ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Daniel Hopkins won't be able to go on stage for graduation later this month due to a rare brain disease, but Middleburg High School will come to him at Orange Park Medical Center for graduation.
His teacher, principal, and friends from Middleburg High School will gather with his family for a graduation ceremony hosted by the hospital Monday afternoon at 3pm.
"He is a trooper, everything he goes through is awesome," said his mother by his hospital bed on Friday afternoon.
Shelly Brannen's 21 year old son Daniel Hopkins is seriously ill with a disease called neuro-degeneration brain iron accumulation, N-B-I-A for short. Iron accumulation in the brain ganglia restricts nerve signals to the rest of his body. He was diagnosed with NBIA in 2001 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
" And we were told that he would die by the time he was 13." said Brannen.