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A hero's farewell to young cancer victim Jayden Morrow

By Rachel Martin

Mourners dressed as superheroes said their final farewells to brave Belfast boy Jayden Morrow after the six-year-old tragically lost his battle against cancer.

Spider Man, Batman, the Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Belfast boxer Carl Frampton were among those who turned out to remember the life of young Jayden, who died from a rare form of cancer on Saturday.

Dressed up as Jayden's favourite comic book characters, a colourful procession of mourners made its way through the east of the city to Willowfield Parish Church yesterday.

Jayden was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, that leads to tumours in the back, head and chest area, when he was just 18 months old.

Frampton had previously met young Jayden, and Belfast Giants coach Adam Keefe said he would run 5k dressed as spiderman in memory of his "wee mate".

His parents Maggie McCullough and Ian Morrow, and brother Jaxson, had earlier paid a moving tribute to the inspiring little boy after his death.

"Jayden spoke earlier about the superheroes and the baddies, and said the beautiful words 'I love you, mummy'.

"These will most certainly be precious moments for Maggie and Ian throughout their hard days.

"Thank you so much to each and every one of you who supported Maggie and Ian, who gave them precious memories to cherish forever and who held Jayden and his family in their prayers.

"Your kindness means so much to the family and gives them strength to get through the days ahead. To our darling wee Jayden, fly high little man, you will live on in our hearts forever."

Described as a "wee superhero", Jayden endured gruelling chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Royal Victoria Hospital. But hope was renewed when tests showed last year that his body was finally cancer-free, prompting his parents to agree to a break in treatment to allow Jayden to live a normal childhood.

However, the good news lasted only seven weeks and Jayden underwent more scans which showed the cancer had returned.

With help from his parents and charity Angel Wishes, Jayden drafted his bucket list.

It included meeting Batman, Spider Man and the Ninja Turtles.

He also fulfilled his dream of meeting Carl Frampton, as well as taking a flight in a helicopter.

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