Brandon – Mississippi
It seemed like such a simple thing - just a bump on the knee. 7-year-old Brandon had been playing with friends in his hometown of Crawford, Mississippi, about 175 miles northeast of Jackson. He didn’t seem to hit his knee hard, but the pain lingered with him—so much so that his father, Jimmie, decided to take him to a doctor. That’s when the family learned that there was a tumor called osteosarcoma growing in Brandon’s left leg.
“I was in pieces,” recalled Jimmie. But in the midst of their nightmare, the doctor told Jimmie that his son would be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for treatment, the hospital he himself had grown up supporting through his church. “It was the Lord working in mysterious ways,” Jimmie said. “We always donated money to St. Jude, every fourth Sunday of the month. It never crossed my mind that I would need St. Jude.”
At St. Jude, doctors discovered that the cancer had spread to Brandon’s lungs and that Brandon’s left leg would have to be amputated. Brandon underwent a lung operation followed by 20 weeks of chemotherapy.