NCS correspondent Rene Marsh‘s 2-year-old son has misplaced his battle with cancer.
On Thursday, April 15, the journalist took to Instagram to share a prolonged tribute to Blake, who handed away on April 14 after being recognized with mind most cancers in December 2019. She included a carousel of pictures that captured the kid through the years.
“To my dear sweet Blake aka ‘Blakey’,” she wrote. “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.”
Rene, who welcomed Blake with husband Kedric Payne in March 2019, went on to write down that her son’s particular abilities included “hugging and kissing on demand,” along with “top notch” dance strikes.
“I didn’t just lose you Blakey, I lost all my dreams and hopes that a mom has for her son,” she shared. “I lost my motherhood and I’m mourning it all.”
Rene concluded the word by saying she will likely be “dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer for the rest of my life.” She continued, “Your life was not in vain my sweet angel.”
In June 2020, Rene penned an opinion piece for NCS’s web site entitled, “Wearing a mask isn’t political. It could protect my son’s life.”
In the essay, she defined that her son had been present process chemotherapy and added, “Living by means of a pandemic, as a mother of a baby with a most cancers prognosis, is terrifying.”
In a follow-up piece printed on Feb. 4, 2021, Rene wrote that she and her husband had been assured by medical doctors for six months that Blake’s most cancers was in remission. However, in November they had been “blindsided” by the information of the most cancers’s return.
Following the announcement of Blake’s passing, she tweeted, “Thank you to all the doctors and nurses at #JohnsHopkins who cared for and loved Blake over the past year and a half.”