Letter from Bryson’s mommy about his story and love for magic
Bryson Parry was first diagnosed with leukemia in February 2005. He was in Kindergarten at Holly Tree Elementary. A tumor the size of softball had taken over his small body, causing his left lung to collapse. He was airlifted to Chapel Hill and underwent intense treatment over the next month. The doctors announced he was in remission but Bryson had to endure high amounts of chemotherapy for several months following his release. One year later, doctors discovered more cancer cells in Bryson’s spinal fluid during a regularly scheduled spinal tap. Once again, a long hospital stay and more chemo resulted in the positive news that Bryson had gone into remission for a second time. In second grade, another spinal tap revealed that the cancer had returned and after more chemo, the doctors at Chapel Hill recommended a bone marrow transplant. Bryson was hospitalized right before his 8th birthday and underwent the bone marrow transplant. Bryson fought hard for several days but his body rejected the transplant and he lost his battle with cancer on September 30, 2007.
Bryson was an amazing little boy with so much courage and faith. His outlook everyday was full of strength and determination…with a smile for everyone. Prior to being diagnosed, Bryson loved to swim and play outdoors with his friends. However, when the chemotherapy caused his white blood cells to decrease (making him very susceptible to infection) Bryson had to find different activities to enjoy. I searched for camps and new activities to introduce to him. When a friend told me about No Sleeves Magic, I went on line to find out more about the camp. The founder of the camp, Michael Rosander, was so amazing and helpful. He was so accommodating with working with Bryson’s treatment schedule in Chapel Hill. During his week at camp, the staff took such amazing care of Bryson. The best part (for any parent) was the peace I had knowing what a qualified and loving staff Bryson was with each day. His fascination with magic began immediately and I guess it is no surprise….that week turned into TWO. The last day of camp, the campers got to perform the tricks they had learned during the week for parents and friends. This day was one of the best and when I think of all the shots, chemo and time spent at the hospital that would sometimes take its toll on us, the smile and glow from Bryson’s face on that day…was magical!!
I would like to thank Michael and the entire staff at Magic Camp for sharing their inspiration and hearts with so many children. Your camp offers more than just magic; it instills confidence, makes laughter contagious and fills the heart with hope!! I will always treasure the memories of Bryson and, because of you I have some very special ones to remember!
With love and gratitude –
Rejoice in Hope (Rom 12:12)