Brenden's Fight

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Raised by 357 people in 43 months
Almost 2 months ago, Brenden gained almost national attention for his random act of kindness at Whitey's.  His story ran pretty much coast to coast.  (You can read that story by simply googling his name.)  Now, as his mother, I am asking for help in a way I never dreamed I would have to.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2015, Brenden woke up and felt he slept on his neck wrong. He had difficulty moving his head. On Wednesday, it was the same thing. Thursday morning, he asked me to call him in sick to school. On Friday, December 4, I took him dinner at work and seen his neck was swollen to twice the size as normal. After asking many people, everyone seemed to think he had mono. I took him to the Express care on Saturday, December 5. The doctor there looked at him and immediately told me to take him to Trinity West to have a CT scan. It was then that we were told there was a high probability that he had lymphoma.
Our family doctor got us set up with Iowa City first thing Monday morning. A second CT scan was done, and we found affected lymph nodes in Brenden's neck, under his left arm, down his chest wall lining, and in his groin. There was also a large mass in his neck, going down into his chest.
Brenden's first surgery was done on December 8, 2015. It was then that they found a mass measuring 4" x 3" in diameter. Unfortunately, the initial reading of the biopsy was inconclusive, and they could not tell us if Brenden had lymphoma or some type of infection. We were released from the hospital late on Wednesday, December 9, with the promise of a phone call on Thursday with the results.
The phone call came at 1:00pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015. It was cancer, and they were pretty certain it is Hodgkins Lymphoma, and the mass in his neck was, in fact, a tumor.
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We are off to Iowa City in the morning for a full day of testing, including the bone marrow biopsy. I will update when we know more. Simply saying thank you does not come close to expressing our gratitude to everyone who is donating, but we are quite honestly at a loss for words!
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Josh Halbjørn Mostaert
43 months ago
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Fought the same fight about 4 years ago. Its really tough right now, but it gets better. Being at the University, he'll be getting the best care possible! The nurses and staff are amazing and will help you with anything, just dont be afraid to ask! Chemotherapy and radiaton may seem scary right now, but trust me, it gets better. If you guys need anything, feel free to message me!

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Natasha Marie
43 months ago
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Sending prayers- I battled this same type of cancer at 28. Fight hard buddy, you can't do it! Sending prayers and letting you know that if you have any questions or need anything do not hesitate to reach out. Blessings to you all during this tough time.

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Bill Lori Mrosko
43 months ago
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My neice went through this 3 years ago. I would love for her to be able to get in touch with Brendon, She was 17 years old and a senior in highschool, was it a fight yes..and I truly believe she would be able to give Brendon courage and be his cheerleader... Hers started with a lump on the back of her neck And one was in the lung and on the spleen... She is now cancer free..Hogskins lymphoma is very cureable..But it takes a fight to get there... If my brother or my neice could be of any help to you all please please let me know...My e mail is lorijo230@Yahoo. com. Also Julie Benson is my cousin and she can reach me... My neice and my brother live in Arizona and they both would be willing to make a friendship with you all... May God bless Brendon and each and every one of you.. Keep your chin up and fight the fight.... Lori

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Julie Burleson
43 months ago
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Prayers sent your way! Hugs

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Helen Ziegler
33 months ago

I will be praying for him

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Kelli Allen-Goetz
43 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear this. I live here in the quad cities and fought stage 2B Hodgkins lymphoma. I have the most amazing oncologist in Davenport, IA. I wish you the best! It has a good success rate so just stay positive.

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Claire Barnhouse
43 months ago

You can beat this. I have stage 3C Melanoma and I am being treated at the university of Iowa and wouldn't go anywhere else. Wonderful staff and doctors. We are blessed to have a place to go to and have hope. The first several months are hard but let Jesus christ guide you through this and everything will all work out! Blessing to you!

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Deborah Stewart Carlson
43 months ago

My cousin fought this battle at St. Judes in Memphis in the 70's. He has two children and lives in Dallas. We will be praying for you. You will beat this.

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Carolyn Stout
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Hang in there Brenden and may God be with you all the way to HEALED.

Josh Halbjørn Mostaert
43 months ago
3
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Fought the same fight about 4 years ago. Its really tough right now, but it gets better. Being at the University, he'll be getting the best care possible! The nurses and staff are amazing and will help you with anything, just dont be afraid to ask! Chemotherapy and radiaton may seem scary right now, but trust me, it gets better. If you guys need anything, feel free to message me!

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Natasha Marie
43 months ago
1
1

Sending prayers- I battled this same type of cancer at 28. Fight hard buddy, you can't do it! Sending prayers and letting you know that if you have any questions or need anything do not hesitate to reach out. Blessings to you all during this tough time.

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Bill Lori Mrosko
43 months ago
1
1

My neice went through this 3 years ago. I would love for her to be able to get in touch with Brendon, She was 17 years old and a senior in highschool, was it a fight yes..and I truly believe she would be able to give Brendon courage and be his cheerleader... Hers started with a lump on the back of her neck And one was in the lung and on the spleen... She is now cancer free..Hogskins lymphoma is very cureable..But it takes a fight to get there... If my brother or my neice could be of any help to you all please please let me know...My e mail is lorijo230@Yahoo. com. Also Julie Benson is my cousin and she can reach me... My neice and my brother live in Arizona and they both would be willing to make a friendship with you all... May God bless Brendon and each and every one of you.. Keep your chin up and fight the fight.... Lori

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Julie Burleson
43 months ago
1
1

Prayers sent your way! Hugs

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Helen Ziegler
33 months ago

I will be praying for him

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Kelli Allen-Goetz
43 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear this. I live here in the quad cities and fought stage 2B Hodgkins lymphoma. I have the most amazing oncologist in Davenport, IA. I wish you the best! It has a good success rate so just stay positive.

+ Read More
Claire Barnhouse
43 months ago

You can beat this. I have stage 3C Melanoma and I am being treated at the university of Iowa and wouldn't go anywhere else. Wonderful staff and doctors. We are blessed to have a place to go to and have hope. The first several months are hard but let Jesus christ guide you through this and everything will all work out! Blessing to you!

+ Read More
Deborah Stewart Carlson
43 months ago

My cousin fought this battle at St. Judes in Memphis in the 70's. He has two children and lives in Dallas. We will be praying for you. You will beat this.

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