Brandon has quite a variety of interests. He won the South Bay Teen Idol competition in 2013 and spends much of his free time practicing archery. He’s also a big fan of the show “Finding Bigfoot” on which hosts Cliff and Bobo travel across the US investigating Bigfoot sightings. For his wish, Brandon thought it would be fun to meet the hosts of the show and experience a hunt for himself. “I’m a bit of a skeptic,” he said. “But I believe in the possibility of Bigfoot.”
Brandon’s natural hopefulness has helped him cope with his illness. When he was six years old, he was diagnosed with Hyper IgE Syndrome, an immune deficiency disorder caused by a missing gene. Since Brandon’s parents are both carriers for the syndrome, he and his sister both have it. Which means bacteria that wouldn’t harm most other people is deadly to them. “They both live on oral antibiotics,” his mom Lindy said.
On the day of his wish, Brandon and his family met Cliff at the Mollala River in Oregon, site of one of the first Bigfoot investigations the show featured. Under a full moon, and armed with a thermal imaging scope and red-tinted LED headlamps, they climbed to the top of a hill, where their Bigfoot calls echoed through the valley. “It was really awesome getting to meet Cliff,” said Brandon. “He gave me a casting of Bigfoot footprint.”
They didn’t see Bigfoot that night. But Bobo, who couldn’t make the hunt but called Brandon the next day, told him that he’d seen Bigfoot four times. “I’ve never seen it, so it’s hard to imagine,” Brandon said. “But I don’t think he’s lying to me.” His mom, Lindy, chimed in: “We’d love for it to be real. We’ll be watching out on all our camping trips.” She continued, “You guys took really good care of us. We had a really special time.”