At the age of two, Carson Bryant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The words of the diagnosis heard by his parents, Tom and Leslie Bryant, are words a parent never wants to hear.
Tom works at East Texas Baptist University in our Institutional Technology Department. Leslie is a graduate of ETBU and served as a teacher at Waskom Elementary until she decided to direct her devotion to Carson and her daughter Avery Kate, who just turned one.
I first became friends with Leslie when she began to work as a student worker in the Public Relations office here at ETBU during her early years on the Hill as a student. The Sulphur Springs native worked in the PR office until she graduated. She was a shy young lady as she began to work in my office but grew into a mature, confident lady.
2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden
I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 I saw Leslie jump into action one day to help those fleeing New Orleans. If you recall, a large group of people had to be evacuated from New Orleans to a shelter in Dallas. The route that the buses took came through Harrison County and they made a stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Waskom.
The call from officials is that volunteers were needed to greet the ones who no longer had homes and to hand out supplies as they stopped in East Texas. Leslie was on the front line handing out water, clothing, and food. She got out of her comfort zone at ETBU to serve those in need.
Leslie and Tom are servants. Tom, even with a heavy burden on his heart concerning his son does his job each on our campus with a smile on his face. This strength to carry on, in my opinion, is because of their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Take time to read their story in the Marshall News Messenger and see how the Bryant’s are giving back in an effort to help others.
Click to read, ‘Three-year old Waskom Child looks to overcome leukemia’.