Wee Oscar in fight for his life

Published Saturday, 29 March 2014
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Messages of support have been sent to Oscar Knox, the brave Co Antrim five-year-old who has been battling a rare form of cancer, after his family revealed his health has deteriorated "significantly" over the past week.

Wee Oscar in fight for his life
Wee Oscar with his dad Stephen at a Celtic game at Parkhead. (© Presseye)

Oscar, from Glengormley, captured the hearts of many thousands of people after his family started a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter to highlight his fight against neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, and to raise funds for vital life-saving treatment.

Earlier this week, his family announced he was very ill and getting worse "each day" and had pinned their hopes on a new drug to help Oscar fight the illness.

However, on Friday they said his condition had become worse and they had "moved to a phase of managing his pain".

Since the announcement, thousands of messages of support have been made on Facebook and Twitter.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness offered his prayers to the family.

Also Celtic Football Club, who Oscar was given the honour of leading out on pitch before a Champions League match last summer, offered their support to the "brave Bhoy", with fans giving him a minute's applause on Saturday.

Since November 2011 thousands of people, including many high profile names, have backed the family's campaign raising hundreds of thousands in donations.

The campaign was such a success that the family reached their fundraising goal and were able to send Oscar to America for the treatment he so desperately needed to overcome his illness.

In April last year, the family celebrated with the news there was no sign of the cancer and doctors had given Oscar the all clear, however, later in August they revealed it had returned.

Oscar's inspirational story led to him winning the overall prize at the Spirit of Northern Ireland awards last year, which was presented to him by his friend, two-time Olympic bronze winning boxer Paddy Barnes who also joined with the well-wishers on Twitter.

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78 Comments
Marie in Belfast wrote (224 days ago):
My thoughts and prayers are with u wee man god bless.
Dennis Shannon in America wrote (236 days ago):
PRAYERS FOR YOU WEE OSCAR AND YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS GOD BLESS
Debbie in Lisburn wrote (241 days ago):
Thoughts n healing prayers remain with you constantly lil oscar keep fighting wee man xoxo
gerard in belfast wrote (241 days ago):
i have been reading these comments over the last few days i have also made 1 also for oscar but looking at them they have come from every part off n.ireland and all over the world will it take a child like oscar to show all off us r petty frights r not worth it and we can all live together in peace and do what is right for all our children cause if we not carefull a lot off us will be making more comments about children like oscar in the future if he could off got the help here and not in the usa who knows maybe he could have had a better chance may god show him the way and bless him
Alan Magee in Belfast wrote (241 days ago):
GOD BLESS YOU OSCAR AND YOUR FAMILY AND KEEP FIGHTING. PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS WILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
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