BRAVE tot Jaiden Worrall has lost his battle with cancer after months of gruelling treatment.
The two-year-old toddler from Pontefract died on October 26 at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) after contracting a severe chest infection.
His parents, Claire Belcher and Lee Worrall, paid tribute to their son who battled through months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant to treat neuroblastoma – a rare form of abdominal cancer.
Miss Belcher, of St Paul’s Court, said: “Jaiden sadly passed away peacefully in his mummy’s arms on Friday after a long, brave fight with neuroblastoma.
“Recent tests had shown no evidence of the disease. However, following a stem cell transplant, Jaiden became seriously ill and was transferred to the intensive care ward at LGI.
“Sadly, doctors were unable to save him.”
Jaiden’s parents launched a £500k bid through the Express in April to pay for a life-saving operation abroad.
Members of the public rallied around the couple and helped raise more than £50,000 for the Jaiden Worrall Appeal from fundraising days and charity events.
Miss Belcher said: “We would like to thank everyone for their support over the last six months.
“The appeal managed to raise just over £50,000 which will now be used for research into neuroblastoma, and fundraising will continue in Jaiden’s memory.”
Jaiden’s funeral will take place at St Michael’s Church in Castleford on Monday November 5 at 11.15am.
A black tie event will be held next year in his memory to celebrate the Five Towns’ most inspirational child.
The Little Star Awards ceremony will be held at the King’s Croft Hotel in Pontefract on February 2 and will automatically give the first award to Jaiden for his courage and bravery.
Miss Belcher said: “Jaiden would have loved the idea of the Little Star Awards. He loved other children so much.
“He loved to watch children playing and running around, although he couldn’t join in properly. He would just sit and watch and he seemed quite happy doing that.”
Organiser Nicola Bulley is now urging businesses and members of the public to help sponsor the awards or pledge prizes for a raffle on the night.
Mrs Bulley, 30, of Midgley Rise, Pontefract, said: “Jaiden’s parents are a truly inspirational couple. In just a few short months, they amassed £50,000, bringing together communities and sharing the story of their beautiful son with the world in the process.
“We are now seeking support from local businesses and individuals to sponsor the awards or pledge prizes for a raffle or auction on the night.
“All funds raised will go to the Families Against Neuroblastoma charity to help find a cure for this vile disease.”
To help sponsor, donate prizes, or buy tickets for the Little Star Awards, contact Mrs Bulley at email@example.com or call 07843 239 483.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/TheJaidenWorrallLittleStarAwards for more information.