Meet Brennan


Brennan, 11 years old, South Carolina,  acute myeloid leukemia

In 2009, at the tender age of 7, Brennan was diagnosed with a rare and deadly subtype of acute myeloid leukemia. Three bone marrow transplants—one at a local hospital and two at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—failed to stop the aggressive cancer, and his parents decided to pursue Brennan’s only remaining hope—a risky fourth transplant with cells harvested from his mom’s marrow.

In January 2011, Brennan had his life-saving transplant at St. Jude. Less than a week later, Brennan developed fever, nausea and a build-up of fluid in his lungs. He had to go to the ICU. Before being intubated, Brennan gasped for air and uttered, “This is the hardest day of my life.” But even in the darkest hours, Brennan never gave up, and neither did St. Jude.

After a long fight, Brennan improved, and he achieved remission in May 2011. He was able to return to the home that his family had scarcely occupied for two and a half years. 

With a grin on his face, Brennan said “This is like a dream come true.” 

Since then, Brennan has had his first sleepover. He was able to return to school. He plays golf whenever he can, and he is cancer free.