Dearest Friends, Family and Loved Ones,
Life and all of it’s possibilities, obstacles and blessings is something we all take for granted. What if you received a threat to your life before you even had a chance to live it? Brandon Bennings, an amazingly talented and giving young man in his 20’s has a huge fight ahead of him against a massive brain tumor. The costs for his treatments total more than $450,000, and if he does not receive his treatments, he will lose his life.
You may not personally know Brandon, but I am asking that you trust me and remember how precious life is! People die every day, but if you have the chance to extend a life for one person, why not take that advantage?
Please, if you are able, make a small donation to help Brandon win this fight against his tumor. Even a small donation of $20 (of course larger donations are welcome) will make a difference. No amount is too small to help the cause.
Click the link below to read more about Brandon and his battle and to give a most appreciated donation.
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In Love, Hope and Blessings,
A few months ago, I started a series about the story of The Prodigal Son. Read the story here. And here are the earlier posts: Part I, Part II and Part III. For this fourth and final reflection, I want to look at the main character of the story, the lost son.
There is a lot you and I can take from the son and his journey to find his way back home. Two things that stood out to me were the lessons of patience and humility. Continue reading
Faithful, humorous, optimistic, wise and welcoming are a few words that can be used to describe Brandon Bennings. Brandon brightens up an entire room with his easy-going spirit and t-shirts with funny sayings. For me, he has always been just one of those people you naturally gravitated to, because he he’s so much fun to be around. His dorm room became the hang out spot in undergrad with what seemed like a 24 hour revolving door. It was there that I learned the power of fellowship and met equally dope, open-minded believers. It was there that I let my hair down, shared my worries, shed my tears, met new friends and laughed hysterically. Sleepless nights filled with deep discussions, homecoming, bible study, birthday celebrations, and so many more happy moments stem from his dorm. As time went on we went our separate ways and grew apart, but I held on to those memories.
Shock, guilt and so many questions arose when I got the news about Brandon’s condition. I was immediately greeted with love and humor when I went to visit him before his first major procedure. He was still Brandon. He was in good health prior to being diagnosed with glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor. Despite his condition, Brandon seemed determined to make the best of a troubling situation and has remained positive. Anyone who knows Brandon knows he’s a man of God and he would literally give his last dollar to the needy (I’ve seen it with my own eyes).
I don’t usually do this, but I will for a very special man who had a positive impact on my life. Please support Brandon by donating what you can to his fundraiser. We can help him reach his goal to help pay for his medical bills if we work together as a community. No amount is too little…every dollar counts.
-Za St. Germain
I am so proud of Brandon for his strength and his faith. There was one time I was telling someone that Brandon had more faith than ANYONE I knew and he said “What have I done to make you think that?” It was the way that he lived his life in general, as well as the impact he’s had in my life over the past 11 years. Now look at him! I bet he’s not asking that question anymore! His faith is amazing and inspires me to live my life and love unconditionally like he does. People need to know that if Brandon has never touched, moved, affected, improved or made better ANYONE’S life, He’s done that for me! I would be an absolute wreck if it weren’t for him! He has always been and will always be my best friend and the person I respect most in this world. I love him more deeply than even his “deep thinking” mind could comprehend. I continue to pray for his recovery. And I know that I will live on what he has imparted to me for the REST of my life. He came into my life and changed it forever, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Brandon is simply a gift, a giving gift. When I met him in the fall of 2005 I couldn’t imagine the type of impact he’d have on my life. This man has counseled me through my darkest hours, fed me when I couldn’t afford any food, gave me a place to rest my head at night when I had nowhere to go, calmed my nerves when I was young dumb & filled with anger wanted to fight the world, but the most important thing he’s been is my friend. He’s taught me what that means to be a friend. He’s been an example of what love is suppose to look like. This guy is the epitome of compassion, unregulated compassion & being around him all these years has caused a self-centered, stubborn fool, to look at people as the precious gifts they are, no matter where they come from or what they’ve done. I’m forever appreciative & humbled that God saw fit to put him in my life to be an example of what a friend is to be to his friends as well show me the power of compassion.