Friday Frontline: A Father Receiving Treatment for Leukemia Surprises His Daughter on Her Wedding Day; ‘The Wanted’ Singer Tom Parker Diagnosed with Inoperable Brain Tumor; and More

October 16, 2020

From “The Wanted” singer Tom Parker announcing he has been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma and is undergoing treatment, to a Houston-area father receiving treatment for leukemia surprising his daughter on her wedding day, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.

Child receiving treatment for leukemia gets dinner delivered by firefighters.

Firefighters from Duluth, Minnesota, recently delivered dinner to a first grader who is receiving treatment for leukemia and his family.

Roman Laakso was recently diagnosed with the cancer and one of his teachers helped the family create a GoFundMe page, as well as organize a meal train for the family.

The teacher, who is married to a captain with the Quint 8 engine, helped organize this special delivery.

“It feels great to be able to help this way and not just be called when somebody’s having a terrible day,” said Capt. Pete Johnson in an interview.

“It means a lot for us it’s really helped us to get a handle on it to get a better grip on it and it gives us a lot of strength we really appreciate it,” said Roman’s dad Steven Laakso.

A Houston-area dad receiving treatment for leukemia surprises his daughter on her wedding day.

Marty Torres was hospitalized with leukemia 30 days prior to his daughter’s wedding.

Marty was planning on walking his daughter, Lindsay, down the aisle to marry Robert Smith, but his doctors at Houston Methodist recommended he stay in the hospital.

His family and staff members at the hospital helped him get dressed up and he was able to attend the ceremony via a FaceTime call.

After surviving two cancer diagnoses as a child, an Alabama teenager becomes her high school’s homecoming queen.

In 2009, Emily Knerr was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the ovary. After moving from Miami to Birmingham, Alabama, Knerr was admitted to Children’s of Alabama and received a myriad of treatments.

At the time, Knerr underwent three major surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy, radiation for 30 days, 60 days of Avastin (bevacizumab) therapy and a stem cell transplant. In 2011, there were no signs of disease and she was declared cured.

However, just before her 13th birthday in 2015, Knerr’s cancer returned.

She has been off treatment and cancer-free for three years and her most recent scans came back negative the day before her high school’s homecoming game. During the homecoming game between Hoover High School and Oak Mountain High School, Emily was named Hoover’s senior class homecoming queen.

“It was definitely a surprise,” said Emily in an interview. “I wasn’t expecting it. It was exciting for sure. All the other girls were so excited for me. They ran over and gave me the biggest hugs.”

“It meant the world to her that her peers would vote for her to be homecoming queen at such a large school,” said Emily’s mother, Amanda Knerr. “She has overcome so much.”

“Glad You Came” singer Tom Parker announces inoperable brain tumor diagnosis.

British singer Tom Parker recently announced that he has inoperable grade 4 glioblastoma and is currently undergoing treatment.

Parker, 32, is known for his time with the boy band The Wanted.

"We don't want your sadness; we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options,” wrote Parker on Instagram.

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