Jacksonville teen Talen Birt remembered for being inspirational during cancer journey

16-year-old Andrew Jackson student passed away Monday.

Jacksonville, Fl — We were introduced to a cancer warrior during the Careathon broadcast on August 20th. Talen Birt passed away on Monday.

He had originally been diagnosed with a type of bone cancer in 2019. Then in November of 2020 it metastasized to his lungs. Talen went through more chemo, and his mom Michelle said he was a Superman throughout the journey.

July 8th is when doctors gave the Birt family the news that Talen’s cancer journey would be in God’s hands. His father, Matthew, shared this message from his son during the Careathon broadcast:

“He said always stay positive and take care of your family and your friends and he looks forward to helping everyone”, said Matthew Birt.

LISTEN: Matthew Birt shares a message from his son during Careathon broadcast August 20, 2021

Talen’s mom, Michelle, says Talen was given to them for inspiration and showing passion to others. Services will be Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11am. The wake is Friday Sept. 10 from 5-7 pm at Bethel Baptist Church.

Rich Jones

Rich Jones, News 104.5 WOKV

Rich Jones is the Host of Jacksonville’s Morning News. Rich joined WOKV in October 2006. Rich is involved in many community organizations and causes. Rich and his wife, Noelle, have three children: Avery, Harper and Austen.

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