By Barry Burleson
Pray for Brad
Marshall Academy played Brookhaven Academy Tuesday night in the opening round of the State Tournament.
these two schools shared more than a top five ranking in Class AA of
the Mississippi Private School Association when they met on the
Despite being more than 250
miles from each other, they shared a bond. That’s because students,
teachers and administrators at both schools have been fervent in their
prayers for Bradley Reece, an MA student who received a bone marrow
transplant at St. Jude last week.
The support from southwest Mississippi for Bradley actually began a year ago, when Brookhaven hosted the State Tournament.
Apel, former Marshall Academy teacher and now a staff writer for The
Daily Leader in Brookhaven, wrote the following story, which was
published last week.
year at tournament time, Brookhaven Academy students decided to sell
stuffed elephants to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
At the same time, Bradley Reece of Marshall Academy was missing the tournament because he’d just been diagnosed with leukemia.
hearing the news, project sponsor Lindy Gray, her sister Lucy Watts,
and some BA students decided to commit Reece to prayer in hopes that
his situation would improve.
A year later,
students have committed to very specific prayers after receiving a
forwarded e-mail that was written by Reece’s aunt. A poster reminding
people to pray for Reece was made to go in the front of the gym and
Gray printed the e-mail, which generated numerous requests for ways to
contact the boy to send encouragement.
e-mail, forwarded to Gray by Natalie Davis at Copiah-Lincoln Community
College, said Reece’s latest biopsy showed 95 percent cancer in his
bone marrow. A marrow transplant was scheduled for Feb. 13, provided he
survives the intensive radiation he must take until that point.
why we’re calling this ‘Miracle on the 13th,’ ” Gray told the crowd at
the private Christian school just before the Lady Cougars played their
game in the District 4AA tournament.
takers handed out blue ribbons at the door for students and
tournament-goers to pin on their clothes as a tribute to Reece.
not Cougar blue, or even Marshall Academy blue,” Watts said. “It’s blue
for first place, because we are praying that Bradley will win this
Gray explained to the crowd that the
radiation treatments Reece is undergoing until his surgery are so
intensive they could kill every living cell in his body. His family has
asked people to be in prayer, specifically that the radiation and
chemotherapy will work and that Reece will be strong enough to endure
And the folks at Brookhaven Academy
felt the call to be a spiritual support in a time of need for someone
they’ll possibly never meet.
“We always talk about a Christian education and ministering, and we thought we should put that into action,” Gray said.
of the project is to let Reece and his family know that they are loved,
prayed for and supported all over the state, Gray said.
“We just want to let them know that we’re behind them, that people as far south as here are in prayer for Bradley,” she said.
outcome of Tuesday’s big basketball game between Marshall and
Brookhaven in the State Tournament was unknown at press-time.
the game itself between two of the state’s best wasn’t really that
important – not when compared with a high school junior who continues a
tremendous battle for his life.
Please, continue to pray for Bradley.