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'Justin, you have brain cancer'

By Madison Park, CNN

September 2010

Justin starts a new Facebook page specifically devoted to "killing cancer."

The doctors are going to check me over for any growth of the tumor that Dr. Beck so graciously murdered for me.

Plus, my Dad said it best once. How much worse can it get!? You already have brain cancer!!! Good point Dad. I love you. Thank you for rockin' so much.

Dr. David Beck is the neurosurgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, whom Justin credited with "manhandling the tumor."

On Wednesday of last evening, Dalton passed away peacefully at hospice in Mason City. He was surrounded by family and loved ones, and didn't seem to suffer at all.

Justin met Dalton Reineking through mutual friends. They didn't hang out much, because Dalton was in hospice with brain cancer and Justin was in Iowa City getting treatment. Dalton wrote Justin a long letter of his perspective on having cancer and remained positive, and that helped Justin less fearful of death -- that it "was not as scary as it sounds."

October 2010

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