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Brave boy from Cornwall loses his battle with cancer

Brave boy from Cornwall loses his battle with cancer

Published by Emma Carton at 8:26am 17th December 2019. (Updated at 8:39am 17th December 2019)

A brave little boy from Cornwall has lost his battle with cancer just before Christmas.

Ethan Cass from Pendeen was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour back in June, after having an eye test.

The eight-year-old has undergone months of treatment for the condition DIPG, including radiotherapy.

A pop-up choir was planning a singing event in Wadebridge to help his family make memories.

Despite the tragic news, that will still go ahead on Tuesday night to raise money for the Little Harbour children's hospice.

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A brave little boy from Cornwall has lost his battle with cancer just weeks before Christmas

 

Ethan's mum, Kim Cass, has told Pirate FM the whole family is heartbroken but she is doing her best not to give up.

"We should have been in Disneyland obviously and the last week of November as well. There was a lot of things we had planned.

"I'd planned an amazing Christmas. It was going to be the best Christmas then suddenly we've got nothing. Instead of planning Christmas, we're planning Ethan's funeral.

"It's heartbreaking. I can't even describe how I feel. You're still going to his bedroom every morning and night and drawing his curtains.

"You feel like you're dead inside yourself but you've got to carry on because you've got another child; you can't give up".

Kim Cass

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Ethan Cass from Pendeen, Cornwall, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after being sent for an eye test

 

Staff at Cornwall Care's St Breock residential home in Wadebridge will be taking to the town's main street on Tuesday night.

They will be singing in memory of eight-year-old Ethan and raising money for charity.

Originally the pop-up choir was conceived as a way of fundraising towards trips that Ethan and his family could enjoy in his final months.

Now, his mother Kim has asked that money raised is donated instead to Little Harbour - the children's hospice in St Austell.

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Ethan's mum and dad had launched a Crowdfunder to help make memories with their son and all the family

“Kim and I worked together at Trengrouse home in Helston.

"Ethan was diagnosed this summer and we all wanted to do whatever we could to help.

"It's so unbelievably sad that he's no longer with us – he was such a lovely boy.

“Kim knew what we were planning and has asked for us to go ahead.

"She said that Little Harbour had been brilliant and that she’d love us to make a donation to Children’s Hospice South West instead".

Event Coordinator Julie McNaughton, Cornwall Care

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A pop-up choir event is being held in Wadebridge in Ethan's memory and to raise money for Little Harbour

 

Julie and her colleagues from St Breock will be joined by staff from other Cornwall Care homes, plus members of the local choral choir.

Tim Parr will provide musical accompaniment and carols and other festive songs are planned.

The pop-up choir performance will take place at The Platt in Wadebridge from 6pm on Tuesday 17th December.

The money raised will be divided equally between Children's Hospice South West and Cornwall Care's residents’ amenities fund.

You can read more about Ethan's story and find out how to help the family here.

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