Dreams on hold, Loxahatchee student fights rare form of cancer
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (CBS12) —
“He honestly thought it was just a cold, or the flu,” Todd Gordon said.
His son Brandon, 22, is a graduate of Seminole Ridge High School. The strong, active, 6’4” athlete, who is also known as “Bear”, once belonged to a youth soccer league in Palm Beach County. He was just accepted to his dream school, The University of Florida. The young man planned to study construction management.
But, Brandon put those dreams on hold because right now he’s in the battle of his life.
Mid-April, Gordon says his son was admitted to a hospital in Gainesville to treat what doctors originally thought was pneumonia.
“From that moment on, he’s been in the hospital the whole time,” Todd said.
Biopsy samples were sent to Harvard University. Doctors there diagnosed Brandon with Nut Midline Carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer.
“It’s terrifying,” Todd said. “It’s hard to even explain or define it.”
Todd says only 20 to 30 cases are reported each year, and there is no known cure.
“It’s hard to talk about it in one aspect, but, in the other, I know how strong Brandon is,” the father of four said.
Tumors have formed in his lungs and spine. Todd says surgery is not an option, only chemotherapy and radiation treatments for now.
“Modern medicine may not be enough,” Todd said.
Tuesday night, the Garden of Hope Charity and Pirate’s Well Royal Palm Beach hosted the B-Strong for Brandon “Bear” Gordon fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will benefit Brandon’s family.
Todd says the support from hospital staff, friends and even strangers is giving Brandon the strength and hope he needs to pull through.
“They have been so fantastic that I almost get more of a calming sense over things, that he’s going to beat this thing,” Todd said.
To help the family, visit the GoFundMe Page ‘A Miracle for Brandon’ to donate.
“We named it a Miracle for Brandon because he’s going to be a walking testament to being a survivor of this cancer,” he said.