Before St. Louis U. basketball games, Joshua Brown sits down in a folding chair courtside, and Billikens players, coaches and staff going through pregame preparations stop what they're doing and come over to say hi and talk.
During games, he sits two rows in back of the SLU bench, prime seating to be sure, cheering on the Billikens.
After the game, he stops by the SLU locker room, chatting with players.
He sits in on practices. The players have pictures of him on their phones. Sometimes they go to visit him.
Brown is battling glioblastoma multiforme, and Timmerman's story states the harrowing: that less than 15 percent of those who develop the disease in their heads before the age of 50 live longer than five years after diagnosis. The silver lining is the early awareness and thorough testing Brown has undergone could significantly increase his chances. Still, a scary situation, one that's already led to Brown losing all his curly red hair.