This past Friday, the Chicago White Sox continued their season long promotional schedule along with their annual Sox Serve Week which highlights their community outreach. Each day of the week the White Sox organization did something to enhance its reach outside the ballpark and give back to those in need. This night was no exception as they honored two people very close to us.
Bradley Godish stayed at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s in early 2015, recovering from a stem cell transplant almost 6 months ago. He was a major focus during the McDonald’s All-American games this year after his story won over a group of athletes that were in town to play in the game. His strength and perseverance really hit home with a lot of people that week and it was inspirational to see how they wanted to give back.
A couple months later our home town baseball team got their chance to do something special. The White Sox honored Bradley and his fraternal twin sister Charlie with a pregame run around the bases while members from each team lined the base paths. It was Superhero Night at U.S. Cellular Field and Bradley is without a doubt one of our heroes. Standing ovations, smiles from ear to ear and high fives all around filled the park for what was a very memorable night for everyone involved.
Their father, Brian Godish, was asked about Bradley and Charlie’s bond in PEOPLE magazine a couple weeks ago. “As a parent, you want to be a hero to your child, but our kids have been heroes to us. And this whole ordeal has brought the two of them even closer.”
Bradley had an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia that left him at high risk for a relapse after treatment. The most promising option to treat him was four rounds of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant.
The question was poised carefully last January to Charlotte “Charlie” Godish, then 4: “Your brother is sick and to get better, he needs your blood cells,” Brian and Jennifer Godish told their daughter. “We’re wondering, how would you feel about helping him?” After pondering the question for a moment, Charlie suddenly smiled and said, “Okay, I’ll do it. I want to help Bradley. Let me know when you need me.'”
The transplant on February 17, 2015 was trouble-free, with Charlie experiencing only minor pain for a few days afterward.
Bradley now has to be evaluated every two weeks to make sure that he isn’t relapsing, says Jennifer, “but we’re optimistic that all will be fine. We want him and Charlie to remember this time in their lives and how they were there for each other. The bond and the love they have as twins is now even stronger.”
This is the kind of strength that makes true heroes. The strength to help one another in time of need and the strength to make it through anything life throws at you. Bradley and Charlie are our heroes.