Update on Jenn Hobby’s daughter Reese, who has cancer

Jenn Hobby Reese

Jenn Hobby with her youngest daughter Reese. CREDIT: Jeff Dauler from FB

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Reese, the 10-month-old daughter to Star 94.1’s Jenn Hobby, started chemotherapy treatment yesterday, five days after she was diagnosed with cancer, her radio partner Jeff Dauler said this morning on the air.

Hobby’s daughter is currently at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dauler on Monday told Star 94.1’s audience that Reese has a mass tumor near her tailbone starting to affect her spine.

Reese is recuperating from her first surgery earlier this week and “is already a tiny fighter,” Hobby wrote to me in a text Tuesday.

Reese Tuesday, from Jeff Dauler's public FB page. (He said it was okay to post.)

Reese Tuesday, from Jeff Dauler’s public FB page. (He said it was okay to post.)

Late Tuesday, Hobby posted this note on Facebook:

Be brave, sweet Reese. We pray that this chemotherapy works hard at your cancer, yet spares your bright spirit. We pray it won’t hurt and we pray you won’t remember it, if it does. We love you more than you know. We are here every step of the way. Love, Mommy and Daddy

Friends, thank you for your encouragement, kindness and prayers. We feel the love! Keep them coming. Today the marathon begins.

Yesterday, Dauler sent out an email to friends and colleagues updating her condition. Here it is in part:

The pathology (biopsy result) was supposed to come back today. Not sure if it has … I saw Jenn and Grant around lunchtime and they were doing really well but hadn’t gotten results in yet.

The exciting news is that the docs were going to try and start chemo TODAY. So that means today is the day that Reese starts BEATING cancer.  It’ll be five consecutive days of chemo then several weeks off. Then again. Don’t remember how many cycles they do. Everyone seems really encouraged that this type of cancer is VERY responsive to treatment.

If everything goes as planned, Reese gets to come home on Sunday…

I think that’s all the news. On a personal note, I am SO PROUD of Jenn and Grant and how they are handling this. It’s amazing to see and they are an awesome family. Lauren has been in to visit Reese and if I remember correctly, the awesome folks at CHOA were going to guide Jenn and Grant through how to explain what’s going on to her…

The suggestion that I have made on the air several times the past couple days, and that I would like to share with you: Please be kind, and do something unexpectedly kind when the opportunity presents itself. Even just a smile. Do it in honor of Reese and all of the kids fighting cancer in the world. I truly believe that energy moves in waves and if we can create little ripples of good energy, it’ll eventually reach everyone who needs it … especially those kids!


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