Brandon is 10 years old and was born with Schizenchephaly a disorder in which the corpus collosum is undeveloped in the brain. As a result, Brandon has poor gross and fine motor skills and is a spastic quadriplegic. Brandon can not talk, walk, or perform any self help skills on his own. Brandon enjoys participating in running races, triathlons, and duathlons with his dad, Ted. Brandon’s parents, Ted and Jennifer found out about Brandon’s disability when he was six weeks old. A doctor told them that Brandon would never be able to function on his own and suggested placing him in a home so that they could move on with their lives. Devastated over Brandon’s disability, Brandon’s parents vowed that they would not abandon their first born by placing him in a home. The first four years of Brandon’s life were not easy, he constantly cried and was always uncomfortable. One day his father Ted took him out for a short jog around the block in a baby jogger. Brandon was soothed and relaxed from the feeling of the wind in his face and motion of moving forward. Soon after, they entered a 5K road race together. During and after this first 5K road race, Brandon showed something that his parents hadn’t often seen, a smile on his face. Brandon enjoyed being involved in something with other people. Ted did as most people do, he found a good thing and searched for more of it. Together Brandon and Ted have competed in over 45 races to include two marathons, seven half marathons, and numerous triathlons and running races. Brandon is highly stimulated from endurance racing which also enables him to experience the thrill of competition, something Brandon can't do on his own. Brandon's Dad Ted swims with him by towing him in an inflatable boat, bikes with him by pulling him in a bike trailer, and pushes him in a racing wheelchair. Brandon is happy to be involved in everyday activities that everyone else does. Brandon's physical therapist reports that Brandon has progressed at a faster rate since being involved in triathlons and running races. This faster rate of progression is directly related to the stimulation that these activities provide for Brandon. Brandon and his father Ted have inspired and motivated many people, both able bodied and disabled, through his bravery and determination to be involved in everyday activities. In December 2008, the Team Brandon Foundation was incorporated.
Team Brandon Foundation has filed for and applied as a non-profit organization 501(c)(3). Team Brandon Foundation strives to help people with disabilities become more involved in independent living and provide awareness that people with disabilities can benefit tremendously by being involved in everyday activities that most people take for granted. Team Brandon Foundation will attain these goals by providing motivational speeches, raising funds to help others in need who are less fortunate, providing information about disabled peoples needs, and leading by example by competing in running races, duathlons, and triathlons.