On Sunday September 2, 2012, Taite Boomer passed away after a short, but courageous battle with a brain tumor. He was only 20 years old. An amazing young man with the wisest of souls, Taite left behind a legend most people will never achieve in their lifetime. Honest, smart, loving and strong are a few of the many positive traits that have been consistently used to describe Taite. Yet it was his unwavering strength, both physical and mental, that allowed him to fight the aggressively advanced cancer for as long as he did. Taite neither complained nor allowed himself to be a portrait of self-pity. Instead, he exuded hope. Hope that he spread to his friends, family and girlfriend, telling them that everything would be okay.
First diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma on June 8, 2012, Taite died less than three months later. For those of you who may not know, an anaplastic astrocytoma is an advanced form of brain cancer that grows very quickly. Over the course of those three months, Taite lost his ability to speak and almost all function in the right side of his body, leaving him dependent on others for the simplest of everyday tasks. Although brain cancer is not as publicized or, more importantly, as well researched as other types of cancer, it is becoming more pervasive in society and many people who suffer from deadly brain tumors don’t stand much of a fighting chance. For this reason, we would like to utilize Taite Boomer’s brave story to help raise awareness of brain cancer, promote further research and ultimately, find a cure. We encourage you to read and share Taite’s story with as many people as you can.