Benefiting Brack Hardee
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumors in humans.
Brack Hardee was born in Wilmington, NC in 1969 and raised around the game of baseball. He played for his father at New Hanover High School before moving on to a college career. Playing one year for Mount Olive College in NC before transferring and playing the rest of his college career for The UNCW Seahawks in his hometown. Brack has dedicated his life to coaching kids in the sport that he loves. He coached on a 2 time State Championship team in NC before moving to Florida to continue coaching at Jupiter High School. Brack was part owner and founder of The Wilmington Baseball Academy and worked part time for Bucky Dent Baseball School before being hired full time when they converted to Elev8 Sports Institute, where he was most recently National Director of Camps and Dean of Students. Brack was diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme (the same brain cancer as Gary Carter) in 2011, but continues to give 100% of himself to the sport that he loves and to the children who dream of playing America's Game! Brack has been married to his wife Sarah for 10 years now and they have two beautiful children, Ella (5) & Hunter (3).
No one is ever ready to hear the "C" word, but especially not when you are only 41 with two small children. Brack first presented symptoms while out to eat dinner in February 2011 with his wife and was eventually diagnosed on April 8, 2011 with Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage IV after brain surgery. This is where the journey begins... For the 1st year and a half scans came back clear. Then on the last scan before he was going to be backed off of his chemo regimen he received a phone call that he wasn't prepared for. The scans showed possible new tumors. Upon returning to Duke to review the scans, he learned that there were new tumors and would not be backing off of chemo, but instead switching to a new regimen. Chemos have been switched several times now and new tumors continue to show themselves . Brack has worked 40+ hours until May of 2013 when the newest tumor has caused him to be weak on his right side and left him unable to work at this time.
It will be 2 wks tomorrow since we lost Brack. Ella is really beginning to realize how much she misses her daddy. You were a great daddy, B.
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Jackie Robinson Thanks for all you did for the game and the kids. Happy Birthday Coach!
Brack joined his mom and dad in heaven this morning. He fought a long, hard battle, but the cancer finally won. Now we have to break the news to his 2 precious babies. That is really going to break my heart.
May the good Lord keep you comfortable Brack! You are a wonderful Coach just like your Dad.
I understand that there are some people who would like to donate, but would prefer to mail their donation in. We have set up an account for just that purpose. You can mail your checks to: Brack Hardee Cancer Fund, c/o of Sandy Morris, 307 Mary Avenue, Castle Hayne, NC 28429. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Sarah's mom and Brack's other mom. I would like to say a very sincere Thanks to all of you who have been so generous to my babies. In these tough economic times, it is so heartwarming to see the outpouring from you many of you. It does a mom's heart good to know that her kids are loved by all of you.
May the Lord Bless this family!
Sarah, Coach and I have loved Brack since he was a little kid, Doyle having lived with Buck's parents while he attended Wilmington College. I was fortunate to meet and fall in love with all of the Hardees. We send our love and prayers to you, Brack, and those precious children.
Brack isn't doing well today. Has slept for most of the day and when he wakes up he is in pain and can't get comfortable. He has spent the whole day (except for about 2 hours in his recliner this morning first thing) in the hospital bed that was delivered yesterday. The Hospice nurse has been out once and is supposed to call back again to see if there is anything else that we can do to help ease the pain and get him resting again. Your support, prayers and kind words mean more than you all know and have been a rock for me through out the worst time in my life. Thank you could never be enough to say for all that you continue to do. We love you all so much!
Brack and I could not begin to thank all of you enough. The love and support that we have felt from you all is overwhelming and we love you all!