Young Eagles Fan, Granted Dying Wish, Passes Away

Bryan Maenner, 3, had his wish of seeing the Eagles play come true less than a week before his death

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    NBC10.com
    Bryan Maenner's dying wish was to see the Philadelphia Eagles play in person.

    A terminally-ill Philadelphia Eagles fan, who had his dying wish to see the team play in person granted, has lost his battle with cancer.

    Three-year-old Bryan Maenner passed away in his home, surrounded by family following an 18-month long fight with a rare blood cancer, the boy's father, Richard Maenner, told NBC10 on Wednesday.

    Maenner underwent radiation, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, but the treatment could not defeat the cancer.

    Dying Boy Watches First Eagles Game

    [PHI] Dying Boy Watches First Eagles Game
    A young Eagles fan with very little time left to live gets to see his first Eagles game, thanks to a woman he never met. NBC10's Chris Cato has the story.

    So, the boy's family spent the past month doing whatever he wished, which included a chance to see the Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field.

    A wish that came true last Thursday during the Eagles home opener against the San Diego Chargers.

    Bryan, his father Richard, twin brother Brandon scored seats on the 50-yard line thanks to the generocity of Gayle Jackson, the mother of Eagles wide reciever DeSean Jackson.

    The Maenners also wanted to give their son one last Christmas, so they pulled together presents, with the help of strangers. However, Bryan's health degraded quickly and so the family was unable to hold the early Christmas celebration.

    Richard Maenner tells NBC10 the family is greving, but trying to take comfort knowing Bryan is no longer suffering.

    Funeral arrangements are being set.


    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.