DEER ISLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One Stonington High School senior has all the stresses of any other student about to graduate - homework, questions about next year and final exams. But Brandon Higgins also has to face everyday knowing he has an inoperable brain tumor.
"We take little things for granted and you want to live every day like it's your last because you don't know if it is," Higgins said.
Doctors diagnosed Higgins with a malignant inoperable tumor on his brain stem when he was 16. Now at 18-years-old, he is undergoing his first round of chemotherapy.
"It's stressful and it comes into mind every day, but support is there. Prayers are being sent and all that and letters get sent. A lot of love is out there," said Higgins.
When Higgins is at school, there's one staff member who is helping push him through the rest of the year. The Director of Student Services O.J. Logue is running the Sugarloaf Marathon in Higgins honor and together they are raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
"Every day I'm reminded of what I'm doing and why I'm doing it and it just felt like absolutely the right thing to do," said Logue.
Logue was born deaf. Through his struggle, he discovered his passion for running and became so successful that he was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 2006.
"When I heard he was running in my honor, I was kind of in awe," Higgins said.
The marathon is May 18 and so far the pair has raised $7,000 of their $10,000 goal. Higgins said he will be at Sunday's race to cheer on Logue, just like Logue has cheered on Higgins throughout the year.
To donate, visit their fundraising page and click on OJ Logue's donation button under the Sugarloaf Race section of the page. To follow Higgins' story and fight against cancer, visit his Facebook group page.