Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
Local high school students huddled together for a classmate recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, raising hundreds of dollars to help his family pay for treatments.
As a graduation present to senior Brandon Bourage, Chattahoochee County High School students stormed the football field in his honor. The 9th through 12th graders created a heart to reflect the school's theme of sticking together.
Just a month ago on February 27, Brandon was diagnosed with bone cancer.
"It was shocking. The doctors said it was really rare," Brandon said.
The family found out about the cancer after a common event occurred during a football game.
"Brandon on the football field is a little terror. So, when he got hit, it was nothing out of the norm," Brandon's father Ivory Bourage said.
But this time was different and everything but the norm. Brandon's parents say he was not healing properly.
Brandon developed a limp and was in constant pain.
The family took him to Atlanta for test. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that attacks the bone cells making them grow weak.
"It was unbelievable. It was like someone put a knife to my heart. I thought, 'my baby' are you serious," Brandon's mother Kathy Bourage recalled.
"It's been tough. But, we try to keep a positive idea about it. We try to stay happy. I know it's stressful for parents," Brandon said.
Once a thriving wide receiver for the ChattCo Panther's and a track member, Brandon now needs crutches to get around.
"I Kept telling myself I got to stay strong, especially for my friends and family. They are looking for me to be strong," Brandon said.
His positive attitude, and friendly nature inspired his friend to take action.
"We're just trying to raise money for him," O'Nisha Smith said.
"Yea, because they are going to Atlanta [for treatment]," said Jodie Perkins.
"Right, and for hotels and all that stuff," Smith added.
The group made shirts and bracelets to sell to help raise funds.
"We got T-shirt we made that says 'Keep Calm and Kick Cancer' on the front. It says 'Team Bourage' and 'one heart beat' on the Back. The colors are black and red because those are his favorite colors. With Keep Calm we're basically saying stay focused, stay together, and be patient. We're all going to get through this together," Brittany Harris, Kayla Morton, Jodie Perkins and I, O'Nisha Smith said.
As of Thursday afternoon, the group of four raised more than $900 to help the Bourage family with mounting medical costs.
Fortunately, the family is insured as well. Brandon will go through 10 weeks of Chemotherapy, according to his parents. His mother said he will likely be in a wheelchair by the time his treatment is complete.
Brandon has high hopes for a future back on the gridiron.
"After all this is over, I plan to hit the gym hard and work out everyday. I will try my best. I plan to start slow and work my way up," Brandon said. "I also want to go to college at Troy University to major in Sports Medicine. That way if I can't be on the field, I want to be close to it."
He says the support he's gotten from his school has been amazing.
"I feel great right now. This is a great feeling. I really appreciate what everybody has done for me. I feel grateful," Brandon said.
Brandon's parents plan to buy a computer for him to use during home schooling. He will be unable to attend school as he continues Chemotherapy. His father says they will lean on their faith to see them through this trying time.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>