Neighbors, friends plan yard sale for Manatee family in need

Brockhoff brothers get help in fights against serious illnesses

Bay News 9September 28, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Brockhoff family of Manatee County strength is being tested to the limits.

Since birth, their youngest son Jacob, who is now 16, has been fighting a potentially fatal heart condition.

And now they've learned their oldest son, Jonathon, who is 21, has a rare form of cancer.

Jacob was born with a rare heart defect, called tetralogy of fallot, and will need lifelong medical care.

His brother has always taken care of him.

But now the roles are reversed.

Jacob is caring for Jonathon because he, too, has a potentially terminal disease.

"I've been diagnosed with Sporadic Burkitt Lymphoma … which is a 1 in 3 million chance of cancer, and it's blood cancer," Jonathon said.

Jonathon was diagnosed three

weeks ago with the rare cancer after finding a lump on the side of his neck. Now he's undergoing chemotherapy.

It's another medical battle the boys' parents, Molly and John Brockhoff, say they're ready to fight.

"I don't care what it costs," John Brockhoff said. "We'll figure it out. It's just money. We've been here before."

The Brockhoffs planned on trying to pay for all of the medical expenses on their own, but then some friends and even strangers stepped in to help.

On Saturday, they're holding a multi-family yard sale at Jessie P. Miller Elementary School on Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton. Every dollar earned will go to the family."

"I got people in other states who are helping and it's just so nice," Jonathon said.

"It's touching to know that many people care about us," his father said.

The yard sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jessie P. Miller Elementary, 601 43rd St. W.

To find out how you can help, go to www.gofundme.com/4gh6n0 or https://www.facebook.com/#!/jonbrockohff?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab

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