“Randy” Bean grew
up in Dumas in the Texas Panhandle. He’s the 48-year-old
father of two beautiful young boys: Matthew, age 14, and Will,
age 11. He and his wife, Robin, have been happily married
for 21 years. Randy has been an active member of the Boy Scouts
of America for many years, from earning his Bobcat all the
way to making Eagle Scout.
Matthew was born with a cleft lip and palate,
syndactyly, and Down syndrome. Three years later, Will was
born with Down syndrome.
January 2013, Randy had his first grand mal seizure. By March,
he was diagnosed with seizures that had caused scar tissue.
He was put on anti-seizure medicine and scheduled for an MRI
and EEG. The MRI revealed a low-grade non-cancerous tumor
that had likely been there most of his life. He had been having
seizures most of his life and had not realized it until that
moment. The tumor covered most of the left temporal lobe and
other areas of the brain.
had a setback in April when his brain began hemorrhaging in
the center of the tumor area, causing blood hemorrhaging in
the ventricles of the brain. He avoided surgery by taking
a heavy dose of steroids to reduce the swelling. It was determined
that the tumor was too deep to remove without possibly causing
significant loss of speech and some vision.
May, a biopsy of the tumor revealed that the tumor had progressed
to a Grade III Anaplastic Astrocytoma – a fast and aggressively
growing tumor. He began 6.5 weeks (five days a week) of radiation
treatments and a 42-day course of oral chemotherapy.
But by August 2013, symptoms of brain swelling returned when
Randy was just three treatments away from finishing radiation.
Hospitalized with swelling and fluid backup in the ventricles
again, the CT and MRI scans showed that the tumor had doubled
in size. His doctors suspect that it has progressed to a Grade
IV Glioblastoma. His medical team started him on the drug,
Avastin, to try to shrink the tumor. Randy has been given
a prognosis of six to eight months.
it all, the Bean family has leaned on each other for love
and support, and Randy has continued to try and do the things
he loves. Randy works out when has the energy, cycles when
he’s able, hikes, and spends time with his wife and
boys. He’s an exceptionally gifted and creative programmer
in his professional life, and he has the rare ability to take
vague requests from clients and co-workers and create something
truly exceptional and unforgettable. He takes his work seriously
and has even continued to work when his health and energy
allow him to.
friends characterize him as having a ready smile, a kind heart
and a quiet wit. Through Randy’s involvement in the
Boy Scouts, he fell in love with the mountains and spends
what time he can there. His health problems have made it tough
to do the things he likes to do, but on his good days, he
makes it a point to stay active. He is loved by all who know
him, and his friends and co-workers continue to pray for as
many good days as possible for him and his family.
Donate online using the link at the top of the page
or by mail to this address:
Make checks payable to: Support for Randy Bean
Liberty Capital Bank
c/o Alan Morris
5055 Keller Springs Rd #120
Addison, Texas 75001