Community rallies around Central Valley student undergoing leg amputation

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — A Central Valley High School student will have a life-changing surgery on Friday. Doctors are removing part of his leg. 

A bone cancer diagnosis came as a shock to Brandon Thomas and his family in March. 

The Central Valley football player has osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. Friday morning, days before Brandon’s 16th birthday, doctors are amputating the lower half of his leg. 

“He has handled it better than mom and dad have,” said Devon Thomas, Brandon’s dad. 

Even with his life-changing surgery, Brandon’s dad says the family is staying on the positive side. 

“We’re not having a different conversation right now about losing my son, we’re talking about an amputation,” said Devon Thomas. 

Brandon says the amount of support has been overwhelming. And a surprise parade from a community of supporters on Thursday was the cherry on top.  

“Our guest room right now has stuff that people have donated to help Brandon in his journey,” said Devon Thomas. “All we have to do is say Brandon wants pop tarts, Brandon wants Jolly Ranchers.” 

Brandon’s friends also made shirts and bracelets. Money raised will help with medical bills. 

“We hoped that we would get a miracle and truly look around, this is the miracle,” said Devon Thomas. “These people are the miracle for our son.”

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