Benefit Supper For a Harrington Teen 

Some teens in Harrington are coming together to help raise money for a classmate and friend who hasn’t had an easy go of things in life.Meghan Hayward has the story.”We didn’t really at that point understand when we first found out. And it probably took 2 to 3 weeks to sink in. When they were telling us take him home and enjoy what time you have left with him.”Stephanie Norton is talking about her son Brandon Beal’s diagnosis of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, when he was just two months old.A message that left Stephanie thinking her days with her son were limited.But fast forward to 2009 and Brandon is a recent high school graduate and a pretty popular guy.”He’s just a great guy. Nobody has bad things to say about him because there aren’t any. He’s a great guy that helps anybody out no matter what. He’s never let his condition limit him on what he does.”A condition that Brandon says does limit him somewhat.”Probably not being able to run around with other kids. I’m definitely limited on that.”But Brandon or “Beal” as his friends call him does get plenty of video games in with his buddies.He says it’s his friends that have kept him going through the years.And now his friends have come through again. They’re hosting a benefit supper for him.”A lot of them have been at my house every day for the past few days and it’s been great.”On Monday Brandon will face one of his biggest challenges yet. He is headed to Boston where he will have a heart catheter put it. And he’ll be put on a list for a heart and lung transplant.He will also be put on a drug that will pump to his heart.While his parents understand he has reached the point where he needs this type of treatment they are still worried, but trying to remain optimistic.”When it comes to your kids you’ve got to do what you can do.”What does Brandon hope to get out of the procedure?”Hopefully just to live as normal a life as I can. That’s basically it.”The benefit supper will take place Saturday August 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 at Narraguagus High School in Harrington.Donations are appreciated.If you would like to help out with the supper or want more information call Gail Myshrall at 598-5695.