In a brief conversation with Brian, it becomes quickly apparent that his family is his top priority. For those who don't converse with him regularly, taking a gander at his social media will quickly reflect the same. In fact, when I asked Brian to send me some pictures to use on this blog, I was not surprised when he sent me a number of fantastic shots of his family. This post has proven to be extremely difficult to write. Family is so crucial to him that I felt this piece had to be absolutely top notch to do him justice.
That said, starting his story anywhere else just wouldn't be right. Out of respect and privacy for his family, details, (including names) have been intentionally made vague at this time.
When first I met Brian, he was working long and unpredictable hours and looking for "the one" with no success. On the fateful day of 11/11/11 while attending a friend's wedding, he finally found what he was looking for. They hit it off; in the summer of 2014, they made it official with a wedding of their own. Their family grew to three in late 2015. I remember congratulating Brian, now a proud father, when he came back to work after the birth of his son.
The joy was short lived.
Their son was born with an extremely rare condition that caused Epilepsy. Brian recalled at least a dozen trips to the Emergency Room in the first 6 months of his life. Constant worry and stress became the norm. When he was 7 months old, the family traveled to Seattle so he could undergo a procedure that would hopefully decrease the frequency of the seizures. The procedure was successful; today, he is a happy 2 year old big brother. In early 2017, Brian and his wife welcomed a daughter into the world.
As a coworker, I observed Brian handle the turmoil with a zen-like mindset. The same positive outlook and kindness that I have known him to have over the last decade continued to shine through despite everything. Seeing him in the office day in and day out, he was the same Brian I always knew. He was always willing to help out the new gal (me) with the same smile I had always known, maybe just a little more tired.
In speaking with Brian about his decision to have knee surgery and train for the race, he kept coming back to his son. "He's what changed everything for me," Brian said.
Today, Brian is back to his normal self. Bi-monthly ER visits are a thing of yesteryear. He and his wife have the normal challenges parents of an energetic toddler and bubbly newborn face. He even has time to train for a race.
With such strong motivation from his family, I have no doubts that Brian will succeed in his race goals.
What you need to know now:
The Lost Lake Run is a fund raiser to benefit those with Cystic Fibrosis. Brian has set a lofty fundraising goal of $4000 (he has also set lofty personal goals for the race, but more on that later). If met, he will have exceeded last year's top fundraiser of $3925.
What you can do:
Donate directly to Brian.
If you don't want to donate but want some awesome Snow Beast swag, Snow Beast Reviews will be donating all profits from the month of June to Brian's cause. Visit our shop, get some swag, and help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis at once!
If you don't feel like donating to this cause, that's ok, just follow along as I tell his story. If you like what you read, share on your preferred social media platform.