Brave Dawson Willcock who captured the hearts of the region sadly lost his battle with cancer today, his family announced tonight.
Confirming the news, his mother Wendy posted on Facebook this evening: “At 6.03pm, the bravest little boy we ever knew left for a better place.
“Our hearts are broken and only being held together by pride, love and admiration for the child we brought in to this world and cuddled as he left.
“Surrounded by his family that he loved so very much, he came to peace on what certainly was Black Friday.
“I’ve never felt so proud yet broken as I do now.
“We love you our sunshine, we will take you everywhere with us xxxx”
Dawson was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in January.
The two-year-old’s plight captured people’s hearts after his parents, Wendy and David, of Warnadene Road, Sutton, launched a “dollar for Dawson” fundraising campaign to pay for pioneering treatment in America.
However, they were later told his cancer was too aggressive for treatment.
Speaking earlier this week, Wendy said: “We have been told Dawson will probably not see Christmas and the prognosis has not changed, but he is still fighting.”
It came as it was revealed the family had put some of the money raised toward purchasing a caravan at Butlin’s Skegness, to be named Dawson’s Home for Heroes. to help others.