At just 23 years old and while enjoying his final year as a mechanical engineer major at The Ohio State University, battling brain cancer was the farthest thing from Brent’s mind. As a healthy, active college student, the diagnosis took Brent and his family by complete surprise. However, on a seemingly normal day of coffee, classes and studying, Brent suffered a seizure in his house near campus. His roommates acted quickly to get him to the emergency room where a series of scans revealed the reason for his seizure – a brain tumor.

However, a massive barrier presented itself – his health insurer did not agree with his physician’s expert medical opinion. The insurance company flat out refused to cover proton therapy, because they decided traditional radiation would suffice.

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