Friday, September 21, 2012
The family of an injured Kansas college football player is expressing its gratitude to his college and community.
Brandon Brown, a member of the Tabor College football team remained in critical condition in a Wichita hospital Friday night. He has been hospitalized in Wichita since early Sunday morning, after he was found severely injured outside of a McPherson home.
In an interview with KAKE News Friday afternoon, Brown's family described a young man who has always worked hard, has always loved his children and has always loved sports. They described his excitement for a bright future as well as a heartbreaking week that followed a Sunday morning telephone call.
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"Brandon is very special," said his great aunt Gretchen Garner-Easter, who served as a spokesperson for the family. "To know Brandon is to love him."
Garner-Easter said her great-nephew loved his new college home and had no problems fitting in when he moved to Kansas from California to play football for Tabor College.
"He's always had a good attitude and he makes friends easy and has a good personality," she said.
Garner-Easter, as well as his mother, father and step-father, said they wanted to express their gratitude to Tabor's student body, faculty and administration. The thanks extend to everybody who has been offering spiritual support for Brandon and his family.
"We've seen the worst because this was a senseless crime, but, out of that, we also saw the very best in some people," Garner-Easter said. "Tabor College, Tabor Alumni Association, the community."
Brandon is described by those who know him best as very family-oriented and very close to his great-grandmother, who passed away a couple of weeks ago at age 99.
"She always encouraged Brandon and always wanted the best for Brandon and always told him she wanted him to get a good education," Garner-Easter said. "I think, in part, Brandon came here also to really make sure that he continued that legacy."
Brown also has a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter.
"They love him and he loved his children," Garner Easter said.
When Brandon's mother received a call Sunday informing her that Brandon had been hurt, the family was told he had just three hours to live, but relatives made it to his side, where they have kept vigil since.
"This week we've sat and had prayer vigil, we've prayed and sang," Garner-Easter said. "We've sang next to him in bed and just sent well wishes."
The family is also relying on its strength and faith in God.
"We just really believe that out of every bad, something good can come out of it and we have seen the goodness of people and just appreciate it," Garner-Easter said.