Honored Kid

Chase R. Franklin

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Barnhart , MO, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

September 2001



Treated At

St. John's Mercy Medical Center

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My Story

Chase was and always will be my "passion". He is my son, who in September, would be 13 yrs. old. He was the most enjoyable and entertaining child I have ever known. His personality was just "magnetic". I still hear his "Eddie Haskel" chuckle and see his mischievous grin when I close my eyes. The happiness he brought to my life was amazing! When Chase was 6 yrs old, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of brain cancer. There was very little to no hope in the beginning. God provided us with the best surgeons and the 2 greatest Oncologists in St. Louis. After a critical surgery and 6 weeks of radiation, Chase was cancer free. 13 months later, he relapsed. He began a very intense Chemo plan that was to last about 18mos. But within a few months, his little body showed signs that the treatment was unbearable for him. We made the decision to stop treatment in Aug. 2004...8mos. early. Chase's tumor never grew through treatment, so we were very hopeful for a remission. By the 22nd of August, Chase was rushed to the ER for "narcotic withdrawal"...so we thought(he was on a morphine drip and feeding bag for 9mos.straight). Just 3 days into his stay, I received the news that would shatter my heart forever. Chase's cancer had gone into the final stages within a 9 day period of time. He was given 2 weeks to live. Chase surrendered his body and spirit to God 13 days later on Sept 10, 2004. Throughout Chase's painful battle, he never complained or quit living. He gave life all he had and tried to enjoy it to his fullest ability. He is my heart, my soul and my passion.

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