Forest Lake Family Loses Father While Son Battles Brain Cancer

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 6:22 am

For months, a Forest Lake family has tried to remain strong while their son battled against brain cancer. Now, the family is facing yet another test, and it’s hard to even imagine how one could deal with such a scenario.

Doctors diagnosed Trisha and Troy Jensen’s 7-year-old son, Nathan, with brain cancer this spring.
Children usually live less than a year with the diagnosis.

The family, however, tried to keep it together. “We had a great summer.” Trisha Jensen told WCCO of Minneapolis, adding that family lived life to the fullest this summer “for more reasons than one,”

Then, on Saturday, tragedy struck again.

Trisha’s husband and Nathan’s dad, Troy, died from an asthma attack at just 35 years old.

“He collapsed and they never got him back. They never got him back,” Trisha told WCCO. “It’s almost an unbelievable tragic story, but it’s my life.”

For months, Trisha shared her son Nathan’s pain on his Caringbridge site. Now, prayers from around the world have poured in again as the family battling the serious illness of a child will also fight on without a father. Trisha told WCCO that she is trying to stay strong for her kids and she’s holding onto to the hope the future still holds. You see, the couple’s third baby will be born in May.

WCCO also reports that Troy Jensen hadn’t had an asthma attack in years. Doctors told Trisha it was likely a mix of the cold weather, a chest cold, and high stress that caused it.

There is a fund set up for the family at all Wells Fargo Banks under the Jensen Memorial Fund.

(Picture from WCCO)

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