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Cancer changes local children's outlook

Aaron Krause • Jul 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Valerie O'Brien grieves for the youngster her son, Quentin, was and for the child he'll never be.

"But I'm thankful and I love the one I have," the Norwalk mother said. "He's going to be the best he can be."

Valerie, who also has a 13-month-old son, T.J., is referring to Quentin, who, due to his illness, weighs about 57 pounds and stands about 4-foot-9. People still have trouble understanding Quentin at times, as he has some problems hearing and his balance isn't good.

(NOTE - To see photos of the Relay for Life event in Norwalk, click HERE.)

But he's no longer a "vegetable in bed" who couldn't speak for more than a year and could not move voluntarily. Quentin, who has gone into remission, was diagnosed with brain cancer in October 2005 and underwent chemotherapy.

He's a cancer survivor, one of many who participated in this past weekend's Norwalk Relay for Life to celebrate their survival.

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