Those of us lucky enough to have siblings know that brothers and sisters can be a mixed blessing. No one fights like family. Yet there are times when the most bitter rivalries can turn into something more. Brandon and Derek Lash are a good illustration of the best part of family, the kind of family that is there for you, no matter what.
“For Brandon Lash, learning he was in kidney failure at age 23 was the biggest surprise of his life,” Today writes. “But later — on his 25th birthday — Brandon was again surprised when he learned his younger brother, Derek, would be donating one of his kidneys to him to save his life.”
“In a touching video, posted to Facebook by the brothers’ mom, Beth Lash, Brandon is presented with a birthday card by his 21-year-old little brother.”
His mother, trying to set up the moment, has him read the giant card out loud. Brandon seems hesitant at first, but he relents.
“You have always been there for me,” Brandon reads. “You will always have a piece of my heart and now you will have my kidney, too. We are a perfect match.”
Beth Lash, the boys’ mother, recorded the video for family, but after posting it on Facebook, it has taken off.
Neither Beth nor her husband were a match for the kidney donation. Derek was a match, and so the family decided to announce the news at Brandon’s birthday party.
“Brandon and Derek have always been close,” Beth told TODAY. “My hopes and dreams for my boys have always been for them to be happy, healthy and kind and to always stay true to their heart. I think their brother bond will get even stronger, if that’s even possible.”
Brandon is in chronic renal failure. “He receives dialysis treatments three times a week,” Today notes, “and was told in April 2015 that he had been recommended for the transplant list.”
“I was really scared,” said Brandon. “I was only 23 — how could I need a kidney transplant at my age?”
“I can’t believe Derek would sacrifice going through all this for me,” said Brandon. “He’s giving me a chance to have a healthy life again…it’s overwhelming and I still can’t believe it’s happening.”
“I hated seeing him sick and knew something needed to be done to make him healthy again,” said Derek. “Not only was it the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. He’s my brother.”
“I love my brother and couldn’t imagine life without him. We didn’t know how long he could be on the transplant list, and I knew I just wanted my healthy brother back.”