October 18, 2012
Today Brian had a great day. Like not even being sick. It was a pretty day up here, and the cool night brought out brilliant fall colors in many trees in Salt Lake. What a pretty day.
We have decided to try and limit visitors to see Brian, because basically one of the biggest threats to his life at this time is that somehow he contracts some illness- a flu, a cold bug, a virus or some other illness. Getting something at this time with such limited immunity could be devastating. We would prefer visits only by immediate family, so if people would like to do something for Brian, do him a favor and send a note, facebook, phone call, text, Facetime or Skype. It is difficult to say "don't come", but this is a way you can help him. I've heard too many stories up here of what happens and we want to protect him from a frightening detour to the ICU. Thanks for understanding and supporting us in this effort. I hope that the word gets around. We appreciate greatly all the love and support of everyone. You all have been so great!
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.