Rex Fleming, son of Jill and Lance Fleming of Abilene, Texas, was a patient at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, from November 2010 through November 2012. In 2010, when Rex was eight years old, he was diagnosed with Grade 3 Glioma Astrocytoma, an aggressive tumor near the center of his brain. He underwent a 13-hour surgery in December 2010 to remove the tumor, which was malignant, setting off his two-year fight against cancer.
Rex underwent 31 round of radiation and bi-monthly chemotherapy treatments over an 11-month period. In December 2011, he had his second surgery to remove the part of his tumor that was growing back.
In July 2012, after two clear MRIs the Fleming family learned Rex’s tumor was back and was growing toward his brain stem. The doctors informed Rex’s parents that there was nothing more medically that could be done to save their son’s life and that he had approximately 4-6 months to live. Rex died four months after the July MRI.
Rex’s story is not a sad story, nor was his life a sad life. Rex lived every day he was here on this earth to the fullest. He continued to play Little League baseball and spend time with his friends. He never let the cancer dictate how he was going to live his life. His love for God and his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Savior helped him live two extraordinary years with cancer.
His life is worth remembering and his desire to help other people is the biggest reason the P4X Foundation was established. This foundation is carrying on his legacy, just as he said to his parents before his first surgery, “I’ll live to tell the story.” Even though Rex is no longer with us physically, he is still at work around us.