Happy Birthday Bram

Dear friends,

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at”. A quote attributed to Stephen Hawking, who passed away today. But i think it also fits Bram.

Three years ago today Bram was diagnosed with his brain tumour. It is the day his and our lives changed forever. Ever since Bram has put on a fight to beat his horrible disease and overcome the disabilities he now has as a result of his illness and treatment. Bram has achieved an awful lot in his short life so far. His cancer has been in remission for nearly two and a half years and he is still improving every day.

Tomorrow Bram has his birthday, and will be 4 years old. I was talking to Max this morning and he said to me “i think Bram will stand when he is 4!” . I think Max is right and Bram will be able to stand unsupported this year. We are working hard with Bram to make this happen, and his physiotherapist is aiming to have him walk in his frame by the time he goes to school in September. It will be a big challenge, but for Bram nothing is impossible.

The last couple of years have been extremely stressful for us. But day by day Bram is improving, and we (and Bram’s medical team) are getting more and more hopeful that Bram will be a long term cancer survivor. Laura and I will do whatever is in our power to support Bram in his battle. He is our hero, our inspiration, and seeing on a daily basis how he lives his life, how determined he is to overcome it all, is what gives us the energy to keep going.

Bram, thank you for being our inspiration and keep the fight going.
We are proud of you,

Love,
Jeroen, Laura, Max and Bram

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