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B12B6906-B88E-443B-993D-1D8E7A09F558Please join us in offering condolences and empathy and sympathy and a primal scream to Tim and Cheri Welsh, whose son Tanner died yesterday.  Tim honored Tanner through hundreds of thousands of social media engagements. He was relentless in telling his son's story - so many of our kids' stories.  Tanner's last sentence before he stopped speaking was, "My name is Tanner." Remember him. His name was Tanner. We are so sorry, Tim and Cheri.


Catlin, Illinois – Tanner R. Welsh, 24, of Catlin, Illinois passed away at 8:04 am on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville, Illinois. 

Tanner was born on November 25, 1997, in Garden City, Kansas to Timothy John and Cheri Lynn Finley Welsh.  They survive.  Also surviving are:  maternal grandmother:  Jean Finley of Catlin, Illinois; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents:  Leon and Margaret Welsh and his maternal grandfather:  Larry Finley.

Tanner enjoyed Beatles music and People magazine and was featured in the movie United States of Autism. 

Tanner’s family will gather for a private service at Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois officiated by Darren Johnson.  Burial will be at the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin, Illinois.  Memorials to Danville AMBUCS, in care of Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817.  Online condolences www.robisonchapel.com.



Tim and Cheri,

May you find comfort and peace in this difficult time. Tim, the advocacy on Tanner's behalf you have made is a beautiful tribute and memorial. Blessing to each of you and your family.

Elizabeth Gillespie

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Tanner family.

Best Wishes from Australia.


My deepest sympathies; I am so sorry for your loss.

sarah i

Tim, your posts over the years have been so meaningful to me.
Please accept my deep sympathy and prayers for healing. May Tanner's memory be a blessing.

Cherry Misra

The story of My Name is Tanner was there when I first became interested in autism more than two decases ago. , as I watched it arise for the first time in my nursery school in New Delhi. and Tanner had parents who immediately thought of trying to help other parents. God bless them and God keep Tanner . I am quite struck by the fact that Tanner has left you just at this time when people around the world are waking up to the dangers of vaccines and wondering why the makers of those vaccines push them so hard on the children of well meaning parents of the world.
Tanner, Lots of love to you as you go to join the stars . Remembering you we know that we cannot give up the good fight of autism.

Kate C

Terribly sorry to hear of Tanner’s death.


I am sorry for your loss.

Hans Litten

Posted by: Brett Wilcox | February 03, 2022 at 09:50 AM

Tipping my hat to one of the originals ....Good to hear you are still going..

See the french surround the Pfizer HQ in Paris at the weekend calling out "assassins" .
Makes my heart warm and tears to my eye .....at last we are getting there

The tipping point isnt far away now. We wil win 100% , we might have already done so.


Brett Wilcox

Tim and Cheri, May God bless and keep you during this difficult time. I'm so sorry . . .

Doug Weisman

Cheri & Tim,
I am so sorry to hear about Tanner's passing. His inner light will never go out!

Cat Jameson

Tim and Cheri, the Jameson family is wrapping you in prayers as you grieve the loss of Tanner.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let Your perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
rest in peace. Amen.

Carolyn S.

I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Your fight to share your families struggle was instrumental in helping many others. Thank you for all of your hard work on behalf of your son and all families.


Tim and Cheri, I am so sorry. I am sorry about your son's injury, the medical community's lack of interest in helping him, and of course your loss right now. Your posts as "Tanner's Dad" were incredibly moving--a testament to a father's devotion and determination--and I believe they helped other parents recognize the dangers the current medical establishment poses to our children. I hope and believe that your son is enjoying the peace that this world could not give him. I pray for your healing.

Jane and Barry

Our deepest condolences for your loss of your very precious and wonderful son Tanner. We have read about him on Age Of Autism over the years and know he will be very sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. May you find some peace in knowing you did all you could to make his life as good as you possibly could.


Tanner was born the same year as one of mine.
May the Lord give his family a peace which passes all understanding.

False Scientists

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Maurine Meleck

This is absolutely heart breaking. I've never seen parents work so hard to take proper care of their son. May Tanner and his whole family be blessed.

Donna L.

I am so very sorry, Tim and Cheri. Tanner's story was the story of all our kids. This is such sad news. My sincere condolences to both of you.


So very sorry. Your beautiful Tanner will be in my heart forever.

Angus Files

So very sad.

God Bless

Pharma For Prison


John Stone

So sad, so sorry - thinking of all the family.


Laura Hayes

Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to Tanner’s parents and loved ones.

susan welch

Sincere condolences to Tanner's family. I know Tim best from 2014/2015 on Twitter when he was instrumental in getting 1 billion impressions for #CDCwhistleblower. He worked so hard to get the word out to parents about what had happened to Tanner.

My thoughts are with you.

Jeannette Bishop

Deepest sympathy and prayers for peace for Tanner's family, rest for Tanner!


Double losses are infinitely sadder. First, the loss of a child's full potential. Second, the loss of that struggling child's life. I am so very sorry to hear of Tanner's death. May God give you the continued strength you need due to the loss of your dear son, Tim and Cheri. Tanner was so very blessed to have such loving parents as you.


This provides proof that autism is no kind of gift but a curse with life threatening medical problems. I am waiting for the day when Age of Autism has articles on Neuro fibromatosis and Tuberous Sclerosis rare genetic tumor disease that some people with autism have including me (NF).

Linda Englander

So sorry to see this. I remember very well Tim's writing about his beautiful son, Tanner.
My deepest condolences.


I am so very sorry Tim and Cheri.
Tim I know worked so very, very hard, and did everything he could think of to correct the health problems from the damage done. Some times, most times no matter how dedicated a person is;.



Very sorry to hear of this. My condolences to Tanner's family.


Deeply sorry for the loss of Tanner. Praying for the family.


Tim & Cheri,
My deepest sympathies. Words feel hollow right now. You will be in my thoughts & prayers.

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