'Much Love' for Thomasville Teen Battling Brain Tumor

By: Caroline Gonzmart, Matt Galka Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart, Matt Galka Email

January 19, 2012

Nick Brinson's life changed forever early last year. In April of 2011, doctors discovered five brain tumors and diagnosed Nick with a rare type of cancer called medulloblstoma.

Since that point, Nick has been going back and forth to Atlanta and receiving radiation and chemo therapy.

Now a local Thomasville band, Root 3:16, hopes music can change his life again. They're holding the "Concert for Nick" on January 27th to try and raise money for him and his family.

"We felt like if we put a concert together with Root 316 sponsoring the concert, it would really benefit the family," said C.E.O. of Root 3:16 Ministries Bobby Dollar.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Brinson family, as well as money raised from a silent auciton. The auction features items donated locally, and from a few celebrities.

"We've got all kinds of things...a football signed by the entire 1981 Georgia football team...Luke Bryan sent down one of his autographed guitars...an Emmit Smith signed football," explained Root 3:16 band member Randy Young.

"It really restores your faith in humainty, we've called all kinds of people, local businesses all the way to national celebrities, and we have yet to have someone say 'no i just can't help."

You are encouraged to buy a ticket to the event in advance. If you would like more information, please see the "Concert for Nick" Facebook page.

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Anyone in the Thomas County Central High School community can tell you -- Nick Brinson is a friend to all.

Faculty and students at the school say that's one of the reasons it came as a total 'shock' when the 13-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery in late April 2011.

Says Sophomore Kamaria Lewis, "Nick is basically like a little brother to me and it was very heartbreaking to hear that a 13-year-old boy is going through this."

Nick's mother, Jennifer Brinson, works at Central and staff there say it didn't take them long to pull a support plan together.

The school store started selling shirts to Nick's fans and for only $15, you can get one with an "I Heart Nick" or "True Victory" design.

Graduating senior Haley Elliott was part of the project and says, "When we heard about Nick going through this trouble, we thought we should do something to support him, and we thought t-shirts would be the best way."

Supporters say the t-shirts are important not only for the money they raise for Nick's family, but also for the love and support they show for his recovery.

Explains the t-shirts' creator, teacher Nick Haskin, "The financial support is always nice. I'm sure it's going to help the family, but I think just the moral support and the spiritual prayers, I think that's more than anything."

The teen still has a long road to recovery ahead of him,. but supporters say they'll be there every step of the way.


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