My name is Tieler, and Brandon has given his blessing for me to provide this latest post. Last March, Brandon and I sat down to talk about his story and from that Brandnu Possibilities was born. Togther we’ve worked to update the blog and share his message with so many of you. Little did I know what would come of it… but God certainly knew.
So I’m bringing greetings from Brandon. I visited with him yesterday and despite the challenges and setbacks, he’s still smiling (photo). These days, it’s a little difficult for him to write, type and speak. But believe me when I tell you, his light is still shining bright, and those of you who know Brandon will agree, it speaks on its own. Continue reading
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,
As I shared, my friends have started a campaign to help raise money for my treatment and medical bills. Read previous blog to learn more. Well, one of the things they are also doing is writing letters… letters about the impact I’ve made in their lives. It’s pretty humbling to read them. They thought I should share with you. And so that’s what we’ll do for the next few months, in addition to other blog entries.
My desire to help and be there for people is just something I’ve always done. In fact, it’s hard to be on the receiving end. But we must be able to ask for and receive help when we need it. And for that I am grateful.
“Brandon has been a brother at all times. In trials that would’ve ripped our faith apart, we fervently talked and prayed that our journey’s end would make everything else in-between make sense. In times, when we both struggled with life’s trials we would reason together. In my times of needed prayer, where words were lost, when feelings were scattered, and our hearts could find no rest, he prayed for me and I for him. In times when my mind couldn’t find relaxation in my faith, plagued with questions, doubts, fears, and anger, he gave me an ear. When I was convinced that I was too unworthy to speak to God, I confessed my sins to Brandon. Expecting rebuke, expecting firm chastising, instead I found soft words for my heavy heart. I found a reminder in him that Jesus would forgive me, even when I couldn’t. I thank God for him, because were it not for the presence of God in him, I am not sure where I would be.”
-Darrick L. Brown
A group of friends have gotten together to launch a fundraising campaign, “100 Days to Save a Life.” I am humbled at their efforts and support since my diagnosis with brain cancer. The campaign began earlier this month and will end on May 12, 2013, which marks my two year fight.
Our goal is $400,000. It is lofty. It is ambitious. And yet it is the total cost of my medical and living expenses for just about six months. Just one of the cancer drugs I must take to stay alive totals $64,000 a month.
Whatever we raise, I am grateful. As much a blessing are the friends and loved ones I have. With their support and God’s grace, I continue my fight.
Thank you for whatever you contribute – be it a monetary gift, sharing this post with others, prayers, encouraging words and love.
A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
There is a famous line by Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
In the process of recovery, bettering yourself or going to the next level, a lot of people don’t like the process of getting there. But making it to that next level usually means going through some hell at some point.
Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort.” Continue reading