Brendan Farrow's Cancer Fund

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Raised by 49 people in 27 months

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Meet Brendan.
A happy, cheerful, talented, funny, and extremely bright young man with the unfortunate luck of just having been diagnosed with Periosteal Osteosarcoma. 

After returning home from summer camp in June, I noticed a small but significant hard bump on his left shin just below his knee. I was looking at his tan and I couldn't believe there was a hard knot there that I hadn't noticed before. 

The next day we went to his pediatrician, followed by a pediatric orthopedist a few days later, and after several tests, we were told it seemed to be benign and that we would need to follow up in three months. 

By the time his follow up appointment came, the bump had turned into a huge lump, looking like there were two knees on one leg! Another MRI was done, but the doc said he didn't even study the scans because it was obvious it had grown so large in such a short amount of time and it needed to come out. 

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We were referred to Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a little over two hours away from home, to see Dr. Ginger Holt and Dr. Scott Borinstein. Holt is the Musculoskeletal Oncology Division Director; Dr. Scott Borinstein is the Director - Pediatric Sarcoma, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at Vanderbilt. I immediately started hearing rave reviews from everyone I encountered who knew them. 

As soon as Dr. Holt came in, she told us it was indeed malignant. She could tell by its shape and how it wrapped around his tibia that it was a surface tumor in the intermediate risk category. However, she ordered more tests including a biopsy, to confirm her diagnosis and to find out if the tumor had spread to his lungs or any other site on his bones. 

We saw her on a Monday and by Friday we had the confirmation. The following week we saw Dr. Borinstein and had a game plan for treatment.  Two weeks to the day from seeing Dr. Holt, chemo began. It was the first of the next 29 weeks!

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Having been recently divorced and being a student myself, I have no income and the support received barely covers every day normal living expense for a mother with two young children. It breaks my heart to see my child suffer and it’s my deepest and sincerest hope and prayer that Brendan will come through this with little to no physical impairments or more importantly, emotional and spiritual depression.

Brendan has always been a content child never asking for more than what we could afford but it’s always been his dream to play the guitar. He currently plays a ukulele quite well. I am hoping to raise a little money to fulfill this dream and provide him with a guitar and some lessons as he travels down a road that no 13 year old child should ever have to face. Music has a way of lifting ones spirits and this would bring him great happiness and an avenue to be able to escape the reality of his situation.

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He also needs to maintain his school work while going through treatment and his school is arranging for him to be a virtual student during this time however, he needs a computer to make this possible so the funds raised would also go towards a laptop. A laptop will also allow him to video chat with his friends while he's in the hospital or just too sick to have company. This is where the majority of the funds would go. 

Above providing these two items for him, the funds will also help with everyday expenses that aren't covered by the insurance company. Things like… gas, eating out at the hospital, fertility preservation, medication copays, doctors' visit and hospital copays, hotels, and many more unexpected expenses along the way. 

Thank you you for considering donating to this fund.
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Well a lot has happened in the past few days. Last Thursday, Brendan started back on his chemo. It really knocked him on his bum this time. The docs added a 'seasick' patch to hell with the nausea, but he still was too sick to eat more than a little bit of chicken noodle soup while we were in the hospital. The Nashville Predators had Hockey Fights Cancer night on Saturday and Brendan was privileged to meet the referees before the game. They gave him an official ref's jersey, Zebra's Care cap, bag, t-shirt, and more. After talking with them for a few minutes, they then had a photo shoot behind the goal. He also had a second photo shoot with Flashes of Hope. It was cool to do it this time and just have fun, with his best friend. We thought that was the extent of the excitement, but one child didn't show up, so there was an opportunity to ride on the zamboni after the first period. The last bit of news I have to share with you, really is 'news'. Today, Monday, February 22, the story about him will air @ 4 p.m. On Channel 48 WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama. It will be on their Website about 7 to 8, later in the evening. I hope it will give you a good look at Brendan and osteosarcoma. One program note on the Sounds of Hope benefit concert, Deb Saylor will be playing Claire de Lune. A beautiful piece that I know will be executed with precision! That's the only teaser I can give you right now. I hope you can attend, Saturday, March 5, @ 6 p.m., Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist Church! I kno you'll be blessed by their talent. Thank you each and everyone of you for your continued prayers and support! Love, Loran & Brendan
Riding the zamboni @ Hockey Fights Cancer night!
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Thought I'd update you on Brendan. We went to see his surgeon yesterday for his two week checkup.

His splint was removed. They kind of cleaned his leg and foot up (not to my standards) and removed his stitches. They put sterile-strips over the incision to help give it a little extra strength before wrapping it with a stockinette and layers and layers of cotton wadding. They added some plaster to the back and sides, but the front was left without a cast. This is to allow them access to the incision if they need it, make it a little more comfortable and breathable. They called it a Cadillac cast and although I've tried to look it up, I can't find out why they call it that!

He has to go back in four weeks for another check-up when they'll x-ray it. Dr. Holt suggested that she thinks he'll go into a soft removable cast, so it will be more comfortable for him and he won't have to have a hard cast. He has to stay off of his leg completely though for another 10 weeks. Absolutely no weight on it.

Dr. Holt said his incision is healed enough to begin chemotherapy, so as soon as that is scheduled, we'll start back with that. She also said that she does not want him to start physical therapy until after the chemotherapy is over, because the chemo will interfere with the muscles ability to strengthen. So, even when he's done with chemo, he'll have another several months of physical therapy to do.

She introduced him to another osteosarcoma patient, too. I'm assuming he was in the office for a checkup, so she introduced them while we were there. He's another anomaly though—Andrew is about 30 years old! Osteosarcoma is usually a cancer that affects pubescent males or adults over 60.

Andrew was about two years out from surgery. He had a picture of his x-ray with him. When he showed it to Brendan, Bren couldn't figure out what all the screws and plates were. We had to explain that he had screws inside of him, too. You should have seen the look on his face! lol He couldn't get over it!

It was nice meeting Andrew and hearing about his recent trip to Breckenridge, Colorado to go snowboarding. It was inspirational.

Thanks for all of your prayers! Thank you for your financial suport!
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I finally received permission to tell you guys the big news! On Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m. there is going to be a benefit concert for Brendan—Sounds of Hope. The concert will be held at the Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist Church on the corner of Drake and Whitesburg, in Huntsville, Alabama. Admission is free, however a collection will be taken at the end of the concert for Brendan. The concert will feature locally renowned artists Christie Weber, Gloria Ko, and Debra Saylor. In a nutshell, these ladies are all HIGHLY accomplished classical musicians. Christie plays violin with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and is also a talented soprano soloist. Deb, who is totally blind, is an award winning classical pianist and is also a gifted soprano soloist. Gloria is a soprano soloist with an angelic voice. Really, all three ladies voices will melt you! I PROMISE you, you will NOT want to miss this concert! You’ll want to get there early to make sure you get a seat, in fact! I am adding all of their full bios so that you can see all of their accomplishments. I hate that I can’t format this into paragraphs so it would be less tedious to read. But here is each bio: CHRISTIE WEBER has been an active musician all her life. She’s performed various genres of music ranging from classical to musical theatre. Various roles include Hanna Glawari from Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Baby Doe from Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Mother in Ragtime, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Lily in The Secret Garden. A voice student of Dr. Ginger Beazley, Christie was also the state winner of NATSA Vocal Competition, Professional Division in 2008. In 2010 she performed Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915″ with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she performed the role of Musetta in the concert version of La Bohème with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, as well as being one of the soloists that same season on the Mozart Requiem. Past engagements include Mozart’s Grand Mass with the Nashville Community Chorus and Huntsville’s First Baptist Church on Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Ms. Weber was featured on Ben Fold’s recording University A Capella!, and can be heard on recordings by Michael W. Smith. GLORIA KO began her formal study in voice at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Canada and has been studying voice with Dr. Ginger Beazley for over 10 years. She is an active singer/performer who has performed many major roles including Yum Yum in Mikado, Violetta in La Traviata, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Olga in The Merry Widow. Gloria is currently the member of the Huntsville Community Chorus and was one of the soloists for Handel’s “Messiah”, Mendelsson’s “Elijah”, and Bach’s “Magnificat”. Currently, she is the choir director at the Huntsville Korean First Baptist church and has been teaching voice and music theory at the Ars Nova school of the Arts for several years. She is also pursuing a certificate from The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory achievement program. DEBRA SAYLOR attended Clarke College in Dubuque, where she received her BA in piano and vocal performance in 1984. In 1986, Ms. Saylor received her MA in piano and vocal performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In 2000, Ms. Saylor participated in the Van Cliburn Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, and was awarded third prize. In addition, she won the award for the best performance of a piece in the Romantic period for her performance of Debussy's Clair de Lune. In 2002, in the same competition, she was given a Judges' Discretionary Award. Currently, Ms. Saylor is employed as a piano and vocal instructor at Ars Nova School of the Arts in Huntsville Alabama. She has been working there since 2003.
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I've got big news! I wish I could tell you about it right now, but it's still a secret. You are going to want to keep your eyes peeled though! I hope that I can tell you about it by this weekend, because you're going to want to make plans for it. In the meantime, you're always able to make a donation through the Go Fund Me account. Thank you for your support, because I couldn't do it without you! Lots of Love, Loran P.S. Here's one of Brendan's portraits from the Flashes of Hope photo shoot. I think it captures his personality perfectly! :)
A Flashes of Hope portrait
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Cody Moeller-Berney
27 months ago
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I have a friend who is a meteorologist for the NWS in Alaska, I can talk to her!

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Loran Wetmore Farrow
27 months ago

Cody Moeller-Berney, thank you! We used to live in Fairbanks, Alaska. Well, actually Eielson AFB which is about 26 miles SE of Fairbanks. That would be a special treat for him!

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Loran Wetmore Farrow
27 months ago

Owen, I'm sure your brother would appreciate it.

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Owen Farrow
27 months ago

Brendan can have my acoustic guitar if he wants it.

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Julie Marting
27 months ago

You are so welcome!! Just keeping you and Brendan in my prayers

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Loran Wetmore Farrow
27 months ago

Thank you Julie! Love you! Tears are in my eyes. I really wasn't expecting a response...

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Robbyn Barber-Anderson
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Praying for your full recovery

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Brenda Meadows
25 months ago

Prayers for Brendan and you as well.

Cody Moeller-Berney
27 months ago
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I have a friend who is a meteorologist for the NWS in Alaska, I can talk to her!

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Loran Wetmore Farrow
27 months ago

Cody Moeller-Berney, thank you! We used to live in Fairbanks, Alaska. Well, actually Eielson AFB which is about 26 miles SE of Fairbanks. That would be a special treat for him!

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Loran Wetmore Farrow
27 months ago

Owen, I'm sure your brother would appreciate it.

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Owen Farrow
27 months ago

Brendan can have my acoustic guitar if he wants it.

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Julie Marting
27 months ago

You are so welcome!! Just keeping you and Brendan in my prayers

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Loran Wetmore Farrow
27 months ago

Thank you Julie! Love you! Tears are in my eyes. I really wasn't expecting a response...

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