My son Brandon showed me the
e-mail that you sent him. Thank you for also acknowledging his thank you
letter. The last thing you gave Brandon was a playstation II and a year
ago tickets to Disneyland. Each time you give this kid something it brings
such joy to him. I remember the both gifts so vividly. Brandon had wanted
to go to Disneyland and had told a neighbor we should all go to
Disneyland. The call from Brandon went like this "Mom you won't believe
what I just got. I said what son? He replied in an exciting voice I got
tickets to Disneyland." He was so happy. My sister accompanied him and two
of his friends to Disneyland. He couldn't stop talking about having so
Then the playstation II. Well, Brandon had a playstation II but gave it to
his older brother that had join the Marines. Once Brandon found out that
his brother would be stationed in Japan, and (will be leaving for Iraq in
September) he told him to take the playstation II. His brother is his best
friend and one of his biggest heroes. I think that your organization and
Loma Linda Children's Hospital has helped this young man become a very
generous person. As you put a smile on Brandon's face he puts smiles on
other faces. Your kindness has caused the ripple affect. Brandon told me
that he had asked for your organizations address because he wanted to say
thank you. I was so happy when he followed through with saying thank you.
Brandon has been hospitalized more than two hundred times in his 16 years.
I do not know if I will loose him one day to this awful disease. This is
what I do know, That I will always treasure the happy times. I will
treasure each person and your organization that helped this young man see
the brighter side of life. People always ask how can he be so positive? My
answer is that no one has ever taught him to not be positive.
From all the parents that have a sick child, thank you so much for what you
have done. It seems to me that your organization has given the better part
of each of you to such special children. God bless you and the work that
you do. Thank you again!!!!!
Brandon Otanjah's mother