Brave Harry’s legacy touches global hearts

Brave Harry Buckley.
Brave Harry Buckley.
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The story of tragic youngster Harry Buckley is touching hearts in other countries thanks to a moving tribute from his family.

Harry, six, lost his battle with a rare form of childhood cancer and passed away holding his mum’s hand as he took his last breath.

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

Hundreds of people celebrated Harry’s life during a service at All Saints Parish Church, in Otley, and attended a special balloon release in his memory.

More than 200 colourful balloons with messages from his friends and family were released into the skies last week as a tribute to the youngster.

And one of the messages was discovered in Austria after the family received a surprise email about the discovery.

Harry’s heartbroken mum Sarah Buckley said: “I thought it was just fantastic to receive that email from Austria.

“Harry’s little story has gone to Europe.

“We like to think that his short little life was worth something and there is this legacy for him.”

The note on the balloon was written by one of Harry’s classmates and talked about how he would always remember his friend’s smile.

Sarah 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.

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.

His doting parents Sarah and Paul organised a series of special fun days to help build lasting precious memories of their time together.

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 - on April 8.

Harry wrote a special book with the help of his play worker about his hamster Joey’s adventures during the final few months of his life.

The book has already raised more than £1,200 for Nuzzlet’s Farm, who provide services at Martin House Children’s Hospice, in Wetherby.

And the family have had to send it to the printers for the third time.

More than £1,000 was also raised at his funeral which will be split between the Thomas Ball Children’s cancer charity and All Saints Church.

Sarah added: “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.

“We just really appreciate all of the support we have received and it is nice to think people have followed his story.

“It means a lot to us and it really helps us come to terms with Harry no longer being with us.”

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