Ill Silent Hill fan receives help from community

Some unfortunate news entered the Silent Hill community. It involves 23 year old Brandon Delacruz. Brandon is a big fan of the Silent Hill series. Unfortunately, he also suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a terrible degenerative disease that affects the lungs, stomach, liver and pancreas. Last year he was featured on Whitney’s site as her first Descent Into The Otherworld interviewee.

In his interview with Whitney, Brandon spoke of how his condition made him relate to Silent Hill 2‘s Mary Shepherd-Sunderland, a character with a deadly illness. Brandon felt a connection to the game and the character because his condition made him much like the character. “Then I took the time to look a little bit deeper into Silent Hill 2 when I was sicker and everything Mary was saying made sense to me. I didn’t ever try pushing people away like she did, but everything else was me. Feeling pathetic, worthless, hopeless, wishing that I wasn’t such a burden on my grandma.” said Brandon in the interview.

That statement alone saddens me to read. It wasn’t until last night that myself, Whitney, and other fans of the series came to learn that Brandon has been given 6 months to a year left to live. I usually write things on this site with some humor, but today I’m writing this with hot eyes, as this news is beyond unfair and depressing.

The news comes from Mary Sunderland’s original voice actress, Monica Taylor Horgan. Monica went to Facebook to relay the unfortunate news that she must have stumbled upon while logged into her fan account. In a very kind gesture, Monica is attempting to reach out to the faces behind Silent Hill, old and new, to do something for Brandon and his wife while there’s still time.

Tomm Hulett (series producer) , Guy Cihi (James Sunderland VA), Monica Taylor Horgan (Mary Sunderland VA), and Akira Yamaoka (series composer) are in the process of reaching out to Brandon, for what I’m assuming to be some type of collaborative effort to honor him as a fan and organize something special for him. This is a truly tragic turn of events, but I hope that the support from fellow Silent Hill fans and the people behind the games themselves can make Brandon as happy as possible before he departs.

Due to an immediate demand from fans who want to donate money to Brandon, a website was created by Joshua Reed, a fellow fan. You can visit the site and donate so that he and his wife can do something special with the time they have left together.

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COMMENTS

  • Koulamatata

    Nice to see people care so much.
    I’d love an update on this site later.

    • I’ll be watching. Hopefully something amazing is set up for him.

  • Patrick

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I wonder if we can find a way to stream SH: Revelation for him when it comes out at the end of the month. That would be great.

  • This is a touching story and it’s nice to see the cast and crew care so much. We all here at ROH wish him the very best.

  • Oh, damn. This is really unfair. :/ It’s really touching to see that a lot of people who’ve worked on the series reaching out to him like that, though. I hope that whatever they put together for him eases his pain a little.

  • Jessica

    Silent Hill is more than just a game. It can save this young man’s life ! Didn’t it do that to all of us?

  • Jake Sims

    If anyone can help me out, I would really like to send Brandon my Pyramid Head Figurine to him. If anyone knows how I can do that, maybe an address, I want to mail it him. He’s a strong and inspiring young man and I think he deserves to have this memorabilia! I would love to know that Pyramid Head would be in the hands of a TRUE ADMIRER of Silent Hill.

    • ariessiren

      thats awesome of you. im sure he would love that

    • Jake Sims, I informed Brandon of your offer. He said he would be more than happy to receive it and he sends his thanks! If you email me at cee.shelby@yahoo.com I can give you the address to send it to. Thanks everyone for all these sweet, thoughtful comments..

  • Jake Sims, I informed Brandon of your offer. He said he would be more than happy to receive it and he sends his thanks! If you email me at cee.shelby@yahoo.com I can give you the address to send it to. Thanks everyone for all these sweet, thoughtful comments..

  • InvestiGator

    He’s so young… it’s just not fair.

    It’s good to see all those people willing to help. He’s not alone! Reading this hits close to home, since a dear friend of mine suffers from the same illness.

    I wish Brandon and his wife the very best, and I’ll donate as soon as I can.
    I’ll keep him in my thoughts.

  • Elyssa

    This is so sad :/ I’ll keep him in my thoughts.
    It’s so great to see these people do such an amazing thing for him.

  • ariessiren

    Thats really amazing I hope the team does something really special for him. terrible disease.

  • sadreader

    That made my eyes water a bit. I could imagine that feeling…wanting to not be a burden to others, not wanting people to feel sorry for you all the time…I hope what Ms.Sunderland’s efforts result in something epic!

  • This is such a touching thing to do. What a brave guy, and as a fellow fan of Silent Hill I find it beautiful that they’re reaching out to a fan as well. All the best, Brandon.

  • Thomas Won

    To Brandon and everyone in Rely of Horror. I would like to apologize for the post I made yesterday. It was selfish of me to do so as you have been battling for so long. I’m truly sorry.

  • I can’t wait to hear what they do for him. It’s sad and unfortunate what he is going through. I pray that whatever they do for him is the most AMAZING Silent Hill experience ever.

  • Seeing a young person like Brandon suffer such an illness makes me really depressed. My prayers goes to him and his family.

  • Max Wonder

    As much as I’m “brave” enough to venture into the Otherworld, I’m not brave enough to hear the news…

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