Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide financial assistance to families of children who are receiving medical treatment and care for non-traumatic, acquired brain injuries.
In 2011, 14-year-old Andee Poulos had just returned to school from holiday break when a severe headache turned out to be internal bleeding from an extremely rare acquired brain injury called a Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). As typical with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries, the AVM went undetected until a ruptured caused sudden internal bleeding within the brain. Those first weeks in January became months of stays in neurointensive care units at Emory University, and journeys around the country for intensive rehabilitation and long stays at specialty hospitals as far as Houston and Boston.
Although Andee was trapped in a body that couldn’t walk, talk, eat, or barely see, she began an inspiring journey of recovery with a determination and faith that amazed her many friends loved ones and people who did not know her at all. Now at 17, Andee has turned a remarkable corner, returned to school and has emerged transformed, and enlightened on a mission to help kids and families that are on her same journey of recovery.
With the same steadfast resolve as Andee, a wide circle of friends and family formed Andee’s Army Foundation, a 501 c3 non profit organization, in 2011 to identify and help families of children with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries who are in most need of a safety net for transportation, lodging, day care, meals, and incidental expenses associated with long commutes and lengthy hospital stays.