Brandon Fletcher has a genetic disorder called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. It leads to pancreatic dysfunction, growth problems and bone marrow failure, eventually causing leukemia. He recently underwent his second bone marrow transplant, which takes months to recover from.
Brandon Fletcher, 14, recovers at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. He had his first bone marrow transplant in March 2010. But in less than a year, he relapsed. His second transplant was in May. Sarah L. Voisin/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo