HAZARD — Brandon Robinson is well known throughout Eastern Kentucky for the wonderful work he has done as weatherman for WYMT Television. His warm personality has appealed to viewers throughout the mountains and he became a trusted figure in local news, thanks to his professional delivery of severe weather reports. Robinson has often spoke of the impact his job in meteorology had on him the day tornadoes devastated West Liberty and Salyersville in 2012. Here in Hazard, Robinson is equally respected for his devotion to community service.
Earlier this year, folks in the region were shocked to discover that Robinson was facing a major battle in his life. Doctors discovered a tumor on Robinson’s brain. The doctors believed the tumor to be benign, but could only know for sure after extensive surgery to remove the tumor. Robinson faced a potentially devastating situation, only days before Christmas.
When word of Robinson’s condition began to spread through social media, the responses showing support reached into the thousands. For years, people throughout Eastern Kentucky turned to Robinson, hoping to hear good news about the weather. Now, they once again focused on Robinson in hopes of hearing good news; this time about his life. With surgery scheduled for Dec. 23, a positive report from Robinson would prove to be a Christmas miracle.
The surgery took place in Cleveland, Ohio and lasted about 5 hours. Brandon’s wife, Stephanie, kept everyone back home updated through Facebook. According to the doctor, Brandon did great throughout the surgery and there were no complications. The doctor was able to remove the tumor and get everything that was needed to determine whether or not the tumor is benign. At last report, the Robinsons will know the overall results on Jan. 5th, but they are extremely thankful and hopeful that the results will show what everyone has been praying for.
On the evening of Dec. 23, Robinson was talking and experiencing no pain. The Robinsons are now at home, awaiting the test results. In a Dec. 19 interview with WYMT Television, Brandon Robinson spoke of the support he received from people throughout the Mountain Region.
“We could do this for 20 minutes and I couldn’t say thank you enough because that’s what’s carried me and my family,” Robinson said.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.