Four-year-old Brynlin Sanders lost her battle with brain stem glioma, - an inoperable form of brain tumor – at her home Saturday.


See related links for other stories on Brynlin, and a few photos we have published of her over the past years.


Four-year-old Brynlin Sanders lost her battle with brain stem glioma, - an inoperable form of brain tumor – at her home Saturday.

The daughter of Michael and Heather Sanders, the young girl touched the hearts of many and figuratively became a daughter of the county with numerous fund raising events and gatherings for her benefit.

Over 600 people attended a New Year’s Eve fund-raiser that netted over $50,000 for Bryn’s medical fund. It was one of many events held for the darling blonde with the infectious smile.

Brynlin was diagnosed with the tumor in November of 2011. When it was determined that the tumor was inoperable, Bryn was enrolled in a special treatment program at Burzynski Clinic in Houston. She returned to St. John to continue home-based treatments in late December.

Her father, Michael said at the New Year’s Eve fund-raiser that her mood had improved after returning home and ending the steroid part of the treatment. He was in awe of the amount of support from the community during Bryn’s treatment.

Brynlin attended preschool at Macksville USD 351. Her mother is a third grade teacher there.

Several fund-raising events were  still in the works for the Sanders family. A spokesperson for the family said the events would still go on in her honor, including a blood drive this Friday at the IOOF hall in St. John.

Brynlin’s complete obituary is listed on page 10. Condolences for the family can be left using the reader’s comment function at the bottom of this story online, or her obituary.

See related links for other stories on Brynlin, and a few photos we have published of her over the past years.