STANTON, Mich.- A tiny white casket was set on top of a Stanton Fire Truck Monday, as the Montcalm County Fireman’s Honor Guard drove the body of 4 year-old Breylon Senn, of Howard City, through town. Breylon died on Friday, February 15, 2013, after fighting Mitochondrial Disease since he was an infant. The disease attacks the mitochondria of the cells, killing of organs and leaving the victim very weak.
Usually, the fire truck honor is reserved for retired or current firefighters who pass away, but Lt. Brandon Stowell said that because of the circumstances, they extended the honor to Brey; it was his wish.
While Brey’s fight is over, his family now continues the battle with his 1 year-old sister Brynlee. Ashlee and Gavin Senn, Brey’s parents, found out that they were pregnant for Brynlee when their son was 3 years-old. Doctors explained that there was a 25 percent chance Brynlee would be born with the disease and she was. The couple has a 6 year-old daughter named Lauren who is extremely healthy.
Anyone wishing to make donations, can give to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation-Breylon Senn Research Fund.