Honored Kid

Tanner J.

Tanner  J. Kid Photo


Reno, NV, US



Date of Diagnosis

November 2004



Treated At

University of California, San Francisco

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My Story

Tanner was an amazing warrior. In his four short years with us, he touched the lives of everyone he met. Despite being diagnosed with cancer at seven weeks of age, he was never a sick child. He ran and climbed and swam and explored his world without bounds. Although cancer first took his eyes, he perceived the world around him with unusual clarity using all of his senses. He loved music, dancing, singing, and laughing. He particularly loved to tell jokes - his favorite line, much to the chagrin of his beloved teachers, was "What's up, Monkey Butt?" Tanner saw the world with his heart. As he moved on to his next big journey, we know he took flight with the beautiful wild geese in the big blue sky that he so vividly saw in his mind. He is with us always. Many thanks to Tanner's doctors and nurses who treated him with great care and respect at UCSF , including Dr. Joan O'Brien, Dr. Tony Tsai, Dr. Ben Braun, Dr. Kate Mathay, Nurse Illana Withop and the rest at the pediatric clinic, as well as Dr. Stewart Tatem and his staff here in Reno. We so appreciate all that you did for him.

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