Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Oscar Knox: Colourful farewell for 'little superhero'

Oscar Knox pictured with mum Leona and dad Stephen
Oscar Knox pictured with mum Leona and dad Stephen

Oscar Knox's life will be celebrated in a carnival of colour tomorrow.

A Mass of the Angels will be held at St Bernard's Church in Glengormley as family and friends say a final farewell to the little boy.

The Knox family has asked that mourners wear bright colours and sports colours.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice and the Children's Haematology Unit. Little Oscar lost his lengthy battle against a rare form of cancer on Thursday.

Yesterday details of his funeral were announced.

A wake will be held at the Children's Hospice, with visiting times today between 2pm and 4pm, and from 6pm to 8pm.

The wake is strictly private, and is restricted to immediate family members and close friends of Oscar's parents.

The funeral procession starts from the Children's Hospice at 10.15am before making its way to St Bernard's for Mass of the Angels at 11am.

The funeral will be followed by a strictly private cremation.

Relatives have asked for donations in lieu of flowers, which will be presented to the Children's Hospice and Children's Haematology Unit.

These can be made c/o Charles Lynch, funeral director, 50 Castlefin Road, Castlederg.

Donations can be made via a dedicated JustGiving page at justgiving.com/oscarknox.

Background

In 2011 Oscar Knox (5), from Mallusk, was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, which affects one in every 100,000 children. He also has the chromosome disorder Jacobsen syndrome, which is thought to affect only 250 children worldwide.

Oscar has received more than 30 blood transfusions and almost 140 platelet transfusions in the past 26 months. Oscar's parents Stephen and Leona run a blog and fundraising campaign, The Wee Oscar Knox Appeal. Around 140,000 people follow Oscar on Facebook and Twitter @Wee_Oscar

Further Reading

Oscar Knox: Whole world moved by the boy who didn't do giving up  

'Wee' Oscar Knox dies after battle against childhood cancer neuroblastoma 

Brave Oscar Knox has shown us we can be so much more

Outpouring of support as family pic shows Oscar Knox enjoying Easter 

Little fighter Oscar Knox has captured our hearts with his smile and his indomitable spirit

Oscar Knox family's heartrending ordeal has moved us all 

Wee Oscar makes his Celtic debut

Brave Oscar Knox wins Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Award at star studded ceremony

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