12 Jul Nominate A Charity
Nominate A Charity
We are looking for nominations of charities and non-profit organizations who provide awareness and support for the families & victims of child abuse or mental illness.
The chosen nominee will receive a web design and marketing package from Mint Design and will be notified on December 28, 2020.
The package includes:
- New website
- Monthly social media promotions
- Donation button on our website
Promotions will begin January 1, 2021 and run through December 2021.
Submit the form below to nominate
a charity or organization.
My name is Brandy Cooper and I’m the Founder and CEO of Mint Design Agency. On March 10, 2017, my baby sister, Maci Jo VanDolah, tragically passed away at the young age of 25. When Maci was a little girl, she was abused by a member of her close family. The effects of the abuse were something that Maci could never escape.
When Maci was just 3 years old, she was sexually abused by a great grandfather. Signs of depression started early at the age of 8 when our mom found out she was “cutting”. She tried taking Maci to therapy, but our family insurance didn’t pay for mental health disorders. Barely able to make ends meet as it was, out of pocket therapy fee’s were not possible. She put Maci in activities like gymnastics and cheerleading hoping the positive environment would instill confidence and bring her out of her shell. Maci tried to make friends and be normal, but she didn’t feel normal. Even though she was absolutely beautiful, she struggled with body image issues and low self-esteem.
She spent most of high school at home, typically alone in her room watching TV. Just a few years apart, she and our brother were close and grew closer through their adolescence. At 14 she started dating her boyfriend who would later become her fiance.
After high school Maci began to develop an eating disorders that eventually lead to multiple hospitalizations. Insurance barely covered a week of rehab, so she was discharged home to repeat the cycle. At 24, she left her last rehab stay so weak and malnourished she was using a cane to walk. In an attempt to save her daughters life, our mom moved in with Maci and her fiance. By the age of 25, in addition to her eating disorder, she also surrendered to alcoholism.
On the morning of her death, Maci wasn’t feeling well. Shortly after complaining of a stomach ache, she vomited blood and fell to the ground. My mom, a MA and part of her units rapid response team, immediately began CPR. Maci was rushed to the Emergency Room, but after hours of blood transfusions and attempts to resuscitate, they tested her brain activity receiving zero response. Our mom made a decision that no parent should ever have to make. She decided to stop life support. She had suffered a fatal stomach bleed.
Such a precious life lost to something 100% preventable. So many things could have been done differently if there were more resources and options available. It’s important to remember that support is not only necessary for the victims, but also the family’s of the victims of abuse and mental illness.
Although Maci’s life was tragic, her death wasn’t in vein. Maci, kind and giving, was an organ donor.
My brother took this photo after my family received a medal in her honor from one of her recipients. The man who acknowledged her with this medal received her eyes and is now able to see.
Her life on this earth was cut much too short, but she’s where she belongs; surrounded by kindness and peace. My ex-husband and dear friend once said…
“She’s the only person I’ve known who never let the world harden her soul” – Ryan Cooper.