ATLANTA - Longtime radio personality Jenn Hobby said her 11-month-old daughter is back at home after completing her second round of chemotherapy.
Last month, Hobby, a co-host on Star 94.1’s "The Jeff & Jenn Show,” announced her youngest daughter, Reese, had been diagnosed with cancer after doctors discovered a plum-sized tumor in her abdomen. Reese immediately started chemotherapy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Hobby and her husband, Grant Rivera, along with their oldest daughter, were able to take Reese home from the hospital on Monday.
“Thank you for all of your words of encouragement for Reese and our family,” Hobby said on Facebook. “Home sweet home today. Round two complete.”
Following her first found of chemotherapy, Hobby told FOX 5 her “lil angel” was responding well, and this week she told Star 94.1 listeners Reese was still bright, sunshiny and cheerful after completing her second round of treatment.
“We have awesome nurses,” Hobby said. “They were phenomenal.”
Hobby said on the air she hopes all of the updates about Reese can serve as a reminder for anyone going through a personal challenge or facing something difficult.
“Always be brave,” she said. “If this 11-month-old girl can be in the hospital, fighting and beating cancer with a smile on her face, and giggling and laughing, you can take on today. You can take on whatever hard thing that you’re doing, because she’s a baby taking this on and doing it so well.”
Co-host Jeff Dauler, who has been visiting Reese at the hospital, agreed with his close friend, encouraging listeners to always treat people with kindness.
“I leave there [CHOA] with this renewed awareness of what other people might be dealing with,” Dauler said.
At the beginning of Reese's second round of chemotherapy, FOX 5 stopped by Seacrest Studios inside CHOA at Egleston, where The Jeff & Jenn Show has been broadcasting live.
“We just lucked out that Seacrest Studios is here and they’ve been so kind and generous to let Jeff and I use it to have our show.” Hobby told us. “It’s been great; I got to spend the night with my daughter here.”
Hobby and Rivera both said as their daughter continues treatment, they are focused on keeping her happy.
“Our goal has been to keep a smile on her face. She’s 11 months old and if she’s supposed to feel bad because of the chemo, somebody forgot to tell her,” Rivera said. “She’s got a big smile, runs around, lots of energy. At this point, she’s an 11-month-old and she doesn’t know any different.”
Reese is now halfway through her cancer treatments. She'll receive two more rounds of chemotherapy every 21 days before undergoing surgery.
Please continue to keep Reese and her family in your thoughts and prayers.