By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky freshman golfer Jay Kirchdorfer took to Twitter Tuesday asking for support for Kentucky teammate Cullan Brown, who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and will miss his sophomore year while undergoing chemotherapy and surgery.
“Please join me in supporting my roommate/teammate/friend during his battle with cancer. Anything helps!! #B4B I’m raising money for Birdies for Brownie,” Kirchdorfer posted on Twitter.
The Kentucky golf team is using hashtag #B4B this season to honor Brown and the slogan has been stitched on team clothing and hats.
Kirchdorfer and his teammates have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Brown’s medical care with a goal of $100,000. As of late Tuesday night, 92 donations totally $7,660 had been made including one by LPGA golfer Emma Talley, a Western Kentucky native like Brown and his long-time friend and mentor.
I’ve already written about Brown and what a special young man and golfer he is. However, I thought it was important to share what Kirchdorfer and others put together for the GoFundMe Page, including updated information on what lies ahead for the young golfer.
“If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Cullan Brown, you’ve unfortunately missed out. Cullan is not only a great golfer; he’s a great student, an avid hunter, an unbelievable cook, and an amazing friend and teammate. As anyone else would tell you, Cullan is the most selfless person you’ll meet. Words can’t describe Cullan’s character and attitude towards life.
“Recently, Cullan has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. Only 400 people per year are diagnosed with this form of cancer. This cancer was found in the form of a tumor in his left femur bone. Recent tests have shown that the cancer has not spread to any other part of his body, which is great news. The doctor has high hopes for a successful treatment, calling Cullan’s case ‘treatable and beatable.’ The current treatment plan is to undergo chemo sessions for about 11 weeks before performing surgery on the femur bone. After surgery, chemo sessions will continue for another 18 weeks.
“Cullan has withdrawn from school for the year and moved back home to Eddyville, KY, to focus on preparing for and recovering from the upcoming chemo treatments. He has also taken a medical redshirt for the 2019-2020 golf season.
“Cullan has a strong foundation of people supporting him. The support from the golf community and the BBN has already been incredible. As his teammates, the Kentucky golf team is doing everything we can to help our brother. Most importantly, his parents Emily and Rodney and his little sister Cathryn will be at his side at all times. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the Brown family.
“The Brown’s are facing an emotionally challenging road ahead. We would love your help in providing some financial support, as the family will be spending a majority of their time focusing on Cullan’s health and well-being. As many of you can understand from personal experience, medical expenses can compound over a period of time. Providing this support would lighten the financial burden of this situation, which would be a blessing for the Brown’s. Also, we would really encourage you to share this page to help in the effort to support Cullan and the Brown’s during this journey.
“We can’t wait to see Cullan overcome this battle in a very ‘Cullanesque’ fashion and compete for the Blue and White again soon. For now, we appreciate the love and support for this incredible person. #B4B (Birdies for Brownie)”
Say amen BBN.
If you would like to consider making a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/birdies-for-brownie?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.
The family has been overwhelmed by the prayer and support for Cullan and it has made a huge difference for the Brown family during this difficult time. The family calls the doctors and staff a “blessing” for what they have done and they all can’t wait until Cullan beats cancer and gets back on the course doing what he does best.