Our Bravest Hero……
For 13 years we have been blessed to have Brandon here on this earth to bring us so much joy and happiness. He has brought us many laughs and even some tears over the past 14 months as we have held his hand through his battle with cancer.
Although we will miss him more than we can imagine we are relieved that he is no longer in the pain that he has had to endure over the recent weeks.
We are grateful to have a loving Heavenly Father who has given us the opportunity to be Together Forever when our journey here is complete. We look forward to the day when we can hold him in our arms again and feel the warmth of his sweet spirit.
As a family we would like to express our gratitude for all of you as you have been here to encourage, support and pray for us through this journey. We could not have imagined that we would be on the receiving end of so much love and generosity. We love you all and will hold you in our hearts forever.
Brandon on Good Things Utah! There was quite an emphasis on the kissing booth at the event! ;) Thank you to the special hearts at Channel 4.
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Imagine going in for routine shots to enter into 7th grade only to learn that you have an unexplained mass in your stomach. This fearful “routine” visit to the doctor was indeed Brandon’s new reality and the mass was later revealed to be a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch tumor in his small intestine. When the tumor was removed, it was determined to be a Spindle Cell Tumor. As Brandon’s fellow classmates were excitedly getting their class schedules and beginning the journey into Junior High School, he was undergoing surgery for a tumor only known to be in men in their 40’s and has not been seen in 20 years!
This courageous young boy underwent more definitive scans and it was established that the cancer had metastasized into his liver, lungs and stomach. By the 6th of April he received his port-a-cath and has since that time sustained 9 rounds of chemotherapy, one week of radiation, and many, many blood and platelet transfusions. His official diagnosis is MPNST (malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors).
Despite the aggressive treatment of the cancer, the latest scans show that new tumors have appeared, and the early tumors have been growing. He has an unconquerable spirit, along with his 6 siblings and incredible parents. This is a special family who has been instrumental in bringing relief too many!
The plan for the future is to make plans week to week because doctors are not familiar with this kind of cancer in such a young boy. Brandon is truly treading new waters and is in need of your love and support. Will you do ANYTHING FOR A FRIEND?
Event Date: December 3rd, 2011
Event Time: 5pm--9pmLocation: Syracuse Community Center 1912 W 1900 S, Syracuse, UT 84075 (Click address for directions)
**If you have a donation, please contact Marla Call at 801-560-5696 for pick-up or delivery. Thank you!
My Dear Friend, October 31, 2011
Oh, I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love.
Brandon Winger is one of those angels that will guide us with the light of love. Imagine going in for your routine 7th grade shots only to learn that you have a rare cancerous tumor. This was Brandon’s reality! When his friends were excitedly getting their class schedules and beginning the journey into Jr. High, Brandon was undergoing surgery, chemo, radiation and transfusions! The cancer had metastasized into Brandon’s liver, lungs and stomach. His official diagnosis is MPNST (malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors). The latest scans show that new tumors have appeared, and the early tumors have been growing. He has an unconquerable spirit,, along with his 6 siblings and incredible parents.
Just as the love and support have started to roll in, so have the bills in response to this treatment. The Winger’s need our help as the friends and community that make up their lives, so ask yourself, “Will I do ANYTHING FOR A FRIEND?”
We are having a fundraiser on Saturday December 3rd at the Syracuse Community Center. There will be many activities that evening from 5-9 p.m. But what you can do right now is purchase a balloon for $2 (or more!) We can show our families how to live by teaching them how to give as we support the Winger family in this dark hour.
Messages of hope and love will be placed inside the balloons and they will be all over the Community Center. During the event all of Brandon’s supporters will surround him and his family in a display of love and will release the balloons. This is an amazing experience that goes much deeper than the money that is raised, it is a very spiritual, humbling event that will change hearts forever.
Please join me in asking all of your friends and family to purchase a balloon. With much love and gratitude,
Balloon Launch Chairperson
We are well aware that there is an entire community that is struggling along with Brandon and his family. We will be holding a special balloon launch for Brandon at the event. Imagine Brandon and his family in the middle of hundreds of loved ones, each holding a balloon as a symbol of their love, support, faith, and hope. It will be a special moment for all of us to reflect on what's truly important! We are selling balloons starting at $2/balloon and we have had balloons go for up to $400 a piece! We would love your support and your hopeful message to place in the balloons. Please CLICK on the DONATE TO BRANDON button which will take to a donation form, then click the button that states, CLICK HERE TO MAKE A CASH DONATION TO BRANDON WINGER or send your message and donation to:
*The next Organizing Committee Meeting will be held on November 22nd at 7pm at the church house located at 1000 W. 2700 S., Syracuse. Please contact Marla Call (801-560-5696) for the drop off of any donations that you may have.