Honored Kid

Oliver P.

Oliver P. Kid Photo


Waterloo, IA, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

December 2009



Treated At

University of Iowa Children's Hospital

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My Story

Oliver loved playing baseball, fishing, camping and playing the Wii. He loved to throw around a football and shoot hoops as well as wrestle with his brothers and engage in light saber duels! As the tumor took many abilities away, he carried on and taught himself new things including how to play the piano and archery. He amazed me with his spirit. He had the funniest one liners and a great sense of humor. He loved playing with his younger sister, Eden and two younger brothers, Jaren and Phineas. His sweet little brother, Thorin Oliver Palmer, was born November 2013 and was named after his brother. We believe that he has already met him before he came to us, but I would have liked to have seen them interacting. Ollie LOVED babies. Oliver was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare, aggressive brain tumor located in the brain stem. He was only 8 when he was diagnosed two days before Christmas, 2009. It has been a difficult journey given the stats of this horrific disease. We were told he had 9 - 12 months to live, that chemotherapy would only decrease his quality of life, and may not extend it. He underwent 6 weeks of radiation in Iowa City which gave us more time with him. He survived for two years, becoming a 'long term survivor' of this disease. He NEVER complained. He just lived his life and inspired us along the way. We miss his smile, his dimples, his love for others and his laughter among many other things. The world lost a sweet young man when he passed... we feel that loss every day. I know he is still with us as he sends us signs. We continue to live and love and laugh as he would want us to. We will be together again someday. Thank you for taking the time to read Oliver's story. There is so much more about him than these two paragraphs could ever convey. Thank you for honoring and remembering him.

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