For those of you who never met Brandon Gordon you missed out on meeting a remarkable 16-year old from DeWitt. And why him? Why does he fight a horrible cancer for two years and spread everywhere in his body and finally claimed his life this past Sunday at a hospital in Grand Rapids?
The kid truly was an inspiration. He knew he was sick and he knew he was dying and he fought hard and kept a terrific spirit. Many people in the area responded to him and liked him, especially members of the MSU hockey team. This kid loved hockey. And it's hard to believe it was just a week ago Saturday night he was dressed as the back up goalie for DeWitt/St. Johns in its big game against Grand Ledge/Waverly. Both sides responded to him after the game and a fund raiser was held on the rink afterward-- and he was gone eight days later.
Brandon will be eulogized at a memorial service at 3:30pm Wednesday in Munn Arena and the place will be full of people. It's only the second funeral at Munn since it opened in 1975. Dave Borgman, a popular MSU fan and athletic department employee was given a funeral service in Munn several years ago. Brandon would call the radio show all the time and worry about his beloved Red Wings and Spartans and he never really spent too much time, at least publicly, worrying about himself.
Cancer is such an insidious disease and when it hits the young-- as it did two weeks ago when it cut down 18-year old Eaton Rapids athlete Jeff Rochester. And when kids are the victims-- I can only imagine how tough it is on these families because you want answers to why me? Why my kid? That's natural.
When I think of Brandon Gordon I recall that he never really brought up his illness and when we asked he gave it to us straight but he never gave it to us gloomy. He was quite a kid and the courage he showed won't soon be forgotten. I hear terms like courage used in sports all the time-- that's zilch compared to a kid dealing with his own mortality.