On Tuesday night, news tragically broke that Lyon County native and University of Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown had died after losing his fight with cancer. The rising college junior was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of bone cancer back in September and had been battling ever since.
He was a young man who made a positive impression on everyone he met and possessed a soul so kind that he perfectly embodied what it meant to be a true Kentuckian.
He will forever be “The Governor” to me. From the first time we stuck a mic in his face, to the several times he co-hosted my radio show, it was obvious Cullan Brown was one-in-a-billion. I know I’m just one of countless people who are broken-hearted tonight. #PrayForCullan ???? pic.twitter.com/EK96v9tWRW
— Jeff Bidwell (@AKAJeffBidwell) August 5, 2020
Who asks the media to be in their picture when they sign to play college golf? Cullan Brown turned the tables on all of us and had us join him at his signing table for a picture on the day he signed with UK. RIP, Cullan. https://t.co/RSrPic2zCB
— Todd Griffin (@toddgriffin100) August 5, 2020
Will never understand why good people are taken from this earth, especially at such a young age. But I'm truly grateful that I got to know Cullan Brown. Big heart. Seized every day. RIP young fella.
— Joe Jackson (@JoeJack74) August 5, 2020
In Matt Jones’ book, Mitch, Please!, he talks about the interaction he had with Cullan down in Lyon County:
As our lunch comes, Cullan asks that we all bow our heads to bless the food. In that warm, friendly drawl, he prays over the meal we’re about to share together, the hands that prepared it, and the farmers who helped to provide it. He never mentions himself or the storm clouds over his head. And Cullan Brown, who has days where this rare form of cancer is so tough that it prevents him from even answering the phone, asks us all in prayer to give thanks for the good things in our lives.
I look around the table and notice multiple wristbands that say “Pray for Cullan.” I ask for one of my own and have worn it ever since. As we eat, Cullan looks at me and says, “You just have to enjoy the moments you have, like today, and cherish those, and on the bad days, you just have to make it through.” I aks him what’s next for him, and he says, “Whatever God has for me and giving back to others for all they have done for me.”
A few weeks after he was diagnosed, Brown came on Kentucky Sports Radio to talk about how his life changed so quickly and the outpouring of support he received following the identification of his cancer. You can listen to the entire segment below.
Rest in Peace to a young man taken from this world far too soon.