University of Florida student fighting unusual and potentially deadly battle
Life took an unexpected turn for the Gordon family.
"The easiest way to describe it is a nightmare that we can't wake up from," Todd Gordon, Brandon Gordon's father, said.
22-year-old Brandon Gordon was diagnosed with NUT Midline Carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive cancer.
"There's very few in the United States annually some figures are 40/50 annually I've seen upwards of 90 but a very unusual cancer diagnosis,"North Florida Regional Medical Center Director of Oncology Mary Piaza said.
Brandon, or as his peers call him "bear", was a very active person, a soccer player who was just accepted to his dream school, The University of Florida.
"He's such a big guy hes 6'4 someone gave him the nickname bear and it just stuck," Todd Gordon said.
Brandon is also known for his kind heart and high spirit. His parents said he is one the kindest gentlest people you could ever meet.
"I think we did a great job with him. He takes a lot after his mother, very caring individual will do anything for anybody," Gordon said.
Now Brandon is asking the community to do*something for him. His parents set up a GoFundMe page, to help Brandon in the battle of his life.
"We are staying positive, Brandon is staying positive," Gordon said. "We have had outreach from thousands of people that we know and don't even know... we've gotten prayers from all over the country and it's just fantastic to know there are so many caring people out there," he said.
Although the hospital has been his home for nearly 2 months, Brandon is working hard to regain his strength so he can continue his fight as an outpatient back in his home town in West Palm Beach.
His family said the support Brandon has received from hospital staff, friends and even strangers has been truly amazing.
"Comments people have made about him and the kind of person he is, as parents we've always known that but to hear people affirm that... it's just been incredible," Gordon said.
As Brandon gears up for his second round of Chemotherapy, his parents aren't just asking for donations, they are asking for prayers for a miracle.
To donate, visit the GoFundMe page HERE. The family said any donation is helpful.