OLATHE, Kan. — This is the story of a big brother and a little brother from Olathe, Kan.; a story they’ll hopefully carry with them long into life and re-tell many times to kids and grandkids.
Of course, there’s no certainty, but there is profound hope.
Little brother, Braden Hofen, 9, has been battling an extremely rare form of childhood cancer for most of his life.He was diagnosed in December 2007 and has gone through numerous treatments including six high-dose rounds of chemotherapy, an autologous bone marrow transplant, and radiation.
On Friday, Kansas City area members of ‘Braden’s Army’, a group committed to help Braden and others fight childhood cancer, welcomed Braden’s big brother, Zach home.
Zach has been in Philadelphia, where Braden remains, after Zach donated his bone marrow to his little brother.
Zach is 11; Braden is 9.
Zach was the only match they could find in the world and he did it to save his little brother’s life. Doctors expect Braden will remain at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia for 90 to 100 days.
The hero’s homecoming included Olathe firefighters and members of the military. Click here for more information on Braden’s Hope foundation, which supports efforts to fight childhood cancer.
Friday night, on FOX 4 News at 5 and 6, FOX 4’s Melissa Stern will have more with all those at the homecoming party in Olathe– and especially with Zach.