Improving Berry gets visit from friend in low places

March 15, 2014


Briggs Berry has friends in high places.

Including one who got there by singing about low places.

Country singing sensation Garth Brooks stopped by Cook Children’s Hospital to visit Berry, a Granbury High junior who is recovering from a recent bone marrow transplant.

Berry had previously met Brooks while working as a volunteer on a project.

“He remembered me from when we hung out before,” said Berry.

Berry had the transplant to help him combat an immune deficiency condition, the same one that claimed the life of his older brother, Tyler Riale, in 2011.

Berry said almost two weeks after the transplant things are going well.

“I’m doing pretty good. Doctor says everything is going good,” said Berry. “We won’t know for sure until they test it, but so far it’s fine.”

Berry said the test will be in late March. In the meantime, he said he’s getting around well, though it’s limited.

Berry said he’s keeping up with his studies in his hospital room. It is uncertain, however, when he will return to the Granbury Pirates golf team.

Berry helped the Pirates reach the state tournament last spring.

Thanks largely to radio announcers Ben and Skin on 105.3, Berry’s condition and transplant has gained nationwide attention. It has resulted in visits with numerous sports and entertainment celebrities.

The list of Metroplex celebrities who have visited Berry include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant, former Dallas Cowboy Demarcus Ware, and former Texas Ranger Mike Napoli.

Berry was even flown to San Diego to play a round of golf with PGA member and former TCU Horned Frog J.J. Henry. The trip also included meeting Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and country star Randy Rogers.

An account has been established at First National Bank to help the Berry family.

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