Young man's can­cer bat­tle tak­ing him to In­di­ana for surgery

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A young man’s bat­tle with can­cer may be tak­ing him to In­di­ana for spe­cial­ized surgery.

in­Side Drumheller brought read­ers Bran­don Hall’s story in its Oc­to­ber 16, 2015 edi­tion. The young man, who com­pleted his ju­nior high and part of his high school in Drumheller, was vis­it­ing the val­ley for Thanks­giv­ing, when his mother took him to the fam­ily doc­tor be­cause he wasn’t feel­ing well. This was the be­gin­ning of his bat­tle.

Doc­tors dis­cov­ered a mass in his ab­domen, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and le­sions on his lungs. One mass was re­moved and he be­gan chemo­ther­apy treat­ments.

Since then, the com­mu­nity has ral­lied to sup­port Bran­don and his fam­ily. His aunt started a Gofundme page, and lo­cal fam­i­lies, friends ac­quain­tances has shown their sup­port. A group of el­e­men­tary school stu­dents from St. An­thony’s raised more than $500 alone sell­ing hand made rubber bracelets.

His mother Crys­tal Hall tells The Mail that his bat­tle con­tin­ues. So far, the can­cer has been re­sis­tant to the chemo­ther­apy and it ap­pears that surgery is the only op­tion.

“It was af­ter the chemo they did a fol­low-up CT scan and found that noth­ing had shrunk, and that it has spread,” Crys­tal said. Bran­don still has the large mass in his ab­domen and two spots in his pelvis that can be re­moved through one surgery, and they are look­ing at mak­ing ar­range­ments to have it re­moved in Cal­gary.

At the same time, there are more than 100 nodes on his lungs that also re­quire surgery.

“That is the one we have been told we have to go to In­di­ana to have treated,” said Chrys­tal. “We don’t know when we have to travel to In­di­ana, but I was told we have to get his pass­port to­day.”

“If they can’t get the doc­tors to­gether here to get the other surgery done, they may do both down there.” Right now, they are just wait­ing. This or­deal has hit the fam­ily hard, and while it ap­pears Bran­don’s surgery is cov­ered by Al­berta Health Ser­vices, they are wait­ing to hear whether there are funds for a par­ent to ac­com­pany him.

Crys­tal is very ap­pre­cia­tive for all the sup­port they have re­ceived.

“I have been brought to tears many time by the sup­port we have been given,” she said.

The Gofundme cam­paign is still ac­tive to sup­port the fam­ily as they sup­port Bran­don’s bat­tle with can­cer. To sup­port, go to https://www.gofundme.com/ fh696fz3

Bran­don Hall may be head­ing to In­di­ana where spe­cial­ists will be able to per­form surgery to treat his can­cer.

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