CNN correspondent Rene Marsh has revealed that her two-year-old son Blake has died of pediatric brain cancer, while paying tribute to the ‘inspirational’ toddler in a heart-breaking Instagram post.
The 38-year-old, who is based in Washington, D.C., shared the devastating news on Thursday evening, 16 months after her son was first diagnosed with the disease.
Posting a series of sweet photos of her ‘dear sweet Blake aka “Blakey”‘, Rene wrote of how her son, who died on April 14, has ‘forever changed’ her, saying: ‘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.
‘I am forever changed because of you, my son. I feel blessed and honored to have been your mom. I wish we had more time together but I’m grateful for the time we had.’
The on-screen journalist went on to praise her son’s ‘ability to bring laughter and happiness into whatever room he was in’, while sharing Blake’s love of classical music, dancing, and spending time outside.
‘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,’ she 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.’
Rene first revealed that Blake was battling pediatric brain cancer in February 2020, two months after she and her husband Kedric Payne were given the devastating diagnosis by their son’s doctors.
At the time, she revealed that doctors had found ‘a fast growing tumor’ in the center of Blake’s brain, and soon after, her son underwent brain surgery to try and remove the malignant growth, before starting a course of chemotherapy treatment.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Charlie Lankston