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Oscar Knox's mum in touching tribute to son on ninth birthday

Oscar Knox's mother has paid tribute to her "big boy" on what would have been his ninth birthday.

Leona Knox took to Twitter on Sunday to say "my heart aches for you".

She wrote: "I can't believe my big boy would be 9 today."

The Co Antrim boy died from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects children in May 2014 when he was just five years old.

Oscar touched hearts across Northern Ireland and beyond during his long battle against the disease.

His doting parent have set up a charity in his memory - The Oscar Knox Fund at Solving Kids' Cancer - which supports neuroblastoma research.

Oscar's father, Stephen, also set up The Oscar Knox Cup, which is an annual charity golf day organised to raise funds for Solving Kids' Cancer.

This year's Knox Cup took place last week, with a number of celebrities taking part to help raise awareness for the charity.

Boxers Carl Frampton and Jamie Conlan were just two of the big names in attendance, as well as a few of Oscar's favourite dressed up TV heroes.

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In the swing: Jamie Conlan and Carl Frampton with Oscar Knox’s parents Leona and Stephen at Fortwilliam Golf Club. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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