October 12, 2012
Today was a bit of a recovery day. We had a big day yesterday, especially the latter half. We got good news at around 6pm, when Dr.Sato came in with a big smile on her face to announce to us that the test results came back from the bone marrow biopsy. The specific type of AML that Brian has is the best one to get - not usually requiring a bone marrow transplant. It can be treated with chemo. So we were glad to hear that. Then, with our new orange HHS Tiger t-shirts, we tuned into the game at home on a laptop. We had friends bring in Panda Express, and Brian ate pretty well. We got to see (but not hear it all) when they gave the banner and the helmets to Randy for Brian. Wow. Very awesome. Then we watched the game. A headache took over for Brian about half way through, but he managed to watch clear to the finish. It was an incredible game, and we know the boys gave it all they had. I thought it was interesting when he said that the team will do well if they don't fight. So, I hope they stay united, and work together to get better every day. We are taking it here one day at a time. There was a segment on Brian today on KSL Sports on TV. It was really nice. It will be on tomorrow again at 6:30pm and 10:35pm, if there aren't any changes. Thank you Rod Zundel.
Brian’s Blog was created for all of his friends, family, fans, and community members who are cheering him on in his fight against leukemia. Brian graduated from HHS in May of this year. Many people know Brian due to his leadership, sportsmanship, and outstanding athletic achievements including three state championships in wrestling, a state football championship, state discus champion 2011 and varsity track and soccer teams. He had received a call to serve a full-time mission to Uruguay and was planning to start his mission at the end of the month. After completing his mission to Uruguay, Brian planned to play football at SUU where he has already received a full-ride scholarship. Brian was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) on Tuesday October 2nd. That very day he was taken to Salt Lake City for intensive inpatient care. He has been receiving chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and other treatments. We hope and pray that Brian will recover with the help of competent medical care. Doctors say that there is an 80% chance that Brian’s cancer will respond favorably to treatment. Thank you so much for your support. We will keep you updated regularly on Brian’s progress.
Update: On January 14, 2014, Brian passed away after a 15 1/2 month battle with leukemia. He was in remission following the first series of chemotherapy treatments for only 3 months, in spite of earlier optimism. Another harder hitting chemotherapy began in June with the intention of following with a bone marrow transplant but instead, alternative treatments in Colorado Springs and later Atlanta were chosen. Those also were unsuccessful, too little too late. In November he underwent yet more chemotherapy in Denver. The leukemia did not respond. Brian returned home to Southern Utah friends and family on December 12, 2013. Leukemia took his mortal life, but it can't touch his spirit.