Rene Marsh is experiencing her first birthday since the passing of her two-year-old son Blake.
Over the weekend on social media, the CNN correspondent revealed how she was spending her birthday since losing her child to pediatric brain cancer last Wednesday.
“I always expected you to help me blow out the candles. Instead today we pick out your gravesite,” the journalist captioned her heartbreaking post, which features a pic from her very first birthday with Blake in 2019.
From her loss, the television personality hopes to use her platform to help other families who have been affected by pediatric brain cancer — the deadliest form of childhood cancers.
“As cruel and unnatural as this feels, there are more children with brain cancer whose doctors have told their parents there’s ‘nothing more we can do’ meanwhile other children are experiencing toxicity from chemo drugs used in children but designed for adults. My birthday wish today is to collectively do more for children like Blake,” she wrote.
In a piece for CNN published last June, Marsh said that after four months of chemotherapy, Blake’s tumor was undetectable on MRIs and continued to receive treatment only “to protect him from a potential recurrence.”
Sadly, in 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 in an article.
On Thursday, Marsh revealed that her “sweet angel” succumbed to his illness after being diagnosed in 2019.
“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,” she wrote in a heartfelt message. “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.”
Our thoughts are with Rene and her family during this difficult time.