms and headaches were sinus related.

My sweet girl was in so, so , so much pain that day but she wanted her baby sister to have a good birthday.



She always put others first.

God, if we had only known"."


"Everyone Was Worried"

August 29, 2012. It was eight days after my ninth birthday and that day was a Wednesday.

That morning, Anna was in the bed and when she woke up, she said she had an enormous headache. She got up and went to take a bath, and right when she closed the door, CRASH!! Anna had fallen on the ground and gotten toothpaste all over her.



My mom had thought to go get something for Anna to eat and my sister, Olivia, and I had stayed home with her. As soon as my mom got home she saw Anna's eyes and said, "Your pupils look different." By now, everyone was worried

My mom called my dad on the phone and said "We need to take Anna to the ER." My dad and my older brother, Aaron took Anna. My mom took my sister Olivia, my brother Isaac, and my mom"s friend, and me to dance class. My class had already started when Olivia opened the door and said, "I need Ella; our sister has a brain tumor."

I stood still, a million thoughts running through my head, I grabbed my stuff and left. When I got in the van ,my mom was crying. We drove home and my mom's friend offered to let us stay at her house.

We packed and got into Ms. Kelly's car. When we got there, I felt alone, worried and upset. It's scary having your sister and then she's gone.

It was two weeks before Olivia, Isaac, and I could see Anna, my mom, my dad, and Aaron. It was one month before I even got to stay in my house. My dad stayed home with the rest of us kids, and my mom stayed at the hospital with Anna. I got to seen my mom and Anna a lot.

One time when Anna was in rehab, I saw her walk! Anna came home from the hospital two days before Thanksgiving.

One time Anna got to meet Taylor Swift! Anna also got to go to Disney World through Make a Wish Foundation. She got to ride a horse because of my mom's friend, too!



Through all of this, I felt scared, lonely, upset, worried, and weird, like all the fun and happiness was gone. But, I especially had God hope, love, friends and family.

When I grow up I want to be a nurse and help kids like Anna, and spread tumor and cancer awareness.





God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Momma Mott

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/16/15 6:37 pm

The other day my husband came in and found me crying over a post I was reading about a precious girl who had just succumbed to the beast that is cancer.

He fussed at me for following along with these and other such posts, and getting, as he called, "worked up" again.

He just could not understand why I was reading it or why I follow so many children's stories.

But you guys know why.

It's because I care.
It's because I read one thing and I can sympathize.
I can empathize.
I become vested.
I become a cheerleader.
I become a pray"er".
I care.
I want to see them overcome.
I want to honor them.
I want them to know that they are not alone.
That there are those who care.
That they matter.
That there are some who will not scroll past or turn a blind eye because it's sad or painful.
It's because I know that it could be me or mine.
It's because I know we are all in this together.
And that we need each other.
It's because they matter.



Thank you all for speaking this and more to me and my family.
And for caring about Anna.

For speaking this TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND times (What?!).

On a lonely journey, you have kept us from being alone.

You all have touched us deeply.

Eternally.

And we praise Him for each of you.

Love,

Melissa
Posted By: Jon W. Whitley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/16/15 8:42 pm

That's awesome Melissa and well put !
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/16/15 9:05 pm

I keep saying I'm gonna get back there, and I will!
Truly enjoyed my afternoon with all of you folks, but a few were out and about...

Can't have that!

Give Miss Anna a big hug from Robert in Charleston!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/24/15 10:35 am

Miss Anna has her quarterly MRI tomorrow, Wednesday Feb 25.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/15 1:22 am

You bet, she stays in our prayers. Beautiful warrior.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/15 8:33 am

Checking in with Melissa, she told me MRI will be in the end of March rather than today.

They have changed insurance , which takes effect on March 1.

Sorry for the misfire!
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/15 10:24 am

No need to apologize.

Send along our best wishes.
Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/04/15 1:07 pm

Hey David -

Check you PM's....
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/05/15 4:38 pm


Here is a picture Melissa just came across



Anna with yours truly in the doorway back in 2011.

Back when my daughter was too young to drive, I would usually pick her up from ballet.

I often would catch the last part of class.

On this day, I saw a bit of Anna.

God bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/23/15 6:25 am

Today is Anna's quarterly MRI.

Please keep her and the Mott family in your thoughts and prayers.

It is spring here in Atlanta; here are some pictures of Anna from this weekend.








God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/24/15 11:26 am

All CLEAR!



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/24/15 5:03 pm

Yippee!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/25/15 9:35 pm

From the "Dancers vs Cancer" website:



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/15 7:33 am

A great Sunday for Anna!

I have been trying to get Anna a ride in a Morgan for about 8 months now.

Finally we had a day where everyone was available and the weather cooperated.

Anna was decked out head to toe in all British attire. Even her scarf had the Union Jack on it.

Randy Johnson, the owner of the Morgan, took Anna on a lap around Lake Berkely here in Norcross.

The road is very curvy with lots of elevation changes. A good motorcycle road.

When they returned from their ride, Anna was giddy. I cannot think of a time I have seen her more excited or happy. She loved her ride and repeatedly thanked Randy.

A great Sunday indeed.

Before the ride



Audrey Hepburn



Looking down the bonnet



Anna and Randy before the ride



Off they go



And they are back



Old Britbike dude, Anna, old Morgan dude



Sweet Anna Mott



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/15 12:21 pm

She looks so happy!
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/15 6:21 pm

"All CLEAR"! Two little words, and they mean so much! The ride in the Morgan is fantastic (I'm a little tiny bit jealous) but the real miracle is that short two-word announcement:

"All Clear!"

Thanks for the good news, David. It is appreciated!
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/15 6:54 pm

Originally Posted By Barb
"All CLEAR"! Two little words, and they mean so much! The ride in the Morgan is fantastic (I'm a little tiny bit jealous) but the real miracle is that short two-word announcement:

"All Clear!"

Thanks for the good news, David. It is appreciated!


Ditto. Excellent! Hurray for Anna. bigt
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/15 9:51 pm

that made my day!!! cheers David!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/05/15 7:14 pm

Happy Easter everyone!




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Jon W. Whitley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/05/15 8:37 pm

What a great smile and picture !

Happy Easter !!!!
Posted By: JubeePrince

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/10/15 9:57 am

David, your PM's.....


Steve
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/11/15 10:47 am

Such a lovely young lady.

The Mott family is composed of strong towers.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/16/15 4:09 pm

Miss Anna will be on local television here in Atlanta sometime in early to mid May.

Here she is being interviewed.



The reporter noticed Anna during the Christmas pageant (see post 577643 from 12/22/14), and wanted to learn more about her.



Good news – Melissa said she did very well.

Not so good – She forgot all about it by the afternoon…

I will post the news video when it happens.


God bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/15 11:11 am

Two years ago today...

Taylor Swift spent some time with Anna.





God bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/15 11:27 am

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/15 12:43 pm

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/21/15 11:47 am

Dear Britbike Friends -

In exactly one month (May 21st) , Anna will celebrate her 19th birthday.

I am again asking for your donation to help this exceptional young woman and her family.

If paying by check, make it out to me and write Anna Mott in the memo form. My mailing address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree St
Norcross GA 30071

If going the paypal route, send your donation to sdduke@bellsouth.net. Be sure to say it is a “gift” to avoid any service charge.

Lastly, if you want to send her a birthday card, her address is:

Miss Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga

In choosing a card, consider a singing card, or a card that has a lot of texture to it.

Thank you all very much.



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/01/15 7:28 am

Donor List May 1

BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
JubeePrince
RW Whatley

The fundraiser is going well.

The above miscreants along with the Atlanta dance community have so far raised $1,000 for Miss Anna’s 19th birthday.

You all have made things so much easier for Anna and her family for the past two years. It is appreciated beyond words.

Here is recent picture of Anna and her brother Aaron in their backyard.



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/08/15 7:13 am

Donor List May 8

Anonymous 1
Anonymous in UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
JubeePrince
Royal Oilfield
RW Whatley

So far, we have raised a touch over $1,800. I am hoping to get over $4,000.

Let’s make it happen in the next two weeks!

This past Tuesday, I had the privilege to see Anna in a dance recital. She had two numbers. Her first dance was a group ensemble, and she had performed this one before.

The second number was a solo piece, just Anna and her barre.







What I will remember from her solo is not her performance (she did great), but the reactions of her grandmother and mother Melissa. They both wept uncontrollably. I felt their pain in my bones. Anna’s grandmother was trying to film, but she was so upset she just shut off the camera off and cried.





It was very sad, but I was honored to witness it. Life is so fragile.



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/10/15 10:19 pm

There is nothing that words can express...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/16/15 3:35 pm

Donor List May 16

Anonymous 1
Anonymous in UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
JubeePrince
Royal Oilfield
RW Whatley

Total raised to date is $1,900. We have one week left to get to $4,000.

Not much time left.

Please please please consider helping Anna out. Recovering from cancer and living with the aftermath is not cheap, and the Motts are not millionaires!

Changing gears a bit – in my last post I told you how very upset Melissa and Anna’s grandmother were watching Anna perform.

For a little perspective, here is what they may have been thinking about.

Anna dancing when she was 12….



And Anna dancing from a few weeks ago…



Quite a difference.

Let’s help the Motts out for Anna’s 19th, and send her a birthday card too!

God bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/20/15 8:19 am

Donor List May 20

Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous in UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
JubeePrince
Royal Oilfield
RW Whatley

Total raised to date is $3,100.

Miss Lisa (Anna’s ballet teacher) and I will give Anna her gift next week, so there is one week left to get to $4,000.
If we all pitch in, I believe we will meet our goal.

This is why we help:

http://www.11alive.com/story/life/2015/05/20/blind-ballerina-returns-to-the-stage/27634367/

Please consider helping out. I guaran-damn-tee you it is money well spent.

God Bless Anna Mott!

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/20/15 2:21 pm

You have paypal!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/15 7:30 am

Happy Birthday Anna Mott!



Posted By: Jon W. Whitley

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/15 8:09 pm

I've been very busy and did not get a card off unfortunately but if you see this Anna or somebody can point you in the right direction to this site, Happy Birthday !!!!


clap
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/22/15 7:56 am

Donor List May 22

Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3 smile
Anonymous in UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
JubeePrince
OB1Quixote
Royal Oilfield
RW Whatley

Total raised to date is $3830. We are damn close to our goal. Damn close.

A few more Britbike donations directed my way and we are D.O.N.E.

Anna’s story has gone national.



There are rumblings of a possible national morning show story appearance.

Miss Lisa and I will give Anna her card next week with our check, and it is my hope the cashier’s check says $4,000.

For you state-siders, enjoy the long weekend, and count your blessings!





Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/26/15 6:21 pm

Total is now $3,970.

Thirty dollars shy of $4,000.

Who wants to push us over the top? beerchug





God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: HughdeMann

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/26/15 7:43 pm

David, PayPal on the way.
Posted By: Gordon Gray

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/26/15 9:34 pm

Originally Posted By HughdeMann
David, PayPal on the way.


You get a big ATA BOY!!!!!!! for that.

David, sorry I keep dragging my feet.....thank you for keeping at it/us.....there's going to be a special place in heaven for you.
To bad I won't get to see that....going be pretty hot n nasty where I'm headed. smile

Pokey......proud to be one of Anna's and the Motts friends here on BritBike.com
Posted By: shel

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/26/15 9:37 pm

Originally Posted By Gordon Gray
David, sorry I keep dragging my feet.....thank you for keeping at it/us.....there's going to be a special place in heaven for you.
To bad I won't get to see that....going be pretty hot n nasty where I'm headed.


It's not the man you were that decides that, it's the man you are, I've been around here long enough to know you're one of the good guys.
Posted By: BeezaBryan

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/27/15 2:48 am

Originally Posted By shel
[quote=Gordon Gray]

It's not the man you were that decides that, it's the man you are, I've been around here long enough to know you're one of the good guys.


I'll second that emotion bigt
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/27/15 6:57 am

Well, I won't be "casting the first stone"...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/27/15 8:21 am

Donor List May 27

Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Anonymous 3
Anonymous in UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
HughdeMann
JubeePrince
OB1Quixote
Royal Oilfield
RW Whatley
Shel

WE did it.

Total raised - $4,030.

Since September of 2012 (less than one month after Anna was diagnosed) Britbike and the Atlanta dance community have raised more than $25,000 for Anna Banana.

Thank you for not forgetting about her.



God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/27/15 9:29 am

Fantastic!

There are very few causes THIS worthy.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/02/15 2:19 pm

Thank you all so much for the cards and presents sent to Anna for her 19th birthday.

She loved each and every one of them. You all are the best.

In Melissa’s words:

“THANK YOU to all who took the time from your day to send her a card or a well wish! We all took turns opening and reading them, and letting her listen to the musical ones on her special day.

It meant the entire world to her. . Her smile was enormous!

BritBike and ADV Riders have supported our girl from day one and always send her Christmas and birthday cards and gifts.

The shirt and hat are from Mike in Alaska (ADV Dude).





And, dude, look at all the cards!!!!!!



All you guys sure do make this girl feel special and not alone in all this.

We thank God for each of you. Truly.”


Anna also got a real charge from ADV rider “Homeless Otter” (Tom) , who took a birthday card on his travels in eastern Europe earlier this year. Autographs galore from Europe on one card. Thank you Tom!



Let’s do it again this Christmas!

Thank you all for remembering Anna.


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/08/15 7:07 pm

Yesterday, Miss Lisa and my family presented Anna with our gift for her 19th birthday.

Here are Melissa’s words for you guys and gals:

When Anna was diagnosed with brain cancer, for our family, it was as if we were standing on a bomb and it exploded. Steve and I walked around in a dazed state for ages, surfacing to rational, conscious thought sporadically, to maybe sign a new, alarming paper, or take Anna to her next essential procedure.

We were in such a state I don't remember everything from that time, but what things do stand out are my memories of every person who came and sat with us, who messaged or checked on us, who sent cards, notes, and called. And those who either arranged a fundraiser or who gave to one on behalf of Anna and our family. Every single person who reached out to grieve with and love on us has their name inscribed on my heart.

In my naive state at the beginning of all this, I had no clue of the financial burden childhood cancer carries. (Was I living on Mars or something?!) The emotional burden was immediate and unrelenting, but the financial one began slowly, like a seemingly small avalanche. Also, like an avalanche, it picked up speed in no time. The wonderful fundraisers fed me at the hospital (meals aren't provided for family), paid Steve's daily parking fees to see Anna (yep, you still have to pay parking even though you will be paying a hefty hospital bill), helped pay our bills when Steve was there with us and couldn't work, helped pay health insurance as it isn't provided for his job, and so many more financial needs we had during that time.

We truly wouldn't have made it without our friends, you guys, loving on us in that way. Then, heavens to Betsy, the copays for chemo related hospitalizations and prescriptions!!!!! And a new hospitalization every month for 6 months. Wowza was it a shock. But, again, we had friends who loved on us and helped with that burden.

I wish I could open my heart so I could share the amount of love I hold for every person who supported us both emotionally and financially during that time.

Fast forward to now. Once Anna's chemo and inpatient treatments were finished, life did not return to normal. Anna isn't "fixed" and she isn't the same. She didn't get to get well and resume her life, nor we ours. Time has marched on and life has as well. Our family is doing our best to navigate this new life we have had thrust upon us, one that no rational human would ever, ever choose, yet it's what we have been dealt and we daily choose to do our best with and for our girl.

And now I come to the point of my post:

Yesterday we had the honor of celebrating our Anna's birthday with David Duke and his beautiful family and our dearest Lisa and TT. It's a tradition we began after her diagnosis and one we treasure. There, they gifted our girl with a card and a generous, generous birthday check.





Beginning Christmas 2012, Mr. David has somehow gotten in touch with everyone but the pope (maybe him too, idk!) and they have helped him with giving to our girl, Christmas and birthday financial blessings.




Each time it's a huge surprise because I am always sure that we are old news and that everyone figures Anna is good enough now and that we're good. But no. Mr. David and his gang of Britbike and ADV Riders are still there, they are still checking in on our girl. They are sending her cards and gifts for her birthday and Christmas.



Ms. Lisa and TT are there, they're all in it too. They're family to us and they are hanging in there on this with us.



Precious friends from Gwinnett Ballet Theatre that remember us and love us are blessing our girl. Wonderful Georgia Ballet friends who are newer to Anna's situation are blessing her and us!



They're all making it possible for her to have insurance some months, to have the supplements and meds she needs, to provide extras she wouldn't get on our own and so much more. Huge blessings!

I just want you to know that you have slayed me. You have slayed us. We are humbled, we are honored, we are thankful, we are broken, we are yet again, surprised. We are in awe. Most of all we feel loved and we love.



And I remember, yet again, that we are not in this alone.

Thank you all for teaching me to receive. For teaching us to receive. We want you to know that what you have sown into our lives and hearts has changed us eternally for the better and that we will in turn, bless others.

We thank our God upon every single rememberance of each of you and pray you are richly blessed for all you have done for us.

We love each of you very much. Very much, indeed.

Melissa


Thank you all for remembering Anna.

Thank you for the cards and gifts .

Thank you for your past financial support.

We are doing a good thing.

Let’s do it again for Christmas!

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/08/15 10:40 pm

dang allergies...
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/09/15 4:44 pm

Came across this place at the RiverCenter Mall in San Antonio yesterday; of course we had a bit of a stroll through the shop and picked up a little something for Anna!

I mean, how on earth could I NOT?

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/18/15 8:32 am

A long overdue update...

Anna is doing well, except at the moment she is very anxious about leaving home... I imagine this will pass soon.

A few pictures:

At ballet class. Very poised!



Anna and father Steve on a Father's day hike:






Anna at the 2015 Miles for Smiles Fun Run:



Anna and Barbara Riley. Barbara lost her teenage daughter to cancer and founded the Amanda Riley foundation to channel her energies. Check it out at http://www.amandarileyfoundation.org/




Anna and my daughter Emma:



Compare this to the 2013 event- she has made such great strides.




Anna recently visited a nursing home, where she gave ballet lessons to the ladies:





Sister Olivia



Olivia posted this recently on facebook. The caption was "the things I would give up to go back to this moment..."




Younger sister Ella is growing up:



Melissa and her precious children:



God bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/03/15 10:09 pm

A fundraising event here in Atlanta for pediatric cancer awareness is "100 Climbs in 90 Days" at Stone Mountain from June 2nd thru August 30th.

This is Stone Mountain:



This past Sunday was the Mott's turn.

Here are some pictures.

All the hikers at the start:



Anna and her new friend Shannon:





Here is what Shannon had to say about Anna:

"This is Anna Mott and this girl has my heart. No matter where we are from dancing in the studio or climbing a mountain Anna has the most loving personality. Anna has overcome many challenges that most people wouldn't be able too. Anna has been bravely fighting and winning brain cancer for the last 3 years. If that isn't enough, she is now blind and has cognitive damage as a result of the tumor and treatments. Not for one second tonight did Anna's smile and love for life change. I am a much better person because of Anna and her family. Thank you Mott family for letting me love you and for letting me apart of your journey."

"She is clothed in strength and dignity She laughs without fear of the future" - Proverbs 31:25


Shannon's mom added this:

"To live with such dignity and true passion for each day is something most of us will never be blessed to understand. Anna truly understands living.. Not just being alive. She is a hero, a role model,a beautiful young woman. Her family--heroes in the fight."


Anna and father Steve starting the hike:





Anna and her best friend Hannah. I posted Hannah's thoughts on posts beginning on July 11 of 2013. Go back and read them when you can.




Steve, Anna, and Shannon



Little Sister Ella's shirt:



The Motts, Shannon,and Hannah:



It was a good day for Anna and her family. She is sore today from the hike!

God Bless Anna Mott.




Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/04/15 9:37 am

I have to say, these updates keep me humble, encouraged, and blessed.

What an amazing family.
Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/05/15 9:09 pm

Go Anna Mott!!!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/15 7:52 am

It was three years ago today Miss Anna was rushed to the hospital.

Here are Melissa's thoughts.

"3 years ago today, my daughter’s life changed forever.

My life, my husband’s life, our family’s lives were irrevocably changed.

For the absolute worst.

3 years ago today, an ER doctor told my baby he saw a mass in her brain.

My husband had to call me, his anxious wife, to deliver the news no man wants to tell about his little girl.

3 years ago today, I had to drive home while moaning and crying out from my soul, to meet a friend who would take our other 4 and care for them.

I ran aimlessly about my home, haphazardly throwing clothing items (I knew not what) in a bag while singlemindedly focusing only on remembering my baby’s Pooh blanket that she requested.

Panicked and desperate, a swift hug and kiss to my other babies before sending them off in a car not mine, headed for a house that wasn’t home, was all I could offer for what I hoped was a few days. Except those days turned into 3 full months.

3 years ago, my traumatized and terrified 14 year old son rode in the front of an ambulance that was transporting his sister to the children’s hospital from our local one, so she wouldn’t be alone.

My Anna called me as she was being loaded on to ask for prayer from all my friends….and to make sure I was ok. ME. She was worried about me and daddy.

3 years ago today we had our first meeting with a neurosurgeon.

He began to tell us about our baby’s mass and had to stop himself to pull up a photo of a “normal” brain to compare our Anna’s to.

3 years ago today, we somehow pulled ourselves up from our chairs after that conversation, never uttering one single word, and in complete disbelief, walked upright of our own power, in absolute, utter, horrific shock to our sweet girl’s room. We each supernaturally put on a confident, upbeat demeanour and won the biggest spiritual Oscars ever awarded, after being kicked in the guts moments before.

As parents, we knew our greatest gift we could give to Anna was to downplay the seriousness so she wouldn’t be scared.

My friends, 3 years ago, we learned all the way down to our souls, that

Love is a Verb.

We kept her calm for the next few days.




Our baby never knew, going into that surgery that she may not make it, that she had a highly aggressive, rare, demonic brain tumor.

3 years ago, I had to take Anna’s brother, who wouldn’t leave her side, to tell him what was going on with his beloved sister.

I had to be the one to deliver and to see my precious 14 year old son collapse in the family room at the hospital. He broke down to that blue, carpeted floor as a boy, and rose up a broken, different person. He was changed forever. Part of his life was stolen and I couldn’t ever get it back for him.

3 years ago I had to tell crying littles that Mommy and Sissy wouldn’t be home for a long time.

I had to choose one over the rest for a while.

3 years ago, I began a routine of having to watch my babies leave to go home without us, my eyes greedily catching site of them all the way down the hall, watching until they had probably already reached the car.

3 years ago I had to go to sleep knowing for the first time that one of my precious children wasn’t ok.

3 years ago today was the longest, worst day of my life.

It ended with Anna’s dad lying on a pallet on the hospital floor as her brother and I lay awake all night on a single pullout hospital couch, whispering desperate, begging prayers into the wee morning hours.

It was the first day of 3 years of:

Children crying themselves to sleep because of fear, or missing their “Old Anna”.

My not being able to sleep without medication.

Being afraid the cancer may come back.

Desperate prayers.

Lots of hospital nights.

So much physical pain for Anna, emotional pain for us.

Prescriptions too many to count.

Terror of MRI results.

Many surgeries, chemos, radiations and procedures.

So very, very, many tears.

Second guesses and regrets.

I have really struggled this anniversary with how I feel.

How do I feel?

How do I feel?

Gahhhh.

There is just so much.

My faith and my relationship with Jesus are stronger than ever but this hurts.

It’s a turn you inside out, upside down kind of thing.

It’s not a move past and move on situation.

There’s no end to it.

At the beginning of this journey, I naively thought that Anna would have the tumor removed, get moving again, get chemo, go home, get back to normal.




I mean, in the world of not having a child with cancer, you just think that kids do so great nowadays and they get treatment and are f.i.n.e. fine, right?

3 Years ago I found out that’s not the way it is at all.

None of those rose colored glasses things happened for my girl.

We are over treatment and we are home again, but nothing is the same.

Nothing is normal.

She came away blind, with hearing loss, and with a traumatic brain injury.

Like, she’s not even the same kid with the same personality.

She couldn’t finish school.

She lost her ability to learn the way she did and tons of stuff she knew.

She can hardly remember what she had for lunch 30 minutes ago.

She can’t even watch tv because she can’t see. And even if she listens, it must be something she has seen before so many times it’s memorized, or else she can’t follow along.

She has almost no attention span. I can’t even read a full chapter of a 4th grade book to her and she remain focused.

My darling child, who was the absolute epitome of caring, older sister, cannot stand to be touched or loved on most of the time, by her once precious siblings. Especially Isaac, who was her very own baby for her whole life.

The world kept spinning and everyone has moved on except for my girl.

Everything she once held dear is now gone.

All her hopes, aspirations, dreams.

There was no driver’s license, no graduation, no college.

No senior Nutcracker, or dance programs.




And Lord help me, I ferociously miss her personality. Our old Anna.





God, she was so darn cool.

Milestones for Anna are now mostly measured in how many months and years post treatment and length of remission.

There will be no fiancee, no wedding, no children.

It’s been 3 years of me trying to learn how to swallow this awfully bitter pill with a smile on my face.

Or at the minimum, a halfway good attitude in my heart.

And it’s hard, y’all.

It’s hard having your little guy cry at night because he misses Sissy taking care of him, or because she yelled at him.

It’s hard when you get a text like this from your 14 year old who misses her sister.




Or your 11 year old does a journal entry like this because her sister’s behavior problems from her brain injury are scaring her.




My God, it’s fantastically hard.

As a mom, I’m supposed to fix all the boo boos.

And I can’t.

How do I learn to live with that?

How do I make sense of this thing that has befallen my precious girl and our family?

How do I have hope for the future?

Because, without Hope, the people perish.

I really do know now that it’s possible to die of heartbreak.

I remember sitting in church as a kid and hearing a phrase a lot.

It was: “We live by faith, not our feelings.”

These last 3 years, I have made that my goal.

Because, my feelings?

Huh.

I feel like crap.

Almost all the time.

So today, 3 years to the day of the worst day of my existence, I’m gonna make a choice.

Just like I wake up and do every day.

I will focus on my faith, not my feelings.

If I don’t, I won’t make it.

It’s too much to bear.

Because this road is so long.

And I know that one day, maybe not here, all this will make sense and my daughter will be restored.




If the finish line feels too far away, don’t look at it. Just look down at your feet and take your next, best step. (TooMuchOnHerPlate)

I will repeat the verse that has sustained me and is engraved on my heart:

“For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

I will choose again to believe His Word and I will know in my spirit that all this hurt is not in vain. That He has saved every tear my family has shed in His bottle.



The one thing Anna still can enjoy like before is her music.
And I will seek out the good things and remind myself of all our blessings.

Because I know that’s the only way I’m gonna make it.

For my own survival, I will count my blessings.

And as bad as these 3 years have been, they have been sprinkled, too, with blessings and miracles.

3 years later, my beautiful child is still here when we didn’t know if she would last the first week. That is huge. I totally get that. Never, ever think I don’t.

Each MRI has been “no new evidence of disease”.

We still have a wonderful group of friends who haven’t forgotten that we didn’t get to move on, who still remember and love on our Anna.

Her brilliant neurosurgeon rejoiced at seeing her this spring for the first time since leaving the hospital. She is a miracle.

My Anna has danced again.



We got to celebrate another birthday with our beautiful girl.




More people in our circle now know about childhood cancer than did.



Our girls became “Dancers Vs. Cancer”

They have so much pride in all their sister has overcome and I’m very proud of them wanting to get more involved in speaking out for childhood cancer causes.

Our faith has continued to grow stronger.

My children understand they need their own personal relationship with Christ more than ever. And that He alone can sustain them.

On very special days, for very special moments, Isaac’s “old Sissy” returns for a bit and we are graced with moments like these:



Our children know the value of little things.

Our family absolutely knows that the little things ARE the big things.



Jeremiah 29:11. Anna went into surgery leaning on this verse and we have all gained so much strength from it.

My kids know how to come together and hold each other up.

They take care of each other and take not one moment for granted.

Bigger, little brother, always carrying our girl…in so many ways.




3 years ago today we began learning that with Anna, just as Anna’s icon, Audrey Hepburn said,

“Nothing is impossible….




Thank you all who have held us up, supported us in a million ways, and not forgotten our daughter.

We love you all endlessly.

Please, still,

Pray for Anna."



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/12/15 9:09 pm

A great day for Miss Anna.

Today was the Atlanta British Bike and Car Fayre here in Norcross, GA.

This is Anna's third time to make the show.

It was overcast in the morning, but ended up being a bright autumn day.

Anna got to meet up again with Morgan owner Randy Johnson (see post #592594 - 03/30, 2015, 7:33 am in this thread).

He gave her a big bear hug or two.

We are going to try and meet up again soon for another ride in a proper British sports car.

She also met an elderly Scottish preacher who was very kind to Anna. He told her she was a "bonnie lassie".

Here are a few pictures-

Anna and my daughter Emma:



Anna and Barbara Riley of the Amanda Riley Foundation http://www.amandarileyfoundation.org/annasstory.htm.

The Amanda Riley Foundation was this year's charity for this event, and they will receive the proceeds from this year's show.



Anna and Britbike miscreants [Hugh de Mann (Marlin Mankamyer), GA Cracker (Greg Borneman), and yours truly.]



Safety first!



My favorite-



Anna is perched on Marlin's beautiful 64 Bonnie.

If you are from the southeast, you should try and make the show. There is a very large group of British cars, and a respectable amount of Britbikes too. Come hang with us next year, and meet Anna!

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/28/15 1:18 pm

Miss Anna has her quarterly MRI tomorrow.

If you are the praying kind, please pray for a clear MRI.

Anything else is bad news...

Melissa's thoughts below:

"Some days I miss this girl right here so much, it takes my breath away. I miss looking into these eyes and them looking back at me. God, this childhood cancer stuff sucks.

Tomorrow is her MRI and today I'm anxious. I know, I know, it's gonna be negative. But I need to hear that officially.

It's my kid. It's her life.

And no matter how far out you get, there is never peace or comfort that it's gone forever. (Italic mine) Only trust in Jesus gets you through each day and the breaks between MRIs.

Scanxiety has set in.

I'm leaning on the Rock that is higher than I today."



God Bless Anna Mott.




Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/15 3:45 pm

David?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/15 4:41 pm

All clear on the scan!







God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/01/15 5:59 pm

Fantastic news.

That little girl can blow away a crowd of grown men with one finger.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/15 7:27 am

Melissa recently shared this with me on Facebook. This is for you guys and gals…

“David Duke, this is what BritBike has been to us. We sure do thank God for you guys…”



Thanks for following along.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/15 7:35 am

Part of Anna’s therapy involves horseback riding (“dressage”). Here are some recent pictures.

When we get to visit Anna, she gets so excited to tell you all about her horseback riding. It makes me happy to see her happy.

Check out her outfit – it was donated by Atlanta Saddlery.





Here is a great picture of Anna giving some ballet tips to an aspiring ballerina.



Anna and her helpers





Hugs for the horse



Balancing



Love this picture



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/15 7:56 am

She is looking so much better!
Color is radiant, the Crisco Kid lookin' good!

Headed to GA for the weekend, wisht the destination was closer to the ATL, I'da arranged to stop and visit...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/09/15 10:13 am

Yesterday Emma and I visited Anna after her fun run at “Starry Starry Night”, a fun run for pediatric brain tumor research.

http://www.curethekids.org/events/starry-night/

It was great to see her as always.

Melissa shared with me how Anna is doing, and it has not been good this past few months.

Apparently, her medication regimen has not been working very well.

Anna constantly asks to go to the bathroom – Like 30 to 40 times over a 10-12 hour period.

More worrisome, she has sometimes hit and punched at her siblings.

She has an appointment with a psychiatrist , which if I understand correctly, is mandated to change her meds.

I will let you know how it goes.

In the meanwhile, here are some pictures -

Each child in the walk had a corporate sponsor; Anna's sponsor was J. Smith Lanier & Co. Insurance:



Anna and Melissa on the walk:



Anna:



Anna and my daughter Emma:



Anna and her brother Isaac:



With her young ballerina fan (see earlier post):



The white lanterns symbolize cancer survivors, the yellow children who did not make it, and the blue is for those who volunteer their time for this cause:



Anna and her lantern:



Anna lighting her lantern:



Anna and Melissa:



God Bless Anna Mott




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/26/15 9:20 am

This past Sunday, the Motts spent the day at Anna's grandmother's house.

Each child was asked to write down what they were thankful for.

Here is what Anna wrote:




God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/26/15 11:25 am

Another miracle would sure be nice this Christmas...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/07/15 2:55 pm

Dear Friends

Hard to believe it is that time of the year again. Time flies.

Since Gordon started this idea in the fall of 2012, over $25,000 has been raised for Anna.

A large portion of this has been from the good folks on Britbike.com.

I am hoping we will raise $5,000 for Christmas.

Health insurance has gotten more expensive this year for most of us, and the Motts are no exception.

Your donation helps with expenses and little extras for Anna.

If paying by check, make it out to me and write Anna Mott in the memo form. My mailing address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree St
Norcross GA 30071

If going the paypal route, send your donation to sdduke@bellsouth.net. Be sure to say it is a “gift” to avoid any service charge.

Miss Lisa and I will give Anna our gift shortly after Christmas.

It will be an honor to do so on your behalf.

Lastly, if you want to send her a Christmas card, her address is:

Miss Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047

Let’s continue to make Anna’s journey a touch easier!



God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/15 8:33 am

Donor List December 14

Anonymous 1
Anonymous UK
Jim from Pasco
David in Atlanta

We are off to a good start. Total raised to date is $1995.

Hoping to add your name to the list. Any amount is appreciated!



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/18/15 9:11 am

Donor List December 18

Anonymous 1
Anonymous UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Zimm

With one week remaining, we are at $3,425.

A $20 gift is the equivalent of a copay for a doctor' visit.

Let's all pitch in to help Anna!

Years ago, Anna had a bucket list she had posted on Pinterest.

Here are Melissa's words:

Tonight, Olivia and I were racking our brains to think of Christmas ideas for Anna. It's really hard now that she's blind. Livs decided to go on Anna's Pinterest. As she's perusing the pins, she found one titled "Bucket List". Now, some of you may have read how I've written that I cannot bear to go on her Pinterest, and as Olivia was sharing the pins with me, I got really emotional. It was getting to the point that I was about to super lose it, as I was already crying…. I need to count my blessings. Anna may not be able to backpack Europe now, but she can dance in the rain. She can write herself a letter and possibly be here in 10 years to read it, she can visit all 50 states. My heart is so heavy with all my girl has lost. But she's blessed…



I could not help but notice Anna can check one item off her list:



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/21/15 8:35 am

This past week, I went to two Christmas concerts.

The first one was Amy Grant and Michael Smith at the Gwinnett Arena. They were backed by a full band and an orchestra. Thousands of people were there. Very polished performance.

Yesterday, I saw Anna dance at Briarlake Baptist Church in a Christmas pageant. Most of the cast were special needs adults. I imagine there were about three hundred people there. The cast sometimes flubbed their lines, and some cues were missed.

Guess which one was more uplifting?




With four days till Christmas, we have raised $3675. Thanks to those who donated this weekend. If you have not had the opportunity to help, I need your donation ASAP!

God Bless Anna Mott!



Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/21/15 12:00 pm

"Become an Inspiration"

That's old news. Anyone who needs more inspiration that this little ballerina has demonstrated, is beyond inspiration.

Let's see what we can do to tick a good few more of those bucket list items off!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/22/15 9:07 am

Donor List December 22

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous 1
Anonymous UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
Jim from Pasco
Royal Oilfield
Zimm

After the pageant Sunday an usher came up to Anna , held her hand, and told her what an inspiration she was to him, and that she had blessed his day.

Anna told him in return that she felt blessed. Anna, who is blind, bald, sterile, and cannot remember what day it is, told him she was blessed.



When Anna speaks like that, I feel privileged that we can help.

Total raised to date is $3935. We need to break a record here and get $5,000 for Anna.

Trying to schedule gift delivery the week after Christmas, maybe January 2nd. I have had one UK Britbiker donate twice.

My paypal address is sdduke@bellsouth.net.

God Bless Anna Mott.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/25/15 11:19 am

Merry Christmas Everyone!



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/26/15 5:42 pm

12-26 Total

$4,368

A rider from ADVrider.com sent me $100.00; he shared with me that he had lost his 11 year old son to cancer in 2008.

$631 away from $5,000 for Miss Anna.



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/27/15 3:26 pm

If I can't manage any more before the new year, count me in for the $31 to round it down to $600!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/27/15 7:52 pm



Miss Lisa and I will have supper with the Motts on January 10, so there is still time to help out with a donation.







Paypal is sdduke@bellsouth.net. Say it's a gift.

If by check, make out to me and send to:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

Hopefully we will be north of $5,000 for Anna!

I will have an update on New Years day.


God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/01/16 9:23 am

Happy New Years everyone!

Total raised to date is $4843, only $157 away from $5,000.

Total raised $5001. clap clap clap



Thank you Anonymous 2 for coming through today!


Donor List January 1

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2 beerchug
Anonymous UK
BOB in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
Jim from Pasco
Royal Oilfield
Zimm


Who among you is going to push us over the top?

God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/11/16 10:58 pm

On Sunday, local friends of Anna (ballet folks and a Britbiker or two) presented our gift to Anna.

It was very very very emotional for Melissa.

You may read the full text here:

https://themottley7.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/that-thing-paul-said/

Reader's Digest version is as follows:

That Thing Paul Said

You know that thing Paul said?

How he always started his letters?

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…”

When I would read my Bible, I’d always kinda speed skim over that part of each of his letters.

I felt like that was the part I could “yada yada yada” so I could get to the good stuff. You know what I’m sayin?

The meaty stuff.

Alas, I realized a bit back that I owe ole Paul an apology.

That stuff is meaty stuff.

You know why?

Because he was suffering.

And they didn’t forget him.

Paul of Tarsus, I am so sorry.

I have seen the error of my ways and I shall never yada yada yada another Biblical thing.

On top of that, my feeble mind has learned to do something.

Something huge.

I too now find myself daily giving thanks to Jesus upon every rememberance of some people.

And tonight, my heart has “overflowed”.

When Anna first got sick, our world was a whirlwind within a vacuum.

I don’t remember a whole lot from those days.

Well, not individual things.

I remember chunks of stuff.

I remember fear, grief, confusion, and pain.

But, the things I do remember, in my mind, sort of appear like all the things Dorothy saw in the tornado funnel.

I will recall things, events, people, in my peripheral, zooming by just like that.

There are a few items frozen in my mind, though.

Like the night the neurosurgeon showed us the films of the “normal” brain vs. Anna’s.

Lying awake all night with her and soaking her up before her first resection -before she was taken from me.

Signing the permisson for radiation.




I remember Miss Lisa.





From the very first day and every day after, she was there with us. I remember her holding Anna’s hand and standing for literally hours, massaging her beautiful head to help the pain, and of somehow in her magical way of doing things that only she can do, finding a hairstylist to come and chop off my beloved’s beautiful long hair, in hospital, the day before radiation, then gifting her with beautiful vintage hats to ease the hurt.



I remember her being there all the time,even when she was busy, all the way through. With food, goodies, company, and her husband, our beloved “Dr. TT” (who does not like beeping hospital machines! smile ) She’s a second mother to my girl, the only one who could get her to eat, and the one who didn’t go mad from hearing the alphabet sung backwards eleventy seventy times.



Upon every remembrance of them, I thank God.











I remember my friend, Jennifer Silas.





I remember the day on the first floor in neuro, she showed up after organizing a prayer vigil with all Anna’s ballerina friends and our friends. She brought love, comfort, a friendly face, and ears ready to just listen. She brought funds to help with the burden. I remember every time she has listened to my hurts with empathy and sympathy, never telling me to move on, always trying to understand and soothe. I remember the lemonade stands she has organized and hosted, the support of cancer causes in support of Anna, sending a little ballerina to camp for a week, gifting our girl with an Ipad, spreading childhood cancer awareness. I remember Jack, making me dip just because I liked it, of movie nights because she saw I needed a break, of Cameron and Jordan with hearts in their pointe shoes, selling lemonade in sweltering heat, rocking some purple Anna tees. I remember all the love and understanding they have shown my family. And so much more.

I remember her dear mom, Angela, pressing an envelope in my hand as she whispered love and compassion in my ear. I have the comfort of knowing that she is always faithfully lifting up my girl in prayer.

Upon every remembrance of them, I thank God.

I remember Lloyd and Teresa Snyder.

I remember their constant love and support, their prayers and compassion. I remember the ballet barre they handcrafted with so much love for my Anna that made it possible for her to get strong, in shape, and dance again. Every time she dances I remember them. I remember beautiful Amelia coming to the prayer circles, putting hearts in her pointe shoes, wearing purple, and loving my girl.



Upon every remembrance of them, I thank God.

I remember Britbike and Adventure Rider.

I’m not sure what inspired him to do it, but David shared about my girl with his buds in these groups.And then, they pretty much adopted our Anna and us.My word, the love and support they have poured out on us! I can’t even properly describe or convey the difference they have made in our journey.

They’ve supported us with words of encouragement, an Anna calendar, a beautiful bouquet of flowers one day in hospital and a fat wad of cash taken up by the sweetest, most teddy bear gentle biker, the coolest art ever of Anna’s meeting with Taylor Swift, a beautiful purple iron hanging of a dolphin, Anna’s favorite animal.







They have faithfully sent birthday and Christmas cards. They have sent financial gifts to our girl, Chickfila cards, they have surprised her with super thoughful gifts in the mail. There were photos posted of purple things (including a beard!), a custom gas tank that is cooler than cool,…one of them even wrote a music score just for Anna! It’s really more than I can list.









Anna's Song




Upon every remembrance of them, I thank God.

Tonight we had dinner with some of these precious ones. Then some of the others showed up for a surprise.





And tonight, to celebrate this Christmas, like every other, and each birthday since our nightmare began, these and other beautiful souls have responded to David’s requests to help Anna.

Anna has moved from phase to phase and these are some of those folks who have remained.

That’s rare, y’all.

They haven’t forgotten that we didn’t get to move on, haven’t forgotten that childhood cancer is financially crippling, haven’t forgotten that even though Anna is in remission, it’s still not over for us.

They haven’t forgotten us.

We are exceedingly humbled and thankful for each of these friends. Not just friends, more than that, more than I know how to convey. We have done nothing to merit or deserve the love they have poured out on us. We are so humbled and forever changed and bettered by the grace they have extended to our Anna and our family.

Truly,

Upon every remembrance of them, I thank God.

And every other person who has been there for us and supported us in any way, we remember every word, every deed, every act of love,

Upon every remembrance of you, we thank God."


God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/11/16 11:33 pm

There once was a family named Mott,

Who suffered what a family ought not;

But they proved to be blessed among God's creation,

Across the globe and this nation,

And made us thankful for all that we've got.
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/12/16 1:11 am

Cancer has made a run at folks in my club.

A brain tumor in one.
Some kind of invasive lung cancer in another, but not in the lungs, found a month after a career change made an interruption in insurance coverage, stage 4.
They are fighting...

Another lost his battle to bladder cancer that moved out to other areas, they say the shock of a more extreme radiation treatment. One weekend he was planning an engine swap for an SCCA car, next he was gone.

Cancer sucks.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/21/16 4:12 pm

Occasionally I have posted a picture or two about Anna’s little fan.

Her name is Mariana.






Before I even knew her name, I could just tell that Mariana loves Anna.

Recently, Mariana had a school assignment called “Honoring our Heroes”, and you can guess who her hero is.

Here is Mariana’s essay:

“What makes an hero? I think a hero is brave, strong, courageous and works hard, which is why Anna Mott is my hero. Anna is a 19-year-old girl who is a brain tumor survivor . Even though Anna is now blind as a result of the surgery to remove the tumor, she still dances. Also, she is an inspiration to a whole lot of people, including me.


Anna is also the oldest of five kids. Anna’s parents say she has always been the most amazing big sister. She gets help in the studio by her two sisters. They also do ballet. Their names are Olivia and Ella and they help Anna a lot.


On August 29, 2012 Anna woke up with an headache and fell, leading to an trip to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with a pineoblastoma brain tumor. When Anna got surgery to remove the tumor she became blind. Before any of this happened Anna loved to do ballet, as she was a pre-professional dancer. Even though Anna became blind she continues to dance and also does aerial silks. Anna also loves horseback riding.


Anna is my hero because she is brave, strong, nice, loving, and a great friend. She always encourages me and came to my ballet performance in December of 2015. I also got to watch Anna dance in a Christmas performance which was super fun and inspiring to me. After I watched Anna dance, she and I had a chance to hang out and talk.







When we spend time together she makes me want to always keep dancing because she has encouraged me so much. Even though Anna is blind she still dances and that encourages me to keep working toward my dance dreams. Ever since I met Anna, she has been a friend to me and has also become my hero.”


God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ger B

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/22/16 5:18 am

Heck, I thought I had grown up, but this literally bring tears to my eyes.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/29/16 2:20 pm

Today, Mariana presented her speech to her classmates about her hero.

She was the runner up for her presentation.

Here are some pictures (notice how they are almost always holding hands?):







God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/08/16 9:11 am

Olivia (Livvy) is Anna’s younger sister. She is a brilliant ballerina and such a good sister for Anna. She adores Anna.

Anna’s illness has been rough on Livvy. Here are her recent thoughts on Anna:

“Sometimes the hardest things in life, you have no control over.

I miss this girl so much. I miss her laugh. I miss her cry. I miss her eyes. I miss her. I miss being able to talk about Jesus together. I even miss her yelling at me when I was being my usual annoying self. Some nights I miss her more than others, and tonight I miss her a lot.

These nights are the times in life where I have to trust God with her and trust him to use her as a witness to Him. Even if I don't get to have her old self back in this life, I know that she'll be back to normal and we'll be worshipping Him together forever by His side.

These are the times where He tests my faith and instead of turning away from Him, I have to draw closer and to trust that he'll do what the best plan is that he has for Anna.

These are the nights that I find myself missing her the most, yet trusting Him even more.”





























God Bless Anna Mott




Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/22/16 5:13 pm

Anna was recently on CNN!

Here is the story, not much new for you all, but it is a nice story nonetheless:



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/16 8:56 am

My posts about Anna tend to be about three things – usually about what Anna has been doing, sometimes anguish about what has happened to her, and terror.

This post is about terror.

Last night around 1 am Anna had a seizure. She had not had a seizure in over two years . In fact, the doctors had discontinued her anti seizure meds.

As mentioned earlier, Anna has OCD tendencies, one of which is to constantly ask to go to the bathroom. This tendency probably saved her life last night.

She woke up Melissa last night to go the bathroom, then Anna went into convulsions.

In Melissa’s words –

“Anna had a major seizure, straight out of nowhere. She had been weaned off her antiseizure meds by her neurologists as they were sure she was finally out of danger. It is apparent that radiation to the brain is the gift that keeps on giving. It was bad. She wasn't breathing and she turned blue. I was that person on the phone with the 911 lady, begging for them to hurry. She seized for over 15 minutes, a lot of them not breathing at all.

We were begging God to help her breathe. After she was breathing, we prayed the seizure would stop. When she finally came round and it was done, panic set in that possible tumor growth had sparked it. After lots of tests, including a CT scan, that showed no tumor growth (praises!!!!!!) they think it's good ole radiation and/or original brain tumor havoc.

Know what? We'll take it.

She's back on meds and I have another prescription for more emergency seizure meds. I pray she doesn't slip into another one before I can fill it today.

Thank you all for the prayers. I have no doubt whatsoever that He heard you and answered. I cannot express to you how bad it was and how terrified were were.”




Can you even imagine it this happened to your child? How much is enough? What slays me is after the seizure subsides, the doctors needed to check if her cancer has returned.

Unbelievable.

For Anna’s type of cancer (pineoblastoma), the prognosis is not good if the tumor returns. Not good at all. Her chances for survival are 90% after five years. She is at three and a half years now.

Count your blessings, and pray for Miss Anna.

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/25/16 11:09 pm

damn that...

sleep well lil miss, and get back at it soon
Posted By: wadeschields

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/26/16 8:51 am

That is scary. Glad she pulled through and that the tumor did not return. 90 % is pretty good. Gerry has a teacher friend who is in her late 30's now but had a brain tumor in her 20's. She was told that having a baby could reek havoc on her body . Her daughter is about 7 now and last year she passed out while teaching and found out the tumor is back.... I dont know the prognosis this time but she has the same battery of doctors as the first time around so hopefully they can fix her again.

Anna and her family have been through enough. I really hope that the seizers subside and life can get back to as close to normal as possible for them all.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/03/16 9:20 am

Anna has no memory of her seizure and continues with her routine of dance rehearsals and horseback riding.

Here are a few pictures:

At rehearsal



Riding lessons



Relaxing with sister Livvy (I love these!)





Anna’s grandmother sent her a quilt with this note:





Hoping to see Anna soon, we have not visited since shortly after Christmas.

God Bless Anna Mott
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Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/03/16 7:37 pm

There is a blessing; no memory of the seizure!

Been a long time since my visit, and a lot of coulda-shoulda's on my part. Probably be more of that before I get back...

David, please let the Motts know that they are in my thoughts and prayers.
And thank YOU for keeping us up with things, good and not so.
Posted By: Barb

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/03/16 8:06 pm

Whenever I check the site, I check this thread, and I must admit I've gotten used to good news. I look at the photo of Anna on my 'fridge and wonder why someone so young has to bear the weight she bears, and at what cost.

Anna carries lots that we can't even imagine, and does so with a smile and with hope. If good wishes were pennies, she would be a millionaire, and if tears were raindrops, she would own a rainbow.

As always, best wishes to Anna and the Mott family.
Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/03/16 10:46 pm

Wow. I really have to admit I havent checked in here in a long time.
What strength, what bravery.
Anyone could only hope they'd be as strong as Anna & her family.
The recent seizure was gut wrenching to read of.
So again, all I really have here is, "wow".

Here I am, thinking about tonight's snowfall and what a pain in the neck it is.... Suddenly feeling pretty shameful for my complaint.


g

Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/06/16 3:26 pm

The Color Purple
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/16/16 9:35 pm

Anna has had a busy two weeks.

Last Sunday, Anna had an ensemble ballet performance. During rehearsal that morning, Anna could not remember the routine. Melissa was very anxious Anna would freeze or panic onstage.

Here is a link to the performance and Melissa's thoughts (some of the comments are very moving too):

https://www.facebook.com/AnnasPrayerWarr...e=2&theater

Anna's dance partners




After Sunday, Melissa and her three daughters piled in the van and drove to Palm Beach Florida for a vacation at the second home of Anna’s horse riding instructor.

They are performing for Senior citizens in the area, riding horses, and just hanging out.

Looks like they are having fun.

Here are some pictures:

At the pool




Washing the horse



Performing for the old folks




Ella, Anna, and Livvy. They were kids when Anna got sick. Now they are young women, and have had to grow up too quick...





They will return home this weekend.

Next Monday, Anna will have her bi annual MRI to make sure she is still okay. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers please!


God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/16/16 10:20 pm

AWESOME VIDEO!!!!! fingers crossed for MRI!!!
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/26/16 6:48 pm

No MRI results yet?
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/27/16 10:11 am

3 slices of humble pie right there.

Beauties.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/16 8:12 am

Anna was quite anxious and fidgety during her MRI, so the results to date are only partial.

Anna’s tumor was a pineoblastoma, (begins at the top of the spinal cord and base of the brain), so a scan of both brain and spinal chord is required.

Brain scan was clear. Spinal scan was inconclusive, as Anna was moving around too much.

I have not heard if they are going to reschedule or not.

The Saturday before Easter, Anna suffered another seizure, this time before a ballet performance. She was there to see her friend Mariana perform.

Anna and Mariana:



Not nearly as terrifying as her last one (she continued breathing), but terrifying none the less.

For now, the seizure has impacted her short term memory, which wasn’t so great to begin with. Hopefully, her memory will improve once her brain has had a chance to rest/recover.

Anna’s neurosurgeon is reassessing her meds, especially the anti-seizure drugs.

To quote Melissa – “We still have her. She’s trying to kill me, but we still have her”.



Hopefully my next update will have happier news.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: htown

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/30/16 11:45 am

Best wishes to Anna and her family.
I was at the doctor's office the other day and they had a tv that was showing medical oriented type programs. They showed a whole clip about Anna mainly centered on her dancing. It's just so powerful to see the grace under pressure that Anna and her family are displaying.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/04/16 1:17 pm

Great news!

Both brain and spine scans are ALL CLEAR for Miss Anna Banana!



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/13/16 9:50 am

It is once again time to consider helping Anna.

Anna will be 20 on May 21st.

Since this thread has started, we have had close to 450,000 views. We have raised over $30,000 for this young woman.

As the father of two daughters, I can only imagine what the Mott family has to endure every second of every day.

A recurring thought to me is all the things that have been stolen from Anna.

Melissa recently wrote on this very subject. She has put into words what I often think:

Most of the posts I like to share have a point. They have a bit of angst from my heart and they usually wrap around to how I believe God is making all that work for good.

That’s how the Lord works with me and my own faith.

Tonight, my mind is a bit stuck in a spot, and this post really won’t come off like that.

It’s really just a peep, inside a little circle I have rubbed out with my elbow, from a foggy window in my mind.

I was having a conversation with my precious stepdaughter today about Anna.

I had been excitedly telling her about a phone call I had moments before received from someone important, telling me (for certain needs) they recognized how disabled Anna is.

It hit both of us at the same time how excruciatingly sad this was, that I, her mom, am put in the position that a conversation like this would be a “good” phone call.

Lord, help me.

It got me thinking about the sorts of phone calls at her age (19, almost 20) that I should be receiving:

A phone call about her college tuition and that I need to pay more since it went up, again.

A call from the insurance company on car premiums I should be paying.

Anna should be ringing from college to tell me she made the dean’s list.

I should be picking up the phone to Anna telling me about “this new boy I met, Mom”.

I should be getting phone calls telling me she accidentally went over budget and swearing she’d never do it again if I could only send a little money.

She should be calling complaining about finals.

You know what else I should be hearing?

I should be hearing her on the line telling me she got into the sorority she rushed.

There should be surprise ring ups to tell me she’s on her way home for the weekend.

I should be listening on the line to her telling me how passionate she is about her nursing classes and how she can’t wait to graduate and take care of kids.

I should be getting phone calls about the need for more pointe shoes for her dance classes.

Anna should be calling to ask if she can study abroad or go on a mission trip to expand her faith and horizons.

I’m gonna be honest with you.

I’m going to tell you the phone calls I would even rather have over the “great” one I got today.

I’d prefer a call telling me she was perfectly fine but had totaled her brand new car I had only paid one payment on… that had no gap insurance.

A ring begging for forgiveness that she flunked a class…or even got thrown out of university all together for bad grades.

I’d take a dial up from jail saying she did something stupid and could I bail her out?

You could even call and tell me Anna’s been doing drugs.

I could take a sobbing phone call from her admitting she was pregnant and doesn’t know what to do.

Cancer has stolen so much from my child.

And many others.

And tonight, I can’t help but be disgusted at the phone call I was forced to rejoice about because of the position I have been thrust into by stupid childhood cancer.

Sad, isn’t it?




If you wish to help Anna -

Checks are to be made out to me with “Anna Mott” written in the memo form.

My address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

If you prefer paypal, my email is sdduke@bellsouth.net
Send as a gift (no service charges incurred). Say “Anna Mott” in the memo field.

Let’s continue to help this exceptional young woman.

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/16 9:23 am

Three years ago today this happened:

http://thebertshow.com/annameetstaylor/

If you click on the audio thingy, you can hear Melissa get interviewed.

A great day for Anna!



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/22/16 7:33 am

Total as of today

$1311

Donors

Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta


Four weeks left to help Anna for her 20th birthday!





God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: wadeschields

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/22/16 8:37 am

Have you tried this website. https://www.gofundme.com

It raised 29,000 for Danny in two days. I have looked at other people's listings and they are raising money for stupid things like bike trips and overseas travel , college funds and everything in between. I am sure people would donate to a beautiful girl in need.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/29/16 8:41 am

Total as of today

$1928

Donors

A Nony Mouse
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm

Please consider helping Anna for her 20th birthday. ANY amount is appreciated. With over 450,000 views on this subject, I hope some of you can spare 5,10, or 20 dollars.

It all adds up!

Regarding Anna -

Anna was recently contacted by the The International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA)to share her story in their upcoming magazine.

With Melissa's help, here is a draft of Anna's story:








God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/02/16 11:22 am

Wade has a good idea.

I have put Anna's story on GoFundMe.



Wider audience, payment method may be more comfortable to the reader.

Have a look:

Anna's GoFundMe page

If you have a Facebook problem like me, please share Anna's story on your wall!

For those who have donated in the past, I still take paypal or check. This method gets Anna 100 % of your gift (GoFundMe takes 5%).

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/09/16 1:29 pm

Total as of May 9th


$2303

Donors:

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Towdoctor

Almost halfway there. 12 days left to raise $2700 dollars.

Please share Anna's GoFundme page on your facebook and any other forums you may visit.

Click here:

Anna's GoFundMe page

Look who made the cover!



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/16/16 7:44 am

Total as of May 16th


$2648

Donors:

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Towdoctor

Anna's birthday is this Saturday.

If you wish to help Anna -

Checks are to be made out to me with “Anna Mott” written in the memo form.

My address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

If you prefer paypal, my email is sdduke@bellsouth.net
Send as a gift (no service charges incurred). Say “Anna Mott” in the memo field.

If you are more comfortable with GoFundMe, click here:

Anna's GoFundMe page

Please share Anna's GoFundme page on your facebook and any other forums you may visit.

Mother Melissa:



God Bless Anna and Melissa Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/18/16 11:15 am

Total as of May 18th

$3075

Donors:

A.N. Onymous
A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
Karl Childers
Towdoctor

If you have been meaning to help, now is the time! If I can get things coordinated, we will give Anna her check this Sunday.



God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/20/16 7:39 am

Total as of May 20th

$3520

Donors:

A.N. Onymous
A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
johnnie690
Jon Whitley
Karl Childers
Towdoctor


Last Call to help!

I am getting a cashier's check for Anna tomorrow, and giving it on our behalf on Sunday.

Paypal me at sdduke@bellsouth.net



Thank you all!

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/16 7:27 am

Happy Birthday Miss Anna!

Total raised


$3600

Donors:

A.N. Onymous
A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Greenspring Farm
Jim from Pasco
johnnie690
Jon Whitley
Karl Childers
Shel
Towdoctor



Thank you all for helping. This does not happen without your help.

A portion of Melissa's thoughts on today:

"...it’s been a pleasure raising you and getting the honor of being your mom. I always assumed at 20 I’d be helping you with college, boyfriends and making good choices. Your path didn’t lead that way.

Instead, I’m helping feed you and bathe you. I’m walking you, helping dress you, and taking care of you in many ways, pretty much as I did on that 1st birthday. And that’s ok. It has to be.

Because you’re here and I get to love you, love on you, and celebrate this special anniversary of the day you made me a mommy.

It’s been my greatest, deepest honor to be your mom these 20 years.

Happy birthday baby."




Thank you all for your help!

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/23/16 8:38 am

I was going to write something about Anna's birthday, but her sisters Olivia and Ella beat me to it:

"Today is Anna's 20th birthday. Normally on a birthday, you give gifts to the person who's having their birthday. But Anna's birthday is different, she gives us gifts. Her gifts aren't the kind you'd expect, and they can't be bought in a store. They aren't gifts like nail polish, an iPhone, or anything like that. They're better. They are things that matter and that last.



She gifts us with more things than can be named, but some are things like the knowledge that you can beat anything that you put your mind to. During rehab, she wasn't expected to walk. But every day she let us keep pushing her to do more and more, and she is now walking like a hero.

She gave us that by fighting so hard and how she keeps on fighting every day. Anna has tons of challenges she faces daily, yet she gives us her beautiful smile that she keeps beaming through everything she faces.

Before she went into surgery for the first time, we were so scared and worried about her. That was definitely one of the worst times in our lives. As she was talking to us before her surgery, she was smiling. It was that smile that calmed us and let us know she was going to make it out of this alive.



Another thing she has gifted us with is herself. We have gotten to take care of her and watch her as she takes steps in her recovery each day. We get to love on her and take care of her. Anna has taught us so much and has gifted us with so many things.







We admire her so greatly and hope that one day we're near as giving as she is. We're so honored to be her sister and friend. We are so very proud of her. She has fought for 3 1/2 long years, and she's still fighting. We love you Anna.

Thank you for always thinking of others, for all the gifts that you have given and thank you for being you.

You're the greatest gift. You're our inspiration.

Happy birthday sissy."




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/27/16 9:54 am

Last Sunday, my family and I had lunch with Anna, where Anna gets her birthday card with a check.

Officially, $3,600 was raised for Miss Anna’s 20th birthday.

She actually got more, as some of the good folks at ADV Rider sent birthday cards with checks.

Along with her check, Anna also got a piece of art.

Earlier this year, I contacted a college classmate (David Terry http://www.davidterryart.com/ )to inquire about drawing a picture of Anna for her birthday.

I told him about Anna, and asked how much a drawing would be.

He asked for a few pictures.

I sent them to him, plus some of Melissa’s stories.

The idea was, he would quote me a price, and I would see if I could scramble up enough funds to pay for it.

He wrote me back, and told me he would do the drawing no charge.

Here is the picture I sent him:



Here is what David drew:



Notice that the hospital bracelets have been removed in the drawing.

I got a bit down giving Anna this gift, as she is blind...

Melissa was overcome by the drawing.

Melissa’s note to David Terry:

That moment was almost holy. I remember it distinctly and I can still feel every emotion I had then, as I held my Anna. I can see it also in your work. I cannot thank you enough. What you have given us is beautiful and priceless. May God bless you richly as you have certainly blessed us.

In the next two weeks, Anna will go back into the hospital for a 24 hour EKG. The doctors are trying to determine what is causing her seizures. To combat the seizures, she now takes even more medicine, a side effect being anxiety attacks.

Anna's seizures and anxiety have really put a crimp on what few activities Anna enjoys - dancing and horseback riding. Sadly, Anna for now mostly just stays at home...





I will keep you posted.

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/07/16 9:02 am

Stopped by the Atlanta Ride for Kids on the way back from the British in the Blue Ridge Rally this past Sunday.

http://www.curethekids.org/events/ride-for-kids/#.V1WpmdQrLGg

Arrived in time to see Anna before she went on her ride.

Anna and sister Ella rode in a covered sidecar. Anna LOVED the ride.

I will get with Blue Moon Cycle and see if we can get Anna in a vintage sidecar later this year.

http://www.bluemooncycle.com/about_history.html

A few pictures:

Ella and Anna:




Anna and old Britbike dude:




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/17/16 9:18 am

This past Saturday, my daughter Emma and I walked with Anna at the Amanda Riley Foundation Miles for Smiles fundraiser.

Video from last year. Anna appears at 3:35.



Anna’s strength is down a bit from last year due to her recent seizure episodes.

We weren’t 100% sure she could make the whole mile, but she did.

Here are a few pictures:

Steve, Anna, and Emma:





Almost there!




At the finish line!




Getting her ribbon:






Girl Talk:




Ride with dad to the ceremony:




Relaxing in the shade after the race:



It was a great day, and it was great to spend some time with Miss Anna.


God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: Mike Muir

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/20/16 2:51 pm

Got no purple shirt, but here is a purple boat. Obviously a work in progress, no sign writing, name or pin-striping.

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Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/12/16 12:09 pm

Not much to report on Miss Anna.

Her seizures have curtailed her summer activities, so she is constantly with Melissa.

Melissa recently caught this on tape. It is Anna dancing to her role as the Dewdrop Fairy.



Here is Anna in that roll from 2012:




God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: wadeschields

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/17/16 2:10 pm

Its wonderful to see her smiling ......
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 07/25/16 8:08 pm

Today Anna is having her 24 hour EKG at home.

Hopefully, the EKG will help pinpoint why Anna has been having seizures this year.

Here are a few pictures:

Just leaving the hospital



She is all wired up. The EKG recorder is in the bag.

A visit from Sammi. Sammi brought her the pillow. Notice how it has raised letters, so Anna can feel them. Anna and Sammi have known each other since they were kids:



In happier times:






God Bless Anna Mott




Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/08/16 8:50 pm

Any word on the test results?
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/09/16 7:12 am

Originally Posted By Ob1quixote
Any word on the test results?


Takes about 4 weeks to hear back, so results in 3 weeks.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/16/16 10:01 am

This past weekend, Anna had a photo shoot in Atlanta's historic Oakland Cemetery.

From the photographer:

Life can be kind of funny sometimes....the ones who thank you the most for your time are the actually the ones you should be thanking for theirs....a moment to be less about ourselves and more about others....we may not walk in their shoes but they make you stop in yours and appreciate things just a tad bit more....this young lady has and always will hold special place in my heart....she is simply amazing....



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/16/16 8:02 pm

And now for something completely different...

Is that an image of Oliver Hardy in the stone base to the left of Miss Anna?



She is looking good!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/25/16 7:57 am


More pictures from the photoshoot:










Sister Ella is now 13 -



From the photographer:

"Cannot tell you how wonderful it is to know this family and be a part of their lives....I mean they make my worse days seem like a walk in the park...not so much of what is thrown their way but more of how they handle things with such grace and strength...their mom is so humble and never likes to take any credit...well she needs to....these 2 lovely ladies and their 3 siblings are a testament to her and their dad. Bravo to them both for raising stellar kids and Anna Mott you are truly a breath of fresh air and I am so lucky to be a part of watching you take on the world and beat every odd there is to beat."

My sentiments exactly

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/16 7:47 am

Four years ago today, Miss Anna Mott was rushed to Scottish Rite Children's where she was diagnosed to have a pineoblastoma, a rare brain cancer.

We are lucky Anna is still here. She has made great strides, but she has been robbed of so many things - her sight, her personality, her long long hair...



2016 has not been a very good year for Anna. Her seizure episodes and medications have made her very anxious and insecure.



She has not danced, nor ridden horses.

Perhaps like you, I grieve for Anna at times, but I can go about my business.

For the Mott family, it never ends.





There is no break.

There is no rest.

It is brutally unfair.

Thank you all for reading about Anna these past four years.

Thank you for helping Anna.





God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 09/08/16 6:25 pm

As you are probably aware, Anna had radiation and chemotherapy as part of her battle.

Here is something Melissa wrote about the masks one wears when having radiation treatment for brain cancer:

I realized tonight that out of all the photos I have shared, I don't think I ever shared this one. It really was so painful to think about....this room, these horrific masks....that I haven't really ever shared a lot about that part of our experience.



One of the masks on this wall belonged to my Anna Mott. She had to go every weekday by ambulance from Scottish to Winship, 33 times in a row, to have full spine and brain radiation to kill that monster in her head, at the same time receiving chemo and being inpatient at rehab.

A mask was custom molded to my baby's head and chest. Every day it was strapped to a table to hold her completely still, so that life saving, yet brain destroying beams could be shot into her head and spine. I will never forget the exact moment I had to sign my name on that form to allow this. I swear time stood still. It was just like when Alice asked, "How long is forever?" And the White Rabbit replied, "Sometimes, just one second."



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/03/16 9:56 am

This past weekend was Anna’s annual lemonade sale to raise funds for pediatric cancer.

Close to a 1000 dollars was raised for the Amanda Riley Foundation. That's a lot of lemonade!

It was really nice to see Anna again, we have not seen her since May!

She seemed to be doing well. She has lost some weight - she recently has not been eating enough.

Here are some pictures:

Anna and Barbara Riley. Barbara does great things with the Amanda Riley Foundation. Check it out at http://www.amandarileyfoundation.org/




Anna and my daughter Emma:







Anna and her friend Ali:



Anna and Lauren:



Anna’s old ballet dancemates Emma, Ali, and Jordan. They are all now juniors in college. Anna should be in college too…







Back in the day

Anna and Emma



Anna and Ali



Anna and Lauren



Anna and Jordan



Pool party with Anna, Lauren, and Ali



Life is so fragile - things can change in an instant...

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/20/16 9:08 am

Jim from Pasco was kind enough to have some RetroRiders t shirts printed up for the Mott family.



Here are Anna and her sisters.



Back in the day, spring 2012. Anna was stricken ill later that August…



Jim has supported Anna ever since she was diagnosed in 2012 (he sent her a purple dinosaur when she was in the hospital). Guys like Jim make me proud to be associated with Britbike.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/23/16 7:31 pm

Miss Ella was just a tyke when I visited...

Man, I need to get by there sometime, have a visit.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/11/16 12:11 pm

This past Saturday was “Starry Night”, an event staged to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Over $121,000 was raised by the Atlanta chapter.

Team Anna Banana raised over $1000.

Here are some pictures:

Team Anna Banana:



Anna and my daughter Emma:



Star Wars:



Anna with Atlanta radio celebrity Kristin Klingshirn of the Bert Show. The Bert Show facilitated Anna meeting Taylor Swift a few years ago.



Anna and Marianna (Anna’s biggest fan):



Anna and her grandmother on the walk:



On the walk:



Anna was very anxious, she only did about a quarter mile of the one mile walk.

It was a good day in a bittersweet way. There were lots of sick kids there that day; some of whom were there only in spirit.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/29/16 9:28 am

Good Morning All

It is time once again to consider helping Anna and her family for Christmas.

Since 2012 (the year Anna was stricken ill), Britbike, ADV Riders, and the Atlanta ballet community have raised over 37,000 dollars for this exceptional young woman.



Our goal is $5,000.

Right now, we have $675 in the bank.

To send you donation by check, make out to me . Please write Anna Mott in the memo field.

My mailing address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

To send you donation by Paypal, my email address is sdduke@bellsouth.net. Indicate the money is a gift and mention Anna in the comments/remarks field.

Lastly, Melissa is planning to send Christmas Cards to Anna’s benefactors this year.

Can you please message me your mailing address? I will forward to Melissa.

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/05/16 7:38 pm

So far, almost $1800 has been raised for Anna's Christmas

Donor List as of December 5:

Anonymous in UK beerchug


Anonymous in UK has helped Anna since the beginning, and it is appreciated!


Please consider helping Anna out. Ten and twenty dollar donations add up!


Here is a recent clip of Anna and her little brother Isaac. Anna was having a good day mentally when this was shot:



God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/13/16 6:33 pm

Donor List as of December 13:

Anonymous in UK
A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in GA
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray

Total is now $3020.

Anna just sent out 59 Christmas cards.

Here she is practicing:





If you want one, message me your address!





God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: DavidP

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/14/16 6:58 am

Here's my purple BSA.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/19/16 8:38 am

Donor List as of December 13:

Anonymous in UK
A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in GA
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Htown16 (Thank you!)
Jim in Pasco
Ob1Quixote

Total is now $ 3500. With one week left, we are $1500 away from our goal.

Since last week, there has been 5,000 views on this thread. Out of those 5,000, three (3) good souls sent Anna a donation. Please consider sending something for Anna's Christmas. Any and I mean any amount is appreciated.

It all adds up!

To send you donation by check, make out to me . Please write Anna Mott in the memo field.

My mailing address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

To send you donation by Paypal, my email address is sdduke@bellsouth.net. Indicate the money is a gift and mention Anna in the comments/remarks field.

Anna this weekend with Santa:



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/30/16 7:46 pm

As of Dec 30, total is $3,850.

I had hoped we could reach $5,000, but it looks like that is not in the cards this year.

I am $150 short of $4,000.

A few $20 or $50 donations and we can make $4,000.



Miss Lisa and I are hopefully meeting with the Motts next week to present our gift.

Help us make it to $4,000!

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: koncretekid

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 12/31/16 10:35 am

Plum Crazy for Anna



I'm on the road today. Can I make a donation by Paypal and if so, what email address? You can PM me.

Tom
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/13/17 12:16 pm

Final Donor List

Anonymous in UK
A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in GA
Bob in NW PA
David in Atlanta
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farm
Htown16
Jim in Pasco
koncretekid
Ob1Quixote
Phil M
Royal Oilfield

Total Raised


$4,600 !! clap clap bigt

Thank you all for helping. To say it is appreciated is an understatement. Having a sick child is not cheap. Your gift is a blessing to the Mott family.

Also, today Anna is having her twice yearly MRI. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/23/17 10:28 am

Clear scan!



God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/23/17 6:43 pm

SA-WEET!!!
Posted By: koncretekid

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/26/17 9:23 pm

That's great news, David. As an 11 year cancer survivor, I feel that I can share in some of Anna's anxiety. The difference is that I have already lived my wonderful life on this earth and Anna is just beginning to live hers. I will hope for the best.
Tom
Posted By: PhilM

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 01/27/17 7:46 am

David,

A great start to 2017 - long may it continue for Anna and her family.
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 02/05/17 7:23 pm

Go Falcons!




God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/09/17 10:12 pm

Sorry about the lack of updates, but Anna has not been up to too much.

Anna is seeing a psychiatrist for her anxiety (thanks to your Christmas donation!) and it is hoped she will soon be back to dancing and horseback riding.

Little sister Ella, aged 13, recently wrote this poem:

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Depression is like a wilted butterfly,
It devours your heart as the days go by.
Hopelessness devours your soul,
as the heavyheartedness takes its toll.

Loss is relevant in your sorrow,
you wonder what mortification you will have tomorrow.
Dullness creeps into your open closet chest,
as the pity and sorrow never let you rest.

Depression is like a bottomless ocean,
it is full of darkness and of no devotion.
The tides of melancholia pull you in,
as the waves crash down of darkness and sin.

The hounds of mourn are coming closer,
as your discouragement grows and your body is over.
The nights of insomnia and numbering quite high,
as the depression is like a lullaby.
The sounds of madness are growing louder,
as the screams of abasement are growing fouler.

Depression is a broken heart,
it is ripped, it is bruised, and it is torn apart.
The light is consumed by all distraught,
We cannot fix it, can we not?


What a heavy load for a thirteen year old to bear!

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/23/17 12:18 pm

Through Facebook, Anna has become friends with another cancer survivor from across the pond. Her name is Kimberly. She too is a ballet dancer.

Recently the two met for the first time in Clearwater Florida.

In Melissa's words -

When Anna was diagnosed, Olivia took over her Instagram and would post photos and updates on her. One day, a beautiful young lady named Kimberley, from England, followed and commented something kind and supportive.

Over time, I don't remember the order, but Kimberley followed us, we followed her, and an online friendship developed, with us sharing with Anna, the sweet and encouraging things Kimberley would post to her. Anna and all of us were so thankful for all that support and love.

Fast forward to last year on World Cancer Day. Kimberley posted that she was, that very day, diagnosed with cancer for the second time in her life. We were devastated with and for her, and determined to show her the same love and support she had shown our family.

Who knew that one comment, on one Instagram account, followed from 4103 miles away, would spark a friendship between two families?

This past weekend we got to meet the Hattersley-Bartons in person when they came to meet us in Clearwater.

We met at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (that they had been to before and is across the street from the condo Steve's family has owned since the 1960's!). It is an amazing rescue center for lots of Florida wildlife such as turtles, dolphins, otters, etc. They are doing amazing work!

When we knew they were coming, I wrote the aquarium as I heard they look for inspiring stories to let folks meet Winter the dolphin. THE Winter, from "Dolphin Tale". Anna fell in love with the dolphins there when she was little and Kim and her family have seen the movies and love them. We hoped they would think our girls were inspiring..and they sure did!

The girls were royal VIPs for the day with a tour into areas no one gets to go, a goody bag, a private interview with the CEO (on film with us parents too!), a private meeting with one of the stars of the movies, Nathan Gamble, and they got to feed and interact with Winter and Hope. It was so lovely, the whole thing, including our two guides who we grew to love in a very short time!!

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But the most lovely part for our family was getting to see and hug Kimberley, Jessamyn, Claire and Chris in person there. And to talk to them and share stories of HOPE and PERSEVERANCE. And to connect with a family who knows the pain of childhood cancer but more than that, knows the value of life and living!

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It's incredible, the things that can happen when a teenage girl reaches out to another one, on social media, with a lovely, supportive comment. You never know how you can touch a life.

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Kimberley and her family sure have touched ours.


God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/23/17 8:57 pm

Dammit, screen got blurry...
Posted By: PhilM

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/23/17 10:16 pm

Both inspirational and humbling David, thanks for sharing.
Posted By: wadeschields

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 03/23/17 10:42 pm

Thats an amazing day full of meaningful love and friendship . Truly good people to have in your life !

Great photos by the way ...
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/17/17 8:20 pm

Hard to believe, but Anna will be 21 this May 21st.

Time once again for her birthday fundraiser.

As mentioned earlier, your donations pay for Anna's psychiatrist visits for her anxiety. Not "help to pay" but "pay", as in 100 percent.

Anna is not as anxious now, but she is often sad to the point of tears about her blindness...

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The goal is $5,000 for the big two one birthday. She can have a beer then!

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To donate via paypal , my email is sdduke@bellsouth.net. Mention Anna Mott in the message field. Denote as a gift.

To donate via check, make check out to me (David Duke) and say Anna Mott in the memo field of the check.

My address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

Thank you all!

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: T140V-Rich

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/17/17 11:06 pm

Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
Dammit, screen got blurry...


Yep. Must be Microsoft 10 or summin.' Mine too.

Let's do this, lads. I'll be getting something out soon. Might not be a lot. Just got out of the hospital myself. But something.

Cheers

Rich
Posted By: Mike Muir

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/18/17 6:19 pm

Never known such a problem with screen displays, and I was in the biz for 20 years! Gotta be a virus or something.
Posted By: BOB in NW PA

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/19/17 1:29 am

David - the check's in the mail! BOB in NW PA
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/28/17 12:00 pm

Donor's List 4/28/17

A Nony Mouse
Bob in NW PA
bsawood
Gordon Gray

Total so far is $1,100. We are off to a good start! As always, the goal is $5,000.

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To donate:

Send paypal to sdduke@bellsouth.net. Indicate it is a gift and say Anna Mott in the remarks section.

To send a check, my address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

Indicate Anna Mott on the Memo Field.

God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: ricochetrider

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 04/28/17 3:15 pm

Hi, Anna. Here are a couple purple motorcycle pix for you!

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Have a great day!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/05/17 7:21 pm

Total raised to date is $2,145. We are almost halfway there!

Donor's List 5/05/17

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Bob in NW PA
bsawood
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farms
Htown16
Mike Muir
Royal Oilfield

Please consider helping out Anna for her 21st birthday. I can assure you it is money well spent!

[Linked Image]


God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/12/17 10:23 pm

Total raised to date is $2,145. Not any activity this week . frown

Donor's List 5/12/17

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Bob in NW PA
bsawood
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farms
Htown16
Mike Muir
Royal Oilfield


[Linked Image]

To donate:

Send paypal to sdduke@bellsouth.net. Indicate it is a gift and say Anna Mott in the remarks section.

To send a check, my address is:

David Duke
378 North Peachtree Street
Norcross GA 30071

Indicate Anna Mott on the Memo Field.

God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: royaloilfield

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/13/17 1:59 am

David,
I have a gift I want to send to Anna, do you have an address I can send it to? Brian
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/13/17 11:25 am

Hi Brian

Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047

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See you at the 3 State?



David
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/13/17 11:56 am

Send Anna a birthday card!

She will be 21 on May 21st.
Maybe she will have a beer with me when we meet... beerchug


Address is

Anna Banana Mott
2059 McDaniels Bridge Road SW
Lilburn Ga 30047


Cards from overseas are especially welcome. clap clap



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]If you can, try to send a card that has some texture to it, or one of those cards that sings a song when you open it. If not, that is fine too!

It is difficult to put into words how uplifting it is to Anna and her family when she gets cards and gifts from you all.

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Just knowing she is remembered means so much to the Mott family.

God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: Ob1quixote

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/18/17 11:34 pm

Getting a card out tomorrow!
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 05/21/17 10:32 pm

Total raised to date is $2,270.

Donor's List 5/21/17

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Bob in NW PA
bsawood
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farms
Htown16
Mike Muir
Phil M (Thank you Phil!)
Royal Oilfield

Maybe we will reach $2,500?

Won't see the Motts till next Sunday May 28 or the week after, so there is still time to help.

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God Bless Anna Mott


Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/01/17 1:54 pm

Total raised is $2,650 clap

Final Donor's List

A Nony Mouse
Anonymous in UK
Anonymous 1
Anonymous 2
Bob in NW PA
bsawood
Gordon Gray
Greenspring Farms (Thank you Ben)
Htown16
Mike Muir
Phil M
Royal Oilfield

My wife, daughter Emma, and I had dinner with the Motts last night, where I presented them their check.

Your help will allow Anna a few more visits with her psychiatrist.

She is noticeably more alert and less anxious since I last saw her. Better appetite too.

Please be reminded that your donations this past Christmas enabled the Motts to seek help for Anna. No donations, no psychiatrist.

Emma and Anna at the Vortex (21 and older only!)

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Selfie 1

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Selfie 2

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God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: GrandPaul

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/01/17 2:49 pm

That "touched by an angel" show is such baloney, THIS IS THE REAL THING.

At the moment, this is all I can contribute...

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Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 06/29/17 2:18 pm

Four years ago Anna got her gas tank made by OB1 Quixote and signed by Britbikers at the 3 State Ride:

From Melissa:


"Last Friday night (not last night) we met David Duke, his daughter Emma (Dear friends and supporters of our family during this time and David is a BritBike member. Britbikers have been a huge support system for Anna and I have posted about them before.) and Miss Lisa (Anna's former ballet director and a dear family friend).

I didn't post about this before as we had the MRI and I was gearing up for all that, plus I was trying to get my pics off my camera hard drive. Haven't done that yet and am gonna post an iphone pic but I wanted to thank them properly before more time got by.

Not only have they all been a huge support this entire time, for Anna's birthday they went all out with a tshirt fundraiser! I posted on here about the tshirts too. Will make sure to post a photo of one of them.

Anyways, David brought Anna's gift which included a very, very generous financial gift from that to help, but the BritBikers also restored a gas tank and customized it just for Anna!!!! THEN they all signed it! And the shirts were their official Tri State Bike Ride shirts so even though my girl wasn't there physically, she was on their backs and in spirit!

This group is just dang outta this world amazing. Amazing.

Following is the note I wrote them but I wanted to thank them publicly.

Words are just paltry little things here. They do no justice.

The Mott Family LOVESSS you guys

Holy flipping WOW!!!!

You guys are freaking crazy-amazing!

Just thought you should know that and also that you should know that we are eternally grateful for all you have done for Anna and our family.
To do your shirts with Anna's face and name on them was such an honor.(Beeeeuteeeful shirts, by the way.)

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THEN, you go and do a fundraiser for her. (SO much help for her medical expenses, which seem to be the gift that keeps on giving.)




And THEN, the gas tank.....OH MY. (The most precious possession she now owns. A gorgeous, unique, creative gift that took a lot of time to restore and sign, that is sitting prominently in her room, to be kept for always and forever.)

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On top of all these things, you guys have been an unending source of support (financial and verbal), encouragement and prayers for almost a year now. To a family you didn't even know!

You all are the best people around.

Ever.

We are forever grateful and forever honored.

Thank you so, so much.

I love Robert's Limericks so I wrote a poem!



The Motts, they had a little girl,
When she got sick it changed their world.
She's fought hard, but not alone,
And now they say the tumor's gone.
They offered support, love and to pray.
The Britbike peeps, they sure don't play!
Some special folks those bikers are,
Those who live near and also far.
Whether messaging or sending cards,
Flowers, gifts or such cool bards.
Britbike never left her side,
And even took her on their ride!
The Motts, they are blown away.
And plan to pay it forward some day.
These Britbike peeps aren't regular folks,
Nope, they are the most special blokes!!!"


God Bless Anna Mott

Posted By: DavidP

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/07/17 6:44 am

Just had the tank professionally painted, HOK candy purple.


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Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/08/17 1:42 pm

Sorry for the lack of updates, but Anna of late just sits around.

We did get to see Anna this past Sunday. Brother Aaron is going to college (full ride) to Brenau University in Gainesville GA, and the Motts had a going away party.

Aaron is going to study nursing because of his experience with Anna.

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Melissa's words -

If you have not been around Anna for a while and saw her lately (especially yesterday) you can see she's not quite her normal agreeable self anymore. She's not the same eager to please young lady we always had, and says "no" now, more than "yes". She doesn't happily converse as she used to and conversation isn't always what she's up for these days. (Sorry to all our friends who tried to talk to her yesterday and she wasn't having it.)

We cannot get her to dance anymore, ride horses, or much of anything. She even often fights us when we tell her it's morning and time to rise. We have given her lots of grace in these areas. A lot because we realize she's tired and we want her happy, and a lot because we are tired of fighting her and we are worn down and out.

When she was going through her awful chemo and getting her to eat was paramount, the ONLY person she would eat for was Ms. Lisa. So Ms. Lisa came every single day, brought her food, and fed her. She literally got her though not getting a feeding tube.

Yesterday before she left, Ms. Lisa asked Anna if she would consider walking with her sometimes for exercise. I honestly thought the reply would be a "heck no". But guess what? Ms. Lisa got a "yes"!!!!

So while so much has changed, some things never do. She will still do anything for her Ms. Lisa!



Greg, Anna, and Lisa

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Ella and Anna. Ella resembles her sister when Anna was younger.

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Anna and Emma. My daughter has been a faithful friend to Anna, and I am very proud of her.

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Anna and Jordan. They have known each other their entire lives. Anna told Jordan she had wanted to be a pediatric nurse before the brain tumor hit...

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Greg, Melissa, Anna, and Emma discussing giving Anna a buzz cut.

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God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 08/29/17 12:21 pm

Five years ago today, Miss Anna Mott was rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where she would be diagnosed with a pineoblastoma , among the rarest of brain tumors.

Melissa's thoughts on this anniversary:

So, today it’s exactly 5 years since Anna was diagnosed with brain cancer.

In those early days, we were shell-shocked, in disbelief, ignorant, and naive.

Thank God for being naive.

As we learned more about what we were facing, we chose to get information only on a need-to-know basis.

I will never regret that.

Had we chosen to know all the facts, we would have quickly found out that the overall survival rate for a pineoblastoma, according to St. Jude, is about 60%.

That 40% chance that she wouldn’t make it is a huge number when you are talking about your own child.

Not sure my heart could have taken the risks with enough courage, had I known.

But you know what?

She did it! She’s still with us. Today is 5 years and she’s here.

Aren’t you deemed a survivor at the 5 year mark?

This girl of ours is certainly that!

We will never stop thanking God for these 5 extra years we have been given with her. And we will never take for granted how blessed we are when so many precious ones aren’t with us today that should be. We have been given a gift and we are so grateful.

Today, on this 5 year mark, Anna and I would like to tell you all 5ish things you may not know about her cancer diagnosis:

1. I asked Anna if she had words to say and she is just adamant that even with all she has lost, she’s happy we made the choices we did and that she’s here. She credits all the love and support she received with her recovery and feels like the love got her through when times were the toughest. Not feeling alone has been huge for her, and for us. In those early days in the hospital, and even into the next year, everything was so critical and such a blur. I would sometimes go days with no shower, especially in the first month with all the ICU stays. In rehab, our days were so long and hard, I was a walking zombie. And on the neuro floor before rehab, we had so many nights she was rushed down thinking there was a brain bleed or some other event going on, I spent more time in a lead vest than I did sleeping. I know I didn’t get out even 1/4 of the thank yous I meant to and that still really bothers me. But please know that every meal, every gift, every message, email, text, every hug and visit is in our hearts and you are so loved and appreciated. I feel terrible about that to this day.

2. Life will never again be “normal” for Anna. She will require constant care every moment of every day, for the rest of her life. Her blindness is caused from damage to the optic nerves. They will never regrow or regenerate. It is irreversible. Most of the time, I’d say 90% of it, Anna is in a state where she does not realize her life is so changed. The other 10%, my heart cannot bear. At least we think she doesn’t realize it that much. Sometimes I think she’s pretending just to save our feelings. But we can never know. Her siblings have all assured us that when we are gone, they will take her and take the best care of her. That isn’t a worry her dad and I have, ever. And that’s the best feeling.

3, The day Anna collapsed here at home and we took her to the ER and finally found out what was wrong with her, we found out she also had a seizure and a brain bleed. And she had insane pressure on her brain. We were told that our baby had an insane tolerance for pain that most people could never endure. Maybe that’s why her tumor had reached baseball size? Then she had 2 surgeries that were 12 hours+ each, a stroke during surgery, contracted a bacterial brain and spine infection in hospital, endured 33 brain and spine radiations, had 7 months worth of highly potent chemo cocktails, and more. To this day we don’t know exactly which of those put the final nail on her eyes and cognitive abilities. Or if it was more than one thing. But I am haunted every single night by the question of why and how, even after 5 years. I am terrorized by the fact that one night, she was trying to tell me she was going blind. She had tons of pressure build back up with fluid in her brain…to the degree that they had to drill in her head right there in our room…no time for the OR. I think she was trying to tell me, and I knew something was wrong but just couldn’t understand. She kept saying one word, “disappearing”. And I just didn’t get it. Her poor father is haunted by her asking him, as she was wheeled into the first surgery, if she would be ok? With him looking into her deep green, sea glass, able-to-see eyes, and saying “yes” when he didn’t know. And then it being “no”. He feels like he lied to her in their one last conversation. Our daughter is here but our daughter died. Every day we battle these ghosts and keep moving.

4. The craziest things happen when we take Anna out. When she was little, she wanted to be a missionary. And I think she is, of sorts. Once I took her into TJ Maxx with me and of course, stares abounded, but the cashier literally started crying and came round the counter to us. She could not take her hands off Anna. She followed us to the car and I swear she was gonna go home with me had I not finally just closed the door! She said Anna touched her inside. We get that all the time. A lady one day at Del Taco came up to us as we were having our bean burritos (Anna’s fave!) and asked could she just sit by Anna and pray for her. Of course we said yes! That has happened so many times. Once at La Madeleine, a lady kept staring and finally came over to us. She began prophesying over my girl. Really cool stuff! And it’s so weird. When she was diagnosed, many suggested that we contact the news or put her story out there. I didn’t want to. I didn’t even make her Facebook prayer page. A dear friend made it while we were in the hospital. Every single news story, magazine article, etc has been organic. Somehow, they just happened. I told God if He wanted her story told, He would have to orchestrate it. I was not going to make one thing happen in that area. I also promised him that if He did, and I thought it was from Him or was something to help others, I would comply with it. One thing I turned down was a Japanese film crew, FROM Japan, coming to my house to do a show on her. She had had a seizure a few weeks before and it was not in her best interests. Plus, you should have seen me try to understand that producer via Google Translate. Nuh uh! It would have been a hilarious fiasco! And that was no small feat, telling them no. I had to get mean as I kept saying it and they kept saying they were coming anyways! So, every time her story has been shared, it’s been organic.


5.While we do try to find the good and we have completely learned that it’s the little things in life, and concentrate on that almost always, some days we all just soak in the fact that we know our life sucks compared to what it was and what we wanted it to be. Our family has a literal crap ton of stuff to deal with on a daily basis. So, yeah, now and again, we feel sorry for ourselves. Not often, oh no. That’s not permissible. But sometimes. Just keeping it real. On a certain level, it just sucks. And yeah, we come out of that by counting our blessings and reminding ourselves that God has a plan, but some days we wallow in it. On those days, we get down. We forget that so many have it worse than we do and have had struggles beyond ours. We play human on those days. At those times, we don’t look at the bright side. We struggle financially like nobody’s business. The ever revolving bills and red tape that go with a cancer diagnosis and lifelong burden are never ending. Having a kid with cancer will ruin yo monies. I have had countless migraines over meds being denied or having to call over and over and over to get the copays right on prescriptions. And don’t even get me talking about going out in public. Ok, maybe I will. Taking Anna out anywhere when she’s in anxiety mode is the most stressful thing ever. Like, you’d rather get the flu, tetanus and a penicillin shot all in the same butt cheek, at the same time, rather than do it. One doctor visit, as we walked in the door to a super large, super crowded waiting room, she screamed, “I HAVEEEEEE TOOOO POOOOOOP.” The whole room was clear on the point. (When anxiety hits, it affects the bowels most and there is zero percent chance of reasoning her out of it.) She would be HORRIFIED if she could step outside her person, as her old self. But she’s messed up, so her filter is gone. Before this, she wouldn’t even tell ME if she had to go to the restroom! And I have to admit, it wasn’t pleasant for me, dealing with all the horrified looks, either. But this is our life now. This happens almost every time we go out in public. So that’s why I have started turning down so many social events. Her anxiety, subsequent issues stemming from the anxiety, and our fear of the anxiety have stalled us out for the time being. Sometimes I get asked if I could change it all and she not get cancer, even with all the good that has happened and what we have learned and grown, would I? I’d like to tell you I have achieved some Christian place in Jesus that’s on such a high plane that I might be the next one called in a chariot into heaven. But I have not reached that place. So you betcha I’d go back to 5 years minus one day ago. I wouldn’t wish this life on my worst enemy.


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God Bless Anna Mott

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Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 10/03/17 11:43 am


You may have recalled a friend of mine painted a picture of Anna and Melissa for Anna's birthday in 2016.



Originally Posted by David in Atlanta
Last Sunday, my family and I had lunch with Anna, where Anna gets her birthday card with a check.

Officially, $3,600 was raised for Miss Anna's 20th birthday.

She actually got more, as some of the good folks at ADV Rider sent birthday cards with checks.

Along with her check, Anna also got a piece of art.

Earlier this year, I contacted a college classmate (David Terry http://www.davidterryart.com/ )to inquire about drawing a picture of Anna for her birthday.

I told him about Anna, and asked how much a drawing would be.

He asked for a few pictures.

I sent them to him, plus some of Melissa's stories.

The idea was, he would quote me a price, and I would see if I could scramble up enough funds to pay for it.

He wrote me back, and told me he would do the drawing no charge.

Here is the picture I sent him:

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Here is what David drew:

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Notice that the hospital bracelets have been removed in the drawing.

I got a bit down giving Anna this gift, as she is blind...

Melissa was overcome by the drawing.

Melissa's note to David Terry:

That moment was almost holy. I remember it distinctly and I can still feel every emotion I had then, as I held my Anna. I can see it also in your work. I cannot thank you enough. What you have given us is beautiful and priceless. May God bless you richly as you have certainly blessed us.

In the next two weeks, Anna will go back into the hospital for a 24 hour EKG. The doctors are trying to determine what is causing her seizures. To combat the seizures, she now takes even more medicine, a side effect being anxiety attacks.

Anna's seizures and anxiety have really put a crimp on what few activities Anna enjoys - dancing and horseback riding. Sadly, Anna for now mostly just stays at home...

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I will keep you posted.

God Bless Anna Mott


David has again painted a picture of Anna, simply because he wanted to...


Here is the photograph:

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Here is the painting:

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In David's words:

“In This World” (Portrait of Anna Mott; pastel, watercolor, and pencil. 2017). A mutual Sewanee friends commissioned me, a little over a year ago, to paint Melissa Mott (whom I’d never met) and her daughter, Anna. I was told the hard facts before beginning the painting (which I, of course, simply gave as a gift…it was a pleasure and sort of an honor to be allowed a look into this family’s life. I admire them greatly). Melissa and her husband have five children. Anna, who was an accomplished young dancer, was diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumor. The treatment left her blind. Tough, hard facts, indeed (and I don’t pretend to know even half of them), but I’ve found myself regularly turning to Melissa’s quite-regular Facebook postings to restore my own sense of perspective and, unexpectedly enough (given the circumstances) to witness a capacity for joy. The Mott family (and Melissa in particular) seems to have that in spades. In any case, I’ve just finished another portrait of Anna, which I’ll be giving to her mother, who’s a truly admirable woman. I truly don't know anyone who could do what she does with such obvious (to me, at least) grace.

The only song to accompany this (and I hope Melissa will play it for Anna) is one of my favorites. Do yourself a favor and go to this really lovely performance by Mary Chapin Carpenter at Wolf Trap, years ago…




In this world there's a whole lot of trouble, baby
In this world there's a whole lot of pain
In this world there's a whole lot of trouble
But a whole lot of ground to gain
Why take when you could be giving, why watch as the world goes by
It's a hard enough life to be living, why walk when you can fly

In this world there's a whole lot of sorrow
In this world there's a whole lot of shame
In this world there's a whole lot of sorrow
And a whole lotta ground to gain
When you spend your whole life wishing, wanting and wondering why
It's a long enough life to be living, why walk when you can fly

In this world there's a whole lot of cold
In this world there's a whole lot of blame
In this world you've a soul for a compass
And a heart for a pair of wings
There's a star on the far horizon, rising bright in an azure sky
For the rest of the time that you're given, why walk when you can fly "


And Melissa's response:

My dear friend and super talented artist, David Charles Terry, has done this piece of our Anna.
I don't even have the ability to tell you all what this means to me. And what his friendship, encouragement, and support means. This brain tumor has been a nasty thief, but it has also been a generous giver. David is one of those gifts. Even when the worst happens, God is still good, ya know?


God Bless Anna Mott
Posted By: David in Atlanta

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/10/17 12:54 am

I apologize for the lack of updates.

Anna is doing better - she has started riding horses again!

In Melissa's words:

Oh happy day!

Anna hasn't ridden in over a year, the effects from her last seizure having made her unmotivated and super anxious. Daddy helped remind her this past week how much she loved to ride and what it did for her, so one small text to Miss Cindy and boom! Today, she was back on Tanja, with Miss Cindy teaching and coaching her.

I cannot tell you the joy this and Miss Cindy bring to our family! Those closest to our family know the struggles Anna has had since that seizure. This is just huge!


Here are links to a few videos of Anna riding:

https://www.facebook.com/AnnasPrayerWarriors/videos/1134538096679165/

https://www.facebook.com/100008401005823/videos/1813434468946569/


Anna also had her biannual scan and she was ALL CLEAR. This time, Anna was able to complete the scan without any meds!


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Anna and father Steve heading back home after the MRI:

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We have lost some close Britbike friends this year. I am happy to share a little good news about Anna.

God Bless Anna Mott



Posted By: rocketgoldie

Re: Picture Request - Please Read - 11/10/17 8:57 pm

Him i dont have anything purple but send you all the love grow strong .
God bless.
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