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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey opens up about grandson's battle with cancer

Posted: Updated: Jan 23, 2014 04:07 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A baby's battle with cancer dominated Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey's weekly news conference Thursday instead of topics such as taxes, Medicaid expansion or school test scores.

For more than 10 minutes, the Lt. Governor detailed and answered questions about the struggle of his 14-month old grandson Briggs, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in late July.  

"Talk about a roller coaster ride. It was rough," Ramsey recalled.  "I've got the three best little grandkids, but boy, [the diagnosis] was like a sledgehammer hitting you in the head."

The boy underwent three rounds of chemotherapy every two weeks for several months.

"It's not easy to watch your little grandson throw up," Ramsey said.  

For the past few weeks Briggs has been treated at a children's hospital in Johnson City.

"I hope no one ever has to go through that, but at the same time God does everything for a reason and we're stronger."

The Ramsey family learned nearly two weeks ago Briggs is now cancer free.

Briggs turned one on November 5.

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