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Early this year, Tom’s family and friends noticed subtle changes in his behavior. After a short time, Tom began experiencing some neurological issues such as difficulty with balance and extreme fatigue. After a battery of tests and a biopsy, Tom was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain cancer.
Tom had surgery to remove a large tumor on April 8th. Although the surgery was considered a success for removing the encapsulated portion of the tumor, some cancer still remained and surgery left Tom permanently paralyzed on his left side and with some field vision loss.
Tom endured chemotherapy and radiation treatments to battle some remaining cancer. He tolerated the treatments well, and other than being extremely fatigued, Tom had few side effects.
However, the cancer returned with a vengeance. Another treatment was tried, but little progress was made.
On November 9, 2010, Tom passed away peacefully in the presence of his adored wife, Melanie, and son, Josh. He had just been prepared for bed. Josh was singing to him while Mom cuddled with him. Tom drew a final breath and gently slipped away.