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Palmer, Renée

Palmer, Renée

Palmer, Renée

In loving memory of Renée Palmer 1983-2008

Renée was diagnosed in May 2005 with a stage 3 malignant brain tumour, a mixed oligodendroblastoma close to the pituitary gland that was inoperable. At the time of diagnosis, Renée was in her third year at the University of Guelph studying fine arts/studio arts with a minor in philosophy. Renée was a portrait artist and an extremely talented one at that. She sold her artwork at the farmers market, at City Hall and at the Women's Art Festival in the park in the summer. Renée came home for her radiation and chemotherapy treatment and returned to her studies part time in September 2006 determined to finish her degree. Her tumour returned in December 2007 and she went back into hospital and January 2008 to have a shunt put in to relieve the mounting pressure. Renée went on life support 5 days after receiving her degree and died on February 2, 2008. Renée was a fighter to the very end. She kept her emotions to herself to spare her family and friends the pain. Renée will always be remembered for the strong person that she was. Renée was an inspiration to all she met. This was a hat that was given to us by a close family friend Jeannette. Renée wore this hat in the hardest times of her treatment in 2005. As far as we were concerned, Renée was an Olympian for the strength that she conveyed. We will remember her forever for the loving daughter that she was and the gifts that she gave us.



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