News & Updates

Happy October!

Hard to believe the 6 month mark just passed. The day we got that phone call on March 31st seems like almost an eternity. Bryan continues to show good progress and while we are so excited and grateful, we pray it continues.

An ultrasound showed that Bryan still has blood clots. While they haven’t gotten smaller, they also have not gotten bigger so that is good. The doctors are still working on getting the right amount of blood thinners to get the clots under control.
Bry’s trach was finally removed and the site has closed up and healed, which makes him much more comfortable. Bryan continues to talk with a stronger and clearer voice, but he gets very tired easily and when he doesn’t want to talk, he doesn’t.

Bryan had an exciting week. On Saturday, Bruce Bochy came to visit. He gave Bry his signed SF hat that he wore in. He spent about 45 minutes talking to him and telling him that he wanted him at Spring Training! As he was leaving, Bryan said to him, “Bye. I love you.” Mr. Bochy said I love you too!

On Sunday, Bryan’s friend arranged for one of Bryan’s all-time favorite bands to visit. Queensryche was playing in SF and came by before one of their shows. When they first got there and were outside his room gowning up, Bonnie said to Bryan to look out the doors; that Queensryche was right outside. He looked out and said, “They are all dressed up. I’m not dressed up.” We assured him he looked great and had to laugh because in true Bryan fashion, he was concerned about how he looked. When they walked in, Bryan got a small smile. Erin asked him if he knew who they were and Bryan said, “Queensryche. My favorite band.” The band stayed for about 45 minutes, asking questions and talking with Bryan. As they were leaving, Bryan actually asked them to dedicate a song to him. We later found out they dedicated our song choice for today’s update.

We love it when Bryan says things that are his own, as opposed to repeating things we say. Once, Erin and Bonnie told him that thousands of people were looking forward to him throwing out the first pitch next season. Bryan said, “I’m there.”


# Paulio
Thursday, October 06, 2011 12:47 PM
Life really can change a lot in just a short time. Just six months ago I was watching Spring Training and I'd never heard of Mr. Bryan Stow. Now the season is over and Bruce Bochy has time to come calling on the fellow who has become an internationally-known figure. Frankly I wouldn't be surprised if Bryan has more name recognition than Bochy at this point! (That's no dig at Bochy, just observing that Bryan truly has become world-famous.)

So let's hope something really positive will eventually emerge from this. Bryan's life has obviously changed in ways that no one could have foreseen, but the future is unwritten and with continued healing Bryan will still have every opportunity to make a new mark in this world. Great news about the trach removal too!

I've never actually said much about Bryan throwing out the first pitch for the Giants' season opener because I didn't want to put any pressure on the man. It's his life and maybe he didn't want to do something like that, you know? But it's great to hear him confirm "I'm there" because Bryan to tell you the truth there's little more in the world I'd like to see. With our politicians busy wrestling in the gutter and a lot of working men and women struggling in this awful economy, we could use a bit of brightness from time to time. What happened to Bryan was terribly unjust and seeing Bryan standing on the mound in SF would be one heck of a way to demonstrate that "you can't keep a good man down."
# Anthony Raye
Thursday, October 06, 2011 12:58 PM
Hey Bryan, my name is Anthony.. Im in Oregon and I have been following your progress since day one. I am praying for your recovery every day and I hope I am able to watch you throw out that first pitch! Good luck bro, all my friends here know your story and are pulling for you.
# Carleen
Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:01 PM
Hi Bryan! My son will be so envious when I tell him about Queensryche paying you a visit! He would agree with you on what a great band they are. The continued support you receive from all over the planet is really heartwarming, and shows us all that there's more good than bad in our world. Can't wait to watch you throw out that first pitch!! To all those clots: ALL DEPART!
# Claussen's Corner
Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:32 PM
Happy to hear of the continuing progress and impressed about Bruce Bochy coming by. Can hardly wait to read about more Giants players stopping in and spending time and looking forward to spring training and throwing out that first pitch so you can show Dave how it's suppose to be done (ha-ha)! All of us here are thinking of all of you there!
With love,
Claussen's Corner
Angels Camp
# michael
Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:42 PM
thousands of people were looking forward to him throwing out the first pitch next season. Bryan said, “I’m there <- GREATNESS :) that will be such a moment !
# Mary Miller
Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:54 PM
We're always looking for these positive updates on Bryan's progress....and what progress you've made. Keep fighting Bryan....a lot of people of pulling for your recovery. Love & Prayers continue. The Millers (Paul, Mary, Scott & Mike)
# Angie
Thursday, October 06, 2011 2:17 PM
Thank you again for the WONDERFULLY AWESOME update! I almost can't type because of the tears. How great that Bryan's favorite band stopped to see him and Bruce Bochy! So many people have you all in the hearts and prayers!! I will continue to pray for Bryan's full recovery and to see more updates like this one!! I believe that he is correct when he says he will be there to throw the 1st pitch next season, can't wait to see it!!!

Prayers, love and hugs from Raleigh, NC
Thursday, October 06, 2011 2:52 PM
Hey Bryan and Family

I check this site regularly as you seem to sit in the back of my mind. I am glad to hear about your progress and I am so glad to see that you are so far along on the road to recovery from where you started. Prayers and love your way!
# laura
Thursday, October 06, 2011 3:16 PM
Dear Stow,
Thank you for taking the time to give us an update. I am so happy Bry will be there to throw the first ball out and I can tell you I will be there to. I want to see him achieve this. I don't know him or your family but I love him and your family. I am so sorry this happen to him.
For Bry to have said he will be there tells me he has it all made up in his mind that he will be there and he will work really hard to achieve this. I have no doubt that this will happen. I am not a SF Giants fan but I can tell you that stadium will be sold out. It will not have anything to do with the Giants It will be all TEAM BRYAN there.
Have a great weekend and please let Bryan know we are praying for a full recovery.

Ps tell bryan he looks good. He doesn't have to change anything he is perfect just the way he is.
# snausage
Thursday, October 06, 2011 3:45 PM
What a great update! It would be thrilling enough if Bryan could attend opening day with his children, let alone pitch!

It would be very symbolically important, too, for obvious reasons.

Opening Day... beginnings.

Best wishes to The Great Hodge and family.

Jan from San Fran
# Todd
Thursday, October 06, 2011 3:59 PM
Ok, that's just too cool: First Bruce Bochy stopping by, and then one of my all time fave bands dropped in too! That is just awesome that Bryan got to see them all.
# Kathleen
Thursday, October 06, 2011 4:10 PM

The road of recovery is going so well for you and I am so thrilled about this. I know that those blood clots are still hanging around, however I have full confidence that they will figure out that they are not welcome and just leave! I am so estatic to hear of the visitors that you have had. I will have to figure out my schedule, yet would love to see you at spring practice next spring. Keep up the great work Bryan, you are doing great!!

# Deb
Thursday, October 06, 2011 4:42 PM
Another great post! So happy to hear that the trach is out, you're healing and talking more.

Would love to have seen Bochy's face when you said Bye, I love you!

Keeping you in my prayers and hope the clots dissolve.

Sunshine coming this weekend just for you:-) Who knows who else will visit
# Shelly Taylor
Thursday, October 06, 2011 4:50 PM
Glad to hear your making a POWER CHANGE for the better! So happy to read the good news on your words and progress. Keep up the good work buddy, you rock! Thats so cool to hear Queens Ryche came by to visit, I can just picture them in scrubbs, lol....Rock n Roll Doctors! I just got off the phone with my San Francisco Peeps, I too will be at the opening game in April to watch you throw out the first pitch ! I wouldn't miss that ! Im wearing your bracelet everyday , and continue to pray, dance, sing, meditate and chant for your recovery ! God bless you and yours, we all love you so much!
Shelly Taylor (Student in Los Angeles)
Capitola Beach Local
# Nancy
Thursday, October 06, 2011 4:57 PM
That's awesome..Bochy and Queensryche, I am so glad he was able to enjoy them. Being on coumadin, I completely understand the pain of trying to get the right dosage down. I have been on for 10+ years and still have to constantly adjust. Congrats on getting the trach out too, it must be so much more comfortable now. Keep going, I just love hearing all the news. Keeping Bryan in my prayers that he will be able to throw the fiirst pitch on opening day. God Bless,
West Hills, CA
# Ashley
Thursday, October 06, 2011 5:36 PM
Hello Bryan & family,
I'm a huge Giants fan as well and have been following your story since March 31st. Your faith and courage inspires me everyday. I can see what a strong person you are to continue to fight for not only yourself, but also for your children and family. It is so great to see that you are continuing to make progress each and everyday. Before we all know it you WILL be throwing out that first pitch on opening day!! My boyfriend is in the Giants minor league organization so maybe we'll even run into each other at ST!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13
Prayers to you and your family as you continue to heal~
Sacramento, CA
# Mona
Thursday, October 06, 2011 10:36 PM
A couple classy acts visiting a super classy man. Bryan, I continue to wish you all great things ahead. I'm not a Giants fan but have become a fan of their organization for its support of you. I hope SF will nationally broadcast their home opener because myself and probably millions around the world not native to SF would LOVE to bear witness to you being there. I believe in you and that, that will happen. Love and sun from LA.
# Renee
Thursday, October 06, 2011 10:54 PM
You bring a smile to my face with these amazing updates. Keep up the good work Bryan and Stow Family!
# Gail
Thursday, October 06, 2011 11:12 PM
So happy that Bryan is steadily improving. It brings tears to my eyes knowing how much better he is. I will continue to keep him in my prayers, knowing that the good Lord is with him and his beautiful family.
Thursday, October 06, 2011 11:56 PM
Awesome!!!...and we will all be watching and cheering on Bry's pitch, like we have never cheered before!!!

Love and prayers continue!...Deb
# shelly freitas
Friday, October 07, 2011 12:36 AM
Thank you again Stow family for sharing Bryan's progress!! There are so many of us that anxiously await your updates. As you mentioned it is so nice to hear Bryans thoughts. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. PS I will make sue I an there on opening day to see Bryan, wouldn't miss it for the world.
# Brenda K.
Friday, October 07, 2011 12:46 AM
Your post made me smile. Such good news. How cool is that to have Queensryche visit him in the hospital. I don't think most people get the celebrity treatment like that. Such a nice thing for them to do.
# Anna
Friday, October 07, 2011 1:02 AM
God is good! positive thoughts and prayers going out to Bryan and his wonderful family!! I'm not a baseball fan but I will be watching with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face when Bryan throws the 1st pitch!! so proud of you Bryan!! you're a inspiration to all of us!
# kathy
Friday, October 07, 2011 2:27 AM
I just love all of you. Thank you for the great news. Love Kathy from Burbank
# Kris
Friday, October 07, 2011 9:02 AM
Such wonderful news to read how well you are doing. Keep up the hard work. I look forward to seeing you through out that first pitch! You are such an inspiration. I pray each day for you and your wonderful family. May God bless you today with healing and restoration, Bryan. Know always that there is someone in Matherville, IL, sending love and prayers to you.
# Bryan's Fan
Friday, October 07, 2011 3:56 PM


So happy to read about all the great things, and amazing people coming your way.

You are my hero. ♥

And, it will be most exciting to watch you throw the first pitch.

Best wishes and big hugs from Santa Cruz.
# Mary Camera
Friday, October 07, 2011 6:04 PM
In Santa Cruz too, smiling through the tears.

That will be the baseball game of a life time !
# Amy R
Friday, October 07, 2011 7:03 PM
I am so happy for you Bryan! Show your family and baseball fans everywhere that miracles do happen. I pray for your complete recovery, and look forward to the day we read: Bryan got to go home today. As a Dodger fan who grew up in Northern CA and took a tongue lashing quite often, I'm rooting for you.
# Tina Dahl
Sunday, October 09, 2011 1:54 PM
Hi Stow Family!

SO ccol that Boch visited Bryan! So great to hear that Bryan continues to fight forward and improve. We are all still here hoping and praying and sending good healing thoughts your way. NEVER GIVE UP and know I think of you all daily. Love from Forest Ranch, CA
# Linda
Monday, October 10, 2011 11:11 AM
Please lay your loving hands upon Bryan and help him continue to heal. Forgive us for our sins on earth but thank you for using Bryan to help us all come together and pray (each of us in our own way) for Bryan and his recovery. Continue to give strength and hope to his parents and family as they await for your blessings.
In your name, I pray.


Keep fighting the fight Bryan. You are an inspiration to so many people. Remember that prayer and love are a powerful combination.
# Duane
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:59 AM
Dear Bryan and Stow family,
It is great to hear the progress that you are making. GIve them hell Bryan. Keep fighting and get your butt lout of that hospital. Also, a big shoutout to the Giants organization for all their support. As a Padres fan, I rooted for Boch and Flan for years. I had heard they were great guys supporting their communities, but this proves it. Thanks Guys.
Keep your chins up, its only a matter of time before Bryan is out and about.

# mike houck
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:23 PM
Hi, my name is Mike Houck. I am a sports fan and have followed Brian's story from day one. I pray for his full recovery and am inspired by his progress and strength over these past 6 months. My family is currently going through our own tragedy and can take hope that the brain can heal and miracles do happen. June 27 my wife Ricci gave birth to our 3rd baby, our first boy, Deegan. 12 hours after delivery she suffered a massive brain hemorrage. She has been in a coma since. We pray, hope and believe someday she will awaken despite the doctors bleak prognosis. She has made some progress and believe that God will make her our miracle. Please check our website to read our story. I would like to talk to any member of the Stowe family for advice, reference or suggestions in helping my wife see and talk to our children. Thank you, Mike Houck,
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:26 PM
I come here often to check in and sometimes I read the other postings.
I just read the posting above and I want to let Mike know i will be praying for his wife as I have prayed for Bryan. I really don't understand all this craziness that is happen to good people. There has to be a higher power, There has to be a reason for all this. I don't know what it is but there is a reason that is so deep that it is beyond me at this time.
I know in my heart and always have that Bryan will be heal. I don't know why but I do. I get these intertions. I know i am may come across as a hippy to some but that is ok. My gut has been right to many times to ignore it.
I will keep praying for the Stow family and will add Mike's wife Ricci. May God watch us all.
Sending lots of LOVE ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
# Paulio
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:21 PM
So the LA Times is reporting this hour that Bryan will be leaving the hospital?!?

If so, this is GREAT NEWS!! Hope the Stow family can confirm when they have a chance. I'll wait to do a celebratory dance until then. :)
# Elaine Chavarria
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:33 PM
Just heard the news - an amazing Giant step on the road to recovery for Bryan! I can't even imagine how you all must feel - GOD IS GREAT! Blessings to you all and now you are all on the right road and can't wait to hear he's been released to go home! I am beyond happy for you all!

Still hoping, still believing, still praying!

La Mirada, CA
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:53 PM
HURRRRRRRRRAY!!!...the Great Hodge has been moved to a Rehab facility!!!...that's fantastic news because it means he is medically stable enough to participate in rehab more fully!!!

My prayers continue, and are full of thanks for the progress Bry has made so far!

Love and prayers continue!...Deb
# Jenn
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:58 PM
Hooray for Bryan, his family, and his AMAZING medical team--what terrific news! I'll be at Spring Training next year, and I can't wait to to see him there too. Prayers and love continue...stay strong Bryan! Hugs to all--
# Paulio
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:14 PM
More confirmation on Bryan's move to a rehabilitative facility was posted on facebook:

Bryan's sister Erin is confirming this move. HOORAY! Go Bryan! We're all really proud of you. Not to mention super happy for the Stow family.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:33 PM
Hey Bryan, I don't know if you remember me, but I was just starting at Seagate in 1994 and you were just leaving the company. We chatted from time to time during that time and we also met up at World Gym. Just want you to know that I been praying for you my friend and I been keep up on all your new and updates. I been keeping everyone here @ Seagate updated from this page. I know they can pop in themselves from time to time but I've been deemed the Bryan fan who keeps everyone posted and they all appreciate it. Everyone prays for you and say hello. Continue on your progress getting better and I hope to witness you throw out that first pitch.

# Kathleen
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:40 PM
Hi Bryan,

Well I just heard the great news and I could not be more thrilled for you. It is absolutely brilliant to hear that you have left the hospital and are now in a rehabilitation center. Your family made a wise choice in keeping it very quiet and out of the media of which one. That way you can concentrate on your excercises and getting stronger with out the pesky, rude and mean media in your way. I know that this move is going to be great for you and you can really concentrate on continuing on your recovery journey.

I continue to pray for you and your family. I continue to believe in your ability to overcome this and recover. To be able to play with your kids again and enjoy a giants game at AT&T park. Keep up the great work Bryan!!
# Shari
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 7:02 PM
I'm so happy for all of the wonderful improvements Bryan has made. You all must be so thrilled to hear him talk. Bryan, prayers are still coming your way. You have come so far, just keep it going. Prayers from CT!
# laura ❤❤
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:45 PM
WOW! I was at my parents home watching the news and they said Bryan was moved today. I was like Yeah! that's my friend. You know Bryan, you have many news friends. You just don't know all of them yet ☺
Can't wait to hear the family update when you get sometime and are settle in.
This is great news. I am so happy the shunt is working. I am so happy for Bryan and his kids. Things are getting better for him. I know he has to still over come somethings and relearn some more but in my heart of hearts I know he will do it. He will be the walking miracle.
WIth much joy I send love your way with the healing powers of Jesus ❤❤❤❤❤
# Freda
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:39 PM
I just read on line Bryan was moved to a rehab. facility! That is such great news!! Brought tears...I am so glad Bryan, you are making a great recovery!! Keep up the awesome work you are doing..Even though at times you get frustrated and feel like your gonna give...don't because I believe and know you can do it!! Take your time and don't rush things, they will fall into place for you. I wish I could give you a hug..perhaps your family members can give you a hug for me. I know you don't know me but I have been following your progress and Bryan, you have come a long way. Be strong and keep you the wonderful progress you are making. You truly are a miracle and everyone loves you and your family. You have so much support from family, friends and people from every where!! Keep up the wonderful work...
With lot love and positive energy from Colorado. Take care...

# Suzy/Stephen Duarte
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:56 PM
MAGICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KEEP IT UP STOWS!!!!!!!!!!!
# Lorraine
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:22 PM
I am so thrilled to read this update. My family and I continue to pray for you, Bryan and your family. My daughter-in-law, Bonnie was your paramedic instructor.

Lorraine, Redwood City, CA
# Theresa Ruley
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:35 PM
My heart goes out to your family. May God continue to Bless you all with the streangth and courage I can only imagine it must take every second of every day. You are all in my prayers and I will be sure to speak the name of Bryan Stow during intercessory prayer in church this coming Sunday. God Bless you & your family.
# Susie
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:29 AM
I just read Jenn's post about rehab. Oh my God, I can't tell you how happy I am for you, Bryan, and your family. I'm sure it will be hard work, but I'll keep praying that gets easier every day. I can't wait to hear that you are going home for good. You will remain in my prayers every day. God bless you, your family and the doctors and nurses taking care of you.
# anne
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:52 AM
yes! I am so happy to hear this news.
You are strong and brave brian.
One foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out of rehab and home!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:05 AM
Hello! I just wanted to reach out and send some love to you. I have been following your story and have been sending healing prayers your way, and I am absolutely thrilled to hear the great news. You are a fighter and you made it to the second round. You have so much love and prayers surrounding you and they will lift you thru the road ahead. Sometimes it is the tragedy that creates the miracle that is truly you. You keep your head up and keep slugging away.
Tons of love to you and your beautiful family.
Sincerely, Your Friend,
Melissa Schooling
# Raquel & Charles
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:15 AM
Dear Bryan, We couldn't be happier today that we heard from Dr. Zada himself, (we had an appt. with him today), that there was a a news conference. It was to announce your leaving the hosp and going to a rehab ctr. Amazing is all we can say and we continue to pray for you and please pray for us as we (specifically Charles) has had a setback in his health dealling with his brain too. We look forward to seeing you throw the first pitch at Dodger stadium next season. We feel so much of your family's pain and joy as you've had a long journey. We were at the opening day game at Dodger Stadium and also at the vigil when you were out here at LAC-USC med ctr. Keep up the great attitude! You have many fans here in Los Angeles. God bless you Bryan! Raquel and Charles
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:24 AM
I just watched the 11pm news on Channel 7 and saw that Bryan was moved to a rehab center to continue his rehabilitation! That is fantastic news! I am still praying for his continued recovery and praying for all of the family, too!

My son was assaulted by a random stranger 5 years ago that also resulted in a traumatic brain injury. His case was not nearly as serious but I know all too well how hard it is on the family. You are all in my prayers!

This month, although it won't be a huge amount, I am donating some of the profit from each of my sales to the fund for Bryan and his children. I will do what I can as often as I can. I am looking forward to wearing my sweatshirt soon!!

May God bless all of you!
# Rick
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:53 AM
TEARS OF JOY !!!!!!!!!

I am so happy to see that you are moving to a rehab facility, it is a big step, in the right direction. I am one of many that have wanted to see you throw out the first ball at AT&T, after seeing you fight so hard to get to where you are today, I imagine it as with "Rocky" blaring over the PA system.
# Angie
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:27 AM
Just read the AWESOME news on MSN that Bryan has been moved to a rehab facility!! More tears of joy have been shed!! Keep taking those baby steps in the right direction Bryan!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire AMAZING family!!

Love and hugs from Raleigh, NC

# Maureen
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:40 AM
I just read the update on your progress and was happy to hear how well your doing. I pray for your restored health and also for your family's courage and strength to continue down the road to your full recovery. Your family is beautiful. God Bless you all.
# Katie
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:54 AM
Amazing progress...... continuing to pray for you and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
# Sharon Bangert
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:09 AM
You have been in my prayers and I am so happy to hear of the improvements in your condition. I found this web site when I went searching for an update on you on the internet. Jesus can restore you to new again and I believe that he will. I have prayed for you from the begining of your story as I know thousands of others have too. There was no where for you to go but up being lifted by so many prayers. I believe the process will be rapid now that you are leaving the hospital and know it wont be long before we are hearing that you are 100% better. God bless you and your family.......
# Magda
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:20 PM
Just heard the news Bryan. I am SO happy to hear of the wonderful update & progress you are making! My prayers continue for you as well as the Stow family. Sending much love as always...from L.A.
# Brenda K.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:23 PM
I just saw the great news. I won't spoil it for you by saying it here, but I'm so happy for all of you to make it to the next stage of recovery. I know we will be getting another update soon.
# Rachel C.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:12 PM
Bryan and family.. you continue to inspire us all with your strength, perserverance, dedication and spirit of forgiveness. I wanted to take a moment to let you know how joyful I am over hearing the news that Bryan has been moved to a LTC facilty to continue to recovery. He is a living breathing miracle, and we are so grateful to all of you for continuing to provide us with this inspirational information. We love you, and pray for you. Continue the journey. We're with you all the way.

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