When he turned 9 in February 2007, Jared Marsh celebrated his birthday at the VG Cafe and had fun opening chapter books and art supplies. It was a typical 9th birthday party except for the TV cameras and members of the media including the Tri-County Times.
Marsh was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on December 20, 2006, when he was just 8 years old. Following this diagnosis, he spent most of his time at Michigan Children’s Hospital in Detroit. Her doctors gave her permission to go to the birthday party. Doctors at the time said he had a 50/50 chance of survival.
As previously reported in The Times in 2007, Marsh’s three siblings, Lexie, Josh and Noah, lived with their grandparents. His parents, Brian and Tracy, stayed at a Ronald McDonald house to be with him while he underwent seven months of treatment for lymphoma. RestorationNET has made changes to the 1800s family farmhouse in Rose Township. Marsh had severe peanut allergies and his doctors would not allow him to live at home until the house was renovated for his health. The renovations were made possible through donations and volunteers from the community.
In March 2007, tests showed that her cancer was in remission. The “Bring Jared Home” project was completed in May 2007.
Marsh is now 24 and has just learned that he has been accepted to medical school at the University of Kentucky. Before that, he graduated from Fenton High School in 2016 and then graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a 3.99 GPA, majoring in biology. A self-proclaimed nerd, he said he took so many tough credits and courses in college to make sure he could handle the rigors of being a doctor.
He remembers doing well in high school, but after randomly meeting Megan Cutting at Michigan Adventure when he was 15 and she was 16, he said his work ethic inspired him to be well. better. They have since dated and are now planning to get married in early 2023. She is a biomedical technician at St. Joe’s in Ann Arbor.
After Marsh went into remission when he was about 10 years old, his mother got breast cancer and his grandmother died of lung cancer. It was a difficult time for his family.
When asked what he plans to focus on in the medical profession, Marsh said he has seen enough cancers in his life and would like to specialize in orthopedic surgery. However, he is ready to explore other specialties once he begins his medical studies.
In addition to university classes, he works as a waiter a few times a week. He enjoys writing in the fantasy genre and averages 10 pages a week. He recently said he was interested in comics. This hobby has been an opportunity for him and his father and they enjoy visiting comic book stores together.
Thinking back to when he had cancer, Marsh always believed he would become a doctor. He said that a long time ago, one of his doctors even wrote him a prescription to become a doctor. He continues to have a severe peanut allergy and he is still dealing with the lingering side effects of cancer.
He is excited about what awaits him with medical school and planning his wedding. Knowing that he was accepted to medical school, it is now a sure thing for him that he will become a doctor.