Benefit fund set up for Bradley’s expenses

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friends of a mother of three, who lost her two-year battle with aplastic anemia and its side effects, have organized a benefit fund to help the family pay for medical expenses related to her extensive treatment.

Amanda (Mandy) Williamson Bradley, an Andalusia native and Pensa-cola, Fla., schoolteacher, lost her battle with the disease on Monday in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

In October 2010, Bradley began experiencing unexplainable bruising and was diagnosed with human parvovirus.

When Bradley did not respond to treatments, doctors discovered the aplastic anemia, which is a rare disease in which the body does not produce new stem cells that make blood cells.

In December 2010, local residents rallied together to find a bone marrow match for Bradley, and six possible matches were found.

Bradley received a bone marrow transplant in March 2011.

Pennye Anderson said the family faces tremendous medical expenses.

“We wanted to set up a way that people could give to help,” she said. “Through this non-profit ministry, people can give and get a tax-benefit.”

Checks may be mailed to Grace Klein Community, 1678 Montgomery Hwy #104, Birmingham, AL 35216 or donors may visit and donate through PayPal.

For more information, contact Anderson at 222-6241.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m., at Foreman Funeral Home.

Bradley is survived by her husband, Chris Bradley; children Sara, Evan and Emmy Bradley; parents Ronald and Kathryn Williamson and a brother Josh Williamson.