A Madison County family can’t thank the Make-a-Wish Foundation enough after making it possible for their son Brian to live his dream.
Brian Andreasen is the oldest of four boys, and up until a few months ago, he had a pretty normal life.
“He’d get a lot of headaches, and we were in the middle of baseball and we had tournaments all over and he loves baseball and it was surprising that he didn’t feel like playing” said Brian’s Father, Shawn.
So after missing a few games Brian’s parents decided it was time to take him to the doctor. What they didn’t expect is what they would hear next.
“It was definitely a shock, it wasn’t what I expected, I was at work when I got the news and was able to drop things quickly and get here so I could tell the news personally to my wife and to Brian and it was a shock” continued Shawn.
“I pulled up into the driveway and he said, Brian’s got a brain tumor, we’ve got to go to Primary Children’s, it was a complete, you know, ‘turn-my-world-upside-down-and-inside-out’” said Brian’s Mother, DeAnn.
Once the family got to the hospital they learned Brian would need surgery; surgery that could change their lives forever.
“I was scared that I would be paralyzed and not be like ever, not ever be able to play baseball again” said Brian.
“It was difficult, definitely, we just did what we felt we needed to say and just made sure he knew we loved him and we were there for him no matter what” said Shawn.
“You know we draw a lot of our strength from The Lord and we knelt down and we had a prayer together as a family and you know, we just said you know we just have to have faith in The Lord that he’ll take care of you and you know that he loves you, and none of us knew the outcome but we knew that everything would be ok, as hard as the ok may be” said DeAnn.
After two nerve-wrenching surgeries, doctors were able to get the tumor out of Brian’s brain.
“I can’t tell you the joy that we felt when we first saw Brian move his fingers and his toes after the surgery when paralysis was a big question in our minds” DeAnn continues.
To top off that wonderful news, Brian and his family now get to take a trip together to visit….you guessed it…..Brian’s favorite baseball team.
“My wish is to go to a Washington National’s baseball game and meet all the players” said Brian.
“You know that joy I think played a large part in his healing process, you know him being able to go through his everyday activities still knowing he had a brain tumor, but knowing that he got to do this incredible awesome wish and go see you know, a Major League Baseball game”said DeAnn.
Brian and his family will be flying to Washington D.C. sometime this summer.
Brian says he wants to be a Neurosurgeon when he grows up, and that was his dream even before he found out about his brain tumor.