October 27, 2013

He Met an Angel in a Bar

Branden is a very hardworking and proud 26 year old man who, earlier this year, was diagnosed with Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, a very rare, slow growing cancer found in 80 or fewer people in the United States.  

Branden is currently part of a clinical trial with doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan which he visits every two or three weeks. He gets up at 4:00 a.m. to make the 700 mile round trip by car, commercial airline and taxi. Sometimes, he is required to stay overnight.

Branden and his wife, Carrie, have a beautiful baby girl, Hadley Grace, who was born in the summer of 2013.

Recently, Branden’s father, Todd, attended a Buffalo Bills football game, and on his way home, he stopped at a tavern where he and a stranger began to talk at the bar. Todd learned his new acquaintance is a retired business owner who flies cancer patients to New York City for treatment at no cost to them.

The following day, Branden called the Good Samaritan and learned the plane’s location is convenient, and in New York City the retired businessman has a car to drive him directly to Sloan-Kettering where he will wait to bring Branden home. 

A recent poll suggests that 77 percent of adults believe in angels. Branden’s story will undoubtedly increase that percentage.
“There are no coincidences in God’s providence”  Cindy Woodsmall