Brody Wallace Stephens was born Dec. 19, 2008, in Indianapolis, the fourth son of Jason and Celia Stephens. In his short life, Brody fought leukemia not once but twice and, along the way, became a superstar in his own right.
He was small but mighty, a standout basketball player and a lover of all things sports, especially trading cards. Brody’s dream was to one day open his very own sports card shop.
Brody’s strength and his spirit touched everyone – from doctors, nurses, family members and friends, other small children battling the disease to NFL and NBA superstars, and college athletes who, once they met Brody, couldn’t forget him.
Brody’s favorite athletes and special friends were Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III and Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry. Warriors Coach Steve Kerr also held a special place in Brody’s heart.
Basketball was Brody’s first love and, in the hospital, he could often be found in hallways practicing his dribbling skills. When asked, not so long ago, what advice he would have for other kids who just found out they had cancer, Brody quickly replied: “To fight.” His two favorite mottos were “Never Give Up, We Got This” and “Fight. It’s what we do.”
Brody’s family established the Brody Strong Memorial Fund to provide educational assistance for young people facing adversities.