'Journey near over' for Northern Ireland boy Cameron Truesdale battling brain tumor
The journey of a Northern Ireland boy battling brain cancer is "near over", his parents have said.
Cameron Truesdale, 13, from the Co Down village of Waringstown was diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumour in January 2017, which doctors said was inoperable.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, also known as 'DIPG', affects just 30 to 40 children a year in the UK and Cameron is currently the only child with it in Northern Ireland.
Last year he was brought to Mexico to take part in an experimental clinical trial, with his family fundraising the £300,000 needed for the full 10-months of treatment, and he appeared to be responding well.
The treatments came at a cost of £30,000 for each session, with fundraising ongoing during the course treatment.
In a Facebook post on Monday, his mother Cassandra and father Harold wrote that Cameron's "health has declined over the last few weeks and we have just been fully focusing on giving Cameron everything he needs at this time".
The message goes on: "It is with the greatest of pains in our heart that we share his journey is near over. We don’t know how long we have left with our beautiful boy but although he is sleeping mostly now he still is fighting with all his might when he is awake. He is in no pain and is just restful. We plan to be at home surrounded by family where he will be happy.
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"We can’t thank you all enough for everything you have done for our sweet boy. Because of the love, help and support we received Cameron’s life was greatly extended and in those times he had amazing days that we where so blessed to be apart of."
His parents go on to say they will continue Cure4Cam, the charity set up to raise funds for Cameron, generating funds for other children battling cancer.
They asked Cameron's supporters for prayers, saying they are "all that he needs right now", and that they would respond to everyone "as soon as we have strength".
During his battle against his illness Cameron drew high-profile support.
In January, snooker Masters champion Mark Allen met with the youngster and threw his support behind his campaign for treatment, making a donation to his fundraiser.
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