The former Michigan news anchor dies aged 31 after an 11-month battle with a rare blood cancer

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

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

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

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

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

Former Michigan newcomer 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 the birth of her second son

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

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

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

In his heartbreaking post, he also shared a quote from his late wife, writing, “I have peace knowing that 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 at the age of six, the Midland Daily News reported. She earned a broadcasting degree from Central Michigan University and was hired by a local station.

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

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

The former reporter and weekend presenter moved to Las Vegas after marrying her husband Kurt Rempe and both worked at the local FOX5 station

The former reporter and weekend presenter moved to Las Vegas after marrying her husband Kurt Rempe and both worked at the local FOX5 station

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

Faith put her career on hold 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 presenter. After marrying her husband Kurt, they moved to Las Vegas together.

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

The mother-of-two had just given birth to her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of disorders in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce enough healthy blood cells.

“It was very shocking,” she told Midland Daily News in August. “It was pretty hard to understand.”

Faith had just given birth to her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with MDS, a group of diseases in which the bone marrow doesn't produce enough healthy blood cells

Faith had just given birth to her second son last fall when she was diagnosed with MDS, a group of diseases in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce enough healthy blood cells

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

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

Weeks later, however, she was back in the hospital with further complications

Weeks later, however, she was back in the hospital with further complications

Faith was at high risk of the disease turning into acute myeloid leukemia. She underwent chemotherapy, but doctors told her 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, Faith’s Fight.

Faith had a bone marrow transplant in April after finding a suitable donor, but she suffered various health complications and relied on her husband to help her with basic chores.

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 services have yet to be announced

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

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

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

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the death of former TV5 reporter and weekend presenter Faith Rempe, aka Faith Gantner, while she was working here from 2013-2016,” the channel tweeted on Thursday.

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

What is myelodysplastic syndrome?

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

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

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

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

The more closely the donor and recipient match, the more likely it is that the immune system will not reject the new bone marrow and the treatment will be successful.

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