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3 year-old battles rare brain tumor

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3-year-old Marshall Pullen 3-year-old Marshall Pullen

According to family, Marshall Pullen was a normal, active 3-year-old until July 9.

He was admitted to Southeast Missouri Hospital when he couldn't keep any food or liquid down.

"Anytime he was awake he was crying," Derrick Pullen, Marshall's dad said. "Anybody that knows Marshall knows he's a tough kid. He doesn't cry. So we knew that wasn't our kid - something was wrong."

The Pullen family decided to take Marshall by ambulance to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis after he had his first ever seizure.

"As we were going, we got a phone call saying they were going to have to stop in Ste. Genevieve because Marshall was having trouble breathing - and they needed extra hands," Pullen's father said. "That's a phone call you don't want to get."

The next bad news came when doctors told the family Marshall had rare brain tumor.

"When you get that news that your child has a brain tumor and now he's facing something that just days before you didn't even think of," Derrick Pullen said. "It's changes your life dramatically."

Doctors removed 95-percent of the tumor after surgery. They went back to check on the remaining parts, and the rest was gone.

"When they came out and told us, nothing is left," Derrick Pullen said. "It's gone. The other 5-  percent we don't know where it went. We all just looked at each other and said, we know exactly where it went. There's no doubt in our minds where that tumor went. God took care of that tumor."

News finally that family wanted to hear. Now, Marshall is in therapy sessions where things like playing with a balloon and learning to eat again are major accomplishments.  He even started talking a little bit now.

"And he said, I love you," Derrick Pullen said. "To hear those words, meant more than anything."

Family and friends are hosting a benefit to help pay for Marshall's medical expenses.

The benefit is set for September 8, 2012 at the Minor Convention Center from 7-10 p.m. Organizers are selling bracelets, t-shirts and hosting a silent auction.

For more information you may contact:

Angie Byford 573-683-0057 or Amy Manning 573-934-0985.

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