12-year-old cancer survivor to gold Indianapolis canal

Boy in remission for 6 years

INDIANAPOLIS - A 12-year-old cancer survivor described by his mother as unstoppable will do something this weekend never done before.

Organizers hope up to 200 people will join Devin Brindley at the canal in downtown Indianapolis Saturday to color the canal gold.

Brindley, who just started middle school and joined the football team, tackled stage four cancer, with tumors on his kidney and lungs.

Brindley doesn't remember much about his health history, but it's hard for his mom, Amy Brown, to think about.

"He was asleep when they gave us the news. That helped because it was really hard. I'm so proud of him," Brown said, fighting back tears.

Now in remission for six years, Brindley's family has turned its fight into a push for awareness.

"We're going to dye it gold for children's cancer awareness," Devin said.

"I just thought about it, kind of after they were doing pink for breast cancer awareness last year," Brown said. "I thought, 'Well, why not gold for children's cancer awareness?'"

Devin and his mom have spent a year planning the event, with help from Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, which has invited every young cancer patient treated over the past two years to come to the canal.

"I think it's going to be so neat to celebrate these kids and all that they've fought and been through just to honor them and remember them," Brown said.

The event, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, is free, but donations will be accepted for research at the Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases, "so kids don't have to fight the cancer like I did," Devin said.

The canal coloring is set for 12:30 p.m. under the Ohio Street bridge near West Street, and a gold balloon release will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Brindley's family hopes to make it an annual event.

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