If you happen to be attending a YES with any of the MacLeod children,
during introductions you will eventually hear the anecdotal biography
begin with, "cancer made our family closer". For the past 8 years
Brian MacLeod has been battling for his life inbetween soccer practice
and band recitals. As a suddenly single father raising four children,
Brian didn't have time to put life on hold, he just scheduled
chemotherapy and radiation treatments during the hours his children
would be at school.
His courage, strength and tenacity were qualities he instilled in his
children. This is exemplified in his youngest son, when at 13 he wrote
a moving letter, later published in a local paper asking for help,
education, support for his father from a woman he had never met.
Sudden Brian was not just a cancer patient but an activist with a pack
of supporters by his side, in his home, from around the world. Since
meeting YES founder Suzanne Brian has been on a whirlwind of
advocating, educating and supporting fellow survivors, patients,
doctors, even members of Congress.
He has taken his children on adventures across the country; lobbying
in Washington DC for cancer research, participating in oncology
seminars along side world renown surgeons and riding around Texas
motor speedway with fellow cancer survivers. The lessons he has taught
them about adovacating for yourself, pursuing all avenues with
vigorous determination especially in the face adversity, is inspiring.
I could talk about what he's done in a life time of work, his
education, his roots but I think understanding who he is, is much more
interesting. Without Suzanne and YES he wouldn't have purpose greater
than himself, without the values he raised his children with he
wouldn't have met Suzanne and without cancer he wouldn't be truly