Brady was born on June 23, 2009 in Manhattan, Kansas at Mercy Regional Hospital. A healthy and happy 7lbs. 8oz. baby boy. At 2 1/2 years old, Brady started complaining of headaches and eye pain followed by vomiting almost everyday. Katy, Bradys mom, took him to his primary care physician and she said it was just a virus. Time went on and his symptoms worsened. Bradys family was anxious and needed answers so, they were VERY persistent and demanded a CT scan. The news was horrific, they found a massive tumor in his brain.
That same day Brady and his mom were in an ambulance on the way to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Two days later, Brady underwent a very dangerous 8 hour long brain surgery where 98% of the tumor was removed. Brady had an amazing recovery with no long term effects, delays or complications. The next day the biopsy report came back, it was AT/RT cancer, one of the harder forms to treat. The family was so emotionally heartbroken, shocked, confused, filled with so many questions and decisions with Bradys treatment.
With Brady having a less than 20% chance of survival, the family contacted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and were quickly accepted. Shortly after arriving at St. Jude, an MRI was done of Brady’s brain and spine. Sadly, six tumors had grown, two of which were on his spine. Brady underwent two rounds of regular chemotherapy. Another MRI that followed found that two of the six tumors had grown. A different treatment of chemotherapy did nothing to stop the cancer. Brady was welcomed into heaven on August 4, 2012.
Brady’s brother Andrew was only 7, but he held Brady in his arms as he passed away. Andrew is dearly devoted to spreading the word about childhood cancer awareness and he will speak to large groups about his brother. He is an honor student and loves football and plays the piano.
Andrew and his mom, Katy, and dad, Jason, have spent the last three years honoring Brady by raising awareness about childhood cancer. They have created Brady’s Fund and a successful toy drive to bring hope and relief to the kids at St. Judes hospital.
You can help support their travel expenses to Rett’s Roost this summer here:
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