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Remembering Cullan Brown

(Photo via UK Athletics)

(Photo via UK Athletics)

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.

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

7 Comments for Remembering Cullan Brown



  1. VilleCat11
    10:35 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.. May God be with you!!



  2. WKY Cat
    10:44 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Prayers for his family and friends. God Bless



  3. UKinIN
    11:15 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    I had a minor cancer scare a couple of years ago. Nothing life threatening but the surgery and procedures I went through were still painful. Taught me a lot about what people with serious or terminal forms deal with. I wish the money put into things like coronavirus were spent on cancer research but since cancer isn’t contagious I guess it will never get that level of attention. I echo the sympathies that everyone else’s is offering for Cullan and those that knew him.



    • UKinIN
      11:19 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Mentioning coronavirus wasn’t meant as a political statement. Just as an example.



  4. jakew60
    1:16 am August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Prayers for cullan’a family



  5. RealCatsFan
    10:03 am August 5, 2020 Permalink

    So unbelievably sad, but it seems like sad news is all around us anymore. I think the best testament we can make to Cullen’s life is to bring a little light to this world through kindness to others. When you are having a bad day, break out of it by doing something kind for someone else. It will work, I promise! May the Lord wrap his arms around Cullen’s loved ones and console them through the prayers and kindness of all of us.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:04 am August 5, 2020 Permalink

      And I am so sorry that I misspelled Cullan’s name.