Nearly two years after Fredrick Rees Skillern Jr. lost his battle with cancer, his parents are still fighting to keep others in the Hamilton County area from having to bury their loved ones.

In 2004, Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern and his wife, Bettye, learned that their adult son, Rees, had a brain tumor.

The Soddy-Daisy family entered a time of chemotherapy, hospitalizations, travel and surgeries. The eight-year story ended with a funeral -- and two grieving parents.

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