I love St. Jude! I love St. Jude for the great work it does, for the research they freely share and for the heart and soul they pour into their work on the daily. Mostly, I love St. Jude for giving my family a little more time with my brother and giving him a fighting chance. I love St. Jude for doing all of this without any expectation of payment or recompense in any way. Here is a timeline of my love story with St. Jude:
- November 8, 1993 - Zachary Lee Brasher is born. He is the only son to Mike and Gina Brasher
- July 4, 1994 - Sweet Zack is diagnosed with luekemia and begins his journey at St. Jude.
- St. Jude and its employees work tirelessly to cure my sweet brother. Zack’s final remission was the result of a bone marrow transplant. It was hard to find a match because Shayna and I were only half sisters. There are 6 markers to match. I had three and she had three, but neither of us was a good enough match. Some wonderfully generous soul in Germany was a match and kindly donated his bone marrow. Zack went into remission. This was our greatest hope.
-Summer 1995 - I don't remember the date, but we were at a hotel near St. Jude. Everyone was asleep but Zack and I were up playing. I was 10 he was 1 1/2. I was holding his hands and trying to get him to stand. After a while I realized he couldn't. Scared I woke Dad and Gina up. After confirming what I suspected they whisked Zack to St. Jude and he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In hindsight, that was likely the beginning of the end.
-February 14, 1996 - Zach is sent home with hospice care. There was simply nothing else that could be done.
-February 26, 1996 - Zachary peacefully passes in his home surrounded by those who would have eagerly and happily given their lives for his. That isn't how it works though.
-February 14, 2020- Dad dies tragically in a car accident along with his wife and grandson, Ben. Ironcially, on his way to Memphis (home of St. Jude) to Le Bonheur (another wonderful children's hospital) where Ben was a patient and being treated for his diabetes.
-February 15, 2020 - funeral arrangements are made.
-February 16-17, 2020 - we held visitation and the funeral. More flowers than you have ever seen pour in. So many that the town ran out of flowers.
-February 21, 2020 - My sweet friends Lea and Doug Johnson send me a memorial gift to St. Jude in my dad's memory. I realize I didn't do donations to St. Jude in lieu of flowers like Dad always wanted. This is a very tough pill to swallow. I don't beat myself up because it was a honest mistake under stressful circumstances, but I know I have to do something.
-Signed up for and began training and soliciting donations for my participation in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. I will be doing the Half Marathon. This is me doing something.
Please support me in this endeavor. More importantly, help me support this amazing place that has given so much hope, life and strenghth to my family in particular but SO many families all over the world.
Lots of love, good karma and sunny days ahead,
Bianca Brasher White