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.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov. 8, 2012
Today Brian had an LP, bone marrow aspiration and a new central line put in - minor surgery, and the pick line removed. It all went fine. Made it home before the rain and snow tomorrow.  Chemo starts again on Tuesday now, the 13th.  8 days of chemo this time.  This weekend we are supposed to be getting a very important report from the bone marrow test today that will show how effective the first round of chemo did, and what adjustments will/will not be needed to be made in his care.  Hoping for a good report, which would mean the 1st round of chemo was very effective.  Also learned today the subtype of AML that Brian has, which is referred to as CEPBA.  This is known to be a form of AML with greater chances of survival.  Doctor prefers not to give out %'s, as everyone is going to be different... I'm OK with that.  We are totally focused on winning this, regardless.  Brian continues to be in good spirits.  That's Brian, so you know he's doing all right.

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