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Thirteen-year-old Bryson Randolph will drop the first puck at the Nashville Predators’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night game March 23.

Like a hockey player, Bryson knows what it means to fight.

Three years ago he was suffering from recurring fevers and lethargy. Bryson’s pediatrician suggested he undergo some tests at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He was diagnosed with leukemia on June 29, 2010.

“We were devastated, we had no time to think,” said Felicia Randolph, Bryson’s mom. “It was very hard telling my children and family. All we could do was pray and cry. Bryson and I looked at each other, and we made a vow that we would fight for his life; this would not take him out.”

The Randolph family never imagined they would have to deal with leukemia. Bryson played on his middle school basketball team, loved cooking and dancing, and he was – and continues to be – an honor student with A grades.

“His personality is outgoing.  He is always concerned with our well-being and he loves taking care of his family.  But most of all, he is a true giver,” Felicia said.

With the diagnosis, Bryson had to be a strong, good student in a course he never intended to take: chemotherapy. Bryson began chemotherapy treatments immediately, a difficult ordeal for a child who had hardly been sick and rarely had to take medicine.

“His first night on chemo was terrible, and he could hardly keep it down,” his mom said. “He always had a smile on his face. He was my hero and the love of my life.”

After the initial chemotherapy, Bryson did well on subsequent rounds, with few side effects. He is now in remission and will finish chemotherapy in October.

“The doctors were amazing. They were sent from heaven,” Felicia Randolph said. “God truly hand-picked them to take care of our Bryson. They will forever, be a part of our lives.”

Learn more about Hockey Fights Cancer night or to buy tickets visit our Nashville Predators Care for Kids web page.


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