8:00 AM on Monday, July 25
Repeats every day at 8:00 AM, through September 10.
My name is Christy Brown. My daughter, Christina Galbreath was a native of Jackson, born and raised here along with her sister, Rebekah Brown. Christina was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in July 2020. Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer that is usually caught under the age of 5. Because of this, it makes Christina's more unique because she was 23 years old.
I am a Christian and prayed and believed in her healing. The only thing that helped me get through were sermons and listening to the Fish - once she passed, I have not listened to anything but the Fish because it's the only thing I can listen to to help me keep my faith going and is just so encouraging listening to not only the music, but the different stories such as Acts of Love, etc
Christina had just started her life after graduating Jackson High School in 2015, went on to graduate with a degree in psychology from Armstrong University in Savannah in 2018. She had a part-time job at the local YMCA in Savannah where she fell in love with working with kids. She then moved back home after graduation in search of a job in her field. Many of you may know her because all of her school years and even temporarily after college, she worked at Ingles here in Jackson. She got a job working for JAG Probation as a Probation Officer in Griffin about 6 months later.
When she was diagnosed, it devastated her and us. We couldn't believe something like this could happen. The doctors say she was not born with it so there's still so much research in childhood cancer alone, it's left even more questions. Christina went through 5 rounds of intense chemo to 2 rounds of chemo/immunotherapy combined and she never recouped like the kids do. They always said she suffered worse than the kids. We made many trips back and forth to CHOA-Scottish Rite Hospital from everything to her blood counts dropping, fevers, etc. not including all the scheduled visits in between treatment. During this time, Christina's saving grace was being able to see a few of the kids and meeting some of the families. Christina made it her mission to help other children and their families.
She had just started her life after graduating Jackson High School in 2015, went on to graduate with a degree in psychology from Armstrong University in Savannah in 2018. She had a part-time job at the local YMCA in Savannah where she fell in love with working with kids. She then moved back home after graduation in search of a job in her field. Many of you may know her because all of her school years and even temporarily after college, she worked at Ingles here in Jackson. She got a job working for JAG Probation as a Probation Officer in Griffin about 6 months later.
As Christina went through her treatments and consistency of being sick and in pain most of the last year and a half, she grew a love for what children and parents go through and wanted to help, but was physically unable to do so. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and she poured her heart out in trying to raise money on Facebook. (I have some pictures); she created cans that I put around at different businesses for people to donate change. She also created these boxes where you could buy $1, $2, $5 or $10 boxes. What was amazing is, most people just would donate more filling up the boxes quickly and she'd start another! Between the boxes FB and the cans, she was able to raise $2400!!! Her goal was $1,000. She surpassed it. I had remembered a conversation I had with someone at the Rec mentioning we could possibly do a fundraiser there. I had put it in the back of my mind because we were nowhere close to being able to do something like that just because she couldn't even walk 10 ft without passing out, so she stayed in a wheelchair outside of the house. In the hospital one day, she was talking about wanting to do more when she was better, so I threw out the idea to her about the possibility of doing something bigger where kids could possibly do a bouncy house or slide, having arts and crafts, face painting, food, etc. We started brainstorming some ideas that day and it was our plan for this upcoming September 2022. Her dream was to bring more awareness to childhood cancer, and to raise money for the two favorite organizations, The Cure and AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders/CHOA. Because of her passing November 17, 2021 which was a devastating, unexpected chain of events due to a massive brain bleed, there was no recovery from it. Had it not been for the neuroblastoma and her having treatments, this probably wouldn't have happened, but it did. My goal is to carry out her goals and dreams in her memory. On December 8, 2021, we were able to donate $1200 to The Cure in her honor, and the other $1200 to AFLAC Cancer & Blood Disorders.
Please help me in not only keeping her memory alive, but to help raise awareness in our community as to the need for more childhood cancer research. I believe this could become something big and create more awareness for years to come, hopefully permeating outside just our community -and I know she did as well. We welcome anyone who would like to be a vendor or donate items to be raffled at a silent auction. Thanks for your time! Christy Brown - for Christina's Hope
Exchange Club of Jackson-Fairgrounds
174 Fairground Street
Jackson, GA 30233