Brave teenager dies of cancer just months after getting all-clear from brain tumour

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Josh Laird died after his cancer returned months after he was given the all-clear. (Reach)
Josh Laird died after his cancer returned months after he was given the all-clear. (Reach)

A teenager who was given the all-clear after beating a brain tumour has died after his cancer returned.

Josh Laird, from Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in July 2020 and went through various treatments at hospitals in Nottingham and Sheffield, determined to fight the cancer.

In March last year he rang the bell at hospital to celebrate his recovery from his disease.

However, in June 2021 doctors told him he had developed an untreatable tumour in his spine.

His parents, Pete and Vicky, had been hoping to take the 16-year-old on a last family holiday to Florida to create some final memories with him but his father has now confirmed his son has died.

In a statement shared on LinkedIn, Mr Laird wrote: "My brave, beautiful boy Josh has lost his battle with cancer and passed away surrounded by his ever-loving family.”

Josh Laird with his parents and brothers Mitchell, 22, and Benji, 9. (Brain Tumour Research)
Josh Laird with his parents and brothers Mitchell, 22, and Benji, 9. (Brain Tumour Research)

Mr Laird said that his son “had courageously fought like an absolute hero to beat this terrible disease”.

He added: "I learned a valuable lesson from him that the most important things in life were love and his family and I hope I now have his strength to carry on.

“I’m utterly and totally heartbroken."

Friends, family and strangers, including YouTuber Romell Henry, had all helped donate over £34k to a fundraising website to pay for the holiday.

Mr Laird previously said the support had been “so overwhelming”.

Lee Barton, a friend of the family who organised the fundraising, revealed that donations had come from a broad range of people – including children who had given up their pocket money.

Josh was diagnosed with medulloblastoma – the most common type of cancerous brain tumour in children.

The average five-year survival rate for children suffering from the diseases stands at between 70 and 80%, according to the Brain Tumour Charity.

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