Brodi's next door neighbor Sam was diagnosed with cancer and he wanted to do something about it.
In the spring of 2014, Brodi was living his life as a full time musician. Always busy, always on the move, and living what seemed to be a super fulfilling life. It was when his next door neighbor Sam was diagnosed with cancer that Brodi realized that something was missing. By the words of Brodi, he could be anything he wanted to be; a musician, an actor, an accountant.. and all Sam wanted to do was play basketball, but couldn't anymore due to her cancer diagnosis at just 14 years old. It was then that Brodi decided that he wanted to share his choices with Samantha, and help find a way to bring her some joy while she was battling leukemia.
Brodi and his friends started making bracelets for Sam and selling them at his shows.
Brodi didn't really know what he was doing at the time, but he just knew he wanted to do something. He called his musician friend Hosanna, which led to his web design friend Andrew and they got to work on a plan to help Sam. Brodi reached out to a friend who had a laser engraving machine and pitched him the idea of making limited edition wood pieces that would then become bracelets to sell for Sam at Brodi's shows. A few days later Brodi was on his way to the studio with a box of bracelet pieces, which then turned into OAAT's first ever bracelet making party. Those bracelets went on to raise enough money to fulfill 3 of Sam's wishes; to learn how to ride a bike again, to go swimming in the pool again, and to learn how to play the drums.
OAAT decided to sponsor another child, and another child.
After the high everyone received from helping Sam, it was hard to not to want to do it again. They went on to sponsor a 14 year old girl named Emily, who was also battling leukemia. Brodi would drive to see Emily and her mom at UCSF while Emily was being treated. This is where he learned that Emily's favorite past time was playing the guitar her music therapist let her borrow while she was admitted. When Emily was transferred back to Roseville, Ca (closer to home, but about two hours away from San Francisco) she was forced to leave the borrowed guitar behind. This led to OAAT's second campaign funding a bright red Fender Stratacaster and amp for Emily, amongst a bunch of other activities and surprises for her, which led to sponsoring yet another child.
OAAT became an official 501(c)3 non profit!
OAAT started getting known more in the community and it got to a point where the team decided it was time to legitimize the business! At this point, they were just collecting cash, holding it in an envelope until the end of a campaign, and purchasing whatever was necessary to make the kids smile. It was time for a more efficient process. After a whole bunch of paperwork and some long nights, Campaign One At A Time received it's official 501(c)3 non profit status on March 23rd, 2016.
OAAT was featured on Hallmark's Home & Family, where their national impact began!
Up until this point, OAAT was just a hobby for everyone involved and just a side project for founder Brodi Nicholas. Hallmark's Home & Family got word about the good work OAAT was doing and decided to feature them on an episode, on NATIONAL TELEVISION! This led to not only more online engagement, but to more families reaching out for help! One of which, was a woman named Laura Lanoire from Columbus, Indiana. She was calling on behalf of a family friend who had a 4 year old little boy who was terminally diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called DIPG. With the donation OAAT made from Hallmark, they were able to make it to Indiana to throw a concert for the little boy, which set a new record for the most money they had ever raised in one campaign, which was over $10,000!
OAAT started the Spread Good Squad!
There seemed to be a common theme the OAAT team noticed as the years started to pass. Everyone wants to give back and get involved. They just don't know how. They don't know who to call, they don't know who to trust, and they don't know where to get started. OAAT wanted to become the one stop shop for all good doers! This is when they decided to launch not only their volunteer program, but their volunteer empowerment program, called the Spread Good Squad! It didn't matter where you lived, or how much experience you had. If you wanted to spread good, OAAT wanted to hear from you and enable you with the opportunity to do so. Since the launch of the Spread Good Squad, OAAT has had volunteers participate all over the US, as well as overseas.
OAAT launched their first international project in the Philippines!
It was in a board meeting in January of 2019 that an idea crossed the table about potentially helping kids overseas. Just like most epic stories, flights were bought shortly after and the Spread Good Squad was off to the Philippines with a goal to sponsor 5 children in April. They knew their dollar would go a lot further, but they didn't quite know how far until they landed in Manila and sponsored 19 kids and families in just 10 days! They quadrupled their goal with resources to spare. Since arriving back in the states, OAAT has been able to service multiple families through their APAC Spread Good Squad.
OAAT is currently helping more kids than ever before, thanks to YOU!
OAAT has been able to help more children this year, than in our previous 4 years combined! It's thanks to the support of our amazing community that we have had the opportunity to make such a massive impact. We need you now more than ever, so that we can keep helping more children in more places! Whether you're donating financially, volunteering your time, or simply sharing our story via your social channels, YOU are making a direct impact on the lives of so many children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses.