Brave Like Brian

The Henry family hold a special place in my heart. This hilarious group is always there for anyone at anytime. Our turn to give back to them. Brian’s story is posted below as well as the link to a dedicated Facebook page. 

Click the button bellow to donate to the Brave Like Brian fundraiser or buy a t-shirt to support the Henry Family. All can be done through the Facebook pages. 

Thanks everyone!  


On July 3rd, Brian began showing signs of neurological problems and was taken to the emergency room, where imaging showed a mass in his brain. He was admitted to Neuro ICU and surgery was carried out the next day. Due to the location of the tumor, it was deemed inoperable. The surgeon, however, was able to create a pathway between the ventricles the tumor had blocked, placed a drain to relieve built up fluid and pressure, and retrieve a biopsy that was then sent to Mayo Clinic. 

Following surgery, Brian continued to be closely monitored in the ICU. He had another surgery on July 8th to replace the drain with a shunt. 

On July 11th, Brian met with a radiologist and oncologist to discuss next steps for treatment. They confirmed that the tumor is a germinoma, which although a rare type of tumor, responds well to radiation. 

Brian hopes to be discharged from the hospital and return home soon to be with his babies – his cats Tilley and Smudge. His radiation treatments will begin immediately following full recovery from surgery. Brian remains positive and in good spirits, as he is hopeful his radiation treatments will be successful and things can return to normal for him. 

Brian, 21, is a graduate of Delaware Military Academy and recently started his career in HVAC. He also become an uncle for the first time this year to preemie twins, Rose and James. Those that know Brian can attest to his witty sense of humor, infectious smile, and kindhearted spirit. 

Brian is an avid hockey lover, as he has been a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and formerly played himself for Delaware Military Academy, JR Flyers, Delaware Ducks, Philadelphia Revolution, and Central Penn Panthers. 

Brian is surrounded by continuous love and support from his parents, Brian Sr. (Retired Lt., Newark PD) and Melissa, siblings, Rebecca, Emily, Clare, and Andrew, and his girlfriend Kayanna; In addition to the rest of his family members, friends, and former teammates. 

This unexpected situation has been overwhelming for Brian and his loved ones. Please join us as we lift Brian in prayer daily and support him in any way necessary through this journey. 

Any funds raised will go towards incurred costs from and related to Brian’s medical costs, procedures, treatment, medication, etc. 

We are currently selling “Brave Like Brian” T-shirt’s and are planning other events for everyone to gather and show their love and support for Brian. Please feel free to share!


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