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Building on basics

Beating a brain tumor

Advanced surgical techniques and
a multidisciplinary team helped Franklyn Barber live a normal life

Baseball. Cadillac. Hamburger. A sleepy boy recites these words to his doctor after surgery. His mother smiles. His doctor smiles. He's going to be all right.

Franklyn Barber, the sleepy boy, is the son of Mandy and Greg Barber of Marysville. Greg is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, flying surveillance planes across the globe. Mandy stays at home at Beale Air Force Base with Franklyn, his two brothers and a brand new baby sister.

Franklyn is a bright, expressive sixth-grader who is extraordinary in many aspects: The way he answers questions respectfully with "sir" or "ma'am." His encyclopedic knowledge of military airplanes. And - last but not least - the fact that he had a peach-pit-sized tumor removed from his left temporal lobe two years ago.

Brain tumors are among the most serious of cancers, but with the help of a skilled UC Davis Medical Center brain tumor team and a little luck, Franklyn has gone through the ordeal and lived to tell the details.

He even showed pictures of the CT scan of his brain to his elementary school class.


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Franklyn Barber holds an oar to a canoe he and his father Greg (in background) are building together.