By Sanford Children's Hospital

Tanna was an active teenager. She loved sports and played basketball, volleyball, track and fast pitch softball.

She was the 4th child of 5 kids. She had a great attitude and determination to beat cancer.

After 14 rounds of chemotherapy and completing her active treatment period in February 2014, Tanna’s cancer returned late that summer. She earned her angel wings in September 2014.

Tanna’s brother, Tark, is on the Executive Committee for USD’s Dance Marathon, and has been involved with it for 4 years. In addition, his fraternity (Phi Kappa Alpha) has an endowment for Cure Kids Cancer for $25,000 – they do an event each year to pay it (the event is Thursday Night Live, a spoof on Saturday Night Live).

Tanna was diagnosed the day of USD’s 2013 Dance Marathon, and Tark’s dad went to the event to let him know.