Just months ago, Brandon Londer was a typical student at Arizona State University, studying biomedical engineering and living the life with his brothers in Sigma Alpha Mu. Now, he’s confined to a hospital bed, barely able to speak. He no longer recognizes his closest friends.
Londer was stricken with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare, degenerative brain disease similar to Alzheimer’s that develops at a rapid pace, robbing someone of their mind in a matter of months. There is no known cure. Among the 300 people diagnosed with CJD every year, the vast majority are over 60 years old. Londer is only 22.
To help Brandon and his family, the brothers of Sammy rallied together. They threw a charity softball game in his honor on the 17th and started a GoFundMe page titled “A Cure For Brandon.” So far, they have received $2,791 of their $5,000 goal.
Matt Metviner met Brandon his freshman year, and the two quickly became best friends. “I never grew up having a brother, until I met Brandon,” he said. Metviner promised him that someday, Brandon would be the best man in his wedding.
Studying biomedical engineering took up most of Brandon’s time, but when he was free, he could be found helping autistic children or designing prosthetic limbs for wounded veterans. He devoted his life to helping others. Now it’s our turn to help him.
If you can, spread awareness for CJD by sharing Sammy’s video, or donate to their GoFundme page HERE..
h/t The State Press