CHAMPION TEAMMATE: Erica Brennes
CHAMPION HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Vandergrift High School Lacrosse
It doesn’t seem real, and it’s certainly not right, but with great sadness we lost our sweet Pierce to a brain hemorrhage on October 4, 2014. He fought the good fight against his brain tumor, and is now in heaven. God sometimes just needs his favorites up there sooner than we can understand.
Pierce was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a grade three tumor, on his right thalamus when he was 10 years old. The tumor size was too large for surgery. Because of the tumor’s diffused nature and location, surgery was deemed not plausible, and it presented too many risks of complications at the time of diagnosis.
His treatment included proton radiation, chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and a ketogenic (a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate) diet.
Four months after his diagnosis, the tumor was upgraded to a Glioblastoma, a grade four tumor. Glioblastomas are a rare and aggressive brain tumor with poor prognosis.
Pierce’s favorite quote was “Keep the faith, bro!” The Vandergrift High School lacrosse team was wonderful in bringing Pierce in as their honorary teammate earlier this season.