A young man won't be joining his classmates at Hoggard High School this year, but he left them with a valuable lesson.
Brandon Herriott was born with Cystic Fibrosis. He received a new set of lungs in 2004, but his body couldn't fight his latest lung infection. He died Wednesday at Duke Hospital.
His classmates say they can't believe he's gone.
Brandon didn't just fight the Cystic Fibrosis that took over his body, he inspired others to join in the fight.
Brandon and his family organized a benefit concert at Hugh MacRae Park last May to raise money for other Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families.
Now, classmates and friends are trying to keep his memory alive. They've painted messages to him on the rock outside of Hoggard High School.
Brandon's legacy will live on through his family's efforts and through the people he helped.
A visitation will be held for Brandon Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary on South College Road. His funeral is Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints across from UNCW at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting donations be made to the Second Breath Foundation.