Friday, August 16, 2013

Please help in supporting Braden

Dear friends and loved ones,

I hope this letter finds you doing well.

Everything I do in life has one purpose: to glorify Jesus Christ. There are so many aspects that make up who I am as “Morgan Lynn Mims”, but they are all driven by the same motivation, “Make His Kingdom known”.

I am a big softball player, and I have had the chance to form many life long friendships over the years. A young woman by the name of Kathleen Johnson happens to be one of the dear friends God has blessed me with, in more ways than I could ever describe. We played ball in middle school for both Swift Creek and our city league team, and had the chance to play in High School as Lincoln Trojans. So many memories made together that I will never forget! (As you think of a friend you can say the same thing about, please take a second and pray for them.)
On May 25, 2011, Kathleen and her family’s lives were changed forever. Her sister Nicole and niece Hannah were in a car accident that took both of their lives. This was a tragic time for the family. As you can imagine the pain, heartache, grief, and confusion that comes with the loss of a loved one, this was doubled with the loss of two. Nicole left behind her husband Billy and son Braden. Hannah left behind her Daddy and Bubba.

Fast forward to just a few months ago…  May 16, 2013. The family was informed that Billy was in a car accident, and that he didn’t make it. Billy left behind his son Braden, who is now 10 years old.

Braden has buried his Mother, Father, and sister. I cannot imagine the pain he carries daily, having suffered such loss at such a young age. He is left in the care of his extended family. Seeing as these tragedies happened so early in this family’s life, no plans were set for Braden’s future: Medical, educational, or otherwise.

I just recently recovered from a knee injury that put me down for 4 ½ months. I was unable to walk or run at first, much less play ball. Through steady physical therapy and encouragement from so many loved ones, I am swimming, running, and back on the field!

A strong motivation for getting through rehab and recovery was the Tough Mudder Race in Tampa on November 3, 2013. I set my eyes on the race, marked it in the calendar, and worked hard through recovery to get to where I am now. After praying about a way to make the race count for more than a worldly headband and bragging rights, the Lord laid Kathleen and her family on my heart. I am now racing to raise money for Braden, hoping that one more burden will be lifted off his shoulders as he continues to grow into a young man.

I appreciate your support in blessing Braden and his family. No amount given is too small. Whether it is $0.05, $5.00, or $50.00, it will not be in vain. Please pray about it. IF you feel led to give, you can donate online at (in which you can type “Braden Powell Fund”, and you will be directed to his page), write a check out to Morgan Mims, or give me cash directly. Cash and check will both be transferred to Braden’s account. If you do not feel led to give, that is totally ok. Prayers stored up in Heaven do more than earthly money any way.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and your thoughtfulness towards Braden and His family. Please share this with your friends and family. I know there are many people who want to bless others in need, but have no way of knowing how. I assure you, this is a wonderful way that will bring hope and peace back into a family’s life on so many different levels.

In His name with love,

Morgan Mims

2208 Monaco Dr. 32308 Tallahassee Florida

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed” – Psalm 82:3

‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18

Below a clip by Bonnie Kistler (Braden’s grandmother) from Braden’s website…


”In advance, I offer my heartfelt gratitude and sincerest appreciation for any help and contributions that may be given. No words I offer can express what it means.”

Kathleen and Hannah.

 Nicole, Braden, Hannah, and Billy

 Kathleen and I. She is truly a blessing!


  1. Morgan, Braden was in Emma's class last year. I have thought of him ofen. I cannot imagine the heartache and grief he lives with daily. I will be happy to support you in this endeavor. You have achieved so much for someone your age, your wisdom and thought process is phenomenal! I love you!!

  2. thank you Mrs. Judy for everything that you are and stand for. I love you dearly!