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Austin was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma on November 6, 2009. It was one of the scariest days of our lives. Since that day, Austin had numerous brain surgeries, two rounds of radiation therapy, a shunt placement, numerous shunt revisions, and many visits to the hospital.
The tumor recurred one time, but the awesome surgeons at OU Children's Hospital were able to remove the tumor.
In October 2014, Austin was admitted to the hospital due to a respiratory infection. During this time in the hospital, we found out that Austin had developed a secondary brain cancer from the radiation treatment he received. This cancer was inoperable, and there were no treatments that could slow it down. After a bravely fought battle, Austin went to be with God and the Angels on December 5th, 2014.
Regardless of how hard things got for Austin, he always faced every day with smile and laughter. He taught our family that laughter was the best medicine. We love and miss him so much.