H e's a Fort Drum soldier who saw combat in Afghanistan but today the medals on Brandon Hinman's chest consist of a pink ribbon for his young wife Jenna and a button to raise awareness about the rare form of cancer which has put Hinman and his family to the test.
" G iving back will always be a much bigger part of my life after this because this will knock you to your knees (and give you) a perspective to what matters in life." Hinman told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.
W hat matters most in life to Brandon is Jenna and their two infant daughters, Kinleigh and Azlynn. 30 weeks into her pregnancy, Jenna gave birth to the girls through an emergency c-section. Doctors found Jenna was suffering from a very rare cancer of the placenta called Choriocarcinoma. For nearly a month she has been in a medically induced coma at Crouse Hospital while undergoing chemotherapy.
B randon says she is in "critically stable condition" but is showing signs of improvement. "She can blink an eye or move an extremity for a doctor...kind of on her terms." Brandon said.
D octors had feared Kinleigh and Azlynn might contract cancer from their mother, but Hinman says the latest tests show little evidence. He says they're off oxygen and gaining weight.
T hePrayers for Jenna Facebook page has attracted well wishers from across the nation a long with people from England, Australia and Israel. For nearly a month,family members have kept vigil at Crouse Hospital.
P eople have donated so much food , J enna's grandmother Mary Blaisdell says they're giving it away to other families at the neonatal intensive care unit. " A ll over the world there's prayers coming in, people from the surrounding area sending food, gifts prayers, everything. there's so many good people in the world." Blaisdell said.