Mother's heartbreak after her 'brave and smiley' boy dies aged 7
A mother has shared her ‘heartbreak’ after her seven-year-old ‘fun-loving’ and ‘brave’ boy tragically died after surgery to debulk a brain tumour.
Ted Waring from Tonge Moor was diagnosed at just seven-months-old with a brain tumour.
He was in and out of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), where he had many different treatments and procedures over the period of his life.
Treatments which a “small child should not have to endure”, included four chemotherapy cycles lasting 12 months at a time.
Ted was put on a new trial for a new targeted drug but did not work and the tumour continued to grow.
Ted’s mum Leanne said: “As you can imagine myself and the family are heartbroken beyond belief and I feel I have lost my sweet, smiley, fun-loving, strong, brave boy, and most inspirational person.
“Ted has touched the hearts of everyone he has met or who knows of his story.
“His infectious smile and laugh brightened people's day, and his quick-witted comments made people laugh.
“His zest for life and his courageous seven-year fight will never be forgotten and we hope his legacy lives on, and he continues to inspire people.”
In August 2022, a decision was made for more surgery to debulk Ted’s tumour, however, he never regained full consciousness and never returned home.
Ted died peacefully on Wednesday March 8 in RMCH.
Ted was loved by so many, including his siblings named Leo 16, Zak 14, Joe 13, and Felicity 4.
The family is now asking for people to give a round of applause for a minute during the seventh minute of the Bolton Wanderers' Papa Johns Trophy Final against Plymouth Argyle, at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, April 2, with Ted being an avid Wanderers fan.
Bolton Wanderers has since shared their support for Ted's family and offered their condolences, asking for people to make sure the applause for Ted happens.
In a Tweet - retweeting professional footballer for Radcliffe Nicky Adams - they said: "Rest in peace, Super Ted.
"We’re sending our love and condolences to Ted’s family at this incredibly difficult time. "Let’s make that 7th-minute applause at Wembley happen."
Rest in peace, Super Ted.
We’re sending our love and condolences to Ted’s family at this incredibly difficult time. 🤍
Let’s make that 7th-minute applause at Wembley happen! 👏 https://t.co/YMYrLxmNJF
— Bolton Wanderers (@OfficialBWFC) March 17, 2023
Leanne said: “I want people to live by the motto ‘Be More Ted’ which means, stay strong, be kind, be happy, be brave, love people not things, and enjoy every minute of life.
“I will be finding ways to instil this in people to keep his memory alive.”
A GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/f/ted-waring) has since been set up to help support the family through this challenging time.
More can be found on Ted’s brave journey, sharing what he went through on the Facebook page “Ted’s Journey”.
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