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Bryan Cranston delivers in a big way for a young man fighting cancer who has 3 wishes

Brad Joyner was diagnosed with brain cancer late last year. As you can imagine it has been an extraordinarily painful road for him and his family as he fights for his life. But he’s not satisfied to simply survive — he wants to really live.

He doesn’t just want to get by, he wants the fullest most enriching possible existence.

Last year, he was graduating from high school…

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Now his life has been turned upside down and he’s had to reevaluate what it means to go about finding happiness. A full, rewarding life will look different for everybody, so his family encouraged him to create his own “Living List” — the most exciting, fulfilling, and joyful experiences he would like to have in the time he has left, no matter how unlikely or even impossible they may seem.

Among the items on his list were three particularly big hopes…

  • One, he wanted to swim with sharks.
  • Two, he wanted to drive a 1967 Shelby Mustang.
  • And, three, he wanted to meet Bryan Cranston, the star of his favorite show, Breaking Bad.

At this point, you can predict how this is going to go… But he couldn’t. He had no idea.

First, he and his family went diving…

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And he was able to swim with sharks…

“Free swim. 3 tiger sharks below. Awesome day.”

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Then it was time to ride in a 1967 Shelby Mustang.

Brad had always loved this classic muscle car, but he’d never seen one in real life.

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His pastor reached out to the local antique auto club to see if anyone had one and if Brad could go for a ride. One member had a very similar car to Brad’s dream ride. He was eager to help out, and, as it turned out, so was everybody else. When word got out to the club, not only did the classic Mustang show up for Brad…so did three Corvettes, two 1950’s Fords, and a 2005 Mustang convertible.

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Finally, there was one huge thing left on Brad’s list.

Brad has loved the show Breaking Bad, especially since his fight with cancer began, because he relates particularly well with the show’s main character, Walter White. White is played by Bryan Cranston, who very quickly became Brad’s favorite actor.

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Understandably, Brad wanted to meet Cranston.

This was too big of a hope, though. He knew it wouldn’t happen. It couldn’t happen.

But he was wrong…

Watch Brad find out he and Cranston were going to chat…

As word spread of Brad Joyner and his love of Breaking Bad, the hashtag #BreakingBrad eventually reached Cranston. Finally, Brad’s mom was able to get in touch with Cranston, and they set up a time for him and Brad to Skype.

Cranston and Brad met online for a half hour…

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But Cranston wasn’t done…

To top it all off, Cranston had a small surprise for Brad…and everyone in his neighborhood.

After their conversation, he sent an ice cream truck to the Joyners’ house. Friends and neighbors all came over and enjoyed dessert with Brad and his family — Cranston’s treat.

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It’s truly inspiring to see this young man fighting for his life and winning by making the most of what he has.

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Before meeting Cranston he wrote

Hello everyone. I just want to say thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. With everything that has happened to me in the past couple of months, I honestly cant believe I have cancer. And people ask me how do you do it? How do you live with all the pain?…

The doctors are doing the best they can to control the pain. But like I tell everyone, all I can do is pray. It is hard at times getting around the house but I have an amazing support group here at my house. My amazing mom…and awesome stepdad…. We have amazing neighbors who will do anything that they can that can help us out.

I believe I have the best support system in the world because I have been blessed with family that helped me mark some things on my living list like swimming with the sharks and having my favorite car in the whole world pull up in our driveway…

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(Photos: Brad Joyner, Kristin Cook, Aimee Pettigrew)

Here’s to many more years of checking goals off that “Living List.”

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3 responses to “Bryan Cranston delivers in a big way for a young man fighting cancer who has 3 wishes”

  1. Brandi says:

    Bryan Cranston tried to re-arrange his schedule but he was filming a movie elsewhere. Give him some credit where it is due. It made Brad’s dream come true and they could still meet one day…think positively 😉

  2. Jennifer says:

    I agree with Jenna. Skype “meeting” and ice-cream party. A bit UNDERwhelming, if you ask me. But if it made Brad happy, that’s what counts.

  3. Jenna says:

    Ok so… Cranston didn’t have the time to make to just go visit him? This guy has tons of money, it’s not like he couldn’t afford a flight…