Nine-year old Brandon can usually be found playing in his tree house or out in the yard exploring.
There have only been a few instances while in the company of his 4 siblings, or even mom and dad, that Brandon has wandered off. Even on these occasions, he has never went far from home.
It was just recently that his parents greatest fear became a reality... Brandon decided to "go on an adventure," and climbed over the frontyard fence, crossed a heightened traffic area and continued on his way.
While his mom Aimee was away from the house, Brandon was at home with his older siblings. As usual he was outside exploring and playing.
Unaware that he had figured out how to climb the fence, his older brother first assumed he was just around playing in the tree house. Soon after beginning to look for Brandon, he realized that he must had wandered outside of the yard.
Upon finding out her son was missing, Aimee went into an immediate state of panic. She would soon learn that Brandon had wandered a little over a mile away from home.
While driving, a woman saw a young boy walking barefoot very close to oncoming traffic. She pulled over and made a few attempts to get Brandon's attention. She knew something wasn’t right when he didn't respond to her attempts and just continued on walking.
When she went closer to him she saw Brandon’s MedicAlert medical ID bracelet with the inscription “Autism & Non-verbal.” She immediately called the number on his bracelet. The MedicAlert response specialist told her to remain where she was with Brandon and contacted his mom.
“I was driving around for less then 10 minutes when MedicAlert called me,” said Aimee, adding “Brandon would have kept going and ended up who knows where if the nice woman hadn’t stopped and saw his MedicAlert ID bracelet.The lady on the phone from MedicAlert told me exactly where I could go to pick up Brandon; I couldn’t help from being a blubbering mess and so grateful. My parents were the ones who made the decision to get Brandon’s MedicAlert membership a few years back," says Aimee, adding "that night I called my dad and told him how MedicAlert helped keep Brandon safe.”