Stories of Inspiration: Remembering Our Blue-eyed Hero

The Brain Tumor Foundation has been apart of a lot of our memories with Brody during our battle with his brain tumor.  The support we received from them during this difficult time and after his death has been remarkable.  Families that have to walk the path of brain tumors did not choose this path and cannot do it alone.  It is with the trust in God and wonderful foundations like the Brain Tumor Foundation that keeps us going and keeps some normalcy in our lives day to day.  

This month is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Today is the two year anniversary of when our son Brody lost his battle with cancer.  We wanted to take this time to share with others some about the wonderful life of Brody. 

Our son Brody Lee Bates was born on November 16, 2000. He was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma brain tumor in August of 2007, at 6 years old. He courageously fought this battle but passed away at 8 years of age on May 26, 2009.

Brody was our beautiful blue-eyed, blonde-haired hero — a boy through and through. He loved all sports, but especially football. He always had a calm spirit about him, always praying for others and not himself. He truly loved the Lord and knew Him as his Savior. He lived in Dallas Georgia with his mommy, his daddy, his big brother Brockton, and his nanna. Oh, and of course we cannot forget his guardian angel …Champ. Champ is Brody’s little dachshund puppy that we got for him to help with some of his physical therapy at the time. They grew to be best friends for sure.

Brody never let his condition keep him down.  He attended school more than anyone else that was on the same treatment as he was. He never complained, he always had a smile that would light the world, and he was a big practical joker.  He had determination, even up until the end.  I believe that Brody held on until he completed second grade and got to say all the good byes he wanted to before going home to Glory! 

Words cannot express how much we miss out little hero, and we will love him forever and long for the day that we will all meet again in heaven with him. With Brody’s two year anniversary of his passing upon us, we’d like to share some of our family and friend’s most cherished memories of Brody Lee Bates.


Can you tell his favorite team!!! GEORGIA of course!

From big brother Brockton: One of my favorite memories with Brody is standing on the black sand beach in Maui Hawaii on his Make-A-Wish trip. I held him in my arms and stayed very close to him, feeling the beat of his heart. I loved his happy smiling face when we were exploring the tunnel on that beach.

From Aunt Angie “Ang”: My most favorite memory of Brody was the day he was born. I felt so blessed to be able to be there with Vince and Tammy, to see him be born and to hold him for my first time. Another thing was his beautiful smile. I don’t think I can ever remember a time when he wasn’t smiling. He was our little “smiley face”!

From Uncle Dan: I remember fixing sausage when Brody came to visit in Dublin. He had one piece on his plate and he loved it and kept going back to get more. He told me “Uncle Dan, this is the best sausage I ever had.”  I tried to make sure he had plenty from then on.

From Aunt Vicky: My favorite memory of our little angel Brody was when he was a tiny tot maybe around 2 years old. Me and Brody’s daddy were at nanna’s house one summer afternoon and Brody had done a major stinky in his diaper. It was so yucky that daddy took him outside to the water hose and we all laughed, including Brody, while daddy sprayed his little naked body down. His hair was white, his eyes blue as the sky and his dimples brought about the cutest smile while he laughed the whole time. I have this picture and will never forget it as it is actually indelibly impressed upon my memory bank.

From Aunt Kay: When I think of Brody, I always think of the cute little smile he had. When he would smile, even his eyes sparkled. When he would see me, he always welcomed me with that smile, even if he didn’t say anything!

From Susan Arnold (the family best friends): There are so many wonderful times. I guess the ones that stand out is when we went camping and tubing together. The kids had such a wonderful time together. I love the times we went to Six Flags and White Water, and the circus was a great time we all had together. I really cherish the year that Tammy and I taught the kids at pre-school together. Just about every week we went to McDonalds together and let the kids play while us girls talked. That was a wonderful year. I can’t believe he has been with Jesus two years now. I know he is happy. It is just hard for us that miss him here. I love you all just like we were blood!

From the Keller’s “Chase” (one of Brody’s best friends): one of our most favorite memories was one time when we were going to eat at Longhorns. It was all of our family and Brody. He must have been about 5 years old and as we were about to eat, Brody announced that he didn’t have a “pork or a poon”! It was the cutest thing ever and we will never forget it.

From cousin Ashley: I remember when me, Brockton, and Brody were playing hide and seek at nanna’s and Brody was the “seeker”, and didn’t want to be. So, he sat in a corner and pouted. That was so cute.

From David, Pam, and Nicole Covington:  Our favorite memory of Brody was the time we took him to the World of Coke on September 7, 2008.   Brody had a crush on our daughter Nicole that started the very first time he met her.  Brody, Nicole, Pam, and I went that day.  When we picked him up, he was dressed very nicely. We thought maybe he wanted to impress Nicole.  Brody was very quiet but a gentleman the entire time. Brody and Nicole were an item that day having a fun time.  They ate orange pop-up ice cream together and played outside the World of Coke before entering. Once inside, their eyes got big. They ran all over that place having a time. It was obvious that Brody was a big fan of Coke. I knew this because at the end of the tour of the World of Coke, Brody tasted all the samples of the different kinds of Coke made worldwide. He went back for seconds and thirds. There wasn’t really anything special about the World of Coke itself. It could have been any place really. What made it a special memory was that we were able to share a moment in time with a special little boy who was taken from us far too early. We love you and miss your Brody. You will always have a place in our hearts. We will see you again someday.


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