Brandon Ream dies of cancer
Brandon Ream, vice president of operations at Camp Woodward, died early Monday in Houston following a long battle with cancer, camp brand manager Neal Hendrix confirmed.
Ream, 29, was the son of Camp Woodward founder Gary Ream and grew up on the grounds of the action sports and gymnastics camp in Woodward, Penn.
"Brandon used to say, 'There are no goodbyes, only see you laters,'" Hendrix told XGames.com. "In the last couple years as he fought this, he was the strongest one throughout this entire thing, even as the rest of us were crumbling from the weight of everything he was going through. The fight he put up really inspired and motivated the whole Ream family and the entire Woodward family."
Ream worked many odd jobs at the camp as a teenager, although he was personally more into football and basketball than skateboarding or BMX. He was quarterback for State College High School, then played as a walk-on punter at Penn State beginning in 2002. After graduation he became his dad's right-hand man at the camp, taking over camp operations and playing a critical role as Camp Woodward expanded with locations in California, Colorado and Beijing, China.
"He was the one guy who knew everything about the camp because he'd literally done every single job there, starting when he was a kid working in the cantina right on through to negotiating big deals with our sponsors and our TV show with Fuel TV," said Hendrix, a pro skateboarder. "He became such good friends with all the pro skaters and BMX riders. He would be at X Games and all the other events and just kind of became an integral part of our community."
Ream was diagnosed in December 2011 with chondroblastic osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer. Many in action sports and the State College community supported Ream and his family while Brandon underwent chemotherapy.
X Games athletes such as Chad Kagy, Steve McCann and Jamie Bestwick wore T-shirts that read "Team Ream" during their runs at X Games Los Angeles in 2012 and throughout the 2013 season.
Many from the action sports community took to social media on Monday in remembrance.
X Games BMX rider Anthony Napolitan wrote, "There are very few people in this world that can see the passion and motivation in others. Brandon Ream was one.
Tim Shaw, an NFL linebacker and teammate of Ream's at Penn State, wrote, "Broken hearted for the loss of my best friend, brother, teammate, roommate, and warrior Brandon Ream."