Legacy

Spring 2021
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Gratefully Yours

Can’t stop Brock

Brock Groh with his idol (and doctor), Troy Lund, M.D., Ph.D.
COURTESY OF CASSIE GROH

Dear Dr. Lund,

I don’t know too many children who get excited to see their doctors, but Brock does. Some kids idolize football players or YouTube stars; Brock idolizes you. 

On top of all of this, Brock says you are pretty funny, and we don’t disagree.

We were once told that you think about adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) 99% of your waking hours, Dr. Lund, and we know that is true. Brock is winning his war against ALD and celebrated his two-year re-birthday this year because of you. 

You saved his life. Now no one would ever guess that he has a rare genetic disease.

We know that you and the amazing people in your lab are working hard to find a cure. It was an honor to join forces with other families to help form the nonprofit X Out ALD and raise money for the important research you are conducting. We were thrilled and stunned to have raised $128,000 for your work through our first event. 

When Brock was diagnosed with cerebral ALD in 2018, our family motto became “Can’t Stop Brock.” You made sure he could not be stopped, and we are forever grateful.

— Cassie, Dan, and Brock Groh in a letter to Troy Lund, M.D., Ph.D., an M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital pediatric blood and marrow transplant physician. Brock underwent a bone marrow transplant in the winter of 2019 to treat his ALD, under Lund’s care.