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In November 2008, Craig Brandmeier was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a cancer of the blood. After nearly two years of battle and relapse, Craig passed away on August 28th, 2010.

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  1. Hi Craig and Kat,
    I know you don’t know me, I am a friend of Leah’s at work–if you are a friend of hers than I know you are both great people too. Just a note to say that I am supporting you and remember you have a network of friends known and unknown that are helping you in this struggle.

    Raina

  2. Hey Craig,
    Im Jeanie’s bestfriend. She talks non stop about you and how amazing you re. you have been in my prayers daily.

  3. craiger..and kat(we meowed a lot when we talked about you at work ha)

    well i can honestly say im praying for the both of you, 2 beautiful people that didnt deserve this at all.. anything i can do to help please let me know..i wanna come see you craig soon soon so please make it happen.

  4. Hi Craig, I’m really good friend with Jeanie and wanted you to know that you are in my prayers all the time. She cares so much and is constantly praying for you and asking others to also. I’ll keep praying for you!

  5. Craig i believe that everything happens for a reason and this is to make you even more stronger than what you already are. You have so much love and support from EVERYONE and i know you will get through this! Stay strong!

  6. Craig, you’re the man, if anyone can pull through this, it is you. I’m praying for you brother. I know you’re going to come out of this terribly unfortunate event and be that much stronger of a person. I miss you. Get well.

  7. This is so cool, Thank you Leah for doing this for Craig. You are a wonderful friend. Craig has always been a strong person, never giving up and always doing his best. His Dad and I are so proud of him. WE WILL BEAT THIS and we are so looking forward to the Wedding in May. You and Kat are very lucky to have each other. See ya soon, Love Mom

  8. Craig. Dude, I really hope you get better man, my eyes tear up just thinking about how something so serious could happen to two people of which I have so much respect for. If I was 18 I would go and visit but I can’t ๐Ÿ™

    I know I’ve never really met you but man over the past few years you’ve been really cool to me and a better friend than most of my friends that I have known for years.

    I KNOW you will beat this man cause something so bad just can’t happen to someone so caring.

    <3 Elfy – Ryan
    Always thinking about you man.

    And no I’m really not gay. (In case you were wondering) lol KEEP UP THE LAUGHS CRAIG.

  9. Craig, We all miss hearing you and hope that changes soon. I’m more than sure that you will get through all this. Your way too lively of a person to not get through it!

    Look forward to hearing from you soon man..

    Ryan Luton
    Hellz :-p

  10. I LOVE YOU! AND MISS YOU YO! WISH I COULD SEE YOU BUT LORD ONLY KNOWS WHAT SICKNESS I GOT WITH MY 3 BOYS! SO DO NOT WANT THAT AROUND YA! I THINK ABOUT YA AND TALK TO LEAH ON THE REG. ABOUT YA….PLEASE KNOW I HOPE ALL THE BEST AND MY THOUGHTS AND LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY! LOVE ONE OF YOUR JAMBA FAV’S, ALISHA

  11. Hey, sorry to hear about this for you. Shawn and I will pray for you. We hope you get better soon. Lots of love and support. Onna and Shawn

  12. We are strangers!

    I have come across your story by chance. I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily (multiple times a day!) I have shared you story with friends and family and am cofident they are doing the same.

    I will surely be donating to your cause, every little bit counts.

    Be strong, keep your head up, you will make it through this.

    Everything is going to be okay.

    Love.

  13. Craig & Kat
    My thoughts and prayers are with you every day! You are very lucky to have such a wonderful family who love you both so very much!!! All of Dana Point is pulling for you and we know this will turn out well and you will be in remission soon!
    Love ‘N’ Hugs
    Bonnie

  14. Hey Brother!

    I love you so much!! You are such a strong, inspirational man and I am so proud that you are by brother. I am so sorry that you have to go through this and I hope you know that you have all the love and support. Keep your head up and stay positive. YOU WILL BEAT THIS!!

    Love,
    Your sister Michele

  15. Hi Craig and Kat,

    I think of you constantly and pray that you will have good news tomorrow. Kat thank you for being Craig’s rock. He’s very blessed to have you in his life. Craig, keep up the good work. I know that you will beat this thing.

    I Love You – Kathi

  16. Craig. I know your going to get better so hurry up and do it. We got a long life ahead of us to spend together (sorry Kat he’s mine <3). Love ya craig so I hope you feel better, so we can own it up at 80.

    Your Lover,
    Kevin

  17. Dear Craig:

    Love and support to you from your extended family; Gus, Keri (Michele’s mom), Tanya and Tracey Vogt. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. If there is anything we can do for you, please contact me at this e-mail address. You have gifts and strengths known only to you and draw on them now. Michele keeps us updated as to your progress and I hear you are doing great. Take care…..

    Love,

    Keri

  18. Craig
    I hope you are doing good.Thinking of you alot.I hope they are treating you good there.if you need anything please call or email. Susan helped me out a lot when I got that. I know she will help you.We will keep you in our prayers.
    Mike & Susan

  19. Craig & Kat,
    I used to train with Mike and he spoke of his brothers often. Romans 8:28
    reminds us that GOD can bring about good from any situation. Trust in him and learn how to truly value life. The power of prayer is our most powerful weapon against adversity. The Goodman’s and many others will continue to pray for your recovery.
    Steve Goodman

  20. Craig and Kat
    I have had the pleasure of knowing you both for years, and am so happy that God has brought you together. I am praying for you both and know that your love, courage and faith will give you the strength you need to get through this.

  21. Craig!! You’re like Lance Armstrong… except you’ll still have both testicles when you’re all better! We are all here for you man. Kat has been amazing at keeping us all updated and being there for you. You guys are going to have a sweet life.
    healfasterplz, kthx.

  22. Craaaig and Katrinaaa

    I’m so happy someone did this for you. It goes to show how important and meaningful you guys are to the ones around you. Everyone back in California (and Washington DC ;-)) miss you both so much and wish we could be there to help you through this. All of us, all of the people lucky enough to call you friends or family couldn’t be more blessed to have you in our lives. I’m thinking of you guys all day everyday and cannot wait until I see you again… very very soon.

  23. Craig: Hang in there. We are all praying for you and Kat and thinking good thoughts. You’ll beat this ! ! Love, Aunt (Great Aunt ~ moses that sounds OLD !) Judy, and Great Uncle Wayne

  24. Hey ! Forgot to say. The photos are fantastic ! ! This site is great. Can you be on line at the hospital ? Love, Judy

  25. What an awesome website!!

    Craig, I am so sorry that you have to go through this. Stay strong and positive and modern medicine will take care of the rest!!!

    Kat, what a fabulous fiance Craig has. You being by his side will have a bigger impact than you can imagine. Keep a smile on!

    My prayers to you both,
    Kristen (Michele’s friend)

  26. Craig, I work with Leah and wanted to send a message to her โ€œsmooth friendโ€ (or maybe it’s her โ€œsmoothie friendโ€?) who she very much thinks the world of. What sheโ€™s told us about you is a real inspiration and I hope you keep your chin up while the docs get you back in fighting form. You are in our thoughts!! Take care ~ Kim.

  27. Dear Craig, I am Tina DuBow’s mother. I wanted you to know that I am faithfully praying for you & thinking good thoughts for you. Even srangers want to support you. My love, Liana

  28. I don’t know you all personally but I know enough. God is bigger and he is right next to you fighting this fight with you. Don’t lose hope, because that is all you have. Stay strong. I will be praying you and your family ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Craig,
    I have known your Dad and Mom for many years. They have spoken of you so often I feel like I know you well. I know how proud of you that they are.
    Kat,
    Brad and Judy are so happy that you and Craig became engaged.
    Both of you are in my family’s prayers. We are praying for a quick healing process.

    God Bless you both,

    Ronda

  30. Hi Craig
    Hey Dude you’ll conquer this. You are young, strong and have the will to do it, not to mention a very supportive family and lots of friends pulling for you. Oh, I almost forgot to mention a good woman behind you and that’s very important. I’m considering getting a web cam and maybe we can communicate that way.

  31. Craig,
    We’ve met only a couple of times, but I’m good friends with your mom & dad. Everybody in Dana Point is pulling for you (your mom knows so many people, it’s probably everybody in South OC by now). I’m praying for a quick and uneventful recovery.

    God bless,
    Georgia

  32. CRAIG!!!

    i love you dude.
    i’m praying for you everday!

    but you’ll get through this- i know you will.
    you little beast.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    i’ll see you soon!

  33. My husband found your card at Jamba Juice… We wish you well, and a happy holiday season. God Bless you both.

  34. You probably don’t know us really well, but your Mom is Gordon’s cousin from Fort Wayne, In.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    I’m sure Judy Laporte will keep us informed about your health. God bless you!!

  35. Hey man how are you doin? i hope you get better as soon as possible and i hope everything turns out ok but i know youll make it through, you have a heart of gold my friend =)

  36. Holy maccoroni… Happy Turkyday and I’m sorry to hear about your situ I’m just Shocked and have you in My Prayers CRaig’s … Your such a great person and a strong one at that ๐Ÿ™‚ Much love sent to you and Kat … Happy Turky Day

  37. Hey Craig just wondering how you are doing. Haven’t heard anything lately on your progress. Hang in there. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

    ANDREW

  38. Hi Craig and Kat,
    Happy Turkey Day!! I miss you guys and love you both. You guys are strong and everything is going to be just fine. You have each other, and I am thankful for that. I hope you guys get some turkey. Take care and talk to you soon.

  39. Hi Craig and Kat, just wanted to say again Happy Thanksgiving, I missed you today, but I knew you were in the best hands and the three of you had each other. Craig you have touched the lifes of so many and its wonderful to see all the comments from alot of them. I Love you Mom

  40. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about you! I’m glad things are looking up and I can’t wait to see you as fun, happpy-go-lucky-Jamba-Craig agian. THINKING OF YOU (: (and Kat)

  41. Yippee — remission!!!
    This is wonderful!!! I hear you’ll be home in time for your folks visit next weekend!!! This is the best news of the year!!!
    Thanks for the sweet phone call on Thanksgiving!!!
    Bonnie

  42. Hey Dude
    I just spoke with your mother and the news couldn’t be better. What a happy Thanksgiving it is. I knew you could do it especially with all the support. I look forward to seeing you in May. hopefully I’ll be bringing my grandson Jake with me. Talk to ya later.

  43. Hey Craig!!!!
    I hope you are feeling better. I have been praying for you every day. We are all wishing for your safe (and soon!) recovery!!!

    And think, once you are feeling up to it, you and Ali can go make some orange “dranks” or whatever you two say.

    Haha! Feel better, you are in my prayers.

    Love,
    Jenny

  44. craig & kat,
    just thinking of you two. sounds like there is/was some goods news we can all be thankful for, can’t wait for some more. happy friday!!

  45. Hi, Craig,
    I don’t know if your mom told you or not, but Andrew McMahon, who graduated from Dana in 2000, also had leukemia. Had, being the operative word here!! It was a rough go sometimes, but he’s a strong guy who, like you, had lots of friends and positive thoughts and prayers backing him up. You may know of him: he’s the piano player and front man for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. Just today, he was hanging out with my girls, Amy and Jenny, and some other friends. He’s been on tour for a while and is as strong as a horse. Please know that you are in my prayers, and you will beat this thing!!

    Much love, Katrina

  46. Hi Craig–I know your mom and dad and they’ve probably told you to vote for me for City Council ๐Ÿ™‚ Your family has way too much good karma banked to let this be anything more than a speed bump in life! A son of our friends in San Clemente was your age, healthy, recently engaged at the time, and out of the blue got a brain tumor. He had immediate surgery, therapy to recover and is doing so great–you’d never know he went through all that. His wedding last year was a truly joyous event. You have so much to look forward to and there is a lot of love in Dana Point for you and your family. We’re all pulling for you.

  47. Hi Craig and Katrina,

    We love you and think of you every minute.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    No, I did not get another speeding ticket on the way back!!

    Mom and Dad

  48. Tears of joy [and I am shaking,] with your wonderful news. You BOTH deserve to hear some good news for a change. Wow, Gary must have been doing a really great job. Congratulations, you are going home for the holidays.
    Love you Both very much

  49. Thinking of you all the time from the gang in Ohio. Glad to hear the good news. Bet you can’t wait to go home. We’ve been checking on your web site regularly. Cheryl & Craig r still up here for the Holiday. (Wow I map quested you & you only live 20 minutes from Phil’s sister in Portland. Soooo get well soon so we can plan a trip to Portland for a rematch at dominoes & volleyball !!! -Love Jennifer & Phil

  50. GREAT NEWS!!! We are ecstatic that you will be going home soon. We are praying for you and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend. -Love Cheryl & Craig

  51. Dear Craig;

    We are so happy to hear the GOOD NEWS and we all, back here in NH have been praying for you….God works in mysterious ways….All our Love, Your Great Aunt Pat & Lee from NH….

  52. Hi Craig, maybe you don’t remember me. i’m Kat’s aunt(her dad’s sister). we met once at chinese near year dinner. i still remember your cheerful face. you are such a strong man, have a lovely family and so many good friends, and now also with Katrina by your side, i’m sure you will get thru all difficulties. Katrina,love you always. my prayers with you and Craig always always!
    love, auntie lillian

  53. Craig and Kat,
    I am a friend of Kat’s mother. In California we were touble makers together. We still confide in each other, so when she told me what your beautiful family is fighting I knew what to do. We pray for you every night. You and your family. You will have the strength you require and your family will have the courage to see you through. Watch out now! Here comes that “Happy Ending”.

  54. yaay this is such awesome news. Jeanie called me right away and i couldnt believe it! I had a prayer chain of about 20+ people praying for you from my small group at my church down here in Los Angeles. Thank the Lord for everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Way to fight it out buddy!! Im sooo glad that you get to go home!.. just being in comfortable surroundings will help you heel ever more!

    Plus… you get to play WOW!!

    Lovin’ you

  56. A celebration is in order………… Thanks for sharing the great news. What a great holiday season you will have, at home sweet home. I love you guys!

  57. CRAIG!!! I am so excited and so proud of you!!! I can’t wait to see you soon!!!!!!!!!!!

    :]
    Praise God!!!!!

  58. I am overjoyed to hear the good news! Know that I you are always in my thoughts and I pray that God grant you a long, healthy and happy life.
    More than anything I’d like to thank you – I had no idea that the struggles of a stranger could cause me to feel such love and empathy. I wish you all the best and will continue to pray for you.

    S.

  59. I don’t know alot of you that keep sending in comments, but I just want to THANK YOU all. It has been so WONDERFUL for Craig,Kat and his family. The support is a blessing. We are truely grateful. Much Love, Judy

  60. Craig,
    Wonderful news!!! Love the picture of all 4 boys! You have a great support system and Kat sounds wonderful! I only met her once at the baby shower for Brooklyn but am sure you both will be very happy together. You have so much to look forward to. Take care and we will check in often for updates.
    Much Love, The Langill Family

  61. So glad to hear of the wonderful news. Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you and wish you well! Sounds like you have a great support system up there. Love the picture of the four of you boys! Take care and we will check in often for updates!
    Much Love the Langill Family

  62. Hey Craig, It’s Tyler I was your former employee at Jamba Juice, I saw this website and wanted to leave you a comment, I hope you get better I am praying for you! :]
    Good Luck
    Later
    Tyler

  63. Hey Craig – your long lost cousin here in Massachusetts. Glad to hear the good news/test results. Hopefully you’ll be able to get outta there, and back home, soon.
    Haven’t met you yet, Kat, but we look forward to it – hopefully someday soon ! Come East in the summertime, and we’ll make you a GREAT feast.
    Keep positive !!

  64. Hey Craig, Great to hear the good news of treatment success.. Be strong, keep the faith. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Love Alice & Pete

  65. Hello, You dont know us but we heard about you and wanted to say that you and your family are in our prayers every day.

  66. I’m sorry it took me so long to sign your book Craig. Everytime I would try to write something I’d read all the amazing comments and break down. I love you so much bro. No doubt in my mind that WE WILL BEAT THIS!!!!
    Thanks to everyone for all the love and support. It just goes to show you Craig what an amazing and loved son, brother, fiance, and friend you are. I love you and can’t wait to go out drinking with you and Kat in January ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you man,
    Mike B.

  67. Craig and Kat,
    I am a friend of Saraโ€™s and now a friend to you both. My name is Marla and I as well has my husband are cancer SURVIVORS! I had Hodgkinโ€™s when I was 16 and was on treatment for 1 year. My husband had Leukemia A.L.L. when he was 5 and was on treatment for 6 years. Together we have been in remission a total of 47 years…17 for me and 30 for him! Sara has been keeping me posted on your progress and I have been sending well wish your way. All I can say is that treatments have changed drastically since my husband and I were diagnosed. Most treatments for male Leukemia patients last 3 years these days instead of the 6 my husband endeared. Just listen to your body it will tell you everything, take it slow and NEVER be afraid to talk to or question your Doctor….he works for you! Take advantage of the services that are out there for you. They will lead you to some of the most amazing people, that is how I found my husband, second family, my best friend and now you both! My thoughts are with you both!
    Godspeed,
    Marla

  68. I do not know you but I heard about you on the internet. Stay strong and positive! Those are the key elements in fighiting this disease. Hope everything turns out for the best! You are prayed for!

    LIVE STRONG!

  69. Craig,
    I know your Mom and Dad down here in Dana Point. Wonderful people! Their tough, so I know you are too! These doctors today can truly do miracles. Have faith in them and yourself! I have a feeling you’ll be just fine. My prayers are with you and all your loved ones.

  70. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good job Kepi!

  71. It was so good to hear from you, and even better is all of this good news! You are so strong Craig, you will have this beat in no time. Im sure it will be so nice to be back at home. And the shaved head is totally working for ya! You and Kat are in my prayers for your continued speedy recovery.

    Cassie

  72. Yaaaa hooooo! Yipppp eeeee! You’re going home.
    I raked the leaves and pulled the weeds, but the wind just blew them back. Something tells me that you will be extremely happy to see them again.

    Love, Kat’s Mom

  73. it’s wonderful to see a smile on your face ๐Ÿ™‚

    everyone loves you so much.

    see you soon my friend!

  74. Hi Craig,

    Stay strong bro

    It’s good to see so many people posting on this site. Props to whoever created it

    Kamran

  75. Crrrrrraaaaaiiiiiiig.

    I miss seeing you almost evey freakin day man. You need to rest up and keep a strong heart. Dont get to bored either cause thats just discouraging. I’ll come visit you soon. Your awsome man and so is your wife-to-be.

    Laaaaaaattttteeeerrrrrr! Will

  76. Thats right BITCHES!!!!!! Cancer won’t scare the Mr.Craig

    I LOVE THIS MAN AND HIS FUTURE WIFE.

    “heart holders”

    xoxoxoxoxoxo Love Sandy

    This page is AWSOME

  77. Hi Craig and Kat!
    I am so happy to hear you are doing better! I am saying lots of prayers for you! I love you and stay strong!
    xoxo
    Courtney
    ps- I cant wait to meet you!

  78. Hey Brother!
    I love you and we are always thinking about you. I bet it’s nice sleeping in your own bed. We miss you.

  79. Dear Craig
    I am Craig and Cheyrl’s niece from Ohio.Uncle craig put your site on my favorites. You are so blessed to have so many people praying for you.I know from experience prayer works.I’m sure we meet when we were younger but I can’t remember, hope to meet you again.
    Love Dionne and Family

  80. Hi Craig:
    I’m the all raspberry Berry Fulfilling with the protein boost and the lo-fat cranberry orange loaf regular customer at Jamba Juice. I’ve missed seeing you and the girls have kept me up on your progress. You’ve been in my prayers for a speedy recovery!!!

    Cindy Bankston

  81. All of Craigs family are very thankful for Gary. He sure made it easier on all of us. Kat, you are amazing too. All of Craigs family are very very thankful you are in our lifes. Craig we are so proud of you, what a strong man you have become. Thanks again to everyone for all the Support and Prayers, please keep them coming.
    Lots of Love, Mom

  82. Craig,
    Glad to hear you are doing well. Must be so nice to be at home, sounds like you are doing very well. You have great support in your family, you are very blessed! Just know we are thinking of you and wish you the best!
    Love The Langill Family

  83. Craig and Katrina – we’re excited to see Craig’s progress in the last few weeks on this website. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

    karen and adrian

  84. I’m sad Gary left but you should know that I plan on bugging CONSTANTLY on your road to recovery.

    You are so brave, and I am blessed to have you in my life.
    [rinnng]……..[rinnng]…..umm….answer your phone!- I’m trying to call you!

  85. hey dude!
    it was nice to finally be able to talk with you today.

    let me know how your tests go,
    and give me a call so i can come bug you sometime next week!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. Kat & Craig – the website is a great idea to keep everyone informed on how life is going. Im very, very, happy to hear that Craig is home and improving. Both of you are in my prayers for continued improvement for health & to remain strong physically and emotionally through Craig’s recovery. God cares for you through all things. God Bless, Auntie Dawn

  87. We miss you guys! We can’t wait to see you again. You will both stay in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Love you both.

  88. I’ve always hated that I’m really bad at finding comforting words at times when they are needed most. So with that in mind I will just say that I think about you every day, Craig. I update all of my friends and co-workers as often as I can and each of them is praying for you, including me.
    Even though we aren’t blood, I’ve always considered all you boys to be my honorary brothers and I HATE that this is happening to my family.
    So if there is anything I can do from the other side of the country, don’t hesitate to ask.
    I love you and I know that you are strong enough to take this on even if it might not feel like it sometimes. Be good!

    – Jenn ๐Ÿ™‚
    XOXO

  89. Hi Craig,

    I absolutely love this website! You are definately in my thoughts and prayers! I know you will pull through this! Stay strong. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love for you and your family!,
    Amy Ellena (Michele’s favorite cousin)

  90. Craig & Kat,
    Keep seeing the good in things! This will help you both through the next few months. Everything will be ok, it will just take a bit longer to get there! My good friend just yesterday told me those very words! Keep strong and keep the faith!!!! We love ya..
    The Langill Family

  91. Oh Craig & Kat:
    We are soooo sorry ! We will keep praying and that is perhaps the most important tool of all.
    Love, Judy and Wayne

  92. Craig and Kat,I just got a email from Judy and checked the web site. Our prayers are with you daily Craig I belive you will beat this thing with all my heart, your so lucky to have all these friends I read on this site they all are praying just keep the faith.
    Hugs Debby and Victor

  93. Hi Craig & Kat,

    I’m your grandmother Phyllis’ cousin in NH. Just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of our entire church. A quick story…14 years ago my granddaughter, Teraco then 8, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and the statistics were very, very grim. It took some time and miracles, but she is now a senior at Texax A&M and doing fine! Keep your faith!

  94. Hi Kat & Craig,

    I’m one of Craig’s Mom’s friends and just wanted to let you know you are all in my prayers everyday and have been since first I heard you were not up to par. My prayers will keep coming as long as you need them.
    Dee

  95. Craig,
    Hang tough, you can beat this! I’m a friend of your parents. You come from good stock….
    We’ll keep ypu on pour prayers.

  96. Hey Craig. I was going to try and tell you that things have been super busy at work. I was going to tell you about our lines out the door, people getting in fights because they NEED their Jamba, Starbucks employees begging for just a piece of our business and tearfully sampling Frappuccinos to our customers waiting in our long, long lines. But…. yeah. Didn’t think you’d fall for that. LOL

    Anyway, I will tell you that we all miss you and are more than ready for your enthusiasm in a conference call. Can you help a brother out with that???

    In closing, I wish you and your family a happy holiday season and, of course, a speedy recovery to you.

    Much love,

    The Van Lom’s

  97. Okay Bruddah, howzit? Have not herd back from you, Talking to your dad, Hope your feelin okay, keep up the march! If you need anything let me know! Stay warm its colder and snowy as heck!! Miss you all Love Fred

  98. Yo Craig

    We don’t talk like we used to, but I want you know you’re in my thoughts. You’ve always been the nicest person to me and I trust your strength will get you through any adversity you have in your life. Much love my friend.

    Jason Hyman

  99. Hello my dear Cousin. Us Eugenians are thinking about you everyday. We are only a few hours away if you need ANYTHING. Both Justin and I are going to be getting tested to see if we are a marrow match if it turns out that neither Gary or Rick are. I work in physicians office, and one of the Dr’s has been sharing all of his knowledge with me about your cancer. He told me that there are 2 places he would get treatment for Leukemia at, and one of them is OHSU. I pray that that is where you are. You are in out thoughts everyday, and I have other friends sending you their prayers also. However I or Justin can be of any service, we want to know. Even if it just means cleaning your place. We are here for the both of you, no matter what. My mom thinks about you to. She wanted me to tell you that. Stay strong, you have a ton of people here for you guys. We love you both. Feel free to call me anytime 541-543-7439. Much love. Nicole and Justin

  100. Though you don’t know us, we have heard much of you as of late. We are Auroras Mom and Dad and would like you to know that your bravery is not going unnoticed. Know that our prayers are with you.
    It sounds like the road ahead will be tough, but paved with the love and support of those who know and love you.
    We live in Las Vegas now, but hope to return to the beautiful Northwest and look forward to meeting you and your loovely bride when we do.
    Gods speed to recovery.
    Peace and Joy to you and your family.

    Brenda and Richard Helvey

  101. I wish you the best in fighting this thing, Craig! It will take strength and love and more strength but I can see from this site and from the look in your eyes that you have all of that.

    – Lia Marcote (now Lia Berman), from your mom’s childcare group in the 80s

  102. Hi Craig: Just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. My aunt-in-law had stem cell replacement which was a complete success…so we wish you luck in the trying times ahead…and we love you.

    Love the DePriest’s

  103. Craig and Kat,
    I have seen what happens when the two of you put your mind to something, that said, I am not worried. Just be strong for the journey. I love you guys and miss you.

  104. We have sent you another package with more beanies and warm sweat shirts, etc.
    Merry Christmas to you both

  105. Dear Craig and Kat,

    I am a friend of your parents through Jim Howard. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I know first hand what this journey entails, as my daughter was also diagnosed with AML in April 2005. Every day was a roller coaster ride with new turns and twists. My faith in God above all else kept me going and the love and support of family and friends. During those 16 months, I met the most amazing cancer warriors and continue to be blessed by the bonds made with other families. The most important lifeline during this time will be your faith in the Lord. His love, strength and mercy will carry you through the fire to healing. I always kept a positive attitude and regardless of what the doctors said, I knew God was Katie’s Heavenly doctor and that He would provide what was best for her and He has. My prayers are with you and as my Katie would say, “Kick Cancer’s Butt” and ” #@%@@&* Cancer” I can’t write that word :), her older siblings introduced her to Dane Cook! Stay strong,

    XOXO
    Carolyn

  106. Craig, keep your head up man. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. You’ll pull through. Stay positive and God Bless!

  107. Aloha, Bruddah Howzit? Seen your 2hr. visit yet, or is weather probhibitive. Snowing here again, had almost 2 ft. but lost quite a bit last 2 days. How are you feelin? Stay warm and give Kat a hug for me. Miss yu Love Fred

  108. Craig & Kat,

    We wish you a Merry Christmas! Keep warm up there in Oregon! Enjoy the season and keep the faith. Stay strong!!
    Love The Langill Family

  109. Craig,

    You are in my prayers!! I think about the two of you constantly and have been blessed to have you as a “brother.” Wish I could be out there with you two right now. I have many friends and family members who are also keeping you and Kat in their thoughts. You truly are very strong and I have no doubt that you will walk away from this. I love you!

    ~ Sara

  110. Just wanting to say hello, all of us down here have been thinking about you both. Hope you enjoyed your white christmas. We love you two.

  111. Hi Kat & Craig,
    We just want you both to know that Sara always talks to us about how u both r doing and how much she loves u both. Her dad & I pray for the both of u and we know God will bring u through this. Keep your eyes on him and with him nothing is impossible. We long for the day we will hear of Craigs complete recovery! We luv u for loving her and being such good friends to her.
    love Sara’s dad & mom
    Howard & Terry

  112. Hi Craig and Kat,
    My name is Brandi. I was your nurse at Mt. Hood Medical Center when you were first diagnosed. I’m so glad to see that you guys have so much wonderful support. I have been thinking about the both of you and sending my hopes of a speedy recovery. I hope you guys had a good holiday and were able to enjoy the snow.
    Get well soon.
    Best wishes,
    Brandi

  113. The arms of the Barn family are open wide to the both of you. Wishing you peace, love, and much much laughter in 2009!

  114. If anyone can get through this its you! Please let me know if I can ever do anything to help. I will be praying for you.

  115. Hey Craig its Andy from Jamba Juice in Chino Hills.. Our store loves you and we know you can get though this!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ your the best..

    Andy Reed

  116. Dear craig and kat,
    Well i know u probably dont know me but i found your card at jamba juice in fairview. Well first of all i just wanna say sorry for wats happening but i know everythings gonna be okay. i almost know how you guys feel about all this b cuz me and my whole family all went through this about a month ago. My little 8 year old cousin got diagnosed with leukemia and since that day it just made everyone open their eyes. It’s like you think it wont happen to you or anyone you love but all of a sudden it does and your just like o my gosh like u cant believe it; it’s life. Well yea she had i think they said it was 70% so they told us it was gonna take years to get rid of it and to do everything that had to be done for her to be good. Okay So it lasted for like a month wen on christmas day my little cousins mom called the doctor like at 2am b cuz my little cousin had a big like bruised bump on her arm were they had poked her so she got scared and called the doctor to ask i that was normal. The doctor answered back saying that my little cousin didnt have it no more like it was all gone the leukemia was gone. After that she went back to check on my little cousins bruise she had been worrying about and it was all gone no bruise no nothing After the doctor had told her that from that moment evrything changed it was just unbelievable it was gone in one month! To tell u the truth i didnt really belive in miracles but since then i just felt like…WOW! Right now she still has to take all the medicines and stuff but isnt going to be as strong to make her feel that bad it;s just to make sure it doesnt come back. So after all this it just made me open my eyes and for that i know everything is going to be okay. I know i dont know you and your family but i will include u all in my prayers every night.

  117. hey craig its gina from jamba juice in chino hills! Hope you get well soon! We are all hear praying for you! take care!
    <3 gina

  118. Hi From Craig’s Mom. I just Wanted to say THANK YOU,THANK YOU so very very much to all of you who keep writing to Craig and Kat, your support and kinds words are amazing. We are truely Blessed. I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2009. Love to all of you. Judy

  119. Craig,
    I have known you most of your life and with a family as strong and good as yours, theirs no way you won’t beat this. Live have its challenges and just believe in the power of now and your family. Keep it real and stay in the plus column of life.
    Good Thoughts from Colorado,
    Ed & Yuko

  120. If I got a nickel every time someone asked me how you are doing I’d be one RICH lady!!!

    There are so many people praying for you-
    with this much faith everything is going to be just fine.

  121. Hi Craig,

    I couldnt believe it when the girls at the shop told me you had leukemia! I know you can beat this and I’d glad you have Kat to cheer you through the process.

    My ex was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002. He went through several trial studies at OHSU and had no success with finding a donor. He has been cancer free since 2006. If you havent looked into trial studies, please consider them. OHSU wrote off everything that insurance didnt cover and is always looking for new patients to join their trial studies.

    Take care and I’m sure I’ll see you back in the store soon!

  122. Hey Craig!

    Hope this email finds you doing well. Tyler went to your parents house on Christmas day to visit and had a great time. I even got a picture of Ty & Rick! Tyler loved seeing all the Christmas decorations, reminded him of his youth!!! He just turned 20 yesterday!!! Can’t believe that one!!! Take care and I will check back soon.
    Love The Langill Family

  123. Hi you two,
    A quote, for old time sake.
    “most people don’t aim to high and miss, they aim too low and hit”
    Happy Thursday!

  124. Hey dude!

    I just wanted to stop by and say that I’m continously praying for you, and that I want to see you!!!

    Call me sometime!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Miss you and love you broseph!

    -gatorrrrr.

  125. Aloha Craig, Just talked to your dad, said your were in the hosp. sorry to hear!! Whats happin, still on with the chemo? How is Kat? Thinkin of you two! Miss you Love Fred

  126. Hi Craig & Kat, not a moment goes by that we are not thinking of you both! We miss you so much and can’t wait to come visit. Everyday someone is asking about you and sending positive thoughts. Stay Strong, We LOVE you so much!

  127. Craig – you don’t know us, but we have heard of you through our son, Matt. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you through this trying time. For the past few years we have participated in the Forest Grove Relay for Life. This year we will be walking in your honor. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

  128. I gotta say, I am getting a contact high from all these good feelings! What a fantastic network of family and friends you both have.

  129. Monday quote:
    Be fanatics. When it comes to being, doing and dreaming the best, be maniacs. Hope all is well. I love you guys.

  130. Senor Craig, although you don’t know me, I’m an old friend of Kats. I heard what happened, and I pray for you my man. Cease the moment and beat this thing. This is your dragon. Be strong, and depend on the love that your people give you in your life. I hope we meet some day. At full strength I’m sure of it. Take care, and don’t give up dude. Blessings.

  131. Hey Craig. I finally made my way back to Jamba Juice after taking a couple months off from my daily habit, when a week went by without seeing you I asked one of the girls if you still worked there and was in complete shock when I was told what was going on in your life! I don’t know you outside of Jamba but you seem like such a positive person, and that will make all the difference in your recovery! You and your fiancรฉ are in my thoughts and prayers!

    God bless,
    Michelle (strawberry nirvana no peaches add mango and passion juice instead of apple) just in case you had no clue who this was!

  132. I’m gonna make a request that you tell that bitch patient sharing the room with you that American Idol is not optional viewing..its required. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  133. Hello Craig,
    Just checkin in on ya! Hope you are able to watch American Idol tonight! I know John & I will be! haha Take care and keep strong, all will be good!
    Love The Langill’s

  134. Good Thursday Morning,
    Just writing to let you know I am thinking of you both and hope all is well. What’s the word if any regarding the donor match?

  135. Hi Craig & Kat I know we talk everyday,so I don’t leave messages often. But just wanted to thank those that keep sending them. Everyday many of our friends ask about you and the prayers and wonderful good thoughts keep coming your way. Dad and I love you both so very very much, we really miss you, we must see you soon.

  136. Good Morning,
    Well it is cold here in Southern California! I can only imagine it is colder there in Portland. Hope the search for the donor is coming along well. Did Mike & Michele make it up for a visit? Sounds like your mom & dad are ready to get up for a visit. Keep warm and take care… Keep writing to us all!
    Much Love The Langill Family

  137. Im glad to hear things are looking up man, Best of luck on getting the donor quick and getting 100% man! best wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Good Morning,
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you both. Wish we all could have been there to help you celebrate. What about adding some wedding photos to this site.
    Just want to add to Kat or Craig’s message and say if anyone is concerned about getting on a national registry, I felt the same way years ago when a dear friend went through this same thing. Just think…. “some stranger is going to save our dear friends life” The more donors he has the better his chances are. Organize a drive and get your friends, friends of friends and family to register.

  139. Congratulations!!!
    How exciting, wish we could of been there but we look forward to seeing you soon here in the OC!! haha Thanks for the pictures today! You both look very happy and we all wish you two the best!
    What a special time in your lives!!!!
    Take care – Love
    The Langill Family…..

  140. Hey Brother and Sister!! Congratulations on getting married. I can’t wait to have a party and celebrate. We love you both so very much!! Your in our prayers always.

  141. Your happiness in marriage has made me very very happy, your devotion has made me proud of you both, love to you Craig and my new daughter -in-law Katrina, wishing you many many wonderful anniversaries.

  142. aunt Lillian
    Congratulations!! You both look so beautiful on your wedding day. All the best to this wonderful marriage of Mr and Mrs Brandmeier, and I never stop praying for you

  143. Hello Craig,
    Went to the Whale festival yesterday and saw your mom and dad. Was great to see them and get updates on our families. Tyler watched the parade with your family, (his 2nd family!!). Even Ian and his girlfreind stopped by to visit your folks. Always a great place to see people we don’t always see and it’s free!!! Hope you and Kat are doing well. Keep us posted on your statis. Take care, love the Langill’s

  144. You haven’t met us yet, we are Kat’s Aunt and Uncle from the Sontag family. You are very much in our thoughts, as is another young friend who will also undergo a stem-cell transplant soon due to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. An associate of mine in Arizona did the same about a year and a half ago and is doing really well. It is a tough road, but the pay-off is well worth it. Love, Linda and Terry

  145. Best wishes, Craig. I didn’t know… But, with the love and support of you’re ever-growing family and your dear friends, I know you’ll beat it. You’ve got enough heart and spirit to kick anything! Sending you love and support from the Rockies ~ Laura

  146. Craig, we love your folks, so that means we must love you as well. You both inspire us, and we send our prayers as we wish you the very best. Pat & Bob

  147. Hi Craig and Kat,
    I just wanted to send you the submission I sent to Oprah. It is hard to put into words what we feel and I hope this entry helps!
    We have been keeping up on your progress through your parents and we want you both to know we love you and think of you often. Thank you for the wonderful pictures of your wedding and we are very happy for you both!

    Dear Oprah,
    There is this wonderful young man (Craig Brandmeier) who comes from a great family, is recently engaged and has the world by the tail! Until one night in November he is rushed to the hospital with chest pains and finds out he has a rare blood disease, acute onset leukemia (AML). I have watched this event turn his world upside down, yet I see a young man with hope and an incredible spirit and love for life! There are so many wonderful and inspiring stories of hope and happiness associated with Craig’s fight and journey through this horrible turn of events in his life. As a good friend of the family I have watched Craig grow up into a successful, warm and loving young man. My wife and I witnessed his proposal to his girlfriend (Kat) early last fall at a family trip in Las Vegas. He has three loving brothers and very devoted parents. Craig’s brothers all shaved their heads when they went to visit him the first time in the hospital after he was diagnosed. He was recently married to Kat in his apartment and the pictures show an incredible love for life and each other. His family is desperate for help as Craig has not been able to find a stem cell match and he is running out of time.
    I think his story is compelling and probably is not as uncommon as I would like to think. There needs to be a better awareness of this disease and how the public can help by getting tested for a simple stem cell match! Your show is the perfect venue not only to hopefully save Craig’s life but through public awareness save many other lives in similar situations! Please consider Craig’s story for one of your not too distant shows as he does not have much time!

    Craig is truly an inspiration!

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Howey

  148. Hi,
    I am Gail’s cousin. I guess Katrina and I are second cousins?
    I am happy to donate for you and will go to wells fargo to do that.
    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and maybe we will meet one day.

  149. Good Morning,
    So how is the search coming? Any news? I hear it is raining this week up your way, wish we could send some down our way! haha
    Hope you are feeling well, take care and write to us all!!
    Hugs Brenda

  150. Hello to everyone. Brad and I are going to spend my 57th birthday with Craig & Kat. We cannot wait. Please become a donor and encourage everyone you know. There are so many men,women and children that need your help everyday. Brad and I are working on a grant from the city of Dana Point and we hope to have a drive in early May. We will keep everyone updated, but if you live far away from Dana Point or Portland please find out where you can go to become a donor. I thank you all so very very much for being there for Craig & Kat and also Us. Please keep the prayers going. Much Love, Craig’s Mom

  151. Craig,

    I haven’t met you yet – I work with Kat at PB. I told her this story last night. I have signed up to be a donor and mailed in my swabs a few days ago. Can not WAIT to hear if I’m a match for someone! My husband absolutely loathes needles, doctors, etc. but he himself (without me coaxing him!) went online and signed up yesterday. He has a friend at Nike who is in need of a transplant too, so I told him the best thing he could do is become a donor.

    I’m on a quest to get as many people to sign up as I can. What a gift to give someone in need!

    Hope to meet you someday at the Barn. I know I’ll love you as much as I love Kat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  152. Hi Craig!

    Kyle and I were just talking about you. He was home from UC Santa Barbara for his spring break! I’m so sorry about the donor situation. I’m sure that someone will be a donor! Kyle and I both are sending our strongest and most positive thoughts to you! Congratulations on your marriage also. It’s wonderful to find a loving person to share your life! Enjoy every moment! Kyle and I always remember with great fondness the nights you and Ricky spent the night with us when you were little guys! Fun times!!! Take care!

  153. XOXOX XOXOX
    I swabbed out months ago, but next week there is another blood/marrow drive and I am going to “swab” out again just in case. Maybe they lost my donation.
    Love you so much and always, Craig.
    We are praying for a miracle.
    XOXOX XOXOX

  154. Hey Brother and Sister!!

    I just wanted to say that I miss you and love you both! We missed you at Brooke’s second birthday, but you were in out thoughts! I know you will have a wonderful time in Hawaii, I’m jealous!!

    Can’t wait to see you again…

    Loce you!

  155. Craig,
    I dont personally know you but Michele is a co-worker of mine. She shared your story with me one day when we were together. I could tell by the passion in her voice how much she truly cares about you and your fight. You have many people that love and support you. I will share this with as many people as I can in hopes that your donor will be found. It is my hope that you are blessed with a match so you can begin to build a wonderful future with your fiance. Hang in there and keep the faith. I too am going through a similar situation with my husband with his 5th reoccurance of cancer. While his is not as critical at this point the hope is the same. Stay strong.

  156. Craig,
    I am a friend of Mike and Michele’s, and I also knew your brother Gary in high school. My sister also knows you from high school… Stephanie Gast. Michele forwarded me your site today and I want you to know that our entire family is on our knees praying for you and your match to be found. We will be anxiously awaiting info on the BM drive in Dana Point that you mention your parents are putting on. I would be honored to help in any way I can if you could please let them know. I can not wait to register in the hopes that I could possibly be a match for you or anyone else in the world. Keep fighting and know that there are lots of people from your home town and all over the world praying for you.

  157. Hi Graig,
    I work with Michele and recieved her email on Tuesday about becoming a bone marrow donor.
    I have worked for Staffmark a total of 9 years and no other co-worker has made an impression on me quite like Michele. I believe you are in very good hands.
    I was invited back in 2000 by a client named Coleman Homes to come out for Relay For Life.
    It was such a great experience I have been every year since. For the last couple years I have brought my family, my two daughters with me to campout at Cal State University. It is still rather cold in Bakersfield, but we have the best time coming together with the rest of the community and what a turn out we have!
    I have never been to support a family member, until this year. I will be there in support of you and I am postive that once again you are in the best hands.
    I cannot say enough for Relay For Life. They are truly a top notch organization ๐Ÿ™‚
    I look forward to becoming a bone marrow donor on Saturday and so far have recruited a car full to accompany me.
    Best of luck, God Bless and keep on keeping on!

  158. Hi to all. If you live near Dana Point and are checking this site, please come to the Relay for life in Dana Point. May 2 and 3. Lantern Bay Park from 10am to 10am. We need walkers. Craig is the featured person for one of the teams, we will have lots of photos of him. Look for Coast to Canyon tent thats us. If you would like to donate please e-mail me at brandmeier@cox.net. Craigs Dad and I are off to see Craig this Thursday, can’t wait. Again We Thank you so much for all the comments. Love Judy

  159. Greetings from windy California!
    Emily and I signed up for the Relay for Life on the Coast to Canyon Team! We are looking forward to joining in on a great event. We are walking from around 8 to 10 pm which I hear will be very nice with all the luminaries lighting up the track. Hope you guys had a nice visit with your Mom & Dad, I know they were looking forward to it very much. Hope you are feeling well and will check back soon..
    Take care, Hugs – The Langill’s

  160. Hi Craig,
    Thinking about you with much affection and positive thoughts.

    Sincerely,
    Lorrie

  161. Sounds like VERY good news! I believe your positive outlook has a lot to do with it!!! Keep the positive thoughts and know we ALL wish you well!
    Take care,
    Love The Langill Family

  162. Hi Craig,

    The latest news sounds very positive. Thank God for all the support you are getting from your friends and family. Our hearts are with you also and we wish we could be there to comfort you. We feel the same sense of optimism that you do that everything will be work out fine and you will beat this thing. Love always, Kathi and Gary

  163. Keep the news coming ! Particulary the good news ! ! We’ll keep praying !! Lots of Love, Judy and Wayne

  164. Hey you two
    Things are looking good!!!
    Can’t wait for Hawaii pictures!!!
    Everyone is pulling for you!!!
    Love ‘N’ Hugs
    Bon

  165. Hi Craig and Kat,
    Great update!! I’m so proud of your courage. Our thoughts are with you.

    Love,
    Alice and Pete

  166. Sounds like everything is going good and look forward to seein ya when you come down to Dp. Blart!! say hello to the furbies for me
    Ryan Cawley

  167. Craig,

    You are in our thoughts everyday. We meet with the City of Dana Point this Thursday and will have the opportunity to share your story alongside your Father. We hope to garner support from the City to assist with hosting marrow drives in the Dana Point community. I love your positive spirit.

    Shelley Baker
    Be The Match/ National Marrow Donor Program

  168. Craig and Kat,

    Thank you for your message. This is the hope you have been waiting for, isn’t it? The good news must be that you will be in remission.
    My Father and I pray nightly for your recovery. God is great and you will be well.

    Old friend of Gail at Rogers Gardens,
    Ana

  169. Craig,

    I met your parents last weekend in Dana Point at a bike race. My mother who works with (your dad?) is hosting a team in the Relay for Life out there this weekend and I wanted to give my support. If you need anything, I’m a stones throw away in Portland, and am up there all the time. Let me know. Your parents are forwarding my contact info to you.

    Take care,

    John

  170. Hi Craig and Katrina,

    Your update sounds great!!! We wish you the best.

    Karen and Adrian

  171. Hello to Everyone, well the Relay for Life was a great success! Our team raised over $5,200 and some people sent money directly to Craig. It was Wonderful, we carried the Banner with Craig and Kat’s picture and Craig’s story so many people read it and sent there best wishes. We THANK YOU all again for all your support and those of you who were able to join us walking. DONOR DRIVE, with the help of the City of Dana Point and The BE The Match Foundation we are having a Donor Drive on June 11, from 12noon to 7pm in Dana Point at the Community Center on DelObispo St. We need everyone to help get the work out Please. We need people to come and be a donor. It’s not a blood test at this time, it’s just a swab of your cheek. You may save someone’s life. What could be better than that! Age is 18 to 60. Please e-mail me if you have any questions. brandmeier@cox.net Take Care, Judy

  172. Craig,

    I read about your situation in the DP Times..
    I know exactly what your going through…I was diagnosed 10 years ago with Hodgekins Desease…
    Cancer of the Lymph System..they initially thought I had Leukemia as the symptoms are similar Hodgekins. I was stage 4 and never new it…I was running marathons and competeing in Triathelons until the day I became symptimatic like you. I to had a bone marrow transplant in additon to a bone marrow harvest. Fortunately after 12 months of chemo, 9 months of radiation and alot of positive thinking I beat the ordeal…it was not an easy journey and not one I’d want to repeat. I can tell you that your positive attitude, strong support network and belief that you will beat it make a significant difference in your outcome. I have been in remission for 10 years and am a true believer that my outlook and strong belief that I would beat the cancer were instrumental in my recovery. No doubt standard medical protocol is critical but I can tell you more times than not people in remission have told me they believe thier outlook and ability to visualize being cancer free was another important component. No doubt the way you look at your life will change…priorities become comepletely differnt and friends and family become forefront.

    Hey…I wish you great success in beating this and reading down the road that you are 10 years out in remission! Keep up the “I will beat this attitude”! It makes a difference.

    Peter Perlman

  173. Hello Craig,

    Emily and I had a nice time together walking that Saturday night in your honor! We talked alot about different things, we send our love and well wishes to you! We talked about her 2nd birthday, we have pictures of you and all the other big brothers she had surrounding her that day and always. Next time you are in town please let us know would love to see ya! Take care and keep the positive “tude”!!!!
    Love the Langill Family

  174. Hang in there Craig- the medicine and hospital’s aren’t fun, but remember Superstar’s get anything they want. You are in the best place in the world to get the medical help and you already have the support and Love to get you through this.

  175. Hi Craig,

    I’m so sorry that you have to go through this again. I think of you and Kat everyday and only have the best wishes for you. I know that with the way that you look at life in such a positive fashion, good things will happen. You are both in our hearts and prayers. Please stay positive!! We Love you, Kathi and Gary

  176. My love and prayers are with you….
    I will be helping at the Donor Drive on 6/11!
    We have been where you are NOW and prayers and
    Donor Drives will make you WELL!
    P.S. I am a friend/Sand Dollar Member with Judy!
    AND your parents have been wonderful helping us with Sand Dollar and now it is our turn to pay back!

  177. Craig, busy getting the word out- I have posted everyone on facebook and just posted this message to many groups on activerain.com, a Real Estate network with over 148,000 members nationwide as well as public views. Your Mom is urging everyone to get the word out and we are all urging everyone to do that. I’m using the heading, Bone Marrow Drive, Be a hero, save a life.
    The City of Dana Point is sponsoring a Bone Marrow Drive in honor of Craig Brandmeier on Thursday June 11th from 12-8 at the Community Center on 34052 Del Obispo St. Dana Point, Ca.

    Craig Brandmeier is a Dana Hills High school graduate, 24 years old, living in Portland and a newlywed. Craig was just admitted again to the hospital for another month of chemotherapy and in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. His brothers were not a match. Craig has a 1 in a million chance to find a match. Are you one in a million?

    Craig’s Mom and Dad, Judy and Brad are very involved in helping the community and many many charitable organizations. Why so many people know Judy through the Chamber, Women’s Club, Race For The Cure, etc. Just about every charity or organization has Judy involved one way or another. Please visit http://www.helpcraig.org to learn more.

    Anyone in good health between 18 and 60 can donate, it’s a swab on the cheek to be a hero and save a life. Our community, his friends and family know it’s doable, but they need donors.

    Please come and if you can’t, please spread the word. If you don’t live in the area and want to donate, please visit http://WWW.BeTheMatch.org and http://www.marrow.org

  178. Oh, guys ! ! We are soooo sorry ! We will be praying all the harder. And also praying for both of you to keep up your courage ! It is wonderful that you had the trip to Hawaii, we hope it went fantastically. Love, Aunt Judy and Uncle Wayne.
    Perhaps I should sign it the way Bryanna and Danielle’s aunt on their father’s side always signs her cards. ‘Uncle Ann and Aunt Frank’. It took years before the girls noticed that she always signed cards that way.

  179. Craig,
    I just got your Moms email this morning Sunday and got on your site. I know you will beat this and staying positive and praying will help alot.
    I am going by the shop next week to pick up flyers for the Dana Point thing Victor and I have been going to Saddleback Church where pastor Rick Warren speaks he is wonderful I will take some flyers to the church they so many ways to get the word out.
    We love you
    Debby and Victor

  180. Craig
    Just posted your story on my facebook page hope it helps!
    Hugs
    Debby

  181. Hello Craig,

    I do not know you, but I have two kids at Dana Hills H.S. and received the “Reach Out” notice throught Alan Wickstrom of SOCSA (a great guy). My kids lost their dad at a young age from Cancer. I am a strong supporter of the “Relay For Life” in San Juan Capistrano and I am also involved with the Oncology Unit at CHOC Hospital. I am happy to go to the Bone Marrow drive in Dana Point, and God willing, maybe I could be a match.

    I wish you, your wife, family and friends strength to get you through this.

    Gods Speed,

    Donna Nestor

  182. Craig,

    I own the surf camp at San Onofre and I would like to doanate a week of camp for you to auction off… The price is 495.00 this year for camp maybe post it on your site.. Stay positive its the best medicine out there… Law of attraction- ask for it feel it and it will come brudda. Love to get you in the ocean this summer.

  183. Love you brother! I can’t believe how strong you are. You absolutely amaze me! I love you.

  184. Craig,
    I am so sorry to hear of your hospitalization once again. Hang tough and keep those positive thoughts, you will beat this!!! So glad Gary is up there to help out Kat and you!
    Will write soon,
    Think Positive!!!!
    You are loved…..

  185. Keep fighting. You’re strong and you’ll beat this. You, Kat and your families are in my prayers. Let me or Chris know if either of you need anything. Love you both!

  186. Hi Craig,
    We are Kristen Johnson’s parents and we know first hand the power of “the positive”. I think you know her cancer story. We will round up everyone we can and be there June 11th.There are lots of us behind the scenes keeping you in our prayers.
    Pete and Dee Dee Johnson

  187. Craig & Kat
    Here you are at the hard place again…but…you are a warrior and you will beat this!!! Good thoughts and prayers are devoted to you both from soooo many places.
    We love you both and await good results
    Love ‘N’ Hugs
    Bon-Bon

  188. Craig
    Stay strong and keep fighting! You have to fight this battle- be a samurai warrior!! I am saying tons of prayers for you and Kat! I am going to sign up to get swabbed on the 11th.I love you guys!
    xoxo
    Courtney

  189. Hey Craig,
    Hello from the Langill Family! Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you during your chemo! Hope all is going well with your treatments!
    Keep positive thoughts and know we care!
    Love ya
    John Brenda Ian Tyler & Emily

  190. Dear Craig and Kat, Just to let you know we also are praying for a donor match for you. You have many friends praying and believing you will be completely healed.God bless you both.
    Love, Eugenia and Ben

  191. Hi Craig,
    We don’t know you; but we know your Mom and Dad. We are residents of Dana Point and Cyndi is a Past President of Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. Our Club is doing all we can to promote the donor drive next week. Just wanted to drop a line and let you know that you are in the prayers of those whom you don’t even know through your amazing parents! Best wishes; stay strong; and smile often! Cyndi and Bob

  192. Craig,
    I’m really sorry to hear about the relapse but Brenada and I are praying for you. Brenda works on the bone marrow transplant floor (stem cell) for the youth at Childrens Hospital in Birmingham and over the years I have seen some really amazing things happen. They have solutions to help. Stay strong and keep your chin up and we will keep you on the prayer list and I will try to help with donations.
    Dave and Brenda Lewis
    BGG Performance

  193. Hello Craig,

    I don’t know if we knew each other in highschool but I wanted to send my best wishes to you! I will be going to the drive to see if I am a marrow match. Stay positive! You can beat it!

  194. Dear Craig, You are at the top of my prayer list. Tina keeps me up to date about you. My 25 year old brother had leukemia,so your struggle is close to my heart. My love & prayers, Liana

  195. Dear Craig and Kat,
    thanks for such a great update. keep up your strong attitude. you will keep on winning winning. i will pray extra tonite for your good progress. also what a lovely brother you have besides you already have the most wonderful wife, lovely family and so many friends. may God bless you all !
    auntie lillian

  196. Hi Craig,
    I sent a card to the hospital last month and you may not have been there to
    receive it! Oh well, I hope you are feeling well. Both Hockey and Basketball are on right now hope you are able to enjoy! Keep positive!!

    Take care,
    The Langill’s

  197. The Dana Point Donor Drive. WOW what a success. We signed up 210 people today. People showed up that have been a part of the Brandmeier’s lifes for years and people showed up that we didn’t even know. It was WONDERFUL. We thank you all and please keep praying for Craig and Kat, there is still a long road ahead but with all the love and support THEY WILL BEAT THIS. We are so very lucky to have the family and friends that we have. Take Care

  198. Craig,
    My husband Rick and I were lucky to attend the drive last week and visit with your brothers and friends we knew. I had dinner with your sis inlaw Michele and friend Kristen Johnson last night along with a few other friends who were also able to join the registry that day. We all said how amazing your sweet family is and how wonderful it was to see such a great turn out. I’m sure you’re already aware, but there’s a world of people who love and care for you and are praying for you daily. I know you will beat this!!!!!

  199. The two of us along with our grandsons, Chase and Kaden, will be walking in support of you, July 10th-11th in the Forest Grove Relay for Life. You are always in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you well.

  200. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRAIG!!!!

    I hope you enjoy your families visit! So good to read your story update, Know we are thinking of you and wish you well!!

    Hugs The Langill Family

  201. Happy belated Birthday, Craig.
    I just read about you in the Orange Co. Register and had chivers running down my back.
    Our family just very recently went thru the identical ordeal. Our daughter had been diagnosed with AML and was treated at M.D.Anderson in Houston. Her brother who was a 50% match flew in from Austria to donate the bone marrow.
    Have you considered a cord blood transplant?
    We shall remember you in our prayers and wish for success. Keep up your good spirits and think very positive. Having your family with you will be a great comfort.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery,
    the Valencia family.

  202. Dear Craig and Kat. Just to let you know we are
    praying for you both! Craig we are praying for a COMPLETE healing! Happy birthday and know you are loved.
    Ben and Eugenia Cruz and family

  203. Hey Craig and Kat! I finally found your site and got to catch up on everything that’s happening with you. Loved your wedding pictures, and you both look soooo happy. That day has been 43 years ago for us. I know you’re disappointed about waiting for the transplant but it’ll be here before you know and then– yahoo! On the way to living life cancer free! David went for his 5th start of 5 days of Vidaza. Hopefully, they’ll be able to become farther apart with time and lower cancer counts. Still no news of a match, but maybe that’s o.k. We’ll take it as it comes and put our faith in God and Doctor K (Kovacsovics) Best of luck and you and your family will be in our prayers. We’ll be looking forward to your messages, keep them coming.

  204. Hi Kat and Craig, sorry about this MRSA thing ! but you are not alone, my prayers for you never been stopped. The surgery will be fine, and he will feel much better when antibiotic fights for him too. I know its a difficult journey, but you will get through all this.
    Love,
    auntie Lillian

  205. Gosh you guys. I came to check on the statis and saw your message. Our family is praying for you all. Steve and Terri

  206. thinking about you guys….. sending love and prayers. Let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do. I am off the whole month of August…
    Love ya!!!!

  207. Craig I just wanted to drop a line again and let you know we are thinking of you and praying for you. I sure hope you get to feeling better soon.
    Dave and Brenda Lewis

  208. Hang in there Craig ! And you, too, Kat. You must get so frustrated ! We are all routing for you – AND praying ! ! Love, Judy and Wayne

  209. Keep fighting Craig. You have the love and prayers of not only your dear family and friends but so many people you have never met. God bless you Kat and all who have been by Craig’s side through these trying times….

  210. Hi you 2,
    Hang in there… everything is going to be fine, and that’s my final answer. I love you guys and can’t wait to see you.

  211. Dearest Kat & Craig, I rec’d your TY card today & was touched that with all you are going thru that you took the time to write. You don’t need to. I want you both to know that you continue to be on the top of my prayer list. I keep Craig close to my heart. My last job was a hospice nurse & I always felt so honored to be allowed to share in a very private part of someones life. Thank you for keeping all of us so well informed. My spirit struggles with yours & rejoices with your victories. Keep up the good fight, Craig. My love, Liana P.S. Do take care of yourself, Kat

  212. Katrina & Craig,

    Everything will be fine. I pray and think of you everyday.

    Love
    Auntie Linda

  213. Hey Craig and Kat,
    Hang in there Craig, we are thinking of you! This will all get better very soon. Smile and keep up your spirits…

    Love The Langill Family

  214. Well guys I know Mom and Dad are up there Im trying to help at the shop while there gone doing what I can, big shoes to fill. Just wanted to let you know how many people just stop by to see how everybody is I was so impressed lot of people praying for you plus all in my family!! Get better real soon
    Hugs
    Debby

  215. Just wanted you to know I will be honoring Craig at the my drives this weekend. I am partnering with the Hurley US Open Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach. Be The Match will be there alongside Living The Dream Foundation and CHOC. The drive is from 8-4pm July 23rd-July 26th. Keeping Craig in my prayers and sharing his story and journey at my drives. Hope things are getting better.

    Shelley Baker
    Be The Match

  216. I was so happy to hear from you and read your update. I know that Craig will be stronger each day now, and looking forward to the big day in September. I can’t wait to see the show, keep us updated on when it will air. Of course, you know you’re already a star in our eyes. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  217. Dear Kat and Craig,
    So happy to read this good news. I’m sure you will feel better and better each day when you get back to more nuitritions and feel the happiness of your loved ones around you after these 20 days. May God bless you all !
    Love,auntie Lillian

  218. So glad to hear you are doing better Craig! You sure have a great support system around you and that is great! Keep up the fight and I hope that next time I check in on you guys you are resting at home!!!!
    Take Care… Love The Langills

  219. Craig,
    We are pushing for you!!!!Glad to hear you are doing better! Lots of love to you and Kat:)

  220. What great news! We’re praying and thinking good thoughts for you all, Love Steve and Terri

  221. i miss you craig!

    i hope you’re still beastin everything!

    i’m praying for you!

    love you!

  222. Hi Craig and Kat!
    We’ve never met, but I’ve been there with you, through Gary, since day 1. (Thank you for letting me borrow him, by the way) I just want to let you know that you have always been in my thoughts and my heart. You have such a great family who love and support you. You truly are a great character of strength, courage and resilience in the face of adversity. That is why you are going to beat this! Take care and hope you’re back at home already, watching Lost. =p

  223. So glad to hear Craig is getting stronger.
    We keep up with your updates and pray regularly for you and family. Love,
    Ben and Eugenia Cruz

  224. So glad to hear that Craig is feeling stronger. I will be sharing your journey next week at my Regional Recruitment Meeting. Sending you strength, love and hope.

    Shelley Baker

  225. I am so happy to hear that you went home and getting stronger everyday. Thinking and praying for you both everyday.

    Love,
    Auntie Linda

  226. Craig & Kat…..Marla here…..you pal Sara’s friend. I just wanted to send some Smiles your way and let you know that I was thinking of you both. I figure stength in numbers even if you don’t know all the numbers! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love,
    Mar

  227. CRAIG! miss hearing your voice bud. Not that ive been around at all, new job + moving = no time to deal with those kids. Hope your doing well!!

    -ryan (hellz…lol)

  228. Thanks for the good news. I’ll just keep on praying for more good news while you keep on putting on more pounds.
    Love,auntie Lillian

  229. Great news Craig and Kat!
    I am sure all your tests will come back good. Keep on eating and gaining your strength. We wish you well and keep chewin…

    Love the Langill’s

  230. Craig and Kat we are so proud of you both. Keep strong. The prayers are coming in everyday from all over the world, there are so many people pulling for you. We are so blessed with all the support. YOU WILL BEAT THIS! We Love you so very much.

  231. Well how is that bubble gum tasting? haha I thought the last entry was very cute, I love the title. I hear you are going to have some visitors, I wish you all good times together. Take care of yourself and keep strong!!!!
    Fight!!!!!!

    Know we care and love ya both
    The Langill’s

  232. Hi Craig & Kat!

    So glad to hear the good news from your mom… we think of you both daily and know you will beat this. Stay strong and when you are feeling weak, look up and the strength will find you.

  233. Best of luck to you. I am been on the bone marrow donor program for years. Had the call twice and my heart went nuts with anticipation. For both calls I was not the finalist, but would have given gratefully. Be strong!

  234. Craig,

    Judy and Brad do all of our printing for Tutor and Spunky’s Deli. They represent what makes Dana Point a great place to live, friendly and warm friends. A great city in which to do business.

    We will make you a deal: Just focus on getting better on your end of things, and when you’re ready, we’ll host a lunch for you and Kat at the best deli in Dana Point. We’ll include your friends and family members. And remember, on our front door the sign reads, “This is not a good place for a diet.” So, we’ll help you get some of those pounds back. You are in our thoughts, good buddy.

    The staff at Tutor and Spunky’s

  235. Craig,
    We just heard from your Mom that because of the infection earlier in july it took a toll on your heart and is now keeping your heart from working at full capacity. This must feel like a terrible set back. Don’t let this get you down. Keep believing that all will be OK. Once the doctor has that taken care of you’re on your way to transplant and recovery. Stay strong in your belief that you will see yourself through all of this and one day it will be like a bad dream.
    Our prayers are with you.

  236. Hi Craig,
    I’m a friend of Jennifer Brown’s. I want you to know you and Kat are in my thoughts. There are a bunch of us over here in Tennessee frequently lifting you, Kat, your family and the medical staff up in prayer and positive thought.
    May each day bring you renewed strength, peace and positive spirit.
    Sincerely,
    Melody

  237. I received your mom’s email yesterday, Craig. I can’t even imagine how difficult this ordeal is for you, but I want you to know that you’re an inspiration for all of us. Your courage and your spirit are an example that helps us cope with our own lesser problems.

  238. Craig and Kat, we have you in our thoughts and prayers constantly. It’s always painful to hear about someone that you love so dearly is hurting. Our love goes out to you both.

    Kathi and Gary

  239. Hi Craig & Kat,
    I’m one of Judy’s 200 best friends in Dana Point (seriously, one of the dominos/chamber group). It’s time to call out the militant angels – you know, the ones with the swords and sledgehammers. Kaboom! Bam! Zowee! No more infection, no more cancer! Only good health from now on! Hang in there!

  240. We certainly have been thinking of you all & praying especially for Craig. The prayers of us Episcopalians are OK, right? (jk!)
    You are brave, wonderful people & we want you all to find peace & Craig to enjoy good health.
    Love & best wishes, Pam & Russell

  241. Oh WOW ! This must be such a blow, and so discouraging. You must just want to get the transplant overwith, so you can begin recovering. Hang in there, we are all praying !

  242. sorry that you have had setback news. at least its nice to know specifically what to pray about for you. not sure why things dont go in a straight line, but with time we seem to always find out why. keep up all your positive attitudes during this time, im sure that is something that will make you stronger each day. you are teaching all of us to appreciate being in the daily moment with friends, family, and those around us. Thanks Craig for sharing Kat with us for a few days, it made me very happy to have her so close to my heart! Take care of each other. Love, Auntie Dawn

  243. Kat and Craig,

    I was so sorry to hear the news the other day…you both are always in my thoughts and prayers. And I am going to find some big league chewing gum for ya Craig!

    Taryn

  244. OK a little set back, still trusting God is in control and He knows, He cares, He is able and He is willing.

    Love, Gail

  245. Hey Craig
    Well Tyler graduated UTI today!!! YAY!!! We went to the graduation and it was very nice. He is a Certified Auto Technician!!!! I will send a picture soon. Hope you are feeling great today!!!
    Take care, Love The Whole Langill Family

  246. Hey Craig…Glad to hear the great news about the transplant date. Brenda and I are still praying for you….and as I said before, she works on the transplant floor ( Stem cell) at Childrens hospital and I have seen great things happen there. I wish you the best of luck. Stay tough and keep your chin up. HUUUAH!
    Dave/Brenda Lewis

  247. Hi Craig & Kat, You are still at the top of my prayer list. I beieve in miracles & am praying for one for YOU! Keep up the brave fight. God holds you in the palm of his hand. Liana

  248. Craig and Kat

    We are definitely coming to Portland for the week of your transplant. Tonight we will pick the date and let you know. If there is no room at your place, we will find a room on our own.
    Can’t wait to see you guys again.

    Love as Always,
    Mom

  249. Can’t believe how great you look ! It must have been a fun time with your parents and uncle and aunt there to visit. And brother ! So glad they have set a date, and we’ll be praying extra time (instead of 24-7, more like 30-10 !). Love, Judy and Wayne

  250. Craig,

    I’ve known you since you were quite small. Your parents have always been very dear to me and my family. I used to work with your dad at Beacon Printing. Stay strong and keep the faith.

  251. We are Mike and Cindy Hoverson, we worked with your dad before he was the owner of Beacon Printing. We just want you to know that we are praying for you and you are in our thoughts. When we first heard about this…we began to pray. Not only for healing, but also for the procedures you are undergoing and have undergone already. We are also praying for your family. Healing, comfort, and peace in the name of Jesus Christ…Amen.

  252. Hey Craig & Kat,

    Just a note to say hello and keep strong for the transplant. Hope you are able to enjoy all your visitors, wish we were one of them. Take care and always remember we love ya guys!!!
    Take care,
    The Langill’s

  253. Lots of prayers headed your way for the entire Brandmeier family! We will be waiting for the good news to poor in!! xoxo, Rick and Jill Townsend

  254. Hey Craig and Kat!

    It was so great to see you both this weekend! I know there is a long road ahead but I know that with all the prayers and love, we will get though this together! Craig stay strong though this, we all need you. I can’t imagine what the next two weeks are going to be for you and Ricky. I’m sure you are scared and that’s ok to be. We are here as a family and we can get through anything… ANYTHING. Kat, I’m here if you want to talk. We love you so very much and can’t wait to play some Farkle or frisbie golf soon. Your in our thoughts and prayers, with all the love in the world-Michele

  255. Just wanted to say We had a wonderful Family reunion in Portland this week-end with all the Brandmeier boys, wifes and Granddaughter Brooke. We played games, watched movies, played at the park, went out to eat, again and again. Cooked alittle too. We laughed alot. What a wonderful family we have. Thanks for all your comments and please keep them coming. Much Love to all, Judy & Brad

  256. Hi Brandemeirs! Just want to let you know you are all in our prayers. I’m picturing everyone, especially Craig and Ricky, in golden healing light as this process unfolds. Bless each and every one of you!!!

    All our love, Carrie and Greg Devine

  257. Dear Craig and ALL of the family, Know that you
    are loved and we are praying for you. Brad and Judy please let us know if you need anything.
    Love Ben and Eugenia.

  258. Hey Guys!!

    Just thinking about you both and hope that they are taking great care of you in the hospital. I wish that we could be there. We booked Mike a flight to come up there October 16-19. Brooke keeps asking about her Uncles and Aunt and of course “that one”. We love you and stay strong!!
    Love you – Michele

  259. Hey Craig & Kat,

    Hope they are treating well in the hospital and all is going as planned.
    Hi to Ricky! You all take care and please let us know if there is anything at all we can do for the Brandmeier family!
    Much love, The Langill Family

  260. I am praying for each and every step in this process. Very soon you will be celebrating with your lovely family when you go home again next month.
    Love, auntie Lillian

  261. My good friend has just gone through this…he is doing wonderfully…back to his normal healthy he-man self!! I know you will get there…the autologous transplants are a medical miracle.

  262. Rediation day is here… this is all happening so fast. Craig, you are truly an inspiration and I look up to your courage and strength through this whole process.I know we don’t tell you enough but we love you so very much. You have all the support in the world!!
    Ricky, thank you for doing what you are doing. You are giving Craig a second chance at life, there is no bigger gift.
    We love you all so very much and only wish we could be there to hold your hand…

    Michele

  263. Hi Craig and Kat,
    We really wish we could be with all of you! I am sure this procedure will go well and I expect a personal tour of Portland when you recover!
    We love you and you are all in our prayers!

    The Howey’s

  264. Thinking about you with all great hopes for a full recovery.
    Auntie Linda and Uncle Terry Sontag

  265. Keeping you all in my prayers… May God Bless you all especially Ricky & Craig.

    Regards,

    Christine Tovar
    (Michele Brandmeier’s Colleague)

  266. Hey Brothers!!
    Today is the day we have all been waiting for and dreading at the same time. I am very optimistic that everything is going to be ok. It’s in God’s hands and there are no better hands to leave it in. It’s going to me a tough road but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I can see it. Thinking of you all…

    WE WILL BEAT THIS…
    Michele

  267. I’ve been thinking about Craig and all of you all day! It brings tears to my eyes that your transplant has finally happened! My thoughts will continue to be with you as time goes forward.

  268. Thinking of you ALL today. Thanks for the update Kat, keep em coming.
    We send our love and best wishes as always. Take care and keep up the fight.

    Love and hugs,
    The Langill Family

  269. Thank you so much for the Sept. 29th update!!
    Very hard to read without getting emotional.
    We are with the entire Bradmeier family. You are ALL heroes. Our prayers and thoughts are with you
    every day.
    PS, we’re looking out for the house Judy and Brad.

  270. Craig & Kat, You have been in my thoughts all day. Stay strong and carry on! Together you are strong enough to beat this! Best wishes!
    ~ Leslie Z!
    (Kat’s friend from Pottery Barn)

  271. So proud of you Craig. Stay strong, I know you will beat this. You and the whole Brandmeier Family have been in my thoughts and prayers the last few days even more than usual. Ricky, you are amazing and selfless and I think you are an inspiration. God bless you all.

  272. Craig, you are such a fighter & you have so much support behind you! We know you are going to beat this! You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers everyday. Keep fighting & get well soon!

    Love, Sommar, Lance & Cash

  273. I pray everyday for you with picture in hand, especially now, that God will restore your health, and help you to persevere and endure all of this, coming out on the other side more and more in the image of Jesus Christ! I am praising Him in advance for all He is doing in your life.

    Love, Gail Campbell

  274. Dear Craig & Kat,
    There are innumerable people praying for you right now. One day at a time, one day at a time. I’m praying that God holds you very gently in His hands through this difficulty. Sending you angels from Dana Point.

  275. I’m praying extremely hard that his pain will go away and gets stronger and stronger to fight thru this battle.

  276. Wanted to say hi and let you know we are thinking of you and Kat. Stay strong and keep fighting Craig, you have so many wonderful people
    behind you in this fight. I look forward to the next update.
    Take care, Love The Langill Family

  277. Craig,
    I have read about the progress over the last 2 weeks while I have been gone. Man you are a strong young man. Keep up the battle man and I’ll keep praying for you. I hope that one day we can meet and share a steak and a cup of ( shall I say it) a cup of coffee.
    Dave…BGG Performance.

  278. Fight, Fight, Fight!!! How easy it sounds, I can’t begin to imagine…..JUST KNOW OF ALL THE PEOPLE FIGHTING WITH YOU…. WE are all with you CRAIG!… AND BELIEVE in YOU! We want to share your Story.. and we will. What an Incredible Honor! A strong young man with an amazing family fighting the toughest of fights! YOU can do it!!! God Bless Kat and Craigs family. Each and every one of you………. Tina DuBow (Michele’s friend)

  279. Fight Fight Fight! I love Tina’s remark. The way we all feel. You are getting thru this battle and pretty soon, the worst will be over. We are thinking about you, talking to friends about you and many many supporters praying for Craig, Kat and the entire Brandmeir Family.

  280. You are all in my prayers. Every Sunday we are given an opportunity during the prayers to ask for our own intentions. Craig’s name is right at the top of my list. (Regina has died, as was expected, so Craig is now at the top of the list.) Please know that God continues to hold you all in God’s loving arms and is heartbroken at what you are all going through.

    Peace be with you.

    Love, Katrina

  281. Thanks again for the update! They mean so much for us.Our prayers and thoughts are with you always. We think about you every time we pass the house in Dana Point (several times a day).
    Keep up the good work, Love, Ben and Eugenia

  282. Craig & Kat, You are always on my mind.I keep you both close to my heart & always in my prayers! Keep fighting the good fight, Craig, soooo many people are fighting with you. My love, Liana (Tina DuBow’s mom)

  283. I heard that the chest pains have come back. I hope that the doctors can take that pain away from you fast! I love you and we are thinking about you! Stay Strong Craig!!!

  284. Craig, we are a longtime Dana Point family, and heard about you. Our son Taylor who is 14 had a BMT in 2006. He is just started Dana Hills HS.
    These days waiting to engraft are no picnic as you well know. Stay tough.
    I have heard great things about you and your fighting spirit! That is what I know helped our son Taylor. We will send some things up with your Pops this week. Remision the video game is proven to help, and my wife made some vizualiztion tapes to help engage every cell in your body. We are holding you and your family in our prayers, you are an inspiration. With Love, The Carol Family

  285. Hey Craig
    Checkin in on you! Glad to hear things are going well, hope you are not in to much pain! Will be nice to have most of the family up there in a couple days. Happy Birthday to Ricky today! You are the best brother anyone could have….
    Take care and keep strong!!!
    Love The Langill Family

  286. we are so happy to hear the good news. still sending lots of love and prayers your way!! Love you guys!!

  287. Look out Dr G the Brandmeier force is taking over!!! Run Craig!!!! You are the BOMB!!!
    Kudos to Kat the Brandmeier clan is so very lucky to have you!!!
    Love ‘N’ Hugs
    Bon-Bon

  288. Craig, Kat & Brandmeier Family,

    Sending good vibes all the way from the East Coast.
    Live Strong~

    The Sherwood Family

  289. Great news this October 17th, 2009, that your brother’s marrow is really ‘kicking in’…Praise the Lord.

  290. Craig and Kat, I am so happy to see that things are going so well in the long run after the hurdles. God is so good! David is starting his 5 day treatment today. He is 4 weeks off 1 week on with chemo. That’s his treatment indefinetly. Still in remission though! You’re going to have the best holidays ever. Stay tough and well. I’ll keep up my end of the prayers, please keep us in yours occassionally. Jody

  291. How wonderful to hear that you are now at home:) Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

  292. i’m so glad to know that you are home and i hope you are doing better every day. you are in my thoughts always and i love you and your family so much. keep fighting craig

    kyle

  293. So good to hear from you Craig. Glad things are going well on the road to recovery. Take it easy and let your body heal.
    Happy Halloween!!!!!
    Love the Langill’s

  294. Hey Craig and Kat
    I know you are feeling kind of yucky but I shope you enjoy your weekend together!!! Hug each other for me!!!
    Lots ‘O’ Love
    Bon-Bon

  295. YIPPITY YIPPITY YIPPITY
    Just heard from Grandma Judy no booger cells in the marrow!!! What a wonderful day!!!
    Hugs Hugs Hugs

  296. I just saw your FB post!!!!!! Amazing! I have goose bumps.

    Kat is truly one of the most amazing person’s I know. And an amazing wife, very true. She has compassion where people lack and forgiveness and love in abundance. I feel blessed to have her as my sister in life.

    But you Craig, you make her smile! You make her alive. You treat her with love and respect that she deserves. You have given her what she yearned for. You are her world. When she looks at you, she has a fondness in her eyes that I haven’t seen before.

    You two are an icon for healthy relationships, love, companionship and understanding. I love you both dearly and everyday I pray for you. I miss you guys.

    <3 <3 <3

  297. This news is just fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Your full recovery and good health is the best Christmas and New Year’s gift anybody could ask for! Sending lots of prayers and smiles your way!

  298. Fabulous news! So happy for you and all the Brandmeier family! Everyone here says hi and they are so glad that you are doing well. Know we are thinking of you daily, and send our love and well wishes Craig. Take care and stay well!!!
    Hugs…………

  299. We will be looking forward to meeting you when you are well enough to travel.

    Love,
    Auntie Linda and Uncle Terry

  300. I have your picture from the flyer that was hung around town in my prayer journal and pray for you every morning. Thanks for the updates so I know how to specifically continue to pray. I am praising God for your progress and know that He is carrying you along as you depend on Him.

    Lots of Love,
    Bill and Gail Campbell

  301. I agree with Georgia, this is the best Christmas present ever! Reading your update has started my day. Congratulations on being cancer free!

  302. YEAH FOR RICKS MARROW!!! WONDERFUL NEWS!!! WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE WEEK!!!
    100% DONOR MARROW — RICK IS THE BOMB!!!
    LOVE ‘N’ HUGS
    BONNIE

  303. Like Bonnie said, what a way to start the week!! Yay for Rick being such a great donor and yay for Craig being such a great host!

  304. Craig, Fantastic news to hear. Am so happy for you. Take good care as I know you are. Special thoughts your way and hugs, Terry (friend of Brad/Judy)

  305. Hey Craig, just wanted to say hello from California. Hope all is going well
    take care,
    The Langill Family

  306. Dear Craig,
    I am so happy to hear that the bone marrow transplant has been working! You have the most wonderful parents and so many people who care about you. Keep getting better and keep taking good care of yourself. I’ll keep on praying.
    Katie Nutt (from Jostens)

  307. Just wanted to wish everyone a Very Very Happy Thanksgiving, The Brandmeier’s have so much to be Thankful for. Again We Thank all of you for supporting us,We could not have gotten through this year without all of your Prayers and Love. We are truly Blessed. Take Care, Love Craigs Mom and Dad

  308. I’m wondering if Craig and Kat are up to being alone for a few days during Christmas!!! Sounds like a good time to me!!!
    We can’t wait for you both to come to the OC for a short visit!!! During that time it will officially be CraigOCKatFUN!!!
    Love ‘N’ Hugs
    Bon-Bon

  309. I still pray for you everyday, praying complete remission! I had to come and check on line how you are doing, so I can thank God for hearing our prayers! Great news I am reading about you and so God we give you all the glory and all the credit for Craig’s Progress!

    Love, Gail

  310. How exciting you are comin to the OC! I hope I can visit with you guys while you are here. So glad to hear you are feeling good and everything is coming along well. John made a Tur-duck-en for Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious!!! He is such a good cook!
    Take care and know we think of you often!!
    Love The Langill’s

  311. Craig, I’ve been thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. You looked so good the day we saw you in clinic. I hope you continue to do great and feel better each day.

  312. So glad to hear all the positive news! We want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the coming New Year! Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you!

  313. Cancer-free are among the most beautiful words in the human language. I am so glad that 2010 will be nothing like 2008 or 2009 for you and your family. Have a wonderful Christmas and an invigorating new year full of life, renewal, and much love from your friends and family.

  314. Dude, way to go! We have been thinking of you and your family almost everyday over the past year and so far or prayers are being answered! Be patient and stay well.
    We love you all!

    Happy Holidays,

    The Howey’s

  315. Thanks for such a great update. May God bless you and your beautiful family, and all the best for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Love,auntie Lillian

  316. Craig & Kat
    Merry Marry Christmas!!! This year will be the best — Dana Point is awaiting your cancer free return!!! Can’t wait for your visit!!!
    Everyone is so proud of you!!!
    We Love You Guys!!!
    Big Hugs
    Bonnie

  317. Hey, Merry Christmas!! Craig and Kat, such great news to hear the big spirit regaining form. We wish you the best 2010. Lots of love. The great news is the best gift of the season.
    Pete K (in Irvine)

  318. Craig and Kat,

    What a wonderful update during the holiday season! We wish you a merry merry christmas and happy new year!!

    love,
    Adrian and Karen

  319. What a joy to read your post! Can’t tell you how happy I am for you & Kat. You are a prayer answered! God richly bless & keep you always. Ours has been a very difficult year, also & I look forward to 2010, too. Love, Liana

  320. Hey craiggers!! we were so happy to see you the other day! i can’t wait to do that dinner with you! You are the strongest and most caring man I have ever met. god bless you! love ya craig and kat

  321. Happy Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is an awesome year for you both! Dana Point can’t wait for your visit next month (and Judy can’t wait to have all her babies and grandbabies together under one roof – hers!)

  322. Dear Craig & Kat,
    What fabulous news to end the year 2009. Want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and all the best for 2010.
    Love,
    Auntie Linda & Uncle Philip

  323. Aloha, Bruddah & Sista!! Happy New Year, 2110 yes, gonna be an awesome year for all, lots of growth, new awarenesses, lots of love!!
    Love Fred

  324. Craig! Congratulations 100 days! That is amazing! You are one of the strongest people I know. Happy New Year to you and Kat.

  325. Yippity Do Dah 100 DAYS!!!
    Super wonderful — I just had to wait up til midnight to celebrate!!! Best news 2009/2010
    Can’t wait til you two get here!!! This is truly a miracle!!!
    You know this is GREAT and makes us all so HAPPY!!!
    See you later today!!!
    BIG HUGS
    Bon-Bon

  326. Craig,

    Craig, Remember your part of the deal. You said when you visit Dana Point, you and your wife would come to Tutor and Spunky’s and have lunch with us and on us. We want to celebrate with you. Your bravery was our number one inspirational story of 2009.

    So, drag Mom and Dad over to Tutor’s and enjoy a bite to eat on the house.

    Tom and Greta

  327. Congratulations Craig!!!! Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!
    Enjoy your visit with ALL your family and friends! So glad you are feeling good! You deserve it!

    Hugs The Langill Family
    PS Enjoy Tutor & Spunkys, we love there sandwiches! yum…

  328. THANK YOU THANK YOU EVERYONE! HAPPY 100TH DAY TO ALL OF US. THANK YOU GOD FOR LISTING TO ALL THE PRAYERS. LOVE YOU ALL, JUDY & BRAD

  329. I know it has been a lot of work, but you made it Craig. Continue taking care of yourself and know you are loved. Hugs, Sandra

  330. Craig, We are so happy that you continue to be blessed with a positive outcome to this great challenge!!!!You will continue to be in our prayers for good health and a wonderful life.

    All our love, Carrie and Greg

  331. Congrats Craig! Our prayers have been answered and we are so happy for you and Kat. Hope to see you soon. The Howey’s

  332. Dear Craig and Kat

    Congratulations! 100 days! You are both so awesome! You are in our prayers each and every day! We will come and see you soon, Please come down to Eugene and see us. We all love you both! Like Mike, everytime I have gone to write a message, I’ve read others and “broken” down. Come see us, we love you, one awesome day at a time. I am 21 years clear, you can do it too Craig! luv ya luv ya – you are an inspiration to us all and to the staff here at my clinic!

    Your family in Eugene

  333. Dear Craig and Kat
    100 DAYS! 100 DAYS! Whoo-whee! As I’m writing this your plane is probably landing. What a great way to start the new year and a new decade! See you Saturday!

  334. Craig,
    100+ days!!! This is wonderful, amazing, fantastic, magnificent, superb, great, awesome, splendid, glorious, outstanding, remarkable, marvelous!!

    Have a wonderful time in Southern California.

  335. Hi Craig – More than 100 days now, so you can stop counting! Congratulations on your determination to beat the darned disease, and give everyone who knows you a big dose of belief in the will to succeed. Fantastic.

  336. WOW, this video is something, made me cry.
    Come on everyone get the word out and get on the donor list. Thank you Thank you, Judy

  337. Was so great to visit with you last month Craig and Kat. Love the picture updates on your web site here, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy for you Craig, you look fabulous!!!! (my signature word!) haha
    Love to ALL the Brandmeier’s!
    Hugs Brenda and Family

  338. Hey guys, sitting in clinic with David checking you out, and so happy to hear things are good. David landed in the hospital last week too with a bug. Actually they think it was in his line, but they have it under control. What about that documentary that you’re doing? Keep us posted. Jody

  339. Hi Craig, (Cancer Survivor and Warrior), Katrina (Wife and Daughter- in- law Extrordinaire), and Gary, ( Selfless Caregiver number one) we are so proud of your strength thru this ordeal. To all of your friends and family and supporters please note that the VFW Post 9934 of Dana Point is hosting a Craig Brandmeier Golf Benefit on March 22nd at 10:00 in San Clemente, to help Craig and Kat. Insurance does not cover all treatment. For more information contact Wiley Hall at 949- 400- 0838. Thinking of you every day, Love Dad

  340. Hope you’re doing great still! I saw the preview on mtv last night and was so excited, can hardly wait to see it. Have a great time in NY. David is feeling pretty good. Typical ups and downs. Take care.

  341. It’s amazing how much of your fight I’ve missed because I stopped playing WoW. Last time I talked to you, I remember you saying everything was going great, and then I read you had a relapse.

    It’s good to know that you’re doing well again. You’ve always seemed like a mentally strong guy, even though I only know you over the internet, but attitude is a huge part of the fight, or so I hear.

    If there’s anything I can do to help you out, hit me up on faceyspacebook thing! Keep on fighting!

  342. Craig, I heard about you and your story though several connections, namely Don Pickler, who received a message from his sister Ellen Harris who is apparently a friend of your parents. My brother has AML and we have been looking for an unrelated donor since December 2009. We will be watching your story tonight.

  343. Hi Craig,
    Your episode is on right now and my husband, a two-time cancer survivor, and I are watching it together. It’s so hard to watch our lives right in front of us on TV. He had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is in the family of leukemia. He too had a stem cell transplant. He’s been cancer free for 7 years. Remission IS possible! You keep getting the word out about cancer awareness! Best of luck to you.

  344. Dear Craig,
    I am so glad to hear that you are doing well. I thank you with all of my heart for your courage to film such a traumatic time in your life. I was diagnosed with Leukemia last April and I related to many things on the show. I was deeply touched. Your bravery has helped me heal and I am sure countless others as well. Thank you. -Jackie

  345. Hi Craig –
    Thanks for sharing your story on True Life. My Dad was recently diagnosed with AML (In January 2010) and is currently in his second round of chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His first round seemed to work, but they say the second round is for precaution. I am glad your transplant worked and thanks again for sharing your story.
    Katie

  346. Hey Craig and Kat,

    Thanks for sharing your story and continuing the march towards transplant awareness. You are a very powerful couple and I wish you best of luck in the future. Kat is an amazing human being as you are Craig. Take care…..

  347. Hi Craig and Kat.

    You guys were/are truely inspiring. I just finished watching the True Life episode. I have a best friend/neighbor who has battled with AML. He was diagnosed on March 4, 2008. He has not relapsed yet but is showing all signs. If you have the time, please visit his site teamtrevor.com . Craig and Kat, I am praying for both of you. Also – if Craig has personalized bracelets, please e-mail me so I can get one!

    Hugs and prayers!

    -Rhea McDonald
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  348. Hey Craig,

    I saw your episode on MTV and it’s good to hear your making a good recovery. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and just relapsed for my second time. I now need a bone marrow transplant also. It’s encouraging to hear that you’ve made great recovery because I hear so much about how things can go wrong and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story.

    Alec

  349. Hey Craig,
    Just watched the episode. Its really scary too see everything you’ve been going through, especially after having talked to you and rick some. The aftershow was really nice to see how well you’re looking and doing now. Keep it up :). Love ya.

  350. Craig,

    We saw your program this evening. You look great. We are so glad that things are working out for you. Just as you said, “you’re going beat this”. Keep up the good work.

    Love ya,

    Kathi and Gary

  351. Hi Craig,
    I just saw your episode of True Life and the aftershow. I’d been thinking about joining the marrow donor registry since 2007, but I never went through with it. As I watched your story, I got online and reread all about donation on marrow.org and some other websites. When MTV flashed the promo code to waive the registration fee, I knew I had no more excuses. My dad has an autoimmune disease that is incurable but somewhat managed with a cocktail of medications, and if someone out there could give him his normal life back by donating marrow, I’d do anything to get them to sign up on the registry. Marrow won’t help him, but I hope that I can help some other person and their family. The donation registration site is kind of crashing right now from all of the traffic, but I promise that I’ll be signing up as soon as it lets me submit the form.

  352. Thank you so much for sharing your story on true life. You are such an inspiration and I wish you and your wife so much happiness! You are helping out so many people and you guys are so strong!Thank you!

  353. OK, now I don’t have any kleenex left in the house!

    We are so proud of you!

    We love you all so much!

  354. Loved the show!! It is so emotional to watch but I thought it was wonderful. Our family is so blessed to have ALL the Brandmeier family in our lives but Craig, we are so happy for you and Kat for your recovery and good health! Rick you are amazing, what you did for your brother….
    We wish you all the best…
    Love and hugs
    The Langill Family

  355. Just saw the true life episode. Your story was a real eyeopener. It impacted me how at a young age everything could be taken away from you against your will. Really glad you shared your story with everyone and that you pulled through. I hope you get a full recovery and I wish you and your family well.
    Last note, although many negative stuff has happened to you, remember all the good things that came from it. that will always outweigh the bad. be safe.

  356. Hey guys, I am extremely blessed by your story.

    We lost a friend of ours in the Philippines, Judy, at 24 in 2006. She was fighting Myelodysplastic Syndrome, and we were racing to find her a match both here in the US and the Philippines. While we weren’t successful, your story Craig is the reason why we keep this cause so close to our hearts. Thank you for showing your story through MTV to raise awareness about becoming Bone Marrow Donors.

    I am moved by the fighting spirit you and your entire family has, and I pray that you will live and celebrate a full and blessed life!!!! Cheers to you Craig!!!

  357. Hey Craig,
    You are amazing and so is your wife and family. You are incredibly strong! Your story was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently meet a long lost cousin of mine and his daughter has recently had a bone marrow transplant (shes 16!). I’ve only had the chance to talk with her once for about 30 min but her story was crushing. I broke down in tears… the same with your story. I am so thankful for individuals like you who want to share your story and make it know and give awareness! AWESOME! You are now a stronger person and your loved ones are as well. I love to donate blood and anything I can spare for people like you. I have a BIG heart and care for people I have not even met. This is why I am in the health care practices. I hope the best for you and I’ll have you in my prayers ๐Ÿ™‚ May God bless you. Stay strong Craig ๐Ÿ™‚

  358. I seriously did not want to watch that last segment of your episode because I was SO pulling for you and dreaded a negative outcome to your story. And my temporary stress while watching the episode is so trite compared to what you, your wife and family went through… I just can’t imagine. My husband and I are about your age, also in Portland, and I just can’t help but relate to you and Kat. Really, no words can express how happy I am for you. I know you have a long journey ahead of you still, but I am thrilled beyond words that you have another shot. Your brother rocks the house! Live on.

  359. Craig and Kat,
    Your story was heart-wrenching, yet amazing. God Bless you both, I am hoping for a happy and LONG life for the two of you! I have been on the registry since 2000 and your True Life episode has convinced my husband to join as well. Thank you for sharing your story.

  360. Craig & Kat, Completely awesome! Even recorded it to watch again, which we have. We are soooo happy for you! You are going to have a long and beautiful life. Yesterday at clinic we got news of an unrelated match for David, but is male and 11 on 12 match. He’d have to do a mini because of his age and health and that’s if they can get him into remission again or close. Hope you had a great time in N.Y. Keep those great updates coming.

  361. Craig, when I watched your story I cried like a baby. We all don’t realize what we have till its taken away or in your case alomost taken away. You are an extremely strong and wonderful person and thats just from watching you on tv then I can just imagine how nice you are in person. Kat you are wonderful for being so strong for Craig. I am so glad there are people out there that are willing to show there story to the world because it really helps people out there. Craig your brother is just as awesome!! Love ya guys

  362. What an amazing story. You, Kat and Rick, are all heroes in my book. Thoughts and prayers always for continued good health and happiness. Just a thought…..have you thought of becoming a motivational speaker?

  363. Craig & Kat,

    I saw the description of True Life prior to its air time last night. I contemplated watching it for hours. My 18 year old younger brother was diagnosed with High Risk Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia (ALL) in November, 2007. He was ultimately given the same ultimatum as you. A bone marrow transplant was our only hope. Watching you go through the same progressions as my little brother was all too familiar and one of the most difficult things Iโ€™ve done since his passing earlier this year. Non-the-less, Iโ€™m so thankful that I had the opportunity to watch the show and get to learn of you and your blessed story. Your story is an inspiration to so many and will continue to touch many more people for a very long time. Thank you for stressing the seriousness of bone marrow transplant and how significant it is for individuals to get out there and be tested so they can be potential donors and have the opportunity to save someoneโ€™s life. Kat, you are a beautiful person with a larger than life heart. Iโ€™m sure that Craig has told you that your presence throughout this was just as significant as the transplant itself.

    Please continue to share your story with the world. You may not see it but you are making the world a better place.

    God Bless and take care of each other.

    John

    Blake LaForce: December 02, 1990 โ€“ July 03, 2009
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/blakelaforce

  364. WOW Our Family ROCKS. We are so proud of our Boys and our Daughter-In-Law. The Love and Support we all have for each other is a Real Gift. Yes Rick is a Hero, but Gary is also a Hero (giving up 9 months of his life to be Craig’s caretaker) Also Kat is a Hero for standing by Craig through all the ups and downs. Craig well he is just one amazing young Man and the strength along with the positive attitude that he had through all this is what kept all of us going many times. What an amazing trip watching our family on MTV last night. I have to end with again THANK YOU to everyone, even people we don’t know for all the Prayers and support you have given our family. We are truly blessed and it really helped us all the last year. Love you Judy & Brad (Craigs Parents)

  365. When I married into this family 5 years ago I would have never thought anyone would have to go through what Craig has gone through. Craig, you have the courage and fight like no one I have ever met before. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Brandmeier family. The love and support that you all offer each other and everyone around is amazing! Kat for your strength and support is something that I look up to. Gary, to be so selfless and put your life on hold. Ricky, to give Craig a second chance at life, what a hero! To my husband Mike for running bone marrow drives, walking the relay for life and spreading the word to help finding a match, thank you baby! And of course to Brad and Judy. You sacrificed it all to stand by and support your family. I love you all so very much and I am so blessed to be a part of the Brandmeier family.

  366. Hi Craig. I saw your True Life episode and thought is was very touching. It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to go through all you have (both you and your wife. As a young wife, I was amazed at her strength she showed). I am former employee of OHSU and joined the Bone Marrow registry when I worked there. There’s not a better place for your treatments. The great doctors at OHSU gave my Mother in Law 14 great years of life after a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. I hope you continue to do well!

  367. Craig and Kat,

    I don’t know what to say. I just watched your episode and it was incredibly inspiring. I can relate to much of your story. I was diagnosed last year at 28 years old with Accute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). My brother was not a match so, once I obtained remission, I was given an intense regimen of chemotherapy that I am still in the midst of. My immune system was incredibly compromised for about 8 months and just recently I entered the final stage of the regimen which has reduced doses and is much more manageable. I am regaining my strength, my hair, and my appetite. In the midst of this ordeal, I proposed to my amazing girlfriend (I had bought the ring a couple weeks before my diagnosis) and she has been my heart and an inspiration through every step. Kat, don’t underestimate the role you have played in Craig’s recovery. Prayers and support from a huge network of family and friends have also been crucial. I still have a long road ahead but I hope the worst is over. Telling your story took courage and I appreciate it. I echo your sentiment about spreading the word about the bone marrow registry. It is painless to register and it saves countless times. Please take the time to register. For anyone interested, I have shared my story at danlyonsall.blogspot.com

    Good luck to you both as you thrive in your marraige and as you succeed in your recovery.

    ALL will be well,
    Dan Lyons

  368. On the after show you mentioned a promo about a free donor drive by entering truelife2010?? Can you give me the info? I was very touched with the show and hits close to home, a friend and coworker sons had a bonemarrow and Id like to share the gift…

  369. @ Jen Chapa,
    Go to marrow.org and click the link to register to be a donor. In part of the registration form, they’ll ask you to enter any promo code that you have. Type truelife2010 in that box. That’ll waive the registration fee. You’ll be asked to enter in some basic medical info (for example: Are you pregnant? Are you HIV positive? Have you ever had organ failure?). At the end, they’ll show you a payment summary with $0.00 due (because the truelife2010 promo code waives the fee), and they’ll ask if you want to donate any to marrow.org. You can enter in a donation amount and a credit card number, or you can opt to leave the amount at $0.00 and finish the registration. I did it last night; it’s super easy.

  370. I was so moved by your strength and the strength of your wife and brother. I had no idea how easy it is to be tested & I am going to sign up right now. It was incredibly moving to watch your experience.

    All the best!

    Anna Cullen, LCSW

  371. Hey Craig. You keep me motivated. I honestly don’t know if i’d have the guts to go on national TV with your story. Im am 19 years old now was recently diagnosed with leukemia in july of 2009 when I was 18. I am still undergoing intensive treatment and in about 6 weeks I will be in maintenance and I’m looking forward to this for almost a year now. I can’t wait to go back to my life and be able to do the things i couldn’t because of the chem. I watched your mini clip on Mtv.com and can can’t agree with you enough. Life has changed for the better and i believe and was told that some are chosen for adventures and some arn’t and those who are, are giving the chance to experience life at it fullest potential making us stronger and more able to never let anything get in our way. You truly are a champion and can’t thank you enough for your touching story on true life. I feel like i just got even stronger for my treatment at the end of the week and so eager to get everything over with so I can finally live the life i was meant to live because before this diagnoses I wasn’t me but now I am me and this is who I am.

    Believe the word I live by.

    I would like to talk via e-mail if you want. Thanks Jarred
    soccerbal@msn,com

  372. Just finished watching the show and as I sit in tears, I am so proud that you had the strength and courage to share your story.

    I was diagnosed on June 3, 2009 with leukemia/MDS (8 months into marriage). Originally we discussed a transplant but wanted to try chemo first. Unfortunately, the oncologist discovered that I was 7 weeks pregnant. Unfortunately I was unable to keep the baby due to the chemo and the side effects. My heart broke into a million pieces, and I still heal daily. My oncologist said that I was officially in remission on February 8, 2010 – 8 months and 5 days after diagnosis. I had a harrowing fight but came out stronger, smarter, and an all around better person after it.

    It was so inspiring watching your wife talk about her drives to work. I would often wonder what my husband would be thinking on his way to work and he too said that it was his time to cry and just fall apart.

    Like you, the doctors don’t know if my leukemia will return. If it does, the next step will most likely be a bone marrow transplant. I have no siblings, so like the last time they looked – it will be difficult.

    God didn’t give us cancer to sit and be quiet… We need to teach people, change people, do whatever we can do to make our battles worth it. Thank you SO much for sharing your story with the world. I know that you have no doubt changed someones life.

    Jacqui Buckley
    Pittsburgh, PA
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacquibuckley

  373. Inspiring beyond words, the courage you and your family displayed humbled me. To see so many people who fight and argue about the trivial parts of life, and then to see your family and your wife coming to your aid with resolute love. I was brought to tears when you broke down before the transplant, it made me aknowledge the unfairness of the world, and the strength to overcome it at all costs. I can only hope that medical advancements will beat this problem once and for all, and people oblivious to the horrors of cancer, will see your show and maybe agree that stem cells should not be denounced as evil, but as a life giving gift. Good luck to you craig and your family, I will never forget this show.

  374. Your story is very inspiring. I just signed up to become a donor. Does your brother have an email? I would like to know more about the donation process.

    Stay strong, never give up, and continue to be an inspiration!

    Ryan

  375. Craig,
    I cannot begin to tell you how inspiring you are. For those going through the same situation it is a blessing to have someone like you to look up to. I am perfectly healthy but the show opened my eyes to not only the disease but life how much we should all appreciate life and the friends and family around us. I am rooting for you more than you will ever know, and I respect your toughness to battle this disease- you will win. Keep smiling and just know everyone is rooting for you! Tell you wonderful wife and family hello for me.

    tim

  376. I cannot begin to tell you how much your story means to me. I had a best friend diagnosed with Bone Marrow cancer, he lived here in Portland, OR (where I’m from as well) and went to Doernbechers.. Seeing how strong you were touched me greatly. Ultimately after Kevin (my friends) transplant, he passed away. I’m praying for you and hoping the best. Remember to never stop fighting!

  377. Hello Craig and Kat-

    just wanted to let you know we think and talk about you often here at Dr. Karamlou’s office. It was so touching to see you on true life-I cried. We are all so happy to see you doing well-if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call-we miss you!!

    Enjoy a long, long, and very happy life
    Nicole

  378. Loved the show!
    It was so touching. So glad that your bone marrow transplant went so well. Kat seems like such a great wife. Glad you are surrounded by a loving family. Anyway just sending well wishes from NC.

  379. Hi, Craig. I watched your episode of True Life the other day, and I just wanted to let you know that your story inspired me to join the donor registry. I’m really glad that you’re doing well. Best wishes to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  380. Just saw the show. It was hard for me to watch it because it brought up a lot of stuff that I went through. I was diagnosed Dec 25, 2007 with Acute Promylocytic Leukemia(APL). I was in Mayo Rochester for 7 weeks and had a total of about 8 months of chemo. Luckly I went into remission after the first round and am now in the last 6 months of my maintenece program. I just want to say that at first things dont look their best but everything happens for a reason and all works out in the end. For me it made me realize that you cant hold back from something because you might fail. So hopefully you find something positive out of all this and best of luck. One thing that helped me was a quote by RW Emerson: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters when compared to what lies with in us. Best of luck hope you have a long happy and healthy life.

    Alex

  381. Hey there, Craig. I watched your episode of True Life the other day, and I hope you make a full recovery. And I also just wanted to let you know that your story also has inspired me too so I join the donor registry. Iโ€™m really glad that youโ€™re doing much better and take care.

  382. Craig,
    I wanted to let you know how much your story has inspired me to become a donor. Thank you for sharing your experience and raising awareness about the benefits of being a donor. I’m glad to see that there was a positive outcome to your story. Please keep us updated on your progress!

    Kat,
    I admire your strength throughout this whole experience and your support has contributed to Craig’s recovery. You’re a great inspiration for all those are taking care of a sick loved on. I wish the best for the both of you and know that you have a bright future ahead of you.

  383. Hi Craig,

    I recently saw your episode on true life. I was so touched and inspired by you. You have truly opened my eyes and I will never take another day of life for granted. I wish you all the best and I am praying for you!

  384. Dear Craig and Kat! Had your show Tivo’d and just watched it. Wow do I identify! Had my BMT at OHSU for CML in July of 1996. Not to brag, (LOL) but I was one of The First (6?) BMT patients in that ward! I checked in on 6/30/96 and the BMT Ward opened on 7/1/96. The reason I’m even telling you this is, DUDE! I’m alive FOURTEEEEN YEARS LATER!!! And SO WILL U BE!!! One day You TOO will join us “old timers” and talk about how it was “back in our day”!!! I would LOVE to meet you both and do anything I can for you! I can literally say, “been there; done that!” a bit of my story is at: http://www.myspace.com/want2raceme I’m cheering for YOU!!! It totally SUCKS but you CAN DO IT!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  385. Craig and Kat,

    I saw your story as many did on MTV. I was so touched by both of you. Your strength and courage is something to be admired. I can only imagine how hard this time in your life has been, but the bond between the two of you is something that cannot be hidden. Your are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing family, but I’m sure you are well aware of that. I hope for a beautiful life for you both.

  386. wow, your story left me bawling on the couch. just cried my eyes out. you and your family are so strong. my thoughts are with you.

    i’ve registered to become a bone marrow donor! get my kit in a week.

    thanks for being an inspiration.

    wishing u great health and happiness

    CC

  387. I saw your story. This was probably the only episode that ever touched me. You and your wife are wonderful, and the amount of strength you two have is beautiful. Praying for you two, and a beautiful future.

  388. Craig,

    My girlfriend and I watched the episode of MTV True Life that featured your episode. We were very touched by your story. I think I was most touched by what I felt was your courage to be truly intimate with those closest to you (and to capture it on film no less). We wish you, your wife, and your family the best in the future. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Raymond

  389. HI kat and craig
    I am watching now real life, and I see how stronger and positive you are, I have crying since start the show.Your story is an inspiration to so many and will continue to touch many more people for a very long time. Thank you very much to share with us, God have blessed you with great family you got. I was reading your wall here and saw Jacqui Buckey she wrote….
    God didnโ€™t give us cancer to sit and be quietโ€ฆ We need to teach people, change people, do whatever we can do to make our battles worth it. Thank you SO much for sharing your story with the world. I know that you have no doubt changed someones life.
    Thank you…
    Marcelo Moraes

  390. Hey Craig! My name is Ryan, I am 23. I just wanted to say after watching your episode on true life that it really was incredible. I was searching for updates on you, and found this page, which I think is absolutely incredible. I hope you are doing well and are healthy, and you have inspired me to sign up to be a donor.

    GOD BLESS YOU + YOUR AMAZING FAMILY.

    love from the east coast!

  391. Dear Craig,
    My name is Mimi and I was truly touched by your story on MTV’s True Life. I’m so glad that you have so many people behind you during all of this, and you are my hero for being so strong. I will never forget your inspirational story. Your spirit is so strong that I really believe that the best things in life will come to you. I was so glad to see you leaving the Hospital on the show, and I was crying so hard(almost the entire show) because I really understood what you have to go through. You and Kat are such beautiful people, and I wish you an amazing life!
    Mimi

  392. Craig,

    I can honestly say I have never been so touched as I was when I watched your episode of True Life. You are such a brave person for showing the world your battle. I believe the God has great things planned for you. I wish your wife and family nothing but happiness. You deserve it.

    Natalie

  393. Craig,

    Your story on MTVโ€™s True Life: I Need a Transplant touched so many viewers and was very inspiring. On behalf of Be The Matchยฎ, we want to thank you for recognizing our organization and the life-saving work we do. After the show aired we saw an increase in the number of people joining the Be The Match Registry as potential marrow donors โ€“ a great outcome from the show and a reflection of the impact your story has on saving lives! We wish you a speedy recovery and a happy and healthy future.

    Again, thank you for supporting Be The Match and spreading the word. Your efforts help patients searching for a marrow match and your story gives families hope for the future.

    Sincerely,

    The Be The Match team

  394. Dear Craig,
    I have to say that after seeing your episode, it made me evaluate my life. I am your age and this could have happened to me. I truly appreciate every day that I have and am very thankful for everything that I have. Hearing your story was truly awe inspiring. You are such a brave person and you should be so proud of the person you are. I wanted you to know that I have joined the bone marrow registry because of you, and your story. I have also told my friends about your story and have had them sign up as well. Thank you for sharing your story and opening up the eyes of sooooo many people to such a great cause. Take care and God Bless.

    Melissa W.

  395. Craig,
    Your story struck a chord with me the most, in that it brought back memories of when my little cousin was diagnosed wit Leukemia at the age of 4. He woke up one day with bruises situated all over his body; my aunt quickly rushed him to the ER. After many tests, doctors revealed their findings. Sammy was in the hospital for two weeks undergoing chemo. And as always was his vibrant, devious, loving kid watching either a Bugs Life or the Iron Giant. The day he was to be released home, he got a reaction and passed away. It’s been 10years since that day, and it still replays in my mind. I wish there was more progress to treat the cancer, but I am also glad he’s not suffering. Your story was very enticing and I could relate to your emotions. You are such a brave and strong individual, who has amazing support by your beautiful wife, family, and friends. May you keep healthy, strong, and happy. May God Bless You and all those who surround you. : )

  396. Hi Craig- I was given your name through a mutual friend, Carol Dwyer. I also heard of your spot on MTV. I am the owner of a wellness center in Newport Beach, CA. I have an FDA cleared medical device that has shown success with Luekemia. I can be reach by calling 949.222.9991. Thank you.

    Todd Strane

  397. You guys are amazing. You have too many people to count, who love and support you. You guys will win!

  398. Dear Craig:

    Please contact Todd Strane at the number on his post. I work with Carol Dwyer (actually her name is Carol Fricke) and his program has helped her fight with cancer as well as many others. Don’t give up.

    Keri Vogt
    Michele’s Mom

  399. When i watched true life,i need a transplant it brought tears to my eyes. I know what is like. When i was 6 i was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease however my i was not put on dyalisis. When i was 12 i had a kidney transplant and my dad was my donor. All went well until a year later when i was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. I went through so much with that and i had bone marrow taken from me many times. After my cancer went away 4 months later i was diagnosed with a blood disorder ( itp) also known as idiopathicthrombocytopenia. I was in out and out the hospital for a year. Im 17 now and everything is going good although i still go through rough times when i get sick since i have an extremely low immune system. I pray for yall and god bless yall.

  400. I want to thank you for sharing your story and the attention you have brought to AML and the need for donors… My younger brother, Tyler, is 17 and was diagnosed with AML last year. They are currently looking for a donor and have a few possible matches from the registry but the first one didn’t work out so on to the next. I am not a match for my brother but have joined the registry and encourage others to do so when they ask how they can help. Tyler has a facebook support page also and we appreciate all prayers and messages of support. “prayer and support for Tyler Lindsey”
    Craig, again you are in my prayers and I greatly appreciate all you have done to raise awareness.

  401. Craig,
    Hang in there and have faith. I am praying for you and that this development is but a speed bump on your road to recovery.

  402. You are the strongest person ever. Your army of family, friends and supporters are praying for you and sending positive thoughts your way. Stay strong and focused. You beat it once, and we all know you will do it again.

  403. Craig, Even though in Calif.,know my heart is there with you. You WILL get through this setback. Stay strong, patient and determined. My thoughts are with you each and every day. Love, Terry (San Juan Capistrano – Your parent’s friend)

  404. Hi Kat and Craig – your courage is remarkable, and this latest setback is just one more challenge that you are going to overcome with your postitive attitude, wonderful parents and brothers,and love and prayers from us all.
    jill

  405. If only this was just a tasteless April Fool’s Day prank! Keep your chin up–I’m sure chemo is no picnic but “been there, done that” and got the t-shirt already so you know what to expect and know you can do this. Kat–I admire your strength so much too. We’re all pulling for you here in Dana Point.

  406. Craig and Kat, you both have so much on your side! With your love and family, you’ll beat this thing! We’ll keep the positive thoughts that this is just a bump in this road.

  407. Craig and Kat:

    I was so sad to get the email from your mum. Keep strong and you will beat it. You have been doing so well which was great, and you are young with a lot to live for. From the comments on your website sounds like your TV show was a great success and made people aware of the donor program as well. I didn’t get to see the show as I was out of town. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  408. Craig and Kat,

    I just breaks my heart to read this. I learned of your story through the OC Register, and watched you special on MTV. My brother is about a year and a half into his battle with Leukemia… he also experienced relapse and great difficulty locating a donor.

    Your story has served as an inspiration for us, and I know it will continue to. Stay strong and positive.

  409. You’re a survivor,
    You’re not gonna give up,
    You’re not gon’ stop,
    You’re gonna work harder,
    You’re a survivor,
    You’re gonna make it,
    You’ will survive,
    Keep on survivin’,
    You’re a survivor,
    You’re not gonna give up,
    You’re not gon’ stop,
    You’re gonna work harder,
    You’re a survivor,
    You’re gonna make it,
    You will Survive,
    Keep on survivin’

    you know I wanted to slip a few F-bombs in there!

  410. I was diagnosed with AML as well in July of 2009 at age 18 & was annouced in remission in September of 2009. I’m at high-risk for the cancer coming back so I will also be getting a bone marrow transplant in May 2010 from an unrelated donor who is a 100% match. This person is the ONLY match for me & we found him/her just last month. I’ve been living a normal life since January…i got back in college & started working again but now i’ll be back in the hospital after the semester is over with. I know how hard it is to go through something like this & i will keep you guys ini my prayers ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love,
    Michele

  411. Dear Craig and Kat, We just learned of your setback today from your mom. We were stunned and saddened but knowing the strength and resolve of both of you we have hope and offer our fervent
    prayers. Your wonderful family is so supportive we know you can make it!! Our love and prayers go out to you both!

  412. Good to hear you are back home. So sorry that you have to go thru all these painful steps. Craig is such a great hero and will just keep on winning winning for his love ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Nice that Gail is with you. Say hi and may God bless you all.
    lots of love,
    auntie lillian

  413. Hey guys, yes we were checking into the hotel on the hill when we saw you yesterday. Sounds like similar situations here with the same type of treatment plan. Hopefully, it’s a good one and will work for all of us. We’ll be living in the rv on the Columbia for the next 30 days after we get out on Sunday. I’m sure we’ll meet at clinic soon and we’ll catch up.

  414. GO CRAIG GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you can fight this.
    you can win.
    with a spirit like yours and the love all around, you will beat this monster.

  415. Can’t believe it fella ! ! You just aren’t supposed to be doing this! You know we all love you and are praying our hearts out. Keep up the courage. Love, Judy and Wayne

  416. Dear Craig;

    Sorry that you are back in the hospital. Hopefully it won’t be for long and we are still praying for you and think of you often…..Bet, you are anxious to get back home with your puppy and I bet he misses you too…..Keep up the faith. Love, Usums

  417. Dude I just saw this MTV special with you on it. I was like ” I know that cat!” I was running around at work telling everyone ” I know this guy.” Before you know it the entire curriculum office was sitting around watching your story. Quite insiring!!!
    I am still thinking of you and praying for you bro! Hang in there. Dave

  418. …You are both so brave! We love you, Craig and are coming to visit you in the hospital this afternoon…

  419. Hi Craig,
    I was shocked when I went on the site today! I’m so sorry about the relapse! Boy, you are a trooper! Use that strong mind of yours to fight this again! The mind is such a powerful tool! Kyle and I are thinking about you!

  420. Hi Craig & Kat-
    Just want you to know that I pray for you every day. You’re very special to us. Looking forward to seeing you again. Love, Aunt Cheryl & Uncle Craig

  421. Hey Craig
    Stay strong and relentless and Cat too am sending soooo many prayers your way

  422. Hi Craig,

    This is from Gray Fitzgerald of Judy and Wayne LaPorte’s church in New Hampshire. Judy keeps us updated and keeps you in our prayers and thoughts. Prayers and blessings for your health, well being, and recovery.

    Gray

  423. Hi Craig & Kat,

    My name is Sandy and I am married to Charlie Grisel, which is your Uncle Craig’s stepson from Vermilion, Ohio. I want you to know that we think of you often and keep you in our prayers.

    I know you can beat this because my mom had Acute leukemia in 1988 and she beat it. It was a rough road at times, but she did it. My Mom was the strongest person I have every known. Her strength is amazing. Her will to live was inspiring. I saw that same fight in you when I watched you on MTV. That is why I say you can beat this “stupid cancer.”

    You have an amazing, strong, supportive family surrounding you and when you have your days and don’t feel like being strong your family and friends will be strong for you. We are all fighting for you Craig!!!

    Love, Charlie, Sandy & Daniel Grisel Vermilion, Ohio.

  424. Dear Craig,
    We are good friends with Judy and Wayne LaPorte. We wish you all the best and pray that you will beat this illness. We want to contribute what we can financially and I’ll give it to Judy to give to you. Don’t know if you need bone marrow still, but if I (Becky) am a match, you can have mine. You and your positive attitude are very inspiring! Best wishes and blessings and love~
    Becky and Brian LaClair

  425. I LOVE YOU BOTH MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY.
    YOU TWO ARE AMAZING AND YOUR STRENGTH KEEPS ALL OF US GOING. SEE YOU SOON,MOM

  426. Hey Craig and Kat,

    Thanks for the update! You both are so strong and you guys have what it takes to beat this crap!!! Enjoy that iPad Craig, that’s cool! Enjoy the parental company this weekend, you are surrounded by love!

    Hugs The Langill’s

  427. Craig and Kat, We’re back in the Hilton for the same reasons that you know about. You’re both in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up the fight and never stop.

  428. Hope your feeling better lots of prayers sent your way hope you enjoying Mom and Dad
    Hugs
    Debby

  429. Dearest Craig, Kat and family, My prayer is that our God will continue to hold you in His mighty hand. My heart is with you. Love, Liana

  430. Because of Craig’s story on True Life and coverage on local Orange County newspaper, Ruby’s Diner has teamed up with Be The Match for a fundraiser. We’ve been following Craig ever since then and have been touched by his story and journey. We hope he recovers soon and wish him and his family the best.

    If anyone is in the Orange County, CA area, please visit Ruby’s Diner on the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach from May 24th to May 28th. 20% of the sales from that week will be going back to Be The Match Foundation. Just mention that you are there for the fundraiser so the sales count towards Be The Match.

    Best wishes,
    The Ruby’s Diner Team

  431. May 25th 5pm to 9pm, Dinner,Wine,Beer and Music $25.00 per person at RJ’s Cafe in Dana Point. Please come and support this 100% proceed event for Craig and Kat Brandmeier. Bring your family and friends. Thanks, Judy

  432. Saying prayers for craig and his family … his story really touched me…stay strong craig xxx

  433. Hi Craig and Kat,

    My sister and I just watched the MTV True Life show yesterday and were VERY moved by your story. I just had to look up how you guys are doing and your updates so I found this page. Our prayers are with both of you and your families. I know we are complete strangers and are a country away but you touched us and we are thinking of you.

  434. I just watched the episode of true life featuring Craig and I have not cried so hard in so long. I think anyone who seems to have no care for people dealing with these tough situations should watch this episode and see what a great guy Craig is. I pray that God will continue to work in your lives and strengthen your family and friends around you. Our God is an on time God and no matter how long it takes always remember that we are on his schedule and he is never late. I will keep you in my prayers. You both have touched my heart so much. God Bless, Whittni

  435. Hi Craig and Kat,
    I just watched the True Life episode featuring your story and i was really touched. I wanted to know how you were doing since the show so I searched online and came across this blog. So glad that you’re still with us. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Keep fighting Craig, get better!

    Many Blessings<3

  436. I saw your episode when it first aired and cried. I actually watched b/c of the girl who received a kidney transplant. My daughter was recently diagnosed with a kidney disease. I never expected your story to impact me the way it did.
    I joined the bone marrow registry and got my husband to join as well b/c of you. Oddly enough we are meeting with my daughter’s doctors this week to talk about starting her on chemo for treating her kidney disease.
    I just wanted you to know, you made a difference. You are in my prayers.

  437. Craig,

    Think of you often and your struggles. Do not have to tell you to keep fighting as you are a warrior my friend. Miracles do come true and you have the prayers of thousands working for you!

    God Bless,

    Randy

  438. Craig… I know it’s hard but stay positive!! My brother (who’s your age) had a experimental, double blood cord transplant done at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. This was back in Dec and while he is still on the road to recovery, he IS doing well.

    I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, stay strong!!!

    Danielle Cronin

  439. I can’t imagine being in your situation but what I do know is that you have big time strength to fight. Keep it up. I’m sure you are inspiring others to keep fighting also. You’re in my prayers.

  440. Craig and Kat,

    Miracles happen every day and I will continue to pray for one. I admire your strength and willingness to stay positive. I love you both!!!!

  441. CRAIG!! Man. Life is sop crazy. I can’t believe I was once friends with a famous person like you! I’m praying for you. Get better, k?

  442. I dont know you but I love the pictures and your story touched my heart. I have rotten blood unfortunately so cant be a bone marrow transplant candidate but I can add you to my prayers. I think you have the right idea: make each day a special one. God bless you.

  443. You’re entire extended California family sends their love (lots and lots of it!) and a ton of prayers. Stay strong. WE LOVE YOU!

  444. I came across your website as I was searching for information about bone marrow transplants. My nephew has been diagnosed with a very rare disease, and his doctors believe that his best chance at surviving it is from a BMT. I cannot tell you how inspiring your story and website have been to me and my family. I don’t know you, nor have I seen your show, but I will pray for you. Please know that your story has inspired and touched many people, even strangers. You have inspired so many people to appreciate all that is really important in life, and there are so few people that have the power to do that. There are so many people thinking of you and praying for you and your family. God cannot ignore that, so know that he will do what’s best for you. You are a true inspiration!

  445. Oh Craig !
    That is such awful news! Wish we could give you a big hug, and we will keep on praying ! Love to both you and Kat ! Judy and Wayne

  446. Hi Craig and Kat,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!! I love seeing the pictures and getting updates through my mom. Your wedding pictures were wonderful…such a joyful event! Keep those positive thoughts – you both are amazing!
    Your crazy cousin from NH!

  447. Our love, prayers, hugs and good thoughts are with you Craig! Stay strong and keep fighting! Loving keeping up with you on FB!
    Love The Langill Family

  448. There is no way I can imagine what it must be like for you right now. I was so touched by the outpouring of support at RJ’s this week. As I told your mom, I thought of every dinner served as a prayer offered up for you. Your attitude is fantastic. You are a shining example for all of us to appreciate our loved ones and our lives and to be grateful every day. It is an honor to know you, Craig. You are in my daily prayers and in the prayers of my church.

  449. I didn’t even notice when I sent the last message it was on my birthday. Didn’t think anything about it until I saw it in print just now. Keep fighting ! Seems like you two ought to be able to beat anything ! We’re praying ! Love, Judy and Wayne

  450. We are thinking of you lots and sending the strongest, most positive thoughts to you in this difficult time. Kyle and I are with you and your family in spirit, too. Take good care. We love you!

    Marcia and Kyle

  451. To our special second family. We are always with you in mind and spirit. Your positive thoughts can beat anything.

    Love you all,
    Karen & Mike

  452. Craig and Kat,

    Greta and I sat with your brothers during dinner at R.J’s. I told them the invitation to bring the entire family to enjoy a meal at Tutor and Spunky’s has been offered when you come for your next visit.

    When we were in Europe, you were in our thoughts and prayers in some very holy places–among them the Vatican, a home near Ephesus where the Virgin Mary lived, the Blue Mosque in Estanbul, the Acropolis in Greece, the Pantheon in Rome and two dozen smaller, yet magnificent churches in Europe. And coins were tossed in lots of fountains like the Treve in Rome.

    And now that we’re back, along the beach in San Clemente this morning, Sunday.

    Stay strong, we will see you at your favorite deli soon.

    Love, Tom and Greta

  453. Hi Craig!
    I’m active in the bone marrow match database and came across your site. Praying for you and letting you know that prayers and your love for life will help you regain a normal healthy life. My 6 month old niece did it… so it’ll be a piece of cake for a strong man like you! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a bumpy road, but worth every minute and tear.
    If you need ever MORE encouragement just read her site. It helps me through my toughest days.
    Much love for you and your family,
    Rita

  454. Dear Craig & Kat,
    Wish you could’ve been at RJ’s last week. I think everybody in South OC was there, plus a few from points north. Just more proof that there are many, many people pulling for you and praying for you. The 2 of you are an inspiration to us all. Hang in there!

  455. Dear Craig,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there. Scott and Ryan send their prayers and support to you as well.You are an amazing young man! You are an inspiration to each of us .
    Take care and keep up the good fight!
    Love, Cathy ,Clark, Scott and Ryan

  456. Craig, I watched your show on MTVs true life and you are truly such an inspiration. Despite setbacks and the lousy luck you have had you continue to be optimistic. I pray for you and I want you to know that miracles do happen. God really does work in mysterious ways. I am only 19 but watching your show has greatly affected my life, and im sure MILLIONS of others. Keep up the good fight. you are a blessing. God bless you and your beautiful family. <3

  457. WOW is right we had an AMAZING week-end with the family all together. Looking so forward to our family week-end in Portland the end of June. This family is so blessed with all the support,love and prayers. It keeps us ALL Strong, and YES MY DEAR SON YOU WILL WIN. I Love you so much, Mom

  458. Speaking of cord blood, I just wanted to mention to any expectant parents that donating your baby’s umbilical cord blood is easy and painless to your babe (mother’s have to give a little blood, but, really, what’s another needle?).

    We did it at OHSU and if you want to, too, just get in touch with them at the following address to get started: http://www.ohsu.edu/health/cordblood/cordblood.cfm

  459. I am so happy you had such a good time! You’re ready for anything! You can beat this and now you know it. We’re back in again but will probably be gone before you get here, so until our paths cross again, and I’m sure they will, keep well, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Cancer SUCKS!!!!

  460. Craig,
    Glad to hear you had a great weekend.I know from Bren’s work at Childrens on the stem cell floor that the procedure is challenging but has a GREAT chance of success and we believe all will go well. Stay strong and good luck man.Shoot me an email sometime…computer crashed..lost everything good..lol
    Dave

  461. Hang in there and stay strong. Mind over manor. I think of U often and know U will beat this.
    did Mom tell U I’m engaged? Heath, Deb’s son is standing here and wishes U the best.
    Uncle Alan

  462. I don’t think Dr. G has seen anyone like you, Craig! I am sure he is totally blown away!

    As always and always, we send our love and prayers XOXOX

  463. Craig,

    Wishing you a VERY happy birthday! We are so stoked you were able to come to Cali to enjoy visits with friends and family. You have an amazing spirit that will fight this monster till ITs end! You & Kat are always in our thoughts!

    Much love!

  464. Craig – lots of love to you and Kat!! We know you can beat this and will be down here praying for you daily! Sending good thoughts your way, as always. ~The Townsends

  465. Hey Craig and Kat,
    I’m always thinking about you. Hope you have a nice birthday. Keep being strong.
    -Kevin

  466. Craig, best wishes for a very happy birthday with your wonderful family together. You are such a great hero and will just keep on winning. and I will just keep on praying for you and Kat, a super wowan so lovely.
    May God bless you all !
    love,auntie Lillian

  467. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRAIG!!!

    Continuing to keep you and Kat in my thoughts and prayers!

    Tina

  468. Its seems like just yesterday you were so little and making us laugh. Now you are all grown up and still making us laugh, even through all the hard times. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRAIG, what more could we ask for to be able to celebrate in your home with your amazing Wife, all your brothers and sister in-law. Another GREAT family week-end. Love you so very much,Mom Keep the Faith You will Win!!

  469. Happy Birthday Craig! Like the song says,”Have some pie and sandwiches and chocolate ice cream too…” Party hearty!

  470. Happy Birthday, Craig! It’s nice that you share this day with Matt ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wishing you all the best in the coming year and our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.

  471. Dear Craig, It is wonderful to be able to wish you a happy birthday! You are a regular in our thoughts and prayers. Glad your family is with you for this happy time. ENJOY!!!
    Love, Ben and Eugenia Cruz and family

  472. Craig,

    I just got done watching your episode of True Life, and I was truly touched. After watching the episode, I just had to do some research on the internet to see how you are doing. I was so happy when I found that you had a website. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to go what you have gone through, and are currently going through. Especially when you are a newlywed. I will pray for you, and hope you do better. This one episode really changed the way I look at life. Please stay strong, keep fighting. You are truly an inspirational man, and deserve to live life for many years to come.

  473. Warm post birthday wishes with the hope of a better year for you and a lo——ng happy life ahead!

  474. Happy Belated Birthday Craig ! How could I forget your birthday ? It is the same day as our anniversary – just years and years apart. Hope you had a great day and will have many, MANY more ! ! Love, Judy and Wayne

    Your Mom was the flower girl at our wedding ! ! She was just a tiny little girl.

  475. Sending you the best of wishes from Vermilion Ohio! Happy Belated Birthday Craig!

    Sandy, Charlie & Daniel Grisel

  476. Men, i just saw the true life episode about you, im from Barranquilla, Colombia and i have to say that i got in shock while i was watching you fighting against that disease, my eyes were full of tears. I’m happy to know that u beated it and ure much better now, enjoy the life man and enjoy that amazing woman that u have, that girl has shown how much she loves u. I just added u in facebook ๐Ÿ™‚ thank u for reading this and thanks for sharing that episode, sometimes in our lives we dont appreciate things that are much important than money; and u teached us that we can fight against anything just with love and attitude. Thanks for all man, i will be happy if we keep in touch using facebook. See ya later,

    Christian Bernal
    Barranquilla, Colombia
    South America

  477. Hi! I just watched your MTV story on my computer tonight – I was taking a break from studying ( I am a 5th sem Med student) and wanted to learn more about transplants/AML etc. Thanks for your detailed updates I am reading them and will continue reading to learn more about the course of your disease. Thanks so much in advance and I signed up to be a Bone Marrow Transplant Donor tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care and your story just gave me more motivated to keep studying ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks.

  478. Hey Dude
    Just wanted to say Hi and let U know I’m thinking of U. How is the search for another donner match going? Or is it to early for that?
    Push on and never give up!!!!!!
    Uncle Alan

  479. Good Morning Craig,

    Just wanted to say hello and to tell you to stay strong through your radiation treatments. You are always in our thoughts and we wish you well and send you strength to make it through this next step to wellness. Take care and keep us posted here or FB! Love hearing from you, send a picture of that cute puppy, Cole.
    Hugs,
    The Langill’s

  480. Hi Craig and Kat,
    I watched your True Life episode and was very touched by your story. I’m thinking of joining the bone marrow registry even though I’m a big wuss. Stay strong and congratulations on the puppy!

  481. I’m from Portugal and I saw your show on MTV in the MTV site.
    I just want you to know that you will have the power to get well and live long years next to thoes you love and love you.
    Good lock and stay strong and positive.
    Hope for good news from you.

    Beijos (Kiss) Sofia

  482. THANK YOU SO MUCH, to all of you that keep writting to Craig, so heart warming for our family, all the great encouragement from people Craig doesn’t even know. Prayers are powerful! Craig is in the hospital, I took him to ER last night with a fever, this is the norm for him after chemo, lets pray he can come home fast. He actually feels good, just worn out from chemo and radiation. So lets Pray that the infection will go away fast. Love to all from Craig’s very proud Mom

  483. Hi Craig. I saw your episode in True Life, and I hope everything works out fine for you. Although I am very sorry for everything you’ve been through. I hope you will be OK. Kat seems to be a very nice woman and great wife, don’t ever forget she’ll always be by your side.
    God bless you<3

  484. Hi Craig,
    I cried watching your episode of true life. you’re so inspirational and so strong. best wishes for a full recovery. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  485. Stay strong Craig. You truly are an inspiration to all those living with cancer. Let God bring you the strength to fight through and beat this heinous disease. God bless and best wishes from NY! Livestrong

  486. Saw you broadcasting on JTV. Hope you continue to broadcast so I can keep track of your progress.
    Thanks for sharing!
    David
    Logansport, IN.

  487. Hey Craig. I sent you a message on FB as well. Tina Dubow connected me with you. I had a BMT from an unrelated donor on Oct. 10, 2007 for AML. I know what you’re going through. I’m here if you ever want to chat (or vent :). I am doing well and will be doing a Triathlon (on 10/10/10…my 3 year anniversary) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am the honorary speaker and teammate and you can be sure that we will all be “Tri-ing” in your honor as well as the many others that are walking or have walked the path that we have. I know how you must feel as I had to learn how to sit, walk, stand and swallow all over again. Now, I am doing a Triathlon…Praise God. This is a very tough road you are on (as you know) but you will make it through it and be a better person because of it…trust me. You can check out my story at http://www.carepages.com enter staceyburg. Bless you friend and hang in there. And bless you Kat and Mom as I know (from my own mom and husband) that being a caregiver is a tough job on many levels. Love you guys. Stacey

  488. craig, i have also watched your episode of true life. yes thats true, you’re so strong and you will recover fully,best wishes 4 u ..

  489. Hello Craig:
    So nice meeting you last night on JTV. I love how candid you were when answering the viewers questions. You truly inspired me! Please know that I am remembering you in my daily prayers. Remember…
    “If God brings you to it He will bring you through it!!” –author unknown

  490. Dear Craig and kat and all the Brandemeir family, we pray for you every night and now we are asking Jesus to give supernatural power for all that you are going through.
    Sometimes thre are no words to express our love and feelings.

  491. Craig just wanted you to know that the JTV broadcasts are now the kiddo’s favorite pre-bedtime ritual… especially the rawrs ๐Ÿ™‚ Sending much love your way.

  492. Craiger
    You all are in my heart and whatever you need we will find a way to get it!!!
    I know in my heart you are going to beat this crap!!!
    Love ‘N’ Hugs
    Bonnie

  493. Dear Craig,

    We just got back to the area from Florida, and it seems that all of Dana Point is rooting for you.

    We keep you in our kind thoughts and prayers daily.

    Love,
    Ed & Joanie

  494. So sorry to hear everything you are going through. If it is any help to know, my sister in-law has twice been diagnosed with cancer. She has gone through two bone marrow transplants (once her own, then through the donor program.) She is still fighting after 30 years, and monthly chemo. I wish you all the best and with the excellent attitude and all the love you have around you, you can overcome.

  495. Craig – I don’t know you or your family other than reading about your story and watching a little of your broadcasts on JTV. You seem like an amazing strong person and I just wanted to let you know I’ll be praying for both you and your family. Prayer it a powerful powerful tool and I know with your attitude, spirit and obvious amazing support of your family you can beat this and enjoy a long life. Stay strong and God Bless.

  496. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT, YOU TRULY ARE HELPING THE ENTIRE BRANDMEIER FAMILY GET THROUGH THIS. WE ARE KEEPING THE FAITH AND HOPE AND STRENGTH THROUGH ALL OF YOU! CRAIG WILL WIN I JUST KNOW IT! MUCH LOVE TO ALL, JUDY & BRAD

  497. Dear Craig,
    Evil is not easily vanquished, but you are a warrior! So hang in there and feel the power of all the prayers, love and good wishes heading your way.
    Love, Georgia

  498. “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11

    I clung to this verse with all my heart as I was going through my own treatment and recovery. Know that there are many many prayer warriors sending you and your family up in prayer. The news you received is tough, I know. stacey

  499. Craig,
    I saw you on MTV True Life and I identified with your pain far too well as I also recently relapsed with a rare combination of AML and ALL. I read that you are undergoing a cord blood transplant which is what I had in April 2009. I’m sure your team of doctors have educated you on the process but I am very willing to talk to you about it from a patient’s perspective, which is often very different than a doctor’s perspective. It is not an easy fight but one that is not completely hopeless. It sounds like you have an amazing support network, which is just as critical as the nasty meds, for both your mental and physical health. I left the address for my blog so please please please feel free to contact me for ANYTHING on your mind.

    Thinking of you and your family everyday.
    Fight the good fight, brother.
    Wincheng

  500. Craig – Hi from Mark in St Louis.

    You seem like a great guy and I get a good vibe from you.

    I know alot of people that have done the Leukimia deal and more and more of them have done well.

    You will make the curve & beat it.

    Feel free to write if your in need of some talking to a neutral party who supports you.

    Regards – Mark

  501. Craig and Kat–

    My brother also was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) in September of 2006. I will pray for you and yours and I hope nothing but a recovery and wonderful life with your wife Kat. I know it can be hard, but please keep your chin up. Just remember in the words of my brother.. “you may have cancer, but cancer does not have you!”

    Best Wishes,

    Randi

  502. hey, your story is amazing and i just want to say that after watching your show of True Life I was truely touched and inspired about how strong you and your wife are. keep it up and you are a true inspiration for many people out there!
    Best Wishes!
    Katie

  503. Craig,
    I watched your true life episode and it was honestly the most emotional episode I’ve ever seen. You and your wife are a beautiful couple and you guys deserve to continue prosper for years and years to come. I wish you all the best and I pray for your recovery, releif, and complete happiness.

    I believe in you.

  504. Craig and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry that such an amazing young man and genuinely loving family are faced with such an awful disease. God bless you.

  505. craig, i just watched your true life episode. it is so touching to me how things like that would happen to just your ordinary people. your so strong && i know you can beat this. your in my prayers!!!

  506. Dear Craig-

    I was touched by watching your story on True Life. I have lost a loved one to leukemia and now the devistating power that it has over a body.

    I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your lovely wife Kat. Your courage and determination are empowering to all.

    I am part of a spiritual circle, and please know that we will be sending all the healing power that we can to you.

  507. hi, craig. so, i saw your episode on mtv today. i think it was truly the most emotional episode i’ve seen yet. just keep the faith, and don’t think negative. keep moving even though it may feel like things have stopped. don’t let this defeat you. i give you sincerely my best wishes.
    -desiree.

  508. Craig and Family,
    I watched the show this morning on MTV and your story truly touched my heart. It is so encouraging to see what strength a Man like you has even when things arnt looking up. You seem to always find the hope in everything, something I believe everyone could learn from you. I am a nursing student and soon will be entering the health field, and watching your story truly empacted the way I will care for patients and their families. Life is precious and you appreciate every moment given, thats true beauty! Prayers are sent up for you and your family and continue to stay strong! With God, ALL things are possible!

  509. Ceaig,
    My prayers are going out to you and your beatiful family. You are a strong person and i believe that you will not have anymore cancer. I believe god will heal you.
    Prayers to you.

    -Natalie

  510. Craig, I just saw your episode of true life on MtV. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and hope you get better as soon as possible! Just keep up your courage and you will get through this!
    Best wishes!
    -Kellsie Trickle

  511. Hello Craig,

    I just finished watching the near ending of the True Life and when it was over I had to come find your website to express how strong you are for not only doing the show but your strength and positivity to beat this harsh-full disease. I too have Leukemia (A.L.L.). and was diagnosed when I was 17. I am 21 right now and still go thru all different types of medications and procedures. Anyways, I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you to heal and get better for years to come. If you need some one to talk to, vent to or even ask questions, I am here to listen.

    God bless you and your family.

    You can beat this!!
    -Brandom

  512. You are an incredible person, Craig. And you two are an incredible couple. You have so many people praying for you and wishing for you the world. You are a fighter and an inspiration.

  513. Dear craig hi my name is nikki and keep fighting ur strong i will more than willing to donate money but i just dont have any sorry and good luck and i will pray for you keep living life to the fullist i would love to be friends feel free to e-mail me

  514. I just saw your episode of True Life. I am so moved by your amazing strength and your ability to keep your spirits high through everything you are enduring. I just prayed for you and your family. You will beat this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  515. craig,
    i am so sorry about your situation, i’m keeping you in my prayers. you are such a strong and amazing person. I cant wait to hear you’ve beaten it!

  516. dear craig you are a strong man but i cant hope but the best for you are in my prayers

    Tayler

  517. Craig,
    I just finished watching your episode of True Life. It was so heartbreaking to see such a young couple have to go through something like this. Your episode was by far the most emotional Ive seen and has really touched my heart. Please continue to keep your updates coming, you have many fans out here routing and praying for you.

  518. Craig,
    As I watched True Life this morning I used up a whole box of tissues. Your condition is similar to my aunt’s and the episode played on my heart strings. I hope you know that there is always hope. Positivity will be the change you want to see. I am so impressed by you and your wife. You are beautiful people inside and out. This will make you both so strong. You and my aunt are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Always know, there are others going through this to, you are not and never will be alone.

  519. HEY CRAIG
    I WAS SO TOUCHED BY YOUR STORY YOU ARE A VERY STRONG PERSON YOU AND YOUR WIFE.
    I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND YES YOU WILL BEAT THIS.
    NEVER GIVE UP!

    TO YOUR WIFE: BE STRONG HUN GOD HAS PLANS FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND
    HES MADE IT THIS FAR HE CAN MAKE IT FURTHER ๐Ÿ™‚

    LOVE YOU BOTH!

  520. Dear Craig,
    I wish you the best of luck when dealing with this. I can’t even imagine what you are going through; i truely do look up to you for your bravery. You’ve made it this far, theres no stopping you now

  521. Craig,
    My heart breaks with the news you are getting, but I want to tell you that I know you can beat this. I haven’t been where you’ve been but I’ve been where your wife has been. I went through it with my boyfriend he had a transplant and all. I wish I could say he made it but unfortunately he didn’t. With you though, I know you can beat this. It may seem that life keeps throwing these curve balls at you but you seem strong and courageous that I know you can do this. You have the support of your family which is wonderful!
    And to your wife Kat, you are a wonderful amazing woman. Doing all that you do I know many people can’t handle. It’s not the easiest thing to do. But you’re doing a great job. I don’t know much but what I just saw on tv you are on brave woman and I applaud you for that.
    To the both of you and your family, you are now and will forever be in my prayers. I will look at the site daily to see how you are. We may never have met but it still affects me. I want to see everyone make it. And I know you will too.
    my email is lopess1@me.com if you’d like to write back.

    Good luck Craig and keep that head up high. Know that you can do this and you will beat it with no matter what bad news the doctors may say one day, as they did on the 14th. It’s okay to cry and let it out, just don’t let it get you down!

    I have the faith in you that you can do this. And I know you will.

    I’m sure you’ve seen the movie already, but if you haven’t watch the movie called “The Secret.” I remember watching it with Sergio, and when we watched it we both had goosebumps by the time it was over it was so powerful.

    Good luck!
    Sofia

  522. Craig,
    I just saw your True Life episode for the first time. You really touched my heart with your strength. Then I got on here and saw your latest update and I am really sorry to hear the news. Stay positive and stay strong!! I will be saying prayers for you and your family!

  523. I just watched you on MTV. You and your wife are adorable and I admire the way your love keeps you strong! I will add you to my list of prayers! I don’t think I have ever cried that much watching tv, I believe it was the passion in your eyes, the way you wanted so much to get well and said you were going to beat this and the way you and your wife looked at each other. GET WELL SOON!

  524. Dear Craig and Kat, as many of these other kind ppl,I saw your story on True Life today. It touched my soul to see your determination and strength. I so admire you for that. I know it is hard to keep positive when it just feels like you cant get a break,but I believe that you can do this! You not only have an amazing wife and family,but have also touched complete strangers’ hearts! I wish you well, and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  525. Craig, my daughter and I wish all the love and strenght that we could give you and we hope this reaches you and you wife. I hope that you can beat this and this would jus be a memory in the past! We hope for a speedy recovery and will pray for you and your family!! Best of luck get well soon!!!

  526. Craig–
    You have undoubtedly one of the strongest characters I have ever seen. You are courageous and you handle setbacks with grace and for that, you will win this battle. You are a truly admirable individual and your friends and family must be so proud of you for all that you have been through. Never give up; we are all rooting for you!
    You will be in my prayers always,
    Abby

  527. Dear Craig,

    I just saw your episode on True Life and listening to your brother say what an honor it was to be your donor had me in tears. I lived in Portland for many years and while there had the honor and the privilege of sharing a similar experience with not one but two very dear family members. Believe it when we say that we will always be grateful for being allowed to share this part of your life.

    May the God of the Universe bless you in every way.

  528. REAL INSPIRING STORY, AS I WATCHED THE EPISODE I COULD NOT HAVE THE SLIGHTEST IDEA HOW DEVASTATING IT WOULD FEEL TO BE GOING THROUGH SUCH A DEBILITATING ORDEAL. CRAIG I COMMEND YOU,FOR FIGHTING THIS IN SUCH A COURAGEOUS MANNER.OBVIOUSLY TOUCH BY YOUR STORY<WISH YOU + WIFE A TRIUMPHANT VICTORY. STAY STRONG.GOD BLESS YOU….

  529. Hi, just wanted to drop a few words.I just saw the show for the second time the first was before my boyfriends bone marrow transplant and now after he has already had it and you and your wife gave me the hope that I needed to be their for him and I say to you THANK YOU VERY MUCH,KEEP HOPE ALIVE cause its hard just one day at a time GOD never put anything one you that you cant handle so just KEEP THE FAITH CAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE YOU ARE LOVED EVERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!

  530. Craig,

    Stay strong. I know CANCER SUCKS but someone has to beat it. I know someday this will be cured like the common cold but until then keep fighting. I am a BMT nurse so, I see this and live this everday. People DO survive. People DO make it through. There are so many new and exciting treatments and I hope they find one that works for you. My heart goes out to you.

  531. Dear Craig and Family,
    You are the most inspirational family I have ever seen in my entire life. Your passion for life and hope for the future truly touches me and I will constantly be thinking about you and your family.
    Best wishes! <3
    -Katie ๐Ÿ™‚

  532. I was really was crying when you were on true life. I hope you get better soon and I hope you finally get back to normal were you can spend more time with your family. I am keeping your family and u in my prayers. I lost a very close good friend in 2003 by lemunkia and I will never forget the times I got to spend with him before he died. I alway told him to never give up so please never give either.

  533. Saying a prayer for you and your family. I just watched your story on True Life and it broke my heart. You are a fighter and I hope you continue to stay strong and positive. You already have won part of the battle by sharing your story and spreading awareness. I lost my grandmother to Leukemia 4 years ago and I can only hope that one day they will find a cure for this horrible disease. Keep your chin up because you will make it through this.

  534. YOU WILL BEAT THIS. You will, you’re so strong and you have an amazing family who loves you and will help you get through this. I will pray for you and your family. Stay strong Craig, you CAN do this. <3

  535. Craig, just saw your story on mtv. Just wanted you to know that you are in my prayers. Keep fighting!

  536. I just watched the show for the first time. Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    -Yasmeen

  537. Hey craig, I am going to think about you and pray. God doesn’t give us challenges that he doesn’t KNOW we can handle. I’m going to be checking in.
    rachel

  538. I watched your story… and cried my eyes out. I HOPE THE BEST FOR YOU AND I AM THINKING OF YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU!I hope you can stay positive through this tough time. BEAT IT! YOU CAN DO IT! I believe in you.

  539. Don’t give up!

    Even if it’s bad news, even if it seems too much to handle, don’t give up on life! Your story and strength is changing lives.

    You are so strong and courageous. You and you wife!
    Live everyday to the fullest as long as you can.
    I wish you the best of luck.
    Sending you and yours all the love I can!
    Leila

  540. Dear Craig,

    Go to my niece’s Caringbridge page – http://www.caringbridge.org/tx/oliviajones. Read it and keep the faith. Over the past year we have almost lost her four times – but with our faith and trust in God and the fact she is now treating with doctors at MD Anderson in Houston, she is still with us. She is our miracle and you will be one too! Keep asking questions. Do whatever you have to do to fight this cancer, even if it means changing doctors and travelling to another hospital. STAY STRONG – DO NOT GIVE UP !!

  541. Hi Craig & Kat,

    We are thinking about you back here in Vermilion, Ohio.

    Charlie, Sandy & Daniel

  542. Craig,
    Always think positive and try to enjoy every single day of your life…My cousin which is 13 years old was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 2010 and since then he had a lot of chemotherapy…but thanks god my cousin which is his brother was the bone marrow donor…(this happened yesterday July, 15)..Let’s see what happens but i hope everything works out great. I’ll always pray for you and i hope you find a donor soon…I know you can beat this is really hard but nothing is impossible…My whole family is with you and your family and Good Luck with everything never ever give up!!Keep yourself strong =]….We love you?!!

  543. I just watched your show and it touched me a lot. I live in the Portland area and my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  544. dont ever give up!! Trust in God and know that he has your life in his hands. God works in misterous ways and even though we dont understand he has a purpose for us. Know that your in my prayers and you will overcome this!!!

  545. Craig..I just watched your episode..hang tough! I am a registered marrow donor and I just cycled 50 miles in the LIVESTRONG Challenge to help people affected by cancer. I lost my Father in 09, so your story is inspiring!!

    Kara

  546. Craig,
    I saw your true life today and It really made me think. Im in high school and everything seems like the end of the world but seeing you fight made me see how my problems that seem so big are really so small. Thanks for being a great role model, keep pushing through and fight with everything you have! You have alot of people rooting for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll be in my prayers!

    P.S. Remember that everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for you, and clearly part of his plan is have YOU touch so many peoples lives in such an inspirational way <3

  547. We just saw you on MTV. Your story really touched our hearts. You and your family will be in our prayers. Above all, I wish you happiness. After all, that’s what makes life good. (Big Hug)

  548. Hey Craig,
    just watched your truelife story and all i have to say is be strong and don’t be afraid to cry what u are going through is a fight for your life u do whatever helps u get through the day.
    Stay strong my friend, my hopes and prayers are with u and your wonderful wife, god is good.

  549. Craig, I just watched your episode of True Life( went though quite a few tissues). I am praying for you. You are such a strong person!! Your wife is beautiful. I have to say, I have never sought out anyone I have seen on a show before. Your life has made me think of just how precious each moment is.

  550. Craig and Kat your story touched my life so much. As I cried when I saw your story my 3 yr old daughter said “mom why are you crying” I told her that about one yr. ago she was very sick like you Craig. Seeing your story reminded me when my daughter had pnemonia and renal faiure.
    Craig I thought that was the end of it.
    But I had to plead and repent and ask God to interveen and heal her sick body. Doctors gave us a 5% chance of survival. God healed her completely and the doctors were surprized. They told us that her healing was a true miracle.
    Stay strong belive in God that he is the only one that has the power to heal you.. Remember he made you he knows you best. I will be praying for you.

  551. Dear awesome people,
    I saw your story on Mtv and was extremly touched. I couldn’t help but be emotional watching your struggles and will keep you in my prayers. In the end, it will be okay and if its not okay its not the end :)! It’s strange how I don’t know you and you made one of the biggest emtional impact Ive had. Your wife and you are purely amazing!!!

  552. Hi Craig,
    I saw your True Life episode when it first aired, after a friend of mine told me what it was about. (I don’t generally watch MTV.) I had a BMT in 2006 when I was 24 for a rare bone marrow disease, and though my situation was nowhere the severity of yours, I can relate to a little of your struggle. And I know that you are one tough cookie.

    You are truly an inspiration and I plan to bookmark your blog so that I can follow your progress. Take care! I’m sending you good vibes as you read this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  553. Hey Craig,
    I am in middle school and saw the episode of true life about you. It was seriously so touching and inspirational. I will be praying for you to completely heal. God is good! Your story has inspired and touched so many people, keep fighting through this! Remember our god is a god of miracles!! God bless

  554. Hey,
    I’m just writing because I was diagnosed with AML the same time you were, I was 26. I saw your episode while I was in the hospital because of a relapse. It was really scary but made me feel so much better watching you and seeing that things might be ok. Today I am +28 days from my own transplant and so far so good. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that your episode helped me make it through my own transplant process. So thanks.

  555. Hey Craig! Sounds like you’re quite the celebrity. On the serious side, I wonder if you know how many lives you are actually touching and giving support to?! You rock kid! We met with Dr. Gejewski today. We have a lot to think about. I’ll update when my mind stops swirling. You’re both in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.

  556. Hey Craig, just saw your story. My younger sister was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was about 4 years old, had a BMT and everything. It went into remission and has stayed that way for about 11 years now. Stay positive man.

  557. hey craig.!
    i just wanted to say that you have to be positive.!!
    cuz i have leukemia when i was 3 years old and now i have 13 and i have 13 and i’m okay,happy and safe… soo what im trying to tell you is that you have to be strong,you have to stand for your self.! i know that this is difficult…but do it for your wife,family and friends.!!
    i belive in you.!
    att.nataly from. Puerto Rico.!

  558. Hi Craig,

    I wish you all the best!!! We are getting your message out on our broadcast. I hope it helps. You are an inspiration to others, hun, and I sincerely hope a donor comes along real soon!!!

    HUGGS!!

    Big Momma

  559. Hi Craig, I saw your story on MTV the other day and felt the need to stop by. I just wanna say I wish you all the best and you’re one brave son of a gun. I will be praying for you and stay strong brother. Your new Chicago buddy Archie. Peace

  560. Hey Craig, You will be fine… believe it, stay strong! Don’t plan on dieing, plan on living… All my prayers out to your family!

  561. Craig,
    Saw your story on MTV last evening. The most important thing right now is to only THINK REAL THOUGHTS about life with a strong immune system. Ever hear about the “Laws of Attraction”? What we THINK about often manifests itself somehow due to all of the Universe’s energy. Everything is energy. Living life to the fullest possible is part of that and I saw that you do that. All of this positive energy funneling your way from everyone here on this website can only be a good thing also!! I just may check into your nightly webcast!

    Take care and live strong!
    Kathleen.

  562. Hello Craig! Yesterday morning I saw your story on MTV and it just broke my heart, but your optimism and your courage inspire me. I want to do something to help in whatever way I can. I turn eighteen in three months, so as soon as that happens, I am becoming a bone marrow donor.

  563. I saw the episode on MTV and I literally cried. You are so strong and I know you will get through this. You have such optimism and I will pray to God that you get through everything fine. I believe in you <3

  564. Craig,
    i saw your episode on true life it was really touching. I broke in tears, i just wanted to let you know that you are becoming a role model for many people. NEVER GIVE UP, always stay strong.
    I hope you get better && always be positive no matter what. I will be praying for you (: !
    Love you,
    Your friend from NJ

  565. Hi Craig

    I saw your episode on True Life today. Having gone through cancer myself, I am deeply touched by your story. I am amazed at how strong you are. And your wife is so wonderful. My husband and I r praying for you and your family. Stay strong and we r sending you much love. Your story is so inspiring.

  566. My husband and I just got done watching your updated episode. He cried and I did a lot of Oh My’s. I have to tell you that wife you have is amazing, I know I don’t have to tell you that but I hope we are just as strong as you two are. You two look gorgeous together. Keep up the fight and hope to see an updated new you soon. Take care you! Autumn and CJ from Manassas, VA

  567. Hello craig,

    I have watched your Braodcast and i can only say that your sitiuation has touched my heart in ways that words cannot discribe. Your strength has given me hope for cures for ANY discease. I swear to this day i will try my best in the future to find a cure for your disease, though u may not be there at the time, I will still have you in my heart, you will be my insperation to find cures. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL

  568. Craig, man i really cant believe the news bro. i said a prayer for you and your family. i see you broadcast on JTV and you seem like such a good person. that MTV real life you did was really kool man. i hope the ride isnt over, you get better and the Doctors are wrong.

    Robbie

  569. Dearest Craig,
    I send my love to you and your amazing wife. I will continue to pray for you both and I want you to know that there is nothing impossible for God. I pray that you will get well and that you and your loving wife will have a family one day. You are such a remarkable young man. When I start to feel depressed and complain about what I feel is wrong with my life, I will remember you, you who have been through so much without bitterness or complaints, and I will thank God for all that he has given me, including my health.
    You have touched my heart Craig and I thank you for doing so. God bless you.

    All my love and respect,
    Yvette

  570. Hey, Craig, Kat, Judy, Brad and all the brothers! It’s amazing how many lives you are touching and what an inspiration you are to all of us…what more is there to say after reading all these posts?!? Other than to say that we all love you here ‘back home’ in the East. Praying for the best for all of you! Love you!

  571. Hey Guys ! Teriko is right ! What more is there to say after all the wonderful messages! ! You are both amazing, Craig and Kat !! You HAVE been such an inspiration to so many people. You will probably never have any idea how many, and how you keep up your courage the way you have is unbelievable. We’ll keep praying very hard ! ! Love Judy and Wayne, NH

  572. Dear Craig, Kat, and family.
    I finally saw the full episode of “True Life: I Need a Transplant” The other day, and got to see your struggle with this awful disease. I just wanted to share my support and positive thoughts with you and your loved ones. Cancer is a scary thing, but I truely believe you will make it through. You seem to be a great person with a huge, golden heart. Keep being strong! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best of wishes. Xoxo, Rebecca.

  573. Hey Craig,

    Just saw your episode on MTV yesterday. My daughter and I were so excited to see this first hand because she is going to be admitted to the hospital this coming Tuesday to prepare for her bone marrow/stem cell transplant at the end of this month. You are so brave and strong and we will keep you and your health in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your story.

  574. Craig & Family,

    Thank you for sharing your story. Its shows like this that allow everyone to come together, to bring us all closer together. To know we are not alone.

  575. Hi Craig,

    I saw your MTV show the first time it aired and was amazed by your strength and attitude. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago. I have had my thyroid and 21 lymph nodes removed but will continue to fight it for the rest of my life. I have tried to maintain a positive attitude but have also been using an alternative treatment called the Life Vessel. It resets your autonomic nervous system through light, sound, frequency and vibration which allows your body to fight the disease on it own. There is a documented leukemia case of a 19 year old sent home because there was nothing else the doctors could do! He went in the Life Vessel and is now 29, married with two children. The nearest Life Vessel to you is in Irvine, CA a mile from John Wayne Airport. The owner tried emailing you several months ago but got no reply. His name is Todd Strane and his phone number is 949.222.9991 ext 221. If nothing else please call and please speak with him. I know I would not have done as well as I have without the Life Vessel. You are in my prayers. God Bless You!!!

  576. I was diagnosed with AML in February 2009, and had a transplant in May 2009. I had some MAJOR setbacks along the way and I beat the odds, and you will, too. I’m so sorry to read this update – I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now, but stay positive and FIGHT. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone.

  577. Craig,

    I just saw your episode of True Life and was moved by your story. You have incredible stength and a wonderful family and wife. I wish you the best and know that you WILL make it through this!

    P.S. June 24th is my birthday as well. I’m honored to share it with you.

  578. Hi Craig – Like your Uncle Fred said to me, you are a beacon, a beacon of light in my life. You have the best family! Lots of love to you and Cat

    Beth and your cousin Justin

  579. Hi Craig, Your aunt Beth just turned me on to your site here, I do not have a tv , so I have no idea what was on MTV. I will look more closely at becoming a donor. I sure you’ve heard it , form follows thought, never give in… etc. There exists a power we can not name or explain… may that power find you Jim

  580. Craig, don’t give up. My grandfather was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and the doctor told him he had 3 months left to live. It’s been a year and he is still alive and well. There is hope left. <3

  581. Hello Craig,
    I’m praying for you. Thank you for calling attention to the need for donors. My brother, who is 24, just had a heart transplant. When he was still waiting in the hospital, I was at school, and my family at home, your True LIfe episode aired for the first time. My family texted each other through out the episode because your emotion and honesty was so deeply appreciated. We all were so touched by your story. While I don’t understand exactly what you are going through (obviously ours was different and by no means am I suggestion that I know what you are experiencing), I just want to thank you for providing some insight into the difficulty of transplants. When my room mates and other people saw your story, I felt like they had a little bit more understanding of what it means to need/have a loved one need a transplant.

    I guess this is a long way of saying thank you. Those words don’t seem like a whole lot but they are all I’ve got. Thank you.
    All the best, love and prayers,
    Katie

  582. Dearest Craig & Kat, Still keeping you close to my heart & lifting you up to the One who loves you & understands. XOXOX Liana

  583. I don’t know you but was told about your incredible story. I’m so deeply moved that I have signed up on the marrow registry. I hope to do my part to save a life. The world needs more people like you

  584. Craig – you are an inspiration. I wish you and Kat much strength today as you learn the next step in your journey.

  585. Craig:
    If you should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,
    For you have left your heart with us,
    So we don’t need to cry.
    The love that’s deep within you,
    Shall reach us from the stars,
    We’ll feel it from the heavens,
    And it will heal the scars.
    –author unknown

  586. Praying for you, Kat and your entire family. Thank you for your bravery, your warm heart and your honest words.

  587. Craig I am sending you a hug, you are the strongest person! I hope you make it home tomorrow to be with your family. Please let the family know we are thinking of you all every day and send our love and strength.
    Love The Langill Family <3

  588. A rainbow through a misty cloud…a snail nibbling a mushroom’s edge..great waves with spray that rises high.. and breaks and falls to rise again.. perhaps just once. these things are ours..yet they are always ours.

    A hummingbird feeding her tiny young..the slow beat of herons across the swamp..the quiet reflection of a nesting swan as twilight absorbs dark shadows.. for a fleeting moment these things are ours..then they are ours forever..

    Whether this is imagination or not one never really knows and it matters little for in a moment ecstasy holds the soul.. As the great symphony of life goes on with one unwavering purpose to create what is to be..whether or not there is beauty…is in your heart and mine.

    These things are ours. “Gwen Frostic”

    Craig, when I had cancer in 1988, someone very kind sent me these words. I don’t visit them often but wanted to share them with you. They gave me strength and serenity as I did not have the family that you have to support and love you. Maybe they will bring you something as well. You have given so much and your message has touched so many. I will be anxious to hear about your going home tomorrow.Lots of love to all of you

  589. You and your family are forever in my prayers.. you are a true inspiration and touched my life forever!

  590. Dear Craig,

    I have thought about you every single day since you have been diagnosed and will have you in my thoughts every day that I live. You are not only brave and courageous, but such a caring and wonderful person. You are amazing and your spirit has and will continue to be an inspiration to me. I am grateful that I got a chance to meet you and will always hold you in my heart.

    Ellen Harris

  591. hi there. my name is joe ribeiro. i am from newtown ct. i heard about your condition and want to send my dearest condolences to you and your family. i dealt with something similar with my sister and know how hard it must be. i am happy to be here for you to celebrate your life and all the things you have accomplished. i wish you and your family the best. stay strong and i wish you and your family the best

  592. Craig,

    Thank you for sharing your life and spirit with the world. I will spread the word about bone marrow donation and your site.

    My love to you, Kat, your family, and all that love and support you.

    Kim

  593. To Craig, Kat, and Family…

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you have strength, peace, and hope. I will continue to pray for your miracle.

  594. Dear Craig & Kat,

    Watching your episode of true life broke my heart. As a soon to be newlywed myself, this is heartbreaking. You both are such a young, beautiful couple and should not be faced with this terrible tragedy. I am so very sad to hear this update you have posted on this blog. I am wishing for you every day to have a miracle recovery. You will be in my thoughts forever <3

  595. Craig:
    God bless you is my prayer today,
    I’m honored to call you ‘friend’;
    I pray the Lord will keep you safe,
    Until we meet again.

  596. You are truly an inspiration to others, not just those battling cancer, but I feel that everyone can learn from you to appreciate life. I feel that you have shown people how to be thankful for each day, and also to never give up. Learning about your story has taught me to be more thankful and when I start to complain I think of your story, and realize I should not complain, but rather be thankful, so thank you. My dad had cancer and the bravery he showed filled me with awe, just you have done. Iโ€™m sure you have been very courageous and Iโ€™m glad that you never gave up. Be strong, and I will be praying for a miracle~

  597. Know that you have inspired many many people. You have been an amazing friend to thousands of people. Being able to see your bravery and determination is a true gift. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. As always, I am praying for a miracle. God bless you and your family. And remember, it ain’t over yet. Much love to you and yours. My sincerest sympathies and love go out to you.

    Love,
    Natalie

  598. Craig – what an inspiration you are! I hope you know what a legacy you have created for yourself. You have impacted my life tremendously and I will do everything it takes to continue to spread the word and get as many people as possible to join the registry. I recently posted an entry on our family blog and 3 friends have already bought kits in the past 2 days. We love you, are praying for you and your family as always. XOXOXOXO

  599. “Through dying suns and midnights grim,
    And treachery and faith gone dim,
    Whatever dark the world may send,
    Still lovers meet at jounrey’s end.”
    ~ Barbara Hambly

    Take comfort in the love you have with Kat and your family. You are an inspiration and I’m happy to have shared in your life. Best wishes, Craig.

  600. All any of us can hope for in this world is to leave it a little better off than when we arrived–and you did.

  601. Sorry that you are not doing so well. I hope you live several months where you can spend time with your close friends and family and your life while being in your home. Enjoy every time you get to spend with your close friends and family before you pass away. I am still keeping u and Kat in my prayers. Kat I hope
    the best to you.

  602. Dear Craig,

    I am so sorry for the hell that you have had to endure these past months. Having seen it all with Katie, you have gone through hell and back, even saying that seems so inadequate. I will always ask the question, “WHY”? Why you, why her, why any child or young person with so much ahead of them, and then of course, “WHY not me”, and I am sure your parents feel the same way. This is not the way it was meant to be, never ever.

    You have proven through this hideous disease the amazing young man that so many were blessed to have in their lives. Your strength, perseverance, tenacity and will to fight until the bitter end is an example that will impact many lives. Where do you kids get this from, for me, I could not endure what you brave souls have faced daily. I have to share with you that near the end of Katie’s battle, I could not endure watching the suffering that my baby was going through anymore. As her mother who loved her above myself, I placed her in God’s arms and care, praying to Him to release her from her earthly suffering by taking her home or to cure her. I told Katie just before she passed, to take Jesus’ hand and let Him lead her to where she needs to be, and He did. I told her I would be ok, anything is ok when you feel so helpless and have to watch your beloved child in pain with no way to comfort or take it away. God took Katie peacefully and held me close and filled me with peace and comfort knowing that my precious baby was finally healed and with Jesus. My prayer for you and your loved ones is that you will know and feel God’s presence, His peace, love, comfort and His promise of everlasting life with Him. Do not be afraid, Heaven is everything that is breathtaking and perfect here, just better…we can only imagine.

    I have committed my life to keeping Katie’s memory alive with all that I do. I am now volunteering with Be A Hero, Become A Donor. I will continue my dedication to educating and increasing donors onto the registry so that everyone has hope for a new beginning, a new life through marrow donation. Reading your last post makes me even more committed to this cause and I thank you for sharing so profoundly, you are such an inspiration and your concern for those left behind is commendable.

    This is a journey that none of us expected, but we have to have faith in God’s plans for our lives. As hard as it is, there is no other answer.

    Through all that you have endured on your cancer journey, be comforted in knowing that your life has touched many in ways that will unfold daily. Some people live to be 90 and when they are gone, the story ends. Craig, you have lived only a very short time, but your story will continue forever. The impact that you have made on others will only continue to spread, what a legacy. Be proud of the man you are, even though I never met you, I feel proud to have known you through your parents and your writings.

    Even though it seems the end is near, God can give you a miracle, nothing is beyond Him. His plans are the best for us, even though we don’t understand. One day, when we are all reunited it will all be clear.

    Craig, be strong and hold close to God, He will carry you through this.

    Please tell your parents, I am here for them in anyway I can help, at anytime. God Bless you and your family,

    Carolyn (Angel Katie’s mom)

  603. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for just knowing you via this website and Facebook. You are such an inspiration and have touched my life forever. You are the most positive, courageous and strongest person that I have ever known. I hope you, your wonderful wife and family feel the love, prayers, and positive thoughts from all the lives you have touched. You will be forever in my heart and prayers. May God bless you.

  604. Craig-thank you for sharing your story and I am so sorry that you have had to live this nightmare. Praying every day for you and Kat for strength, comfort and yes healing. God bless you and your family.

  605. Craig, your parents have been my friends for over 15 years. It began as a working relationship. In 2001 I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer, the prognosis was 65% recurrance. Your parents were and to this day still are, a support and encuragement in my life. They became involved with an event called RELAY FOR LIFE and later brouht together a team of walkers for you! They walked during the day and night, as a support to so many affected by cancer. Their dedication to help find a cure for all and any cancer has been present in their actions not just words. Their constant love, their pride is and will always be in you. Brad would say to me, if I ever had to deal with it, I don’t know if I could. You have been his strenghth in your fight. Through your ordeal as well as mine, they have taken on a task to continue on in all that they have, to honor you today and always. You are greatly loved. The fact that you were willing to share such a personal journey to the world, will in fact help find a cure one day.

  606. Hi Craig and Kat,
    Cancer’s messed up. I’m so sorry that the two of you and your families have gone through all of this. I’m so glad that you guys have each other. Craig, I hope that you have a happy and peaceful journey…I’ll be looking for you on the other side. Kat, you will carry your love for Craig as a torch in your heart forever. No matter what happens, his love will always burn there…I promise.
    Love,
    Brandi (Mt. Hood RN)

  607. Craig and Kat,

    I am soooooo sorry to hear the latest news! I think of you both daily. I want you both to know along with your family that you are in my prayers and whatever I can do to spead the word here in KY regarding education of becoming a donor I will do!!

    Craig, you are truly a remarkable and brave person sharing your story with the public. Taking something so private and turning into reality of how horrible this disease can be is truly awesome of you!!

    Kat, you are truly a remarkable person!! Now a days people would not stand by their spouse during this diffcult time and you are awesome!! You have shown the world that compassion and love still exists!!

    Love to you both!!
    ~Jackie

  608. WOW Craig ! ! You and Kat have so much courage. I don’t see how you do it ! And you ARE leaving the world a better place, but we don’t want you to go yet. You can have a miracle and still the world will be a better place because of you having gone so public with your fight and treatments. Love, Judy and Wayne NH

  609. Craig, You are an incrediable man!! So beautiful inside and out. Kat you are surrounded by love even by people you haven’t even met.

    All of our love,

    Charlie, Sandy & Daniel

  610. I’m really bad at saying the right thing when it really matters. So I will just say this…I love you and your family SO much. So much that my heart grows a little bit bigger every time I think of you all. And I can’t thank you enough for that.

    I selfishly wish that we had more time together. I want you to know that I am SO proud of the man you’ve become and feel blessed to have been given the gift of knowing you. You’ve always put a smile on my face and words can’t thank you enough for that.

    I love you, Craig Brandmeier. With all of my heart. I promise to always have a smile on my face every time I think of you and I promise to continue to love and support your family as if they are my blood.

    Love,

    Your sister from another mister

  611. Although our prayers have not been answered as we wish they had, I do not think they were in vain. You and all your family have been so strong and brave throughout this unspeakable nightmare, and I humbly think that knowing how many people have been praying and expressing love and support has helped in some measure. Craig, God weeps with you and your family; please believe that. And God will continue to support and comfort your family in the future.

    I love you truly,
    Katrina Soto

  612. I’m still praying for you. You have made me realize what is important in my own life, I thank you for that.

  613. Craig
    I don’t even know what to say. It breaks my heart to think of what you are all going through right now. You seem to be so strong inside that makes all this so much harder. I was so glad to have been able to know you and see you grow up over the years. I have enjoyed so much the events at your house (and your mum’s great cooking)over the years, and it was great to see such a loving and happy family. I have never met Kat but have heard a lot about her from Judy and she is obviously a great gal. You two were so lucky to find each other and have, even if only short, time together. There are many things that you will not get the chance to do, but realize that you have touched so many lives in a number of different ways, and that makes the world a better place.
    Marion and Jack Huiberts

  614. Dear Craig and Kat,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to both of you. You have shown everyone what a wonderful and courageous couple you are. We love your Mom and Dad and know God will give you all the strength you need to go through this. We will continue to pray for all of you.
    Love,
    Jim and Shirley Needham

  615. To Craig and his beautiful family, I have marveled the last year and a half over your love, spirit, and courage. So many are privileged to have known you. My sister Sandi died in 2001 after an unsuccessful lung transplant. The months leading up to her getting the call that a lung was available gave us all hope and made her last months with us wonderful. I know that donors can give this kind of hope and comfort, even if the donation fails in the end. Craig, through your making your disease public and encouraging donations, you are helping innumerable families. This shall be your legacy. Thank you, Craig.

  616. Craig,this is the user(or should I say troll),from Justin.Tv. I just wanted to stop by and say Im sorry that I trolled on you when you were on Justin.Tv.Even thought I didnt mock you,or you’re disease(I was mainly talking about Kobe and Michael Jordan for the heck of getting banned and making multiple accounts).I,despite my trolling,wish you no physical and mental harm.In fact,I wish you and your family the best of luck and God’s blessings.After I was banned several times,I stuck around to watch your vlog,and I was amazed by your level of bravery.So much so,that I deeply regret the little amount of time that I caused you discomfort by making multiple accounts.To stare death in the face,and not blink,is by far the bravest thing anyone can do.I wish you the best of luck in your fight against cancer,and I will keep you in my prayers.

    God Bless,Jesse.

  617. Hey Craig, it’s Kidd. I wish I had the words but I just don’t. Once again, anything you or your family needs just let me know. You’re in my thoughts my friend.

  618. Hello Craig,
    I don’t know if you read this? I know about you from Kat’s friend Sara. I was excited to hear you were so brave to try for the BMT, I watched your spot on MTV. I am also a Leukemia cancer survivor and recently diagnosed with 2 brain tumors as a result. One was removed and the other started growing again. It was treated in December and I hoped we could share recovery! Though it was painful to hear of your current status, you have left a legacy of inspiration and are now leaving one of courage. Your life is not over.

    I know the hard times and tough times will still come. You have wonderful family and friends around you to keep you strong, don’t be afraid to turn to them. It was my wife that gave me something to live for in my darkest moments and I have to believe that your wife Kat is just as special to you! The end will come to us all; I only hope to live as ‘gracefully’ as you have. Thank you Craig for the tremendous gift you have given to us all. My Grams used to say this to me “May God be your buckler.”

  619. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story. You are in my thoughts here in Norway.
    A-H

  620. Dear Craig,

    I saw today your episode on MTV’s True Life. I would like to thank you for sharing your story with us. So sad to read this post of you though..
    My heart is with you!

  621. Tonight I saw your episode on True Life. I thought it was amazing that you shared your story like that. I wanted to find out how you were doing now, and I’m so sorry to hear the terrible news. I wish you and your family all the best. Just know you made a lot of people’s lives better!

    Lots of love from the Netherlands

  622. Craig, Kat & all of the Brandmeiers…

    You are now and have always been in our thoughts. Please let us know if you are in need of anything.

    Ron, Cindy & Ryan

  623. I watched your episode on True Life and I wanted to express to you how much you have touch my heart! You are definitely someone who has touched so many lives and are an excellent example of what true courage is. I will be praying for you and your family. Your marriage is something that is only written in fairy tales. The love and support you each provide one another is something that I look up to in my own marriage. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your entire family. God Bless.

  624. oh Craig – and to Kat and all of the Brandemeiers… I know you from long ago, when I had the privilege of being babysat by Judy and playing in the playroom and eating quesadillas and cookie cakes…and Kat I don’t know you personally but I know that you are an amazing person because of your love and support of Craig and his of you.

    I remember Craig as a boy of elementary school age, a few years younger than me and so sweet and cute – and an ace at Atari. Way better than me. Well, that isn’t saying much. He used to twirl his hair with his fingers until it was all knotted! Craig I will always remember you as an energetic, happy, awesome person – one of the good ones. I feel privileged to have known you in the past and to share in your recent story of bravery and perseverance.

    My husband and I are going to look into being marrow donors. May peace be with all of you and you should know that you are making a difference in people’s lives and that you will always be with us.

    Love,

    Lia

  625. Wait – upon further reflection I just realized that I was mistaken about the hair twirling…it was GARY that twirled his hair! I just had to clear your name Craig ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lia

  626. Hey I don’t know what to say but I will be praying for you and your family. I hope you know Jesus ๐Ÿ™‚ b/c if you do than there will never be an end. This is just a reminder to me to live my life to the fullest. But there is a much better place than this, heaven.

  627. Hi Craig and Kat, Just sending this note to say we’re still praying for you both and hoping that God will give us all the strength we need to fight our battles and accept what is His will for us. (sometimes not so easy) The bonds we have made will always be there even if we never cross paths physically again. Love to you both.

  628. Craig,
    You and your family are so brave to share your message. I just saw the True Life episode and know how hard you fought this terrible thing in your body. With love and support around you and the will to fight as hard as you can…I’m sad to hear the news you just received. Thanks to you, Kat (also so courageous to help share your message) and your family for teaching everyone a lesson about how precious life is. Thanks for being such an inspiration, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  629. Craig,
    you have touched my heart. Seeing you in the clinic always makes me smile. Your story will help so many people. I have praied for you and your family and will continue. Stay strong hun. BIG HUG!
    Your medical assistant,
    Beetah

  630. Craig, we’ve never met, but as an employee of CHM I have followed your amazing and heartbreaking story. Watched the MTV video, etc. This falls under the category of “Life is NOT fair”. You have handled yourself with grace, maturity and class. Your beautiful wife is losing more than a husband, a wonderful and caring friend. You will be forever in my prayers as you continue on the last leg of your journey – may God give you and Kat the strength and peace of heart you will need to go through the next days.