"My Dear Sweet Blake"

CNN correspondent Rene Marsh has lost her 2-year-old son, Blake, to brain cancer. The journalist announced the death of her little one on Thursday (Apr. 15).


Rene gave Blake a beautiful tribute on Instagram. “To my dear sweet Blake, aka ‘Blakey,'” Marsh began. “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.”

Blake was hospitalized last year due to complications related to brain cancer. “For six months, MRI scans assured me and my husband that our son was in remission,” Marsh said in an opinion piece written for CNN back in February. “He even rang the bell symbolizing his last chemo treatment,” the journalist added. “But in November we were blindsided — the cancer was back, and it had spread.”

Blake fought to beat cancer but ultimately succumbed to the disease. The 2-year-old left his parents a few lessons about life.

“In just two years you mastered the ability to bring laughter and happiness into whatever room you were in,” Rene wrote to her son on Thursday. “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 added.

“I didn’t just lose you Blakey, I lost all the dreams and hopes that a mom has for a son. I lost my motherhood and I’m mourning it all,” Rene shared. “I am dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer for the rest of my life,” the journalist declared.

“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.”

Photo: Rene Marsh/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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