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Leeds mum’s tribute as brave son Harry, six, loses cancer battle

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A LEEDS mum has paid tribute to her courageous little boy, who has lost his battle with a rare form of childhood cancer.

Harry Buckley, six, had been defying the odds since his family were told in March last year that his condition was terminal.

But he passed away last week, holding his mum’s hand as he took his last breath.

The family, including Harry’s younger brother Callum, had organised a series of fun days to help build lasting precious memories of their time together.

And Harry’s mum Sarah Buckley is now hoping her treasured son’s memory will live on in a special charity book he wrote during the final few months of his life.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He just had spirit to the end, and always wanted to make things. It is just nice that there is this little book and his memory will continue.”

“Harry was courageous and full of life”, his mum added.

“He always had a smile on his face and he really did defy the odds.

“He could just walk into any room and brighten it up. Harry is at peace now.”

Brave Harry, from Otley, Leeds, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2011 and he underwent surgery to remove a tumour in his abdomen nearly two years ago.

The family were given the devastating news that Harry’s cancer was terminal last year.

The Whartons Primary School pupil developed a tumour on his spine which left him unable to walk and he died surrounded by his family - including little brother and playmate Callum - last week.

Harry wrote a book with the help of his play worker about his hamster Joey’s adventures to help raise money for Nuzzlet’s Farm, who provide services at Martin House Children’s Hospice, in Wetherby.

The family hope that sales of the book will help Harry’s memory to live on and support the farm’s work.

Sarah added: “He was in so much pain and the last month was hard because he couldn’t do certain things any more.

“They just sat down and started to write this story.

“He got to see his book and was well enough to take it in.

“It is just nice really that there is this little book and his memory will continue.”

Harry’s funeral will be held at All Saints Parish Church, in Otley, on Thursday at 1pm followed by a private cremation in Harrogate.

The family are set to release balloons in memory of Harry during a celebration of his life at High Royds Social Club at 3pm. To purchase a copy of the book, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HarryBuckleyandfriends.

 

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