In early January of 2016, my wife Jen and I received the news that no parents ever want to hear, your child has cancer. At the age of 7 our son, Owen was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain tumor. Treatment began right away at Duke Hospital with 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. During this time Owen and Jen stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham while I stayed in Wilmington to work and take care of Owen’s younger brother Luke.
Upon completion of the initial treatment, Owen and Jen returned home to Wilmington. Owen returned to school and we did our best to take trips and enjoy our time as a family. During this time Owen would continue chemo treatment and undergo numerous infusions at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with Lowell and the rest of the wonderful team there.
Owen also had a generous heart as he held a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham that resulted in sponsoring a room at the facility for an entire year. Owen also helped organize the very first bingo night ever held at Pine Valley Country Club. Many people had the pleasure of calling Owen their friend.
After a hard fought 16-month battle Owen passed away on April 29, 2017. Owen taught us so much in his short time here on this Earth about love and kindness. Owen said it best with this quote: “Not everyone who has a perfect life really lives. I’m LIVING my life.” Owen, age 8, French fry critic and philosopher.
Brian Preston, Owen’s Father