Brandon walked into Burgers and Blues, ready to grab lunch with his Dad, Grandmother and two uncles, on a day full of errands in Jackson. This 15 year-old Columbus native with Osteosarcoma had no idea that today would be the day that his wish would come true—until he rounded the corner to see a group of Make-A-Wish staff members in their brightly colored t-shirts waiting anxiously for his arrival.
After the initial surprise, Brandon was told that today, he’d be enjoying a meal at the restaurant followed by a trip to Guitar Center where the real fun would take place. After burgers and watching some of Brandon’s favorite sport—football, Brandon and his family loaded up to meet the Make-A-Wish staff at Guitar Center.
When Brandon walked in, he was greeted by a welcome sign and then followed down a line of Guitar Center employees that had lined up to shake his hand and watch him see his stack of musical equipment for the first time. And, just as expected, Brandon was shocked at the pile of gifts waiting for him. A bass, an electric drum set, an iPad 2 and an iRig for recording along with an amp and a few other goodies, were waiting for Brandon when he walked through the door. Speechless, Brandon stared at his musical equipment before reaching out and taking hold of the bass to try it out.
“Man,” said Brandon. “All I can say is thanks.” And with that, Brandon took off through the store to explore and test out the opened versions of the instruments he’d be taking home with him. He entertained the whole store with a drum solo before calling it a day and promising Make-A-Wish he’d record us a song on his new equipment and send it our way, even though he says he doesn't normally do that. "I don't write my own music really," said Brandon, "I just play what I feel."
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