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Former Michigan news anchor dies aged 31 after 11-month battle with rare blood cancer

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A former Michigan news anchor died Wednesday at age 31 after an 11-month battle with a rare blood cancer, leaving behind her husband and two young children.

Faith Rempe, who was known as Faith Gantner when she appeared on WNEM-TV5, was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in October 2021, just three weeks after her second son was born.

The broadcaster’s husband Kurt Rempe announced the heartbreaking news on facebook Thursday, the day after her death.

“Last night my beautiful wife and best friend Faith Rempe went to see the Lord after a difficult 11 month battle with cancer,” he wrote.

Former Michigan new anchor Faith Rempe, 31, of Midland, Michigan, died Wednesday after an 11-month battle with a rare blood cancer

Former Michigan new anchor Faith Rempe, 31, of Midland, Michigan, died Wednesday after an 11-month battle with a rare blood cancer

Faith was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in October 2021, three weeks after giving birth to her second son

Faith was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in October 2021, three weeks after giving birth to her second son

Faith was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in October 2021, three weeks after giving birth to her second son

“While we are devastated that we will no longer have her beautiful smiling face with us, we can celebrate that we know that she is no longer in pain and that we will see her again in eternity.”

Kurt asked for prayers for his family as they begin the grieving process and make arrangements for Faith’s funeral and memorial service.

He also shared a quote from his late wife in his heartbreaking post, writing, “I am at peace knowing God is in control. He has my life and our lives in his hands.’

Faith grew up in Midland, Michigan after moving there with her family when she was six years old Midland Daily News reported. She earned a degree in broadcasting from Central Michigan University and was hired by a local station.

Faith was known as Faith Gantner when she appeared on WNEM-TV5 from 2013 to 2016

Faith was known as Faith Gantner when she appeared on WNEM-TV5 from 2013 to 2016

Faith was known as Faith Gantner when she appeared on WNEM-TV5 from 2013 to 2016

The former reporter and weekend anchor moved to Las Vegas after she married her husband, Kurt Rempe, and they both worked at the local FOX5 station

The former reporter and weekend anchor moved to Las Vegas after she married her husband, Kurt Rempe, and they both worked at the local FOX5 station

The former reporter and weekend anchor moved to Las Vegas after she married her husband, Kurt Rempe, and they both worked at the local FOX5 station

Faith retired from her career to raise her two young sons, according to her GoFundMe page, which raised more than $33,000 for her treatment

Faith retired from her career to raise her two young sons, according to her GoFundMe page, which raised more than $33,000 for her treatment

Faith retired from her career to raise her two young sons, according to her GoFundMe page, which raised more than $33,000 for her treatment

She worked at WNEM-TV5 from 2013 to 2016 as a reporter and weekend anchor. After they married her husband Kurt, they moved to Las Vegas together.

Faith most recently worked at FOX5 in Las Vegas with her husband, but she put her career on hold to raise her children, according to her. GoFundMe page, who raised more than $33,000 for her treatment.

The mother of two had just welcomed her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of conditions in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough healthy blood cells.

“It was very shocking,” she told Midland Daily News in August. “It was quite difficult to take.”

Faith had just welcomed her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with MDS, a group of conditions in which the bone marrow doesn't make enough healthy blood cells.

Faith had just welcomed her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with MDS, a group of conditions in which the bone marrow doesn't make enough healthy blood cells.

Faith had just welcomed her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with MDS, a group of conditions in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough healthy blood cells.

She developed complications after undergoing a bone marrow transplant in April, but doctors said she was in remission from MDS by the end of July.

She developed complications after undergoing a bone marrow transplant in April, but doctors said she was in remission from MDS by the end of July.

She developed complications after undergoing a bone marrow transplant in April, but doctors said she was in remission from MDS by the end of July.

But weeks later she was back in the hospital with more complications

But weeks later she was back in the hospital with more complications

But weeks later she was back in the hospital with more complications

Faith was at high risk that the disease would turn into acute myeloid leukemia. She underwent chemotherapy, but was told by doctors that a bone marrow transplant was the only way to cure the cancer.

She was referred to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, because there were no transplant centers in Nevada.

The reporter documented her battle with cancer on her Facebook page, The battle of faith.

Faith underwent a bone marrow transplant in April after finding a donor who was a match, but she suffered several health complications and relied on her husband to help her with basic tasks.

Kurt announced the heartbreaking news of his wife's death on Facebook on Thursday, the day after her death

Kurt announced the heartbreaking news of his wife's death on Facebook on Thursday, the day after her death

Kurt announced the heartbreaking news of his wife’s death on Facebook on Thursday, the day after her death

Faith's funeral and memorial arrangements have yet to be announced

Faith's funeral and memorial arrangements have yet to be announced

Faith’s funeral and memorial arrangements have yet to be announced

Doctors told her she was in remission from MDS in late July, but her husband shared on Facebook weeks later that she was back in the hospital with more complications.

Just hours after Kurt shared the news of Faith’s passing on Facebook, WNEM-TV5 paid tribute to his former employee.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of former TV5 reporter and weekend anchor Faith Rempe, aka Faith Gantner when she worked here from 2013-2016,” the station tweeted on Thursday.

Faith’s funeral and memorial arrangements have yet to be announced.

What is Myelodysplastic Syndrome?

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of conditions in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells.

It affects about 18,000 people a year, but only a few hundred of those are the result of cancer treatment.

Symptoms may include shortness of breath, weakness or fatigue, skin that is paler than normal, easy bruising or bleeding, and fever or frequent infections.

The primary approach to treating MDS is a bone marrow transplant.

The better matched the donor and recipient are, the more likely the immune system will not reject the new marrow and the treatment will be successful.