Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Wee Oscar's parents hail kindness of public

So tragic: Oscar Knox pictured here with his family
So tragic: Oscar Knox pictured here with his family

The grieving parents of Oscar Knox say public fundraising and support since their son's death has brought them comfort.

Stephen and Leona Knox from Mallusk took to Twitter to mark the three-month anniversary of Oscar's death on May 8 following a long battle with neuroblastoma.

"Three months today since Oscar went to sleep one last time," they wrote.

"Such a huge gap in our lives. There's a lot to miss about that wee man #TeamOscarForever"

Oscar's battle for health touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people across Northern Ireland and further afield after he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer in 2011.

Last night Stephen Knox told the Belfast Telegraph he and Leona were very grateful for all the support they had received from people of all backgrounds.

"We would like to thank everyone for their amazing support since Oscar's death," Stephen said.

"Also huge thanks to everyone who has donated to the Children's Hospice and the Children's Cancer Unit Fund, and to all the people organising fundraising events in Oscar's memory.

"It's wonderful to know how much he touched people's hearts."

Upcoming events include a charity match at Crusaders Football Club's Seaview home on August 24 at 4pm involving Oscar Knox Select V GMB Select, and a boxing night will be held on September 5 at the Balmoral Hotel in aid of the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

An Oscar Knox tribute fundraiser for the Children's Hospice is also taking place at the Devenish in Belfast on September 27, where boxer Carl Frampton's boots from his upcoming world title fight will be auctioned.

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