Rene Marsh honors her “sweet angel” Blake after the two-year-old passed away from pediatric brain cancer.
In an emotional Instagram post published Thursday, the CNN correspondent revealed the heartbreaking news that her son passed away on Wednesday after being diagnosed with the illness in 2019.
While sharing a carousel of images of her and Blake, the journalist wrote, “To my dear sweet Blake aka ‘Blakey,’ in your 25 months on earth you taught me how much strength I had stored up in reserve that I didn’t know I had. You taught me endurance. You taught me a depth of love I have never experienced. You inspired me to keep going when I wanted to give up. You helped me prioritize what is truly important in this life.”
In his 25 months of life, Blake “mastered the ability to bring laughter and happiness into whatever room you were in.”
“Your party tricks included telling me ‘no,’ no matter what question I asked, hugging and kissing on demand and your dance moves were top notch,” Marsh wrote. “The good times we shared are forever in my heart. You loved being outside. You loved cruising the neighborhood in your drop top electric car, with the music on as you tried so hard to snap your fingers. You loved humming classical music. Your favorite was Mozart’s Serenade no. 13.”
Marsh added that she “lost all the dreams and hopes that a mom has for a son. I lost my motherhood and I’m mourning it all.”
In Blake’s memory, Marsh is committed “to fighting pediatric cancer for the rest of my life.”
“I will do it not just to spare other parents from this unbearable pain but I will do it to forever honor you, Blake. Your life was not in vain my sweet angel. Mommy loves you and I look forward to holding and kissing you when we meet again,” she concluded.
Last June, Marsh wrote an opinion piece for CNN urging readers to following COVID-19 safety protocols, as it “could protect my son’s life.”
“Living through a pandemic, as a mom of a child with a cancer diagnosis, is terrifying. Equally terrifying are images of packed beaches, pools and bars during happy hour where social distancing and mask guidelines are being ignored,” she wrote, adding, “Wearing a mask isn’t political. It isn’t an encroachment on your freedom. It is the most humane, decent and selfless act we can do to save humanity from this deadly pandemic.”
At the time, Marsh wrote that after four months of chemotherapy, Blake’s tumor was undetectable on MRIs and he continued to receive treatment only “to protect him from a potential recurrence.”
Sadly, in an essay published this February, Marsh said Blake’s cancer had returned last November after it had been in remission.
“For six months, MRI scans assured me and my husband that our son was in remission. He even rang the bell symbolizing his last chemo treatment. But in November we were blindsided — the cancer was back, and it had spread,” she wrote.
Thursday night on Twitter, Marsh thanked the medical staff at Johns Hopkins hospital who cared for Blake for the past year and a half.
Thank you to all the doctors and nurses at #JohnsHopkins who cared for and loved Blake over the past year and a half. 🙏— Rene Marsh (@Rene_MarshCNN) April 16, 2021
Our condolences go out to Rene and her family for their loss.