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12-08-2011, 04:37 PM
Hey everybody. I thought you all might like a break from analyzing assist-to-turnover ratios and dissecting Few’s defensive strategies and enjoy reading the following message about a family friend named Brandon and his recent experience with Gonzaga basketball. The following is an email Brandon’s mom sent, by way of my uncle Bob (who is not BobZag, to the best of my knowledge :] ), which she ok’d to share with a few of the more personal and sensitive medical details taken out:

Hi everyone...
> Just wanted to send you an update on Brandon. It's been a crazy 4 days,..
> let me tell you.
> So, I will give you the quick version,...
> Wednesday afternoon,.. he was running a 103 degree temp. He was very
> swollen and absolutley MISERABLE.

> Thursday, Thanksgiving.. we landed in the ER

> So,... Friday rolls around and he is a different kid. he has perked up,
> talking,... the swelling in his eye is still there but it's noticibly
> decreased.
> Then,.. his teacher calls and says the entire GU team is coming over to
> visit brandon. that's right,.. the ENTIRE GU mens bball team and coaching
> staff, in my house, to see brandon. Brandon did great!! The coaches and
> team were absolutely fantastic with brandon. Brandon even had them
> dancing with him. As they left, brandon said come back anytime! haha.
> The visit really wore him out, they were here for about an hour or more
> and brandon was immediately on the couch after they left.



> THEN,... my friend Kevin McDonald (jack & dans owner) comes by my house
> and tells me that Mark Few was in after the team was here and going on and
> on
> about Brandon. So, they decided to get us tickets to yesterdays game.
> COURTSIDE Tickets. Brandon was excited to see his new friends.
> Well, Saturday morning,.. about 30 mins before we are about to leave for
> the game(I let him sleep most all the am),.. Brandon tells me that his
> eyes aren't working and he thinks we need to go to the eye doc. Brandon
> had lost vision in less than 16 hrs. He can see colors and really just
> blur.
> We still went to the game, and the little turkey was AWESOME! We sat
> courtside and the GU guys were giving him high5's and knuckles before the
> game,.. during the game, we sat really close and as he listened I kept
> telling him who had the ball, who was shooting, fouls, the score and
> basically just what was going on.. he LOVED IT. Then, we got to go to the
> locker room after the game and hear the coaches after game speech and he
> got to be in the huddle with them for the final cheer. Coach Few even
> said, they won because they had their new buddy Brandon at the game. They
> were all so amazing to him. They really made his day.



>The kid is amazing, and some days I wonder how he is even mine. haha.

From time to time we bemoan the fact that we don’t have any McDonald’s All-Americans on our team, but I think it may be more of an honor to be able to say that GU is full of McDonald House All-Americans. I am proud to be a GU fan and appreciate Few and Co. well beyond the game of basketball. Brandon, needless to say, is an inspiration… and amazing :]

A few more details:
-When Brandon’s cousin asked for an autograph while the team was at the house, one of the players said, “We can’t give her a piece of paper, who has something to sign?” Harris took off his hat, which happens to be a player of the game hat, and they signed it for her
-Rob Sacre stopped by Jack and Dan’s the other day and left a sucker for Brandon. It was just a tootsie pop, but Brandon’s mom said that made it even better.
-Brandon was given tickets to Saturday’s game, so if you see him there you might have the privilege to say hi

12-08-2011, 04:44 PM
Awesome story thanks for sharing. Hang in there Brandon!


12-08-2011, 04:44 PM

12-08-2011, 04:46 PM
No one can ever doubt the effort Few and his teams make toward reaching out to children in the community. Zags players soon learn that, for young kids in Spokane, they might as well be Kobe Bryant and they quickly embrace that roll and do it with care and joy. Its partly the type of people Coach recruits, its part of the culture that they inherit but its also something they work at and I think its awfully special.

12-08-2011, 04:59 PM
thank you much for sharing JPtheBeasta

12-08-2011, 05:44 PM
Love it! Please share more in the future.

12-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Good stuff--thanks for sharing. It's especially gratifying to read a story like this at a time when we are hearing so much about the dark side of college sports.

Nicely done, Zags.

12-08-2011, 09:08 PM
when it comes down to it, no matter what happens on court, we can all be proud of this group of players. high character, stand up gentleman.

story brings a tear to my eyes. good luck brandon!

12-08-2011, 09:25 PM
Thanks for sharing this, I love hearing these sorts of personal stories about board members and the Zags.

Good luck to little Brandon!

12-08-2011, 09:34 PM
all the best to Brandon. Thanks for the great story.

all the best,

12-09-2011, 12:56 AM
Great story. There's more to sports than winning and losing. These stories about our GU basketball program are reason enough to be proud of the program. Thanks for sharing!


12-09-2011, 01:24 AM
Zag swag at its finest, awesome to hear!

12-09-2011, 04:46 AM
Wow! That a great story! Thanks. That really touches my heart. Kudos go out to Brandon and the Zags!!! I'm hoping Brandon will be there tomorrow night. When athletics become a tool to help others, I think it's then in it's purest form. Way to go Coach Few and the boys.

12-09-2011, 06:19 AM
Best thread in a long, long time.

Thank you.

12-09-2011, 06:26 AM
Made my day-- Our prayers are with you through the healing process Brandon.

12-09-2011, 06:30 AM
Best thread in a long, long time.

Thank you.


12-09-2011, 08:09 AM
That is just INCREDIBLE.

I love this school/team. Amazing.

12-09-2011, 08:14 AM
Simply awesome.

12-09-2011, 08:17 AM
Makes me weepy. The best to Brandon.

12-09-2011, 08:24 AM
Thanks for sharing...makes me happy and sad at the same time.

12-09-2011, 08:28 AM
very, very cool - thanks for sharing and all the best to little Brandon.

12-09-2011, 08:44 AM
Stay strong Brandon! Thanks for the story JP!

12-09-2011, 10:33 AM
Go Zags!!!!

Dirt McGirt
12-09-2011, 01:11 PM
What a classy program you guys have. It's great to hear stories like that. All my best to Brandon.

12-10-2011, 05:32 AM
Perfect timing! It puts alot of things in perspective. Great heart felt story well worth sharing. Thanks, JP :)

12-10-2011, 07:52 AM
simply beautiful...makes me proud to be a Zag.

12-10-2011, 10:44 AM
WOW.....what a tear jerker.....makes me so proud to be a Zag.....Whoever made the comment about the McDonald's AA Previously is spot on. I think this program is so much about creating good men along with good bb players. Cheers to our guys for living out the reality of being a true Zag and embracing the human spirit......I think they get that warriors come in all forms and the hardest battles fought are on the playing field of life.

Happy Holiday Season to you all!!!

12-10-2011, 11:06 AM
Not sure what happened to the pictures in the original post...

12-10-2011, 11:12 AM
How very inspiring. I started following the Zags in 2003 and game to love their style of ball and classy ways, this story just shows how exceptional the whole school is! Be proud Zags, you deserve it.

12-13-2011, 08:19 PM
Brandon joined the team at practice today, per this nice story from Jim Meehan (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2011/dec/13/zags-welcome-special-guest-practice/).
Zags welcome special guest at practice

Media day today and I’ll have more in Thursday’s S-R, but I wanted to pass along a heart-warming scene from Tuesday’s practice. Gonzaga had a special visitor in 11-year-old Brandon Bird, a two-time cancer survivor who is battling a third recurrence.

Head coach Mark Few quickly made his way over to talk to Brandon and several of his relatives and was soon followed by the players and assistant coaches.

“We’ve always been fans,” Brandon’s mom, Jo Lynn said, “and this is pretty special.”
“Rob (Sacre, GU center) and Brandon had a great conversation about Star Wars about their favorite characters because he’s a big fan,” Jo Lynn said. “They’ve all been great. They say ‘Hi’ to him and he says, ‘They’re my friends.’ ”

While the team was in the locker room to study video of Oral Roberts, Thursday’s opponent, Brandon had his picture taken at center court.

“He got a Gonzaga blanket for an early Christmas present and he uses it every day,” Jo Lynn said. “He couldn’t see it, but he felt the embroidery and knew right away what it was. He’s completely blind now and he still knew so it was kind of neat.”

Zag 77
12-13-2011, 09:22 PM
You think you have problems? Remember to add Brandon to your prayer list.

12-14-2011, 09:07 AM
About Brandon visiting practice yesterday.



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