In 2020, Brandon became concerned about the disproportionate risk impact of COVID-19 infections and adverse outcomes, especially for poor, disadvantaged minorities with neurological conditions like himself. He began an email and social media campaign to inform the Colorado governor about his case. After a local TV station featured his story, the Colorado governor’s top aide reached out the Brandon and reviewed his situation. Soon afterward, the department of health began prioritizing vaccine access to neuro-compromised individuals and Brandon was one of the first in the state to receive a vaccine.
He has some advice for other young people with ET.
“Now more than ever, you have a historic opportunity to seize the moment and become a passionate change-agent for ET in your school, profession and community by leveraging your resiliency navigating COVID-19 as motivation to ardently advocate for your needs and those of others,” he said.
Brandon is in the BS/MD program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and wants to become a neuropsychologist. He is president of the University of Colorado Neuroscience Club and a board member of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative. He is an affiliate student member of the Student Interest Group for Neurology, and a volunteer leader for the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.