In Memory of

Brody Michael

Front Royal, VA

February 16, 2006—October 19, 2020

There are some who bring a light so bright to the world, that even after they are gone, their light remains.”

Brody was the most beautiful and loving boy you’d ever meet. He was defined by his blond, surfer-boy floppy hair, his megawatt smile, charming and positive personality, and his excellent basketball skills. He was an elite AAU basketball player and man he lived for ball! Brody was loud, his voice and laughter drowning out everything around him, but that’s because he was always so happy and not afraid to show it! And my goodness, we all miss that so much. He cared deeply for his friends, his family, and sports. Brody could talk sports with you ALL DAY LONG! Brody was a straight-A student because Mom and Dad always said that “grades come first!”

However, on October 19, 2020, our hearts were shattered into a million pieces as we lost Brody. In the middle of carrying in groceries around 11:20 a.m., he laid on the ground and passed instantly, no warning given, not even the slightest sign of being dizzy or short of breath. Extensive testing only got us a “natural causes” ruling on his death certificate.

We have been humbled by the outpouring of love we are continuing to receive from those who knew and loved Brody; and those who are just hearing his story. The kid truly made and is making an impact on so many. We’ve started The Brody Michael Foundation to keep Brody’s legacy and memory alive.

Through the Foundation, we awarded six college scholarships in June 2021, and will continue this for years to come, and continue to have events that honor Brody’s beautiful life, a life that was cut way too short and is missed so intensely. In addition, Brody now has a “clothing line” in his honor, with #belikebrody being worn by hundreds of people showing their love for him.  I know he is smiling big about this! 

We love you, son, and will ensure your love and light always shines brightly.