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Randall “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.

 

In 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.

Randy 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.

 

In 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.

 

Through 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.

His 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.

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Alan Morris
(972) 523-4725
amorris@libertycapitalbank.com

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5055 Keller Springs Rd #120
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