Trevor Tennant 1979-2016

September 18th, 2017

Sept. 18, 2017 — Trevor Tennant’s family and friends did all they could to make his long hospital stay more comfortable. After he died, they decided he would want them to do likewise for others.

Trevor Tennant's family, friends

Trevor Tennant's family, friends and JPS caregivers listen as his mother announces a donation in his honor.

“We decided we wanted to give back,” Charlotte Wylie, Tennant’s mother, said at a celebration of her son’s life, held at JPS on what would have been his 38th birthday. Wylie announced a donation to JPS Foundation to fulfill a “wish list” put together by team members in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where Tennant became well-known during his nine-month battle with cancer.

 “We decided we wanted to get the nurses some things that maybe they wouldn’t be able to get through the normal budget process,” Wylie said. That includes a cardiac chair for Room 307, Tennant’s usual. The chair will have a plaque honoring Trevor. Other items include Dyson fans and a specialized scale.

Charlotte Wylie and Dr. Salam Jarrah

Dr. Bassam Ghabach, Charlotte Wylie and Dr. Salam Jarrah share memories of Trevor Tennant’s humor.

Tennant, a popular chef who lived in Fort Worth, came to JPS after being bitten by a brown recluse spider, unaware that life-threatening illness was looming. Probing for an explanation for abnormal test results, doctors found acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He underwent successful treatment, but the cancer returned, taking his life on Feb. 27, 2016.

He always intrigued me,” said Dr. Salam Jarrah. Patients with difficult diagnoses often experience periods of anger. “Most people go through ‘why me,’” she said. But not Trevor Tennant. “In all the time I took care of him, never. He really was very special.”

It was the highlight of my day to walk in and say hi to Trevor,” said ICU nurse Paige Woods. “His big smile melted my heart.” Remembered for his sense of humor, Tennant also entertained with a spot-on imitation of his oncologist, Dr. Bassam Ghabach, with whom he exchanged recipes.

In his battle with cancer, “it never dawned on me that he wouldn’t win,” his mother said. Added Jarrah, “It didn’t dawn on us, either.


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