Brian's Last Wish
Muscular Dystrophy Sufferer Still Giving Even After He's GonePhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - Sandy Day misses the youngest of her three children. Brian Slobotski died in February after valliantly fighting a debilitating disease for eighteen years. He was 21.
Brian was the three-time Nebraska Ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, telling his story and welcoming families in similar situations. He was the face of MDA. Jim Owen, Divisional Director of the MDA said " He was an incredible kid, always happy. He made an impact on everyone he met. "
Sandy noticed something was wrong with Brian when he was just three-years-old. He had trouble standing up and dragged his leg when he tried to run. So his parents took him to the Doctor, "They did a blood test and it came back and sure enough he had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy."
But Brian never let his diagnosis keep him down. He was the manager of the football team at North High, earning his letter jacket and graduating in 2010. Sandy said, "He created this aura that if I can live this life, you can live yours too." But Sandy admits times were sometimes tough. She and Brian's Dad, Mike, divorced when he was young. Both have re-married. One of Brian's dying wishes was that his parents would come together, patch things up and become better friends.
In Brian's final week that happened, " from his bed I know he saw us talking to each other, laughing together. " At the MDA Gala in March, Sandy, Mike, their spouses, extended family and friends, filled seven tables to raise money to fight muscles diseases, like Brian's. His Mom and Dad have now started a scholarship in his name. They recently met to pick the winners. High schools who have overcome adversity, receive $2000 toward college next fall.
The young man who loved life, his family and made others around him feel good about themselves will always be there MVP