Brandon Phillips is a fighter, both on the polo field and off. His biggest fight came long before he discovered polo, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 14. The doctors gave him six weeks, but Brandon was determined to prove them wrong. He vowed to do whatever it took to get better, and obviously he did. Today he brings that same determination to helping other kids with cancer. Together with Terrie Mooney, he founded Polo for Life, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to help support pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Since 2014, Terrie and Brandon have organized Polo for a Purpose, an annual charity polo match and luncheon to benefit the local Palm Beach chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year’s match and the Passage to India dinner held afterward raised funds for the cause.
While Brandon is passionate about raising money to defeat pediatric cancer, he’s also deeply involved with the children and families his organization was created to benefit. He regularly brings children to visit the stables, where they can meet the horses, ride, and enjoy just being kids. It’s a day a sick child won’t soon forget.