ATLANTA – Thirteen years before Jovita Moore lost her life to an aggressive brain tumor known as glioblastoma, the same cancer killed one of her friends.
Chanda Taylor was a producer at WSB and a friend of many at the station, including Jovita.
In 2008, Taylor had just taken a job at CNN when she had a seizure. She died exactly seven months after her diagnosis to the day. She was 35 years old.
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Her sister Loren Taylor told Channel 2’s Wendy Corona that Moore was a great source of comfort after her sister’s death. Jovita made final remarks at Chanda Taylor’s funeral.
“She only spoke from the bottom of the heart about Chanda as a friend and what it means to her,” said Loren Taylor. “And to see right now that she was a comfort to us and is now gone is really heartbreaking.”
Dr. Edjah Nduom was Jovita’s neurosurgeon at Emory University. He said Jovita hoped that perhaps her battle with the disease could help someone in the future, even if it didn’t change her own prognosis.
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“She really wanted to make sure that whatever we could learn from her experience and her tumor was put in our databases so that it could help someone in the future,” said Nduom.
Nduom leads the New Discovery Division at Emory University School of Medicine. Jovita’s tumor was molecularly sequenced to help doctors learn more about the disease.
“This information enriches our database and brings us much closer to figuring out how to treat patients in the future,” said Nduom. âIt really could have been anyone, and it could be anyone in the future.
Nduom said he is fighting for future patients who have not even been diagnosed to make sure they receive new therapies.
Loren Taylor said the illness quickly weakened her sister.
“It became apparent that her speech was gone and then only other faculties really, really quickly deteriorated,” said Loren Taylor. “It always seems like a person with a brilliant mind is involved.”
Loren Taylor hopes that more money can be put into research into glioblastoma because it is so aggressive.
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