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|Story of Brian's Visit to Bungie|
|Posted By: poena.dare #CP# <email@example.com>||Date: 2/13/03 8:19 p.m.|
In Response To: Ar-Isildur Update (SilverBrin****of WP)
[I've linked to this story from time to time and considering the update I thought it would be appropriate to reproduce the entire story here. I've read this about ten times and in a nutshell it defines the words "bittersweet." You can find the original page here: http://pw1.netcom.com/~bbb123/Brian.htm -pd]
Brian Morden, 17 year old son of my dear friends, Dawn and Fred, has been in treatment for Ewings Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer since January, 2001. He has been making progress, but it has been a long difficult year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Brian, and a huge strain on his whole family. Dawn and Fred have kept in contact with friends and family via e-mail throughout the entire year.
Recently they took Brian, his brother Jamin, and Brian's best friend (also named Brian) to visit the Bungie Corporation in Seattle, Washington through the generosity of the Make a Wish Foundation. The story of his visit is very moving and a testament to the fine work of the Make A Wish Foundation. Here is the story of their trip as told by Fred:
"We've experienced a lot of ups and downs since Brian's diagnosis last January, but we haven't been quite as high as we were yesterday at Microsoft Corporation's Bungie division. Bungie is a group of highly skilled and talented video/internet game creators and designers. Brian loves these games so much he knows the name of the individuals who work on the games and what they do. It's a passion for him. Brian's wish was to meet these guys and gals, talk a little shop with them, and see how they do it.
Postscript: Brian was declared cancer free in January but another tumor was detected in his hip in June, meaning that all the cancerous cells were not destroyed during his first round of chemotherapy. He is starting his second battle with cancer and we all continue to hope for a full recovery for him. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.
Update 11-12-02 from Brian's Parents:
Subject: A Good Time
I just wanted to tell you that it's been a good week. Probably the best we've had since Brian's graduation last June. We've received so much good news this week it makes me nervous, but grateful.
*The scan telling us that there is no new cancer anywhere in Brian's body.
*The blood cultures telling us that the medicine wiped Brian's body clean of the staph infection even during the period when he had no white cells to defend himself.
*A solid recovery of blood counts after the chemotherapy and AFTER 30 radiation treatments indicating that his body is still vital and producing enough cells.
*Brian returned to jazz band rehearsals at the campus
*And the icing on the cake was learning that the collaboration concerning Brian's case between the Pittsburgh and Altoona docs has helped, in a small way, improve treatments for their patients. It's the little things that make a big difference.
Of course, there remains a shadow of uncertainty, but this week it has been moved to the corner and lightness fills the air of our home. We can sleep in. We can sleep. There is hope and that's a lot. Thank you for helping us continue the fight.
|Ar-Isildur Update||SilverBrin****of WP||2/13/03 3:57 p.m.|
|Brian. . .peace love and happiness to you. . . *NM*||Widget||2/13/03 3:59 p.m.|
|Re: Be brave, you are in my thoughts *NM* *NM*||dogsounds||2/13/03 7:13 p.m.|
|Brian...Keep fighting... My prayers go out to you. *NM*||Hayato||2/13/03 4:05 p.m.|
|<3 Brian. My prayers are with you *NM*||Ghôlsbane||2/13/03 4:19 p.m.|
|Dearest Isi,||Pallor||2/13/03 4:20 p.m.|
|Stay strong Brian *NM* *NM*||Toby Dillman||2/13/03 7:36 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||Lion||2/13/03 4:25 p.m.|
|May God's will be done in Brian <3 *NM*||olorin||2/13/03 4:33 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||Poocho||2/13/03 4:38 p.m.|
|Fight Boi Fight! *NM*||poena.dare #CP#||2/13/03 4:48 p.m.|
|Still here with you, Brian||Clefton Twain||2/13/03 4:53 p.m.|
|<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 *NM*||Sep7imus||2/13/03 4:59 p.m.|
|Keep fightin. <3||Elan Sleazbagano||2/13/03 5:04 p.m.|
|don't stop for a second||guy who doesn't post....too often||2/13/03 5:11 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||hipboyscott||2/13/03 5:35 p.m.|
|How to Send Brian and E-Card Right Now||poena.dare #CP#||2/13/03 5:42 p.m.|
|Thanks||Pallor||2/13/03 6:59 p.m.|
|Your in my Prayers, Brian <3<3<3 *NM*||THR8807||2/13/03 6:27 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||Red Loser||2/13/03 6:52 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||Jerry||2/13/03 8:01 p.m.|
|Story of Brian's Visit to Bungie||poena.dare #CP#||2/13/03 8:19 p.m.|
|Brian in Halo||cobaltnova||2/13/03 8:42 p.m.|
|Re: Brian in Halo||poena.dare #CP#||2/13/03 8:53 p.m.|
|Hang in there Brian! *NM*||Novakog||2/13/03 9:25 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||PanZer||2/13/03 11:08 p.m.|
|<3 damn it :(||vector40||2/13/03 11:26 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||Pinozz||2/13/03 11:33 p.m.|
|Re: Ar-Isildur Update||DeAdLy_cOoKiE||2/14/03 12:34 a.m.|
|All my thoughts are with Brian & Family. <3 *NM*||MereCatfish||2/14/03 12:40 a.m.|
|keep fighting Brian, you'll make it! *NM*||R.G.||2/14/03 1:40 a.m.|
|Godspeed *NM*||God in Heaven||2/14/03 1:42 a.m.|
|Ar-Isildur where the heart is||Wado SG||2/14/03 1:54 a.m.|
|Stay strong and pull through this! <3 *NM*||Appleicious||2/14/03 3:26 a.m.|
|My thoughts are still with Brian||Ciarán||2/14/03 6:49 a.m.|
|Don't you dare quit fighting , Brian! <3<3<3 *NM*||Razorback||2/14/03 7:37 a.m.|
|HUUGGS! to Brian||mehve||2/14/03 10:17 a.m.|
|All <3 & prayers to Brian. Fight, fight, fight *NM*||Roger Wilco||2/14/03 11:02 a.m.|
|Much love, and best of luck to ya, Brian.||Tarrsk||2/14/03 2:48 p.m.|
|Never stop firing. *NM*||Nijhazer||2/14/03 8:13 p.m.|
|There's so much <3 around here...||Skeletor||2/14/03 8:46 p.m.|
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