By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — A special celebration in memory of one of Piqua’s very own will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park.
Brandon Burnside, 16, passed away last month after a brave battle against Leukemia while a patient at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton.
Burnside, a student at Piqua High School, has been in many thoughts and prayers since his diagnosis and especially over the last year. The Piqua community, from fellow students, teachers, family, friends, and many well-wishers, came together to aid in his battle in what had been a traditional Piqua vs. Troy rivalry boys basketball game held in February. The battle was against Leukemia, with the Orange Out fundraiser brining two communities together in an effort to help Burnside and his family. The color orange was chosen not only as the official color for Leukemia but to signify a very unique unity between two schools.
The teamwork between Piqua and Troy students, and many, many others, culminated in over $14,000 being raised.
Now, one last celebration will be held in loving memory of Brandon with Super B’s Super Night. Everyone is invited to attend with performances to include Jess Gallo, Eazy El Loco, Davideo, Ryan Willen, Nova Keng and Bauner Chafin. The event will also host a D.J., 50/50’s, small carnival games, and other raffles with T-shirts to be on sale at the event.
All proceeds will go to the Burnside family in memory of Brandon.
According to Karen Gallo, Saturday’s celebration was the idea (And put together) by Brandon’s high school friends, Jack Schmiesing and Riley Branson. The students stating Brandon was loved by many and they wanted to have this event to celebrate his life and aid the Burnside family.
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Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall