The family of little Oscar Knox have paid tribute to their “angel” and “Superhero.”
The five-year-old Belfast boy lost his battle with cancer yesterday.
In a statement this afternoon, his family said he had brought them “unimaginable joy with his smile and his infectious personality.”
They also acknowledged the support of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, where Oscar spent the last few weeks of his short life.
They said: “It is with heartbreaking sadness that we wish to share the news that our beautiful amazing and much loved son Oscar James Knox, born on 10 September 2008, has gained his angel wings.
“Our little superhero achieved so much in his short life and inspired so many people throughout the world to do so many amazing things, something we are incredibly proud of.
“We wish to take this opportunity once again to thank all of Oscar’s followers the world over for everything they have done for us and for the wonderful kindness and generosity that has been shown. We also want to thank the teams at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and NI Children’s Hospice whose kindness and compassion has been nothing short of amazing. Nothing can ever take the pain away but knowing we were supported so much and that Oscar was loved so much, brings great comfort.”
They added: “Oscar, our angel, forever our SuperHero.”
The family also asked for privacy during this “heartbreaking time.”
While his wake at the NI Children’s Hospice will be strictly private, the family have welcomed everyone to attend a Mass of the Angels in celebration of Oscar’s life, which will be held at St Bernard’s Church, Glengormley on Sunday, May 11th.
They also welcome friends, family and supporters of Oscar to join them in procession from the NI Children’s Hospice at 10.15am that morning and onwards to St Bernard’s Church for the Mass of the Angels. Those attending are encouraged to wear bright colours, including all sports and team colours.
The family has also asked that any donations be made in lieu of flowers or toys. Donations, which will be shared between the NI Children’s Hospice and the Haematology Unit at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, can be made via a dedicated JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/oscarknox.
A donation of £5 can also be made by texting KNOX55 £5 to 70070.