The Morgan High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter is partnering with hit country artist Collin Raye and multiple businesses from the community to provide the necessary help to a local boy and his family.
Brennan Trussell, the son of Jeff and Debbie Trussell, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and not expected to survive birth. Brennan, however, is a survivor and beat the odds. His challenges did not end with birth though. At 3 months old, Brennan went through many surgeries for a hernia, severe reflux, and the placement of a feeding tube. At age 3 he was taken to the emergency room in a coma. Here he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and a week later with a large kidney stone.
In 2012 Brennan was once more in critical condition and put on bi-pap and a trach. In December of last year, Brennan was life-flighted to Primary Children’s with a kidney infection. Only a few days later he was re-admitted with another infection. The doctors were unsure whether he would be okay. After two surgeries, however, Brennan once again beat the odds and pushed through. Through all of this, he has maintained a smile that brings immediate joy to all those around him. People feel drawn to love Brennan as his smile touches each of our lives.
With all the conditions that Brennan faces, he is in need of a jogging stroller and a van, both of which would allow him to interact and travel with his family more. It is truly touching to see the love that his siblings have for him. These costs, coupled with the growing medical bills and other necessary expenses, have placed the Trussells in a difficult financial situation.
To raise the necessary funds and ease the burden of a local family, Morgan FBLA is working to put on Collin Raye’s “In This Life: A Concert for Brennan.”
With 24 top-10 records, 16 No. 1 hits, and 10 male vocalist of the year nominations, Collin Raye has cemented his mark as an electrifying vocalist that the fans adore. However, his mark on society extends beyond simply performing.
In 2010, Collin Raye lost his 10-year-old granddaughter, Haley, who suffered from a neurological disorder. Through this great loss, Collin and his daughter organized The Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation in her honor. This foundation has brought relief and hope to those who are in great need. Specialized wheelchairs and other equipment have been supplied to many to help elevate their standard of living.
When Colin found out about Brennan’s condition and his need for a new chair, his heart went out to him and his struggling family. Through his foundation, Collin has eagerly agreed to reach out and perform a benefit concert to raise the necessary funds for not only a jogging chair, but assistance to the family’s struggling financial situation.
Collin’s heart stirring song “In This Life” will be the theme of the concert. This song embodies the love of a family for their struggling son. “Let the world stop turnin’-let the sun stop burnin’-let them tell me love’s not worth going through- if it all falls apart- I will know deep in my heart- the only dream that mattered had come true-in this life I was loved by you.”
Collin Raye’s career has been adorned with countless issue-oriented songs such as this one. On April 7 he will sing these emotional songs for the benefit of Brennan and his family as a community gathers around one of their own to ensure his life can be improved.
The outpouring of love from a community rallying around one of their own has been inspiring. Multiple sponsors from the community were eager to donate and sponsor this event.
There will be items to bid upon at the silent auction that will take place on the night of the concert from 6 – 7 p.m. Items include a large rifle, season tickets to Desert Star, and much more. The concert will be held on April 7 at the Morgan High School auditorium at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are pre-sold for $35 and are available at www.collinforbrennan.com.
As an entire community, we will give back to a family and a boy who have been through so much. Brennan’s smile touches all of us and it is our turn to reach out and touch his life.
A special thanks to all the sponsors: Parkside Lanes, Morgan Drug, Young Ford, Cambridge Financial Insurance, Allred and Cannon, Pretzel Maker, J’s, CSI Printing, GNC, Geary Constructions, Geneva Rock, Hinds, Minkey Blankets, Perry Brothers, Mountain View Title, Saunders Outdoors, ATK, Karen’s Kreations, Browning, The Morgan County News and Desert Star.