Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

DJ battling most cancers works to unfold love, assist others

A most cancers prognosis hasn’t stopped Brandon Okamoto from serving to others. Whereas he raises cash for the wants of his household, he continues to assist elevate cash for St. Jude’s Youngsters’s Hospital.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (FOX 2) – Brandon Okamoto first discovered he had lung most cancers a yr in the past.

“I came upon after I was 39 that I had most cancers, critical most cancers,” he mentioned. “I had not cried the entire yr about me having most cancers, after which I lastly cried.”

He started a specialised remedy on the College of Michigan that appeared promising.

“At first, it went rather well. By June they have been nearly saying I used to be going to be in remission, however between June and September I bought sick,” he mentioned.

In November he came upon the most cancers had unfold.

“They have been like, ‘effectively it has tremendous unfold into your left lung, and now it is spreading to your lymph nodes all up and down your arm and physique. We have to modify to chemo proper now.'”

Okamoto now has stage 4 most cancers.

“I began eager about what if I simply did not exist quickly? And that lastly made me cry,” he mentioned.

However perspective is every part, and being sick has simply made Okamoto extra decided.

“I all of the sudden have this zest for all times, so my new saying is screw most cancers, nevertheless it’s given me a brand new path in life,” he mentioned.

Want upon a marriage helped Okamoto and his spouse renew their vows surrounded by their daughter and their 5 youngsters from earlier marriages.

Okamoto can be a DJ, artist, and digital music creator, and he is been elevating cash for St. Jude’s youngsters’s hospital.

Now, he is attempting to boost cash to assist help his household by placing his music on the Patreon platform. He’s hoping folks will subscribe as a result of he simply needed to stop his job at an elementary college to undergo chemo.

“I needed to create a Patreon, which is a platform that permits creators to receives a commission, so now I get to make music and for as little as $3 a month you possibly can have entry to all my free music that I made and any future music that I made,” he mentioned.

It will assist with different bills as effectively. Over the summer season, a drunken driver crashed into their two vehicles in entrance of their auburn hhills house and so they have been totaled. Their new automobile wants repairs, and it is simply greater than they’ll afford, so their buddy Laura Kondek reached out to FOX 2.

“He is simply very humble and upbeat and though he is gone via a lot he is all the time so optimistic and an actual inspiration,” she mentioned.

As Okamoto will get prepared to begin his second of 4 rounds of chemotherapy, that optimism is every part.

“I’ve all this scariness about most cancers and chemo, however I can select to maintain strolling ahead whereas nonetheless going through that,” he mentioned. “I need to unfold my love via my music and my artwork and I can not wait to indicate you guys what I will create, about what’s coming subsequent.”

Okamoto’s subsequent music fundraiser for St. Jude’s is streaming this Saturday. Watch right here.

You can even donate to a GoFuneMe for the household right here.

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