Dozens of Western New Yorkers donned masks and gathered outside of Hospice Buffalo Saturday afternoon in support of an 11-year-old boy who is battling a rare form of brain cancer.
DaJuan “Soleil” Brown was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) last May, just five days after his eleventh birthday. The tumor was wrapped around his brain stem making it inoperable. After his diagnosis, Soleil has underwent extensive rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. Soleil has been in hospice care since fall 2019.
On Saturday, the community came out in faith to pray for miraculous healing for Soleil. Friends and family brought signs of encouragement. Some stood outside interacting with Soleil through the window of the facility’s sunroom where he rested in a bed. Others remained in their cars, sharing prayer over a Zoom meeting.
The group walked and drove around the facility seven times praying and singing. In the Bible, the number seven signifies completeness, and the group believes God will completely heal Soleil of his disease. Seven is also the number of times the Israelites walked around the city of Jericho in the Old Testament book of Joshua. After the seventh time, the Israelites let out a powerful roar, and the walls of the city fell to the ground.
While battling his illness, Soleil was still determined to attend school and was a student at International School 45 in Buffalo until February.
A GoFundMe account created to help Soleil’s family with medical expenses has raised more than $14,000.