16-Year Old With Rare Form of Cancer Dies at Vanderbilt

A 16-year-old girl from Rutherford County who suffered from a rare form of cancer has passed away.

Taylor Filorimo was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Tuesday night after having a seizure and becoming unresponsive. She died at the hospital around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Taylor was diagnosed in August 2009 with a rare form of renal cell carcinoma.

The cancer started in her kidneys, and then spread to her lungs. She was given four to six months to live when first diagnosed, but she was able to recover. However, the cancer came back in February.

Her Facebook page said she had more than 23 tumors in her lungs, a spot on her spine, and one in her heart. It also said she was the youngest person to be diagnosed with that type of cancer.
 
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