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Our Story

Shafer Bray Daves, son of Kevin & Jada Daves, was born October 15, 2009 with an extremely rare medical condition of which there have been only 200 diagnosed cases in the world. The syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that includes chronic kidney disease leading to failure by age 3, kidney cancer (known as Wilms’ Tumor) in many cases, and other difficulties. Shafer's kidney function declined rapidly due to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in October 2010 resulting in a double nephrectomy (full kidney removal surgery). To bridge to transplant, Shafer was on peritoneal dialysis eleven hours a day to sustain his life, and received his nutrition primarily through a feeding tube. Shafer's medical team approved his mother to be the living donor for her son, as she was a 6 antigen perfect match. Jada & Shafer were successfully transplanted on June 22, 2011 at the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Updates

 

Past Fundraisers

May 29 thru July 4, 2016 - A “Family Raiser” will be held for COTA in honor of Shafer Daves, a Chattanooga-area child who is celebrating his 5 year kidney transplant anniversary. The campaign will run for 5 weeks starting May 29 and ending Continue Reading »

Easter 2016

We had such a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter! The Lord blessed us with getting to see Eli Williams (a dear child who continues to survive and fight the odds of his medical challenges) and his family after Saturday night service and allowing us Continue Reading »

Christmas with The Daves - 2015

What a wonderful year this has been! The children have relished the sights and sounds of Christmas with love in their hearts and songs bursting forth in praise to our Lord and Saviour. One special memory was caroling to spread joy to some dear Continue Reading »

Thanksgiving 2015

As I sit quietly on this beautiful Thanksgiving afternoon and soak in God's goodness, I am drawn to this promise in the bible...Lamentations 3:22–23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new Continue Reading »

Shafer & Mom Receive Inspirational Leadership Award

Saddened to hear the news of Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson's passing...Shafer and I were honored to share a special memory with him only a few short months ago. We received a prestigious inspirational leadership award from The University of the Continue Reading »

Christmas Memories - 2014

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Christmas Highlights 2013

As the clock is ticking down the last few minutes until the day we are all so anxiously awaiting, I can think of no better way to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas than to share a few precious memories that highlight God's divine blessings in Continue Reading »

A Busy, Exciting Summer

After a very productive first year of homeschooling, we were all ready for an extended break over the summer. We kicked everything off with cleaning out closets and gathering items for our neighborhood’s annual yard sale. We used this as a time to Continue Reading »

The Joys of Being a Mom

I L.O.V.E. being a mom! There is no greater blessing in my life than seeing my five children do anything and everything that children do. I love clipping a hundred little fingernails and toenails every couple of weeks. I love watching each one Continue Reading »

Mickey Mouse is in the House

After several months of excited anticipation, on Monday, April 8th, Shafer cut the ribbon for his Make-A-Wish reveal party. His dream of having a Mickey Mouse Treehouse was now a beautiful reality. The weather was absolutely perfect for his special Continue Reading »

"Hoppy" Easter from Shafer

This month was full of blessings, as Shafer enjoyed doing so many things he loves. We had a wonderful photo shoot at Barry Aslinger Photography with live bunnies and captured some amazing photos of the children. Shafer really likes rabbits, so we Continue Reading »

We Love Basketball!

By February of each year, our lives are fully saturated in basketball. All of our children (except Shafer) play on organized teams now, and Kevin and I coach the Elementary and Middle School Chattanooga Lady Patriots. So, life is overflowing with Continue Reading »

Getting 2013 Started...

I’ve always had a hard time of getting started in the new year. I never want the excitement of Christmas and all the festivities to end. So, this year we extended our holiday celebration by leaving up our decorations an extra 3 weeks and doing Continue Reading »

Christmas Memories

Once again on this chilly Christmas day, our hearts are warmed by the outpouring of love and support you have shown our family. What a joy it has been to see the children relish the sights and sounds of the season! Our greatest gift this year is Continue Reading »

What a Bright Night…

There have been many highlights on our 40-month journey, and Bright Night served to remind me of the miraculous side road we have been on with Shafer. The music, the message, and the memories from November 8, 2012, will forever reign in my heart. Continue Reading »

From 3 Weeks to 3 Years…

Shafer celebrated his 3rd birthday with friends and family on October 15, 2012 at Mystery Dog Ranch in Ringgold, Georgia. Our little cowboy enjoyed riding horses, fishing, a hayride and lots of cake and presents. The blessing of the day overwhelmed Continue Reading »

I Don't Want to Miss It

Days now have extra-special meaning. I am learning to live in the moment. I’m really there in mind, body, and spirit for my kids, husband, other family members, and friends. I’m not just physically in the same room…I am “in”volved, Continue Reading »

Crazy Good, Crazy Bad

“Rockin’ Roll ercoaster” was the answer my 8-year-old daughter, Sharayah, answered to her Classical Conversation home school tutor when asked to give an example of an alliteration. Mrs. Vest smiled and affirmed Sharayah that her answer was a Continue Reading »

Greatly Blessed

We moved the family to Nashville for my mom’s open heart surgery and recovery which took place on July 2, 2012. She had rare complications in surgery as her heart ruptured (atrioventricular dehiscence) and they could not stop the bleeding. About Continue Reading »

Summer Fun is Finally Here!

Shafer started out the month with a mini vacation to our friend’s lake house for a few days of swimming, fishing, boating, and making smores by the fire. Shafer definitely took to my love for the outdoors. We had lots of fun spending time with Continue Reading »

Make a Wish

What a marvelous blessing to receive the news that Shafer will be an upcoming “Make A Wish” recipient! We are in the process of setting up our home interview with the dream committee assigned to Shafer’s case. How exciting, yet surreal, to Continue Reading »

Shafer Meets “Gaifer”

Oh my goodness…what a month this has been! Shafer finally got to meet one of his favorite people…Bill Gaither! Our good friend, Gordon Mote (pianist for the Gaither’s), arranged for us to personally meet “Gaifer” (as Shafer affectionately Continue Reading »

March Madness

Shafer loves basketball. The Daves are a basketball-loving family as we’ve spent the last 6 months consumed with the game. My husband, Kevin, and I coached Shayli’s 5th grade basketball team at Brainerd Baptist School. Kevin also coached Continue Reading »

Love You Much

Ah…sweet Shafer. What a bundle of love he is! After weeks of talking with others about his phrase “thank you much,” (see November’s blog) he has surprised us again with a new saying. When he first took my face in between his little hands and Continue Reading »

Happy New Year

2011 will forever be one of the most significant years of my life. As I ponder all that has transpired over the last twelve months, I am brought to tears. What a mixture of sweet sorrow and unexplainable joy! I wasn’t sure if I was going to avoid Continue Reading »

Christmas Blessings

What a joy to celebrate Jesus our Savior at home with Shafer and the family! Words cannot adequately describe the miracle of seeing Shafer being fully alive as a 2-year-old enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Continue Reading »

Thank You Much

Wow…the impact that 3 little words from a 2-year old can have! When Shafer first responded with “thank you much” after I handed him his sippy cup of milk, I was deeply moved. Continue Reading »

A Dream Vacation Come True

Magical. Amazing. Happy. A Dream Come True. Just a few words that keep coming to mind as I reflect on our recent trip to Disney World. Who would have ever thought that on the incredible journey of caring for Baby Shafer that we would be given a Continue Reading »

A Tribute To Our Medical Team

Gratitude. Our hearts are overflowing with an immeasurable amount of joy for all that our medical team has done to assist with our care. God has used Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to provide hope and healing to our family. Continue Reading »

Home Sweet Home

After seven weeks of being in Nashville, we are finally settled back at home in Chattanooga so Shayli, Sharayah, and Shanel could start the school year. What a blessing to reacquaint ourselves with home and to see Shafer doing so well. Continue Reading »

If I Had Only One Hour to Live

If you haven’t read Richard and Kristine Carlson’s book entitled, “If You Had an Hour to Live,” I highly encourage you do so. This is an inspiring book that will create an urgency with you to make some needed changes in your life. It’s not Continue Reading »

The Road to Recovery

Just a quick update to let you know how the Lord is orchestrating our miraculous road to recovery!!!! Continue Reading »

Post-surgery Update

Sorry for the belated update, but things have been a bit busy the last week. The transplant surgery was a success and Shafer and I have gotten off to a good start for the long recovery ahead. I was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, Continue Reading »

Spring Fun Has Begun

I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather as much as Shafer has. His favorite new “ride” is his sisters Barbie jeep. He wakes up wanting to go outside as he loves the outdoors. Continue Reading »

"Peace" Through the Journey

After months of resisting to blog, here is my first official entry! Continue Reading »

How You Can Help

If you could help make a miracle, would you? Continue Reading »

Media Coverage

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