[caption id="attachment_15277" align="alignleft" width="289"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2015\/11\/bradyspowers.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-15277" alt="Brady Powers Mickey celebrates his 16th birthday in the hospital a few weeks ago. Shortly after, Mickey lost his full head of hair; nearly three years after his brothers had shaved their heads in support of their sibling warrior." src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2015\/11\/bradyspowers-289x300.jpg" width="289" height="300" \/><\/a> Brady Powers Mickey celebrates his 16th birthday in the hospital a few weeks ago. Shortly after, Mickey lost his full head of hair; nearly three years after his brothers had shaved their heads in support of their sibling warrior.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2015\/11\/brady.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-15276" alt="brady" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2015\/11\/brady-300x300.jpg" width="300" height="300" \/><\/a>By David Esteppe\r\nNovember is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 32,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year with pancreatic cancer, which is when cells within this glandular organ begin to multiply out of control and form a mass (tumor).\r\nThere are a number of types of pancreatic cancer, of which the most common is called pancreatic adenocarcinoma and makes up about 85 percent of cases. Pancreatic cancer rarely occurs before the age of 40. More than half of pancreatic adenocarcinomas will occur after age 70.\r\nIn an extremely rare occurrence, one of our own has now been warring this disease for nearly three years.\r\nThirteen year old Brady Mickey began feeling unwell in February 2013. In March, he received the diagnoses of stage 4 pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Over the past three years, Mickey has undergone extensive chemotherapy treatments. Throughout it all, his spirits have remained high, and he has tried to continue his normal activities.\r\nIn a demonstration of solidarity at the onset of this war, Mickey\u2019s brothers shaved their heads. Mickey did not lose his hair.\r\nIn addition to medical costs not covered by insurance, the Mickey family has incurred enormous travel expenses. Most of Mickey\u2019s treatments have occurred at Cincinnati Children\u2019s Hospital, where he was required to endure week-long chemo treatments every other week for over a year. He is now having additional chemo and radiation treatments at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.\r\nWhen things go wrong, they really do. Recently, Mickey\u2019s father lost his employment and the health insurance benefits with it.\r\nNow, the community is uniting to surround this family with support. Friends are working with two local non-profits who are working as a team: The Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation in conjunction with United Way of Greenbrier Valley is working to collect and distribute charitable gifts for the family. This process is making all money donated to the care of Mickey a tax deduction.\r\nExecutive Director of the Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation Courtney Smith explained that not only are all donations tax-deductible, but every dollar will go to Mickey\u2019s care. The foundation is waiving all fees associated with processing the donations. \u201cWe are pleased to be able to establish this pass-through fund to help this family in this situation so their focus can remain on Brady and the family\u2019s well-being,\u201d added Smith.\r\nTo contribute to this fund, send a check made payable to GVCF. Please write \u201cBradysPowers\u201d in the memo line and, send it to PO Box 1682, Lewisburg, WV 24901. You may also donate through PayPal on the GVCF website www.gvfoundation.org.\r\nOver the next few weeks, a couple of creative fundraisers will be announced. The Mountain Messenger will keep all informed with dates and times as they arrive.