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Test Shows No Tumors on Long Valley Teen's Brain

MRI of Glenn Lightner's brain comes back clean for the first time in three years.

Three years may not seem like a long time, , it can feel like a lifetime.

But for Glenn Lightner, the best news in three years came recently, when an MRI at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center showed all tumors were gone from his brain.

Lightner was receiving treatment in Europe, as scheduled, shortly after having eight tumors on his brain removed by laser and gamanize procedures at the New Jersey hospital, when he sat for the imaging session.

“I hopped on a plane back to New Jersey and went to (Robert Wood Johnson),” Larry Lightner said. “(Dr. Shabbar Danish) looked at the MRI for a while. He spun around in his chair and had an ear-to-ear grin and said Glenn’s brain was clear.”

To see Glenn Lightner's journey throughout the year, go here. 

Danish, who performed the laser procedure on Lightner, instructed the family to continue its scheduled treatment in Germany and Belgium, however.

“All the doctors are communicating with each other now,” Larry Lightner said. “There’s no way to tell which piece is working, or if it’s a combination, so we’re sticking with all of it.”

Cautiously Optimistic

While the news comes as the best surprise in three years, the family knows the battle isn’t over.

There was a sigh of relief when the results came in, Larry Lightner said, but the next MRI–scheduled for Sept. 19–can be full of surprises.

“We just made the appointment (Wednesday),” Lightner said, “so the anxiety is kicked up a little bit again, and now we’re counting down to that day.”

As for the basketball-loving 13-year-old, Glenn Lightner is pretty happy, too, his dad said.

“Glenn’s perspective is that for now there aren’t any operations on the horizon,” Larry Lightner said. “He doesn’t have to worry about being at the hospital and surgeries and those kinds of things.”

For the time being, Glenn Lightner will work with a tutor to catch up on his schooling, and is scheduled to head back to Belgium at the end of October.

The family can now breathe a little more clearly–even if just for another week or so–as they continue to battle this disease.

Judi September 07, 2012 at 11:16 AM
GREAT NEWS!! Glenn is always in our prayers!!!
Kimberly Prendergast Wohlgemuth September 07, 2012 at 11:41 AM
God Bless him and his family and praying everything stays clear!!!
D September 07, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Joy, joy, joy!
cv September 07, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Great news!!!!!!!!!!!!
Denobin September 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Best news I've heard in a long time!
Kristina Cunningham September 07, 2012 at 01:51 PM
May God continue to bless Glenn and his family!
Tracy Lazorchak September 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM
God bless you Glenn. You are always in my prayers. You are an awesome kid. Keep positive. May the great news forever continue.
Judi September 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Happy for you Glen!
Indoor Outdoor September 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Fantastic news for Glenn and his family!
Kelly September 07, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Dear Glenn, So happy to read the news. God bless you, your family, work hard with your tutor! (Sorry, it's the teacher in me!:)) Sincerely, Sra. Fenton
DG September 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I don't know Glenn, but I'm so happy for you and I'm sure everything will work out great!!! Hang in there with your treatments.
Joseph Keyes September 07, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Wonderful new for Glenn and his family! Keep God on your side....
Lisa Typrowicz September 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Amazing news for a wonderful family! God Bless you Glenn. May God continue to guide you through your journey. Keep your faith strong! We pray for you everyday!
Joanne September 11, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Praise God for you Glenn. We continue to keep you in our prayers. You have been an inspiration to us all, God bless you and your wonderful family
Joanne September 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM
any results from the MRI on the 19th?

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