October 23, 2012
Today was another good day for Brian. In fact, so was yesterday. Brian is feeling well, eating well -everything is presently good. We hope and pray this will continue, and that he will be able to stay healthy! This is a good place to be, and they're taking good care of Brian.
I heard that the Dance Concert last night at HHS was fabulous! I wish we could have seen it! Thank you to Jennifer Turnbow and all the wonderful people who did that for Brian, and for all those who came to support this. The fundraiser at Lin's Market was another huge undertaking, so many worked hard and supported it as well. We continue to be the recipients of support and love from friends and people we don't even know, and it's just amazing and humbling. Thank you so much to each one of you. You not only help take some of the load off, but you are lifting us also!
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.