April 24, 2014

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Goodbye, Lilly: 'May the angels watch over you'

By NANCY WHITAKER

Progress Staff Reporter

PAULDING  Last Friday, April 8, 4-year-old Lilly Dearing was laid to rest following a battle with the inoperable brainstem tumor known as DIPG.

The little preschooler began having symptoms of drooling and lack of balance in October. Following visits to various doctors and being told Lilly had the flu or nothing to be alarmed about, Lilly’s symptoms grew worse.

It was after seeing a pediatrician and going through a battery of tests at Toledo Hospital in January, her parents, Mandy Briner and Todd Dearing, received the worst news of their lives. There was little hope for a cure or even much treatment as she was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) tumor.