CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Nothing about this post is easy to write.
Many of you know Scott Elam... father of Brandon and Brooke, husband to Anita. Brandon lost his three year battle with medulloblastoma in 2007. He was an original #MollysKids.
After Brandon's death, Scott and Anita tried to educate Charlotte about pediatric cancer while also trying to heal themselves. They are amazingly good people.
Scott died last Friday morning.
It's an almost impossible thing to type, but Anita wants you to know.
She says she feels deep love from many of you and though she's not in a great place right now to be able to take your calls and texts, she knows support is there. She and Brooke would appreciate any hugs and prayers you might feel comfortable sending their way.
"How does a family of four go down to a family of two?" she asked.
There is no answer.
On May 4th Scott went in for heart surgery to repair a faulty valve. It WASN'T supposed to be major. Things didn't go as planned. There were complications. Scott ended up in ICU and never left. With Anita's approval, I posted this at the end of May with details about what happened >> http://tinyurl.com/p2yxrbv
In that post you hear positivity. Anita can hang tough with the best of them.
"But I'm sick of being strong," she just said over the phone, almost with a laugh. "I never thought I'd be doing this again."
Scott somehow got an infection last Sunday. Early last Friday Anita and 21-year-old Brooke were called back to the hospital. Doctors successfully kept him alive until both Anita and Brooke got there. Both were able to say their good-byes.
"That is a blessing," Anita said.
Scott was being treated at CMC Main.
"Those nurses and doctors feel like family," Anita said. "Between Brandon and now Scott… this morning nurses who weren't on duty were coming in just to see us. Doctors had tears in their eyes. It's all crazy and I know I'm still in shock, but I can say that the people at that hospital are also our family."
I don't post Go Fund Me accounts. It's a personal rule of mine because there are dozens of requests every week and no time to verify them all.
Whatever. I'm writing this through tears, know the account is legitimate and understand the need.
Go here >> http://www.gofundme.com/scottelam