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Geneva student Brandon Lewis poses with quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger at the Steelers' training camp this summer.
Geneva student Brandon Lewis poses with quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger at the Steelers' training camp this summer.

Around the campus of Geneva College the name Brandon Lewis is synonymous with courage and determination. A defensive lineman from Norwin High School, Brandon enrolled at Geneva in the fall of 2006. From his high school years until now, Brandon has endured more major trials than some people have in a lifetime.

His parents and grandparents passed away within five years of each other. During the year that his father and grandmother passed away, Brandon waged his own battle with leukemia. A few bone marrow transplants and many doses of chemotherapy later, Brandon’s leukemia is now in remission.

This fall, Geneva’s health services decided to hold a blood drive in Brandon’s honor. As soon as Geneva’s student-athletes got word of the event, they pitched in to help with planning and organization.

“The blood drive was a good opportunity to honor Brandon,” says sophomore Lauren Londino. Lauren is a goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team as well as a member of the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee. SAAC is a campus organization that gives student-athletes a voice in the athletic department and helps them connect with the rest of the Geneva community. Head Baseball Coach and Associate Athletic Director Alan Sumner says the blood drive was a great way for teams to get involved on campus and honor a fellow student-athlete.

"Brandon Lewis has been an inspiration to so many people at Geneva,” says Head Softball Coach and Sports Information Director Van Zanic. “He has gone through a tremendous rollercoaster and has always maintained a positive outlook on life. To see the incredible response from the student-athletes and so many in the Geneva community was a tribute to how many people Brandon has touched in the last two years."

According to Health Services Director Connie Erwin, the Brandon Lewis blood drive was the most successful drive the college has ever hosted. "161 individuals came to donate, resulting in 124 units of blood collected," she says. "The blood drive was also the largest held that day in the surrounding six-state region."

- James Copper '09


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