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.
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 rounds 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.