Brody Stephens was a fighter. "Fight! It's what we do," was one of his favorite sayings. Not surprising for an 8 year old boy who beat leukemia not once, but twice! Through Brody's long and tough battle fighting this terrible disease he remained strong, courageous and steadfast in his belief that he would get better. "Never give up...we got this," is what he would say to all those who knew him. His kind heart and tenacity was contagious and he affected anyone who met him...and he was a popular kid who met a lot of people, especially athletes!
Brody loved basketball and his dream was to play in the NBA someday. His favorite player was two-time MVP Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry. They had recently become buddies along with the Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his son Nick. Through those friendships, Brody got to visit San Francisco and spend time with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant; he was the ball boy for a Warriors practice; he sat in on the press conference with the coach; as well as watching the game with his family and hanging out with all the players. He was all smiles! He spent a lot of time with his close friend Indiana Pacers player, Glenn Robinson III. Brody signed autographs alongside Glenn at a J&J Allstar Sportscards Show on August 20, 2016.
Brody loved sports cards and tried to come to our monthly shows whenever his health allowed. He was always a big hit with all of the dealers and often received many cards of his favorite players. He shared this love of cards, and sports with his brothers, whom he was very close to. When Brody couldn't make it to a show, we would FaceTime with him so he could look at all the new cards the dealers had that month. He let his parents know that once he retired from the NBA he planned on opening his own sports card shop and he would call it, "Brody's Card Shop." There is no doubt it would have been a huge success!
Brody often had to miss our shows because he spent most days fighting his leukemia at Riley's Children's Hospital. He spent more than 100 continuous days there at one point but he remained strong and ever hopeful. He had many visitors. Brody's idol, two-time MVP Golden State Warrior, Stephen Curry, made a surprise visit to Brody and really lifted his spirits! According to Curry, it had quite an effect on him as well. Other visitor's were Indianapolis Colt's Coach Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colt's Quarterback, Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colt's Punter Pat McAfee, and his close friend and favorite football player, Indianapolis Colt's Tight End, Jack Doyle. Indianapolis 500 Champions Tony Kanaan and Alexander Rossi also stopped by to say hi and his close friend 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Indiana Pacer Glenn Robinson III.
While receiving treatments for his leukemia, however, Brody contracted several viruses that simply refused to budge. On April 29th, 2017, Brody passed away due to a viral complication.
Brody was a special kid and he will be dearly missed. He was an inspiration to us all but his courage and strength will live on forever in every life that he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stephens family. Heaven has a great point guard now. Keep hooping Brody!
Rest in Peace Friend...
Brody with Glenn Robinson III & Jeff Meyrose
Brody with Indianapolis Colt's Tight End Jack Doyle
Brody with Indianapolis 500 Champion Alexander Rossi
Brody with two-time Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry
Brody with Glenn Robinson III & his 3 brothers
Brody with Dan Dakich
Brody with Indianapolis Colt's Quarterback Andrew Luck
Brody with Indianapolis Colt's Coach Chuck Pagano
Brody with 2017 Slam Dunk Champion Indiana Pacer Glenn Robinson III
Brody with Glenn Robinson III's autographed shoe
A Tribute to Our Friend
Conrad Brunner shows his support in his Brody Card Shop Tee
Brody with Indianapolis 500 Champion Tony Kanaan
Brody at the Indy Card Exchange with Andy & Jake
Our Friend, Brody Stephens, passed away on April 29, 2017. His courage and strength were inspirational and he is truly missed. Our hearts and prayers
are with the Stephens family.
Selling "Brody's Card Shop" T-Shirts at the J&J Allstar Sportscards Shows to continue to raise money for the Riley Children's Hospital in Brody's name.