For an 11 year old understanding cancer is not an easy thing to do, and watching it affect your love ones is even harder.
At 5 years old Bria's great uncle Brendon was diagnosed with Lymphoma. From that early age she watched him fight with all he had. She was with him at the finish line of the Bluenose Marathon, when her mom ran with Team in Training, she cheered on her Papa as he was a match and donated his Stem Cells to Brendon. She loved all the family gatherings in Iona that Brendon was the heart of. Brendon was a special part of our big, close knit family and Bria misses him dearly since he left us in 2016.
Bria is a kid with a big heart that can always make people laugh without any effort, but really loves to express herself through her artwork.
She began weaving at the Gaelic College at 7 years old, her talent and creativity is well beyond her years. In 2017 Bria became part of the Cabot Trail Relay Support Team for the Mullimac HomeRunners, the Family Team that Brendon and his wife June formed 10 years ago. During the Relay Bria met the Sole Sisters Race Director, one thing led to another with their stories and shenanigans and in July Bria decided to weave the newly designed Sole Sisters Race Tartan as her Gaelic College project.
She unveiled her beautiful work at the final class concert at the Gaelic College. Her weaving teacher was so touched by the effort and hard work Bria put into that tartan that she wove another Sole Sisters scarf for Bria to decide what she would like to do with. Bria thought a short time about it, and said she wanted to somehow have it used as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Brendon. She said Brendon worked his magic to have Bria and Stacy cross paths and lead to the artwork creation so I want it to somehow honor him.
This is a small way for Bria to use her talents and network to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society so advancements in treatment can make lives better for those with the disease. She and her family were able to witness the many advancements in treatment for Lymphoma over the past 20 years as Bria's Great Grandfather also had the same form of Lymphoma that Brendon had. Bria hopes her effort can support big advancements in treatment so she doesn't have to see other family members suffer with Lymphoma.