On June 5th of 2018, Brandon Campbell walked into the ER of the Warren General Hospital with severe stomach pains, fever and fatigue. He thought it might possibly be appendicitis. He could not have been more mistaken. By the end of the day he found himself at Shadyside UPMC in Pittsburgh. His diagnosis? Acute Leukemia.
For the next nine months, Brandon was in and out of the Pittsburgh hospital undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy, testing and other treatments. Finally, as Christmas of 2018 approached, he was declared to be in remission. He came home and began recuperating.
Then on July 30 of 2019, the family got the call they had all hoped would never come, Brandon’s bloodwork showed that the leukemia had returned. The medical professionals determined his best option was a stem cell transplant after one to two rounds of chemo.
About this same time, his wife Stacey began to have some health issues of her own. Within less than two weeks of Brandon’s relapse, Stacey learned the unthinkable, she had cancer. She was diagnosed with metastatic choriocarcinoma, a rare cancer, but one that usually responds well to treatment. Ever the optimist, Stacey created a logo and hashtag: Team Campbell #cancerbuddies and fought on.
On November 12, 2019 Brandon had his stem cell transplant at Shadyside UPMC in Pittsburgh. He will continue to live in Pittsburgh until early February with trips to the hospital a few times each week. Meanwhile, Stacey continues to get her chemotherapy in Warren. She travels to Pittsburgh as often as possible to be with Brandon.
In order to provide support and financial assistance to the couple, a benefit has been planned. The Jamestown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church (their home church), the Busti Church of God and many family and friends are hosting a Pasta Bar and Basket Raffle on Sunday, December 8. The event will take place at the Busti Church of God from 12:30 to 4:00 PM. The Busti Church of God is located at 996 Forest Ave. Ext. If you are unable to attend, but would like to help the Campbell’s, you can go to the go fund me page Brandon’s brother created: Gofundme.com/f/brandonsbattlewithleukemia