Brock (B-Rock) Johnson was an amazing, courageous, smart, funny, sweet yet fiercely competitive kid. B-Rock battled an unknown auto-immune disease since he was 5 days old. On the outside you could not tell he had anything going on with his health. He went to school and got straight A’s his whole school career, played soccer, basketball, football and travel baseball. B-Rock excelled at everything he did. He was involved in his church youth group, worked in the kids’ ministry classes and was a member of the anti-bullying club at school. On the inside he had weekly and monthly infusions, blood transfusions, injections, doctor appointments, surgeries, hospital stays and traveled once a month to the National Institute of Health in Maryland.
Despite all of B-Rock’s trials, he still lived life to the fullest. Thinking of some of the things he did in his 14 years… Parasail, swim with dolphins, climb Dunn’s River Falls, swim with stingrays, go on 2 cruises, Disney 3 times, NYC, DC, Universal Studios (Harry Potter Land), the beach several times, play in the Cal Ripken baseball tournament twice, have lunch with Jay Bruce, hang out with the Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Phillips his fav), go zip lining, hang out at Buckeye Men’s basketball practice several times (and shoot some 3 pointers), have amazing seats for a few Buckeye Basketball games, go to Hollywood, have lunch at Robert Downey Jr’s house, walk the red carpet for the Avengers movie premiere in Hollywood, meet all of the Marvel stars, face time regularly with Robert Downey Jr, throw out the first pitch at a Clippers game, visit several MLB parks, go to a few Colts games, be a star at a Make A Wish baseball tournament and the Make A Wish Grand Gala, ride roller coasters, play baseball, basketball, football and soccer, be a part of the coaching staff for football Fri nights in Canal, go to youth camp, and I am sure the list could go on and on… Loved his attitude. You never knew he was “sick”.
Everyone who met B-Rock remembered him. Whether it for his “old soul” personality, his smile, giggle or 110% effort in sports. B-Rock and his family knew a bone marrow transplant was always a possibility. Having an unknown condition, the doctors felt that would be his best bet. To “re-set” his immune system. The procedure was put off for years because with his quality of life being so good, the benefits did not outweigh the risks. In 2014 his liver was having some problems and he had a surgery to stabilize it in order to be eligible for the bone marrow transplant. The doctors had all agreed it was time. In Sept. 2014, B-Rock had a bone marrow transplant. The actual transplant period went well but the biggest risk is infection after the transplant. A long hard road, B-Rock stood strong, a demonstration of faith, courage and a light to the world. Brock made a positive impact on everyone he met. He rounded third and headed for home after a fungal infection moved into his lungs on May 20, 2015.