Brandon Anthony VanSant
Brandon was 18 years old, and would have turned 19 had he lived just three more days. He was taking his 14 year old sister and her friend to an 8th grade visiting day at his high school which was approximately 20 miles from our house, when they hit a patch of "black ice". They slid into the path of an oncoming car and my son was killed instantly. My daughter suffers a TBI due to the accident and her friend suffers emotional scars.
Brandon was our computer genius, and I miss him terribly. I had been looking into taking business classes at a local college before this accident, and Brandon had been so excited about the fact that they would provide a laptop computer for me. After the accident, I wasn't going to continue this pursuit until someone said, "You know, Brandon was so excited about this that it would be a slap in the face to his memory if you don't continue." With those words, I decided to proceed, and it is through these courses that I found the TBI chat site which has opened up several doors for us both on TBI and on grief. I believe that this is Brandon's legacy and his way of helping us go on without him.