To many people, this date is not that significant. To me and to a select few individuals that attended Central Bucks High School East, it’s a big deal. It’s the day of the car crash.
We weren’t really good friends, more acquaintances if anything. I knew your names; I think you might have known mine. We said hello in passing. We knew each other well enough to have casual conversations. I don’t think we ever hung out outside of school though. Except Brandon, he was in my karate class and I saw him there. I didn’t usually get teamed up to spar with him since he was so much bigger than me. The Older Brother usually got paired up with him. But I knew who he was.
It was terrible. There were many people who volunteered over the coming weeks to help raise money. I participated in one at the hair salon I used to go to, I volunteered my time because I didn’t really have any money to donate. Time I did have. Helicopters are expensive and that’s what they had to use to get the guys out. The others that were in the crash, some I knew and some I didn’t. They were Alex Bailey, Adam Serio, Kyle McCann, and Eric Trawinski. But it was Brandon that was injured the most. It was him that was in a coma for almost a year. It was him who died.
There is a website. On this website, there is a quote from Brandon, an excerpt from a homework assignment. “Brandon is one who hates giving up and does not like to fail at what he does. He expects a lot of others, but even more from himself. However, before we get too dramatic, let it be known that he has a great sense of humor. You would be hard pressed to find another person with such a love of life.” (Brandon Boger, www.brandonsrun.com/about-brandon.html).
I cried for you. Writing this, I am getting choked up thinking about the life you lived, the life you could have gone on to have. The life you missed out on because of a stupid car wreck. We weren’t good friends, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t teach me things. I never before thought about just how mortal we are. I cried for you, I cried for me. I cried with the knowledge that you were gone.
Brandon Boger was not a big part of my life by any stretch of the imagination, but his death affected me in many ways. This day is always a reminder of just how short life is. On this day, your family is always in my prayers. I hope you are at peace.