Brent Weaver, active and newly married, contracted Ewing's Sarcoma at the age of 26. After enduring over 2 years of Chemotherapy, a leg amputation, and 2 lung surgeries, he finally succumbed to the disease.
A lifelong resident of Sugar Land, Texas, Brent Weaver grew up the eldest of five children. He attended the area public schools, participating on the lacrosse and swim teams at Clements High School.
His love for the outdoors and physical activity were reflected in his participation in Boy Scouts, where he became an Eagle Scout at age 16. He continued his education at Brigham Young University. Wanting to serve other people, Brent took a two year break from his education to serve a church mission in Guadalajara, Mexico. Brent graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007.
One summer on a break from school Brent visited home and met Kelly Arnold, an Austin High School graduate, at a church activity. Brent and Kelly were married in June 2007. They stayed in Sugar Land and Brent began his engineering career with Fluor Daniel. In the spring of 2008, Brent began having pain in his right leg. Since he was active in playing soccer and volleyball, he attributed the pain to muscle strain and continued to gather his friends and coworkers for sports competitions. The pain refused to let up, and Brent was ultimately diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.
With Kelly by his side, he immediately began an intense regimen of chemotherapy which included a five day hospital stay every three weeks and doctor visits almost every day when he was home. Because the cancer had spread to the nerves and bones in Brent’s knee, in the spring of 2009 doctors were forced to amputate Brent’s leg above the knee. More chemo and the fitting for a prosthetic leg followed, and after a year of treatments Brent and Kelly were excited to be cancer free and hoped to return to a normal lifestyle.
The relief was short lived though because the cancer returned to his lungs in April 2010, and he was forced to resume treatment. Despite his illness and the loss of his leg, he continued to enjoy time with family and friends, as well as golfing, gardening and following the stock market. Brent and Kelly amazed and inspired family and friends as they lived life to the fullest and pressed forward with a positive outlook and determination to win this battle.
Brent endured untold pain and trials, but through it all, he was mostly concerned about the welfare of his wife, Kelly. He was also the beneficiary of the love and support of countless friends and family members, which helped ease some of his anxieties. This caused him to have a desire to help other cancer patients who might find themselves in a similar situation. He wanted to do two things, write a book relating his feelings and experiences, and set up a foundation, both with the hopes of leaving behind a legacy for Kelly, of helping other cancer patients and their families learn to cope with the disease, and of helping acquaintances of cancer patients understand how to act around others who have cancer. He finished his book, 26 Rounds for Kelly a few weeks before he died.