Honored Kid

Blayne Marshall Tallent

Blayne Marshall Tallent Kid Photo


Sparks, NV, US


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

September 2007



Treated At

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

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My Story

Blayne graduated from high school in June 2007 and was 3 weeks into his first semester of college when he got sick. A week later he was diagnosed when Burkitt's lymphoma. He/we hope he'll be back in school next fall. Blayne's major is Health Ecology and he plans to go to Med School. Update: As we were completing chemo for the lymphoma, it was discovered that Blayne had another tumor not previously detected. This one is at the base of his brain with trigeminal nerve involvement. Last week (Feb 2008) we started radiation treatment and more chemo. Blayne is a remarkable young man, with all he's gone through and with all he is facing he remains positive and focused about the future. He will triumph over this ugly disease. Blayne is destined to do great things in his life. April 2008- After a PET scan and MRI we received the wonderful news that Blayne's cancer has disappeared. We are still looking at the possibility that he may need a bone marrow transplant and are currently in the process of second and third opinions. Blayne just finished registering for classes at UNR for the fall. He's so excited about returning to school. He is an inspiration to us all. His sister has even memorialized him on her MySpace as her hero. It is with great sorrow that I add this last paragraph. Blayne and I relocated to Stanford, CA for a bone marrow transplant. His 16 year old sister was his donor. Regrettably Blayne 's cancer returned and he passed away at age 19 on Nov 26th, 2008.

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