Curry goes orange for Bre

Team rallies around 3-year-old with leukemia

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 4/17/17

CURRY — Brian Cordell knows tough — he sees it every day in his daughter Brianna.

“I never thought the toughest person I know would be my 3-year-old, but she is,” said Brian.

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Curry goes orange for Bre

Team rallies around 3-year-old with leukemia

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CURRY — Brian Cordell knows tough — he sees it every day in his daughter Brianna.

“I never thought the toughest person I know would be my 3-year-old, but she is,” said Brian.

Brianna (Bre) was diagnosed with leukemia in September and has been receiving chemotherapy since.

The Curry Yellow Jackets dropped their traditional blue and gold for orange uniforms for Monday’s home game against Dora. Orange is color for leukemia awareness. Brianna’s cousins Laycee and Kylee Cordell play for the Yellow Jackets.

Brianna threw out the first pitch for the game surrounded by both teams and family members.

The team raised more than $1,300 for the family.

Getting to this point wasn’t easy.

Two months before her third birthday — Sept. 2 last year — Brianna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, she has been treated with both IV chemotherapy and oral chemotherapy.

“It’s the most common type of leukemia, and thank God, it’s the most curable,” Brianna’s mother Alisha said.

Prior to her diagnosis, Brianna had been having bone and muscular pain, fevers and infections.

“On Aug. 21, they called me from day care and told me she was having back pain and throwing up. We went to the pediatrician and they said she had constipation,”Alisha said.

It took a second pediatrician to get the correct diagnosis.

“Within 15 minutes of meeting with the new pediatrician, she was on the phone with a hematologist (a specialist dealing with the study of blood and blood-related diseases). On Sept. 1 they said the only way we can know (if it’s leukemia) is to do bone marrow. On Sept. 2 they took bone marrow and it was positive,” Alisha said.

From there, Brianna started treatment.

“After that first round of treatment, she eventually got to where she couldn’t walk and couldn’t stand up. With the first round of medicine, they hit them hard and hit them fast. With the medicine they give them, it would really knock down an adult, but the kids are resilient. They do well,” Alisha said. “We did physical therapy for two or three months and she was walking by Christmas.”

The treatments took their toll, but they also did their job.

Brianna’s leukemia has been in remission since day 29 after her diagnosis.

Brianna is now moving to monthly treatments after receiving weekly treatments since September.

“Besides the fuzz on her head and being a little slow walking sometimes, you wouldn’t know that she (was sick) by how happy she is,” Alisha added.

Through it all, the family always got the boost it needed from others in the area, who were drawn to Brianna’s story.

“There aren’t any words that can express how grateful we are to the community for all that’s been done for my daughter and our family. God is good. He’s shown us in the worst time of our lives how good he is. There have been ups and downs, but she has sailed through treatment for the most part,” Brian said.

“The prognosis is good. They told us there is a 96 percent cure rate. By the end of the first month of treatment she was in remission and they bumped it up to 98 percent,” Alisha added. “We say we’re blessed. We don’t know why we are going through this, but God will get the glory for it. He’s healing our child. The prayers and the love from the community have been awesome. They’ve been wonderful.”

Brianna is Alisha and Brian’s second child. They also has a son, Logan, 16, a sophomore at Curry High School.

“Brianna was our fifth pregnancy. We had Logan and three losses. She was our miracle child. She already had a testimony, but this just adds to it. We give God the glory for it. She’s going to be fine. We look at this as a bump in the road,” Alisha said.