By the age of 16 yrs old, Bry faced more adversity than most people will ever face in a lifetime in her battle against Sickle Cell Disease. Last week, Bry lost her fight with Sickle Cell and God took her home.
Help us fulfill her wish (DONATE), help us increase awareness (SHARE THIS POST), and help us PRAY for Bry’s family, and all those still fighting against this horrible disease. To learn more about how you can help-please click HERE.
As of 2015 about 4.4 million people have sickle-cell disease while an additional 43 million have sickle-cell trait. SCD (Sickle Cell Disease) affects approximately 100,000 Americans. SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American births. SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 16,300 Hispanic-American births. About 1 in 13 Black or African-American babies is born with sickle cell trait (SCT). SCD kills over 100,000 people every year. It’s time for a cure. Donate today to spread awareness and support those suffering this devastating disease.
We are The M.A.D. Girls…our mission is to HELP. Period. I’m Jodi Jackson and am experiencing Hurricane Harvey right now with millions of others. Right now, I’m one of the few lucky ones who is dry. But people are losing EVERYTHING. Shelters are to capacity. Friends are hunkered down on their 2nd floor with no power. Refrigerators are floating. Trees are falling. People are being rescued. It is truly unbelievable. THIS. CITY. IS. UNDER. WATER.
In February, Nichet, Jordin, and I were in Houston for the annual Jordin Sparks Experience during Super Bowl week where we partnered with local organizations to make a difference in the community. And we did. We forged relationships with some amazing local people and charities and want to do it again.
We want to help. And we will help. If we don’t raise a dime, we will still help. We are on the ground and willing to get our hands dirty. We are tiny but MIGHTY and we WILL make an impact on behalf of all of YOU. And not just now, but for the long haul. This is my city. We will be hurting and rebuilding physically and emotionally for years to come. We are ready to dig in and stay and make a positive impact for the coming weeks, months, and years.
100% of your donations will go directly to help as many as we can during and after this catastrophic event and we will show you exactly what we are doing with it. We are already identifying families that we can help right now. But believe me…there will be needs for a LONG time. We are preparing to get a crew together to help cleanup and rebuild in the aftermath.
If you want to help this is how:
❤️ Pray for this city and the millions affected.
❤️ Donate to help us purchase supplies and help those with immediate needs now.
❤️ Donate regularly to help cleanup and rebuild going forward. Our immediate goal is only $20,000, but we hope to raise much more to keep going long term!
This month we celebrated 10 years of the Jordin Sparks Experienceat the Super Bowl in Houston. It was amazing! The best part were the three Teddy Bear Picnics that we held during the week. The photos and videos speak for themselves.
We all hung out with the kids making Valentines, eating pizza, playing basketball and racing outside and at each one she presented the bears with an inspirational message and sang songs. It was super encouraging for everyone there…even the grown ups!
If this doesn’t warm your heart, we don’t know what else will! Check out all the smiles that were created!
We are giving away two FREE Teddies left over from the 2017 Jordin Sparks Experience Teddy Bear Picnics! Bears have an inspirational notecard signed by Jordin in a removable lanyard. All you have to do is go to www.instagram.com/themadgirlsinc and follow the directions!
If you’d like to secure one of these cuties, you’ll get one free as a thank you for supporting our endeavors with any tax deductible donation of $250 or more.
(THIS IS A REPOST FROM JORDIN SPARKS INSTAGRAM POST.)
I want to take a moment to acknowledge my friend, Larry Fitzgerald. You all know what he does on the field. His work ethic, production and focus. Then the commercials, the lights and the interviews. You know he’s one of the best in the NFL right now & definitely one of the best to ever play. But it’s what he does when the cameras are off, when the fans go home and uniform is hung up to dry for the next game.
His heart is bigger than anything you’ve seen displayed on the field. Putting the game on his shoulders, in the playoffs last year, against Green Bay? His heart is bigger. Taking it to the house in the last two minutes of Super Bowl 43? Yep, his heart is still bigger. Standing tall, at the podium, after one of the biggest disappointments in his sports career? His heart is bigger still.
No matter where he is, Larry is always wanting to make an impact on the community and the youth.
Whether it’s in his hometown of Minneapolis, the AZ community, across the country or abroad. We both traveled to Rwanda, with Starkey Hearing, to fit & give free hearing aids to anyone who needed them. Hours would pass and he, just like the incredible Bill Austin, would still be fitting kids or parents until the last person was seen. I was inspired by that and challenged to give until I can give no more.
He was my friend before anyone knew my name and has always been so supportive of me, my family, career & charity work with The M.A.D Girls & Jordin Sparks Experience. He’s been to almost every single one, with that trademark smile of his, and with a willing spirit. Looking back through these pictures, it’s amazing to see how much time has passed…and we’re still running on fumes!
Today, as you are one of three finalists up for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, I want to say congratulations. It would take days to list all the amazing things you do for others but I’ll let people discover that on their own. You deserve it more than anyone I know.
You may be ‘the man of the year’ to some but, to me, you’re just my confidant and friend and I’m honored to call you so.
This year is our 10th Super Bowl. Every year we spend the week doing community service in the Super Bowl city. Our goal is to leave a positive footprint in each city. One of our signature projects is the Teddy Bear Picnic where we go into a children’s hospital, hospice, shelter, etc. and hand out teddy bears and encourage the kids, parents, staff and volunteers.
This year we are doing three TBPs and also supporting other charitable events while there. We’ve had tremendous positive feedback and want to expand and do MORE in 2017…not just during Super Bowl week!
If you would like to make a difference and underwrite one or more of these “picnics” we’d love your support! Please contact us!
Here we go again! We are celebrating 10 years of making a difference during the Super Bowl! Since 2008 we, along with Jordin and PJ Sparks have dedicated the week prior to the Super Bowl to community service and promoting awareness for various causes. We call it the Jordin Sparks Experience. Our mission is to leave a positive footprint in each Super Bowl city we visit, and we believe we have done that! From the Miami Children’s Hospital, to Sheltering Wings in Indianapolis, to the Ryan House in Phoenix, to George Mark House in the Bay area…we’ve been “around the block” to these wonderful places and more. What a blessing!
Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years…for pushing us to keep doing what we’re doing. We appreciate you and all the people we’ve met along the way.