Clarion Man Battling Terminal Brain Cancer Inducted As Honorary Member of Army National Guard

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year was inducted on Friday as an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

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Twenty-year-old Jedediah Brewer’s goal upon his graduation from Clarion Area High School in 2017 was to join the Army National Guard.

Jedediah was diagnosed with brain cancer, and it has progressed to the point where there is nothing more the doctors can do.

To honor Jedediah’s dream, his friends and several family members orchestrated the Army National Guard Induction ceremony at Clarion Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

“It was his lifelong dream to become a National Guard,” Jedediah’s mother told

During the event, Fred Nichols, of the Army National Guard, presented Jedediah with the Challenge Coin to represent his induction into the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

“You are a strong, strong man, and we are extremely proud to have you as enlisted in the honorary service,” said Nichols.

“This challenge coin is a big deal, and Jedediah it is yours,” he added.

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During the ceremony, Matt LaVan, one of Jedediah’s friends, stated that he felt so proud that one of his friends wanted to serve his country.

“It’s a very big thing. I’m so proud that he finally got to do it,” expressed LaVan.

Conner Henry, another friend of Jedediah, said, “We’ve been through so much together…if anyone’s earned it, Jed’s earned it.”

“Jed is one of the strongest kids that I know, he is one tough cookie,” said Blake Woolam.

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If you would like to help with the costs accumulated by the Brewer family, a fundraiser will be held at Clarion Pizza Hut on June 12. For more information, follow this link.

Donations are also being accepted at the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home, 638 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214.

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