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A Basketball Player’s Dream Derailed Because of a Senseless Crime
Brandon Savage is a 21 year old young man who was seriously injured in a tragic shooting on May 22, 2010 in Philadelphia. A promising basketball player, he was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. Brandon was shot twice; one bullet entered and shattered his spine. Because of this senseless crime, Brandon is now quadriplegic.
Brandon was born in Philadelphia to a big loving family. He was baptized at Greater Faith Baptist Church in Philadelphia where he was a member of the youth ministry, junior trustee and played the drums for the mass choir. While in middle school he developed a love for the game of basketball which led to a championship for his school in 2004. Upon his graduation from Cardinal Dougherty High School, Brandon was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Wilmington University where he was majoring in Sports Management. Brandon’s dream was to play on the professional level after graduating and then continue his career in the sports field.

Brandon’s dreams were violently derailed by the shooting. He spent a month in the Intensive Care Unit at Albert Einstein Medical Center before being transferred to Magee Rehab Hospital for the next six months. Upon discharge, Brandon had a health setback that caused him to be readmitted to the hospital on several occasions. It has not been an easy road but he is a true fighter. Through all he has endured, Brandon remains the “Gentle Giant” we have always known – humble, kind and smiling through the pain.

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