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Friday 29 August 2014

Poignant farewell as funeral held for little superhero Oscar Knox

Published 11/05/2014 | 19:04

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Lanterns were released across Belfast to remember the little 'superhero' tonight.
Boxer Paddy Barnes greets Leona Knox after the funeral of Oscar. Photo: Presseye / Declan Roughan
Boxer Paddy Barnes greets Leona Knox after the funeral of Oscar. Photo: Presseye / Declan Roughan
Oscar Knox with his father Stephen at Celtic's Parkhead last year

A ceremony to celebrate the life of little Oscar Knox, who died after a long battle against an aggressive form of cancer, took place today, followed by strictly private cremation.

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And lanterns were released across Belfast to remember the little 'superhero' tonight.

A mass was held at St Bernard's Church in Glengormley this morning  - with people encouraged to join a procession from the hospice to St Bernard's Church.

Little Oscar lost his fight for life on Thursday after a two-and- a-half-year battle with neuroblastoma.

His parents described their beautiful boy as a “little superhero”.

Thousands of pounds have been donated to the Children’s Hospice over the weekend.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the hospice, where he spent his final days, have raised more than £22,000 (€26,960) since his death.

The total amount donated to Wee Oscar’s Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance team reached £599,000 (733,960) by last night.

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Oscar spent his last days on this earth at the Northern Ireland Hospice, not far from his Glengormley home.

The hospice too will benefit from his legacy, after his family asked for donations to them in lieu of flowers at his funeral.

Wee Oscar loved to wear a Superman costume and pretend he was a hero — blissfully unaware that he actually was.

His courage was celebrated when he was named the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland winner last year.

Telegraph.co.uk

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