Last year, at the age of 15, our buddy Brock stood 6’5” — at a minimum … we haven’t seen the top of his head since the 4th grade —and checked in at 225 lbs. And he’s held many nicknames over the years. The “Ultimate Warrior” stands out. That moniker never held more true than this past year, when, this otherwise strapping young man, took cancer to the woodshed.
We’ve known Brock since birth … as Becca and his mother have been friends since college. We’ve spent holidays together. Brock played on several of my basketball teams. We’re family.
So … when Brock was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the spring of 2017, we were in complete shock.
Brock’s Cancer Story
Here’s how our buddy Brock beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017! While you learn a bit about Brock, would you possibly consider helping others like Brock who have been and will be diagnosed with blood cancer. He wants nothing more than to make it a possibility for the near 1,500 residents in Kansas and 3,300 residents in Missouri who will be diagnosed in 2018.
In April of last year, before heading to bed, Brock discovered a lump on the left side of my neck. When he headed to the doctor the next day, he thought it would be a routine visit.
In Brock’s words … “It wasn’t! This began a series of events that changed the course of my life. To my shock I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma! My family was devastated, and I was in disbelief. I felt perfectly fine, so how could I be so sick?”
He spent the days that followed at Children’s Mercy Hospital in downtown Kansas City.
His entire team of specialists, including his oncologist, Dr. Jaszianne Tolbert, surrounded him with “caring support.” She devised an expert plan of attack.
“While the diagnosis sounded hopeless, Dr. Tolbert assured me that Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can be beat and is in fact one of the easier blood cancers to combat,” says Brock. “Due to the many years of research, largely funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this type of cancer now has a 90% cure rate, and is improving every day!”
… And The Outcome
On Aug. 16, 2017, after five long rounds of treatment, Brock beat the damn thing.
“It was finally over,” says Brock. “While my check-ups will continue for 2 years, my prognosis is good, and I feel truly blessed.”
So … How Can You Become One of Brock’s Backers?
Brock is nearing the end of a 7-week campaign to raise money and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its mission to cure blood cancers.
Nominated by his oncologist, Dr. Tolbert, Brock is among 16 Kansas City-area students and 400 nationwide students competing to raise funds for this outstanding cause.
“My goal is to recognize the gift LLS research gave me by shooting for the moon and aiming for the title of 2018 LLS Student of the Year!”
Even a few dollars can help. If you can’t contribute monetarily, please share Brock’s message (use #BASTRONG and #FightBloodCancer) and fundraising link with your contacts via email or social media.
Not only is this campaign a great way to support LLS and their life-saving work, but it’s a great leadership opportunity for Brock. Students will receive scholarships based on fundraising and awareness efforts. Also, if he tops the local leaderboard in contributions, the science program at Brock’s school, Blue Valley North High School, will receive a $2,500 grant.
Thank You For Becoming One of Brock’s Backers!
Thank you in advance for your support. Let’s help push Brock over the top! Your contribution will help fund therapies and treatments that saves lives. With your assistance, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can take another step closer to a cure for blood cancers.
LLS’s continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.
And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They’re even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.
All donations are tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.
For more information about LLS, please visit lls.org