By Steven Law
Special to the Chronicle
PAGE – For the third year in a row the Page Sand Devils football team had a fundraiser for Allie’s Angels.
Allie’s Angels is a Page organization that raises money for families with children who have cancer or other childhood diseases, to help them offset the cost of their travel and lodging expenses.
The event’s biggest sponsor was Page Lumber who donated $250 to Allie’s Angels for every touchdown the Sand Devils scored, which is something they have done since the event’s beginning three years ago. And the Sand Devils found the end zone eight times Friday night, in their 56-6 victory of the Tuba City Warriors.
Allie’s Angels also received $500 from Aman Resorts’ Amangiri and $100 from Page Dental.
Allie’s Angels was started by C.J. and Brittany Hansen three years ago after their daughter Allie, who was nine years old at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia. The money their foundation raises is given to other families with children who are fighting cancer, or other childhood diseases.
Some of the money from Allie’s Angels goes to the kids who are fighting the illnesses. The foundation gives them money that can be spent on shopping trips for them and a friend.
This year Allie’s Angels is helping two local families.
Bryan Jones was diagnosed with non-typeable viral hepatitis, also known as acute liver failure at the end of April 2018. It happens to children 12 and under. It is a very rare condition affecting only 200 people a year in the whole entire world. There is no known cause for this sudden unknown onset of acute liver failure. Bryan received his liver on May 8, only 11 days after being diagnosed and in the hospital. He ended up slipping into a coma due to swelling in his brain from liver failure an hour before his life-saving liver transplant surgery. His surgery lasted nine hours.
Elias Begay is an 11-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Feb. 5, 2019. Since his diagnosis he has had chemotherapy almost weekly. Elias is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The rare opportunity, along with the difficulty of finding a 10/10 donor match, is very stressful on him as well as his family. A 10/10 donor match has not yet been found and the latest lumbar aspiration showed cancer cells are still lingering. He is currently in the hospital receiving a 28-day course of chemotherapy in hopes of completely getting rid of the cancer. When the cancer has been completely annihilated, he will undergo the transplant process.
Bryan Jones’ mother, Rachelle, said the help from Allie’s Angels has been amazing.
“We can’t thank C.J. and Brittany enough,” Rachelle said. “In fact, this entire town has been a blessing to us.”
Allie Hansen, Elias Begay and Brennon Jones, along with the Sand Devils mascot, arrived at Friday night’s game in style. They delivered the game ball to the field with the help of Classic Air Medical’s helicopter, which landed on the football field’s 50-yard line, to the great enjoyment of the crowd in the stands. Brennon was representing his brother Bryan.
Allie, Elias, Brennon also served as honorary team captains.