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Meet Fresno State Kid Captain: Brian

Published on Sep. 08, 2023

Each football season, we team up with Fresno State to give a once in a lifetime experience to some of our patients. At each home football game, one Valley Children’s patient is selected to be the Kid Captain of the game and gets to participate in the coin toss with the team, along with being a part of on-field festivities. For the 2023 season, we have six special Kid Captain's to introduce you to the day before each big game!  

Meet Brian, our first Kid Captain of the season! Brian is eight years old and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just five. He received chemotherapy for this rare type of cancer that develops in nerve tissue and is now in remission and receiving immunotherapy. This game is extra special for Brian as September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Brian LOVES sports and video games and wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Join us in cheering on Brian and the Bulldogs as they face Eastern Washington University at Valley Children’s Stadium on September 9!  

More About Childhood Cancer

As one of the leading pediatric cancer facilities on the West Coast, and the only provider of pediatric hematology and oncology services between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Valley Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, including an outpatient unit and 36-bed inpatient units, offers care to more than 1.3 million children in the Central Valley. Valley Children’s participates in several research collaboratives to ensure that kids of the Central Valley have access to the most up-to-date and advanced therapeutic options. The Center consistently ranks in the top 10% for enrolling children in research studies and takes great pride in the excellent work we perform. Our team has been recognized nationally for our efficiency, organization and accuracy in research work, all while providing compassionate and equitable care to our community.