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Rhys Langford Biography
Who was Rhys Langford?
Rhys Langford, 19, began raising funds so that Jacob Jones could receive treatment for neuroblastoma in the United States while he underwent surgery and chemotherapy for his osteosarcoma.
But in December, he was sadly told that the illness he thought he had overcome had returned and was terminal.
Tributes are now being paid to the 19-year-old after his devastated family revealed that he died at their home last night. Writing on Facebook, his mother, Catherine, 38, said the family was “heartbroken”, adding that “life would never be the same again”.
She said: ‘My warrior, my hero, my son, my baby, he has given up the fight for him. He laid down his sword and died peacefully in his house with all his family around him, he closed his eyes for the last time around 7 pm yesterday.
We are heartbroken, my life will never be the same, a part of me has also died. He fought a long, hard fight.
Mrs Langford had revealed that the two boys were from the same town of Ebbw Vale, in the valleys of South Wales, but had never met.
Jacob was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, but celebrated a cancer-free year before his family detected suspicious tumors.
The six-year-old’s family paid tribute to their “hero” Mr Langford, saying in a statement: “Jacob’s hero Rhys has sadly passed away, our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.” Fly high Rhys and we are all so proud and grateful for what you did for our Jacob.”
Artist Nathan Wyburn met Rhys last week when he presented her with a portrait. He said: The legacy of ‘Rhys’ will live forever in the memories of those whose lives he touched, of which there were so many.
“Your selfless fundraising of his will help little Jacob continue his fight. £60,000 in his final weeks. Simply incredible.’
Speaking about kicking off the fundraiser last month, Ms Langford said: ‘Rhys is bedridden now and he called me and asked if I had heard of Jacob, this little boy who was battling cancer again.
‘He said, ‘Mom, I want to donate some money to him.’ He is six years old and has been sick since he was two. He would be over the moon if someone saved him.
He said how sad it was and asked if he could donate money for her to come back to the United States for more treatment.
He privately sent her £1,000 of his savings, but he wanted to make more, so she asked him about setting up a GoFundMe. He said, “There is nothing more you can do for me, so if I can help save this child.”
“Our hearts are broken that we are losing our son, but filled with pride that considering his diagnosis, he is thinking of other people.”
Writing on the fundraising page, Mr. Langford had said: “Reading about little Jacob and his own struggle and his relapse with cancer has really upset me.”
I know that nothing can be done for me now, but as one of my last wishes, I would like to help Jacob and help him fight this terrible disease. I know what horrible drugs and treatments do to your body! It’s a hell
Jacob is now six years old and has been battling this disease for most of his life. It shouldn’t be this way! Jacob’s family is looking to raise money again for the treatment. I have transferred £1,000 to Jacob’s family privately, but it is still not enough.”
You can still donate to Mr. Langford’s GoFundMe here.