Oct. 7, 2008
Ethan Brown is an 11th grade student at Liberty High School. He was a member of the varsity football team at the beginning of the season, but started having severe headaches. The doctors found that he had brain tumors and that it would require surgery. The tumors limited Ethan’s sight, hearing, and his ability to do physical activity. Ethan had surgery on Tuesday, September 16.
Willy Korn, Xavier Dye, and I went to visit Ethan on Thursday, September 25. He had been in the hospital since the surgery and his morale was pretty low. His head coach Curtis Middleton felt it would be a great idea if we could get some Tigers over to the hospital to see him. Willy and Xavier were more than willing to go. On top of that, C.J. Spiller wrote him an incredible note and Kyle Stanley signed a tiger rag for him. Also, the night before, Coach Bowden surprised Ethan with a telephone call encouraging him and to check and see how he was doing.
It was a great experience to get to spend time with such an incredible and courageous young man. Ethan impacted Willy, Xavier, and I much more than the impact we had on him. On the way home all we could talk about was his courage and spirit. He has a long road ahead of him but with the support that he has in friends, family, and from within he will succeed!
Lawson Clary is an Athletic Academic Advisor for the Clemson football team.
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