I love you, my Goose

About Jimmy Brannon, author, I love you my Goose
About Goose and his best friend named Bud
About the book and the fight to end children's cancer
The Patrick Brannon Memorial Dog Park
Goose Alert Blog to end children's cancer

The story of a father’s love for his son, the boy’s courageous battle with

childhood cancer, the struggle to keep him alive and deal with his death at age 13

The cover of this book shows Patrick and his best friend, Bud

This book puts a face on children's cancer and seeks to end childhood cancer within the decade

This book is authored by Jimmy Brannon, a newspaper editor, a lawyer and the father of Patrick "Goose" Brannon who fought an inspirational battle with childhood cancer for almost three years before his death at age 13

Kids should worry about bicycles and basketball not blood counts and bed pans

From preface to I love you my Goose

On February 18, 2007, a courageous young man passed from this earth without great fanfare. He left a horrible sadness but also immense inspiration to all those who knew him. This young man was a hero. And even as months have passed since his death, his heroic story of spirit and courage has not been fully told.

I know this young man’s story only too well because I lived it beside him, as his father and caregiver, as he, for the last two and a half years of his life, battled rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. Inspiration, sadness and hope, courage and love are all a part of the story of Patrick Brannon; a story important to me because of my unending love for my son.


This book describes the fearless character of an eleven year old kid who when diagnosed with cancer fought this deadly disease with more spirit, confidence and inspiration than any army that ever went to war, right up until the day before his 14th birthday when he passed in his sleep after insisting that his dad play one final board game before he lay down to rest.

This book exposes the horror kids with cancer face every day

One of the main reasons I wrote the story of Patrick Brannon is because it is the story of thousands of other children in America who face the horror of childhood cancer every year. For the sake of those thousands of courageous children who die of pediatric cancer and those who survive, it is a story that I fight back tears to tell, but we all should find a way to hear. It is a story that must not remain untold.

Another compelling reason for this book is the desire to lead an effort to renew the war against pediatric cancer, so that this disease will not rob another child of his life, nor another father of the heart of his life as well.

Indeed, this is a story about a father who sought to cope with his son’s illness and how the grieving process was aided by a whole community, which among other things came together to remember my son by the naming of a dog park after him in recognition of his love for dogs and all animals.

My hope is that this book will shed a greater awareness of the pain and horror that kids with cancer suffer each day as they fight for their life, at an age when their biggest worries should be such things as bicycles and basketball, rather than blood counts and bed pans.

So many of the children who have suffered the dreadful journey that cancer brings, only to endure the fate which my son suffered, have not been so generously remembered.

It is a primary goal of this book that these children who have died of cancer be given a more proper recognition for what they suffered in their battles with cancer, for the legacies which they left to their families and for the dreams and aspirations which these young heroes held in their hearts but were not permitted to live long enough to see them through.

Each year in the United States some 2300 children die of pediatric cancer. They didn’t volunteer to risk their lives and were too young to do so. These kids have not only died but have suffered immense pain.

In today’s world of multimedia and around the clock news coverage, we thankfully are blessed to have such innovations as “Amber Alerts,” to help save a child from imminent danger when abducted.

This book proposes a 'Goose Alert' to begin a national commitment to end childhood cancer within the next decade

Our nation’s cable news networks feature a revolving “ticker” that repeats the breaking news of the day many times over, even including such things as: this is the 125th day of the year.

Is it too much to ask of our cable news broadcasters to carry on their ticker what I would call a “Goose Alert” and in two sentences mention the name of a child that has died of cancer together with that child’s dream.

If everyone saw what I’ve seen of childhood cancer, firsthand; if everyone spent three hours, not three years, at a children’s hospital watching a child suffer with cancer; if daily we were reminded of each child that has died and that child’s dream to live; if we did those things, it is my belief that we would end childhood cancer within the next decade.

I am a lawyer by profession and a newspaper man, by blood. If my gentle readers find shortcomings in my literary effort it may prove that I am not the best author of books. And I am well aware that I am no John F. Kennedy. But I sincerely believe that if we choose to end childhood cancer within the next decade, just as JFK chose to take man to the moon 47 years ago, we will do it.

It is my hope that this book will send us all a “Goose Alert” and help make that dream a reality.

I Love You My Goose by Jimmy Brannon (to be released in early 2010)

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This book proposes that the national news networks begin as a part of their regular news ticker a two sentence statement each time a child in America dies of cancer stating the name of the child and the child's dream.

The 'Goose Alert' will serve to recognize the some 2300 innocent children who die each year in America from cancer, many of them suffering for many months prior to their death.

"I believe that if Americans knew what I learned first hand about what these children go through before they die we would end childhood cancer within the next decade."  

-Jimmy Brannon, author of I love you my Goose.


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