Jim Brasher, 48, a native of Spring, Texas, and a Pacific Palisades resident since 1996, died from colon cancer on January 17.
He is survived by his daughter Amelia, 13, his sister Kim Bourdreauz, mother Cathy Holland, father Mike Brasher and stepmother Jan Brasher.
Jim’s wife Kristen Fairchild, Amelia’s mom, passed away from brain cancer in 2014. After Kristen’s passing, Jim set aside his career and personal aspirations to focus on Amelia, working as a freelance TV show host and producer.
Amelia was Jim’s world and now his daughter has suffered the heartache and pain of losing both of her parents to cancer.
Jim was a frequent visitor to the local YMCA where he worked out and attended kick-boxing classes. He said that he played football at Sam Houston State University but switched to cheer after an injury. After receiving a degree in communications in 2004, he moved to Los Angeles where he met Kristen.
He and his daughter were regulars at Movies in the Park every August at the Palisades Recreation Center.
Jim’s friend, Kevin Monaco, has set up a GoFundMe page. He wrote that Jim started experiencing unexplained health issues around last October. His symptoms were attributed to a variety of illnesses, including flu.
After a December 20 trip to the emergency room, Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He died less than a month later. “Jim’s oncologist noted that Jim’s colon cancer was the most aggressive he has seen,” Monaco said. “Jim’s hospitalist added that Jim and Amelia’s experience was the saddest of his career.”
Since Amelia’s childhood, Jim and Kristen had designated Jim’s aunt, Danielle, to be Amelia’s guardian. Danielle is a teacher by profession, and her husband, Jim, is an administrator and football coach in The Woodlands, Texas. The couple recently celebrated their only son Tyler’s college graduation.
Monaco hopes that the Palisades community, friends and local school peers will remember Jim and help Amelia. “Let us honor our friend by showing Amelia that she is, and will forever be, held in our hearts,” Monaco wrote.
A remembrance ceremony and reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, at the Community United Methodist Church, 801 Via de la Paz. Everyone is invited to come and share their memories of Jim.