All Star: Brody
When 4-year-old Brody was diagnosed with ALL in July of 2012, his family had to figure out their new normal.
"We were not prepared for the emotional and financial impact it would have on our family," said Brody's mom, Carla. "The uncertainty of the future was extremely stressful."
Brody’s new ‘normal’ consisted of endless doctor, physical therapy, and occupational therapy appointments. Watching him go through all his hard treatments was overwhelming and painful for his family to watch. But Brody fought cancer head on and never complained.
After almost three years of paying medical bills, psychologist bills for the family, and mortgage payments on top of daily living expenses, Brody's parents' savings account had dwindled. They were hit hard in 2015 with a series of unexpected vehicle expenses, including replacing the brakes and battery, and an accident where Brody and Carla were rear-ended requiring visits to the chiropractor. These visits were in addition to the trips they were already making to Minneapolis for Brody's chemo.
Pinky Swear supported Brody's family by granting one full mortgage payment, and more than half of another mortgage payment years later. Brody's family enjoyed an All-Star Weekend, celebrated in conjunction with Brody’s 6th birthday. They also attended a Christmas party where Brody and his brother were able to Christmas shop for each other.
"Through this experience, we have met amazing people who have always had Brody’s best interest in mind. The medical teams we work with have huge hearts and we are grateful for them. We have met families through Pinky Swear whose child has been diagnosed with ALL, with stories very similar to ours. It is nice to connect with other people that are going through our similar circumstances. We see and hear of other families that are experiencing struggles worse than ours. This has helped us to appreciate the small things in life."
Carla is happy to report after three years, two months and three days, Brody finished his chemotherapy treatment for ALL on September 17, 2015. He is a very outgoing and energetic little boy who thrives on being the center of attention, and being with his friends. He loves baseball, video games, Karate, Legos, riding his bike and playing outside.
"We are blessed to have such a great outcome," she said. "An experience like this really puts things in perspective. We don’t sweat the small stuff and focus our energy on positive things. With Brody’s end of treatment we are very excited to see what our new ‘normal’ brings."