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Friday 23 February 2018

'Thank you, beautiful Henry' - Catastrophe star Rob Delaney pays touching tribute after son (2) passes away from cancer

Rob Delaney (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Rob Delaney (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
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Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has paid a touching tribute to his son Henry after the two-and-a-half year old passed away from cancer.

Delaney posted a message to his Facebook page this evening paying tribute to his young son.

"I have very sad news. My two and a half year year old son Henry has passed away. Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss. He had surgery to remove the tumor and further treatment through the early part of 2017. Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January.

"My wife and Henry's older brothers and I are devastated of course. Henry was a joy. He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he'd moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals. His tumor and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum. His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.

"I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry's mom and his brothers. They are why I will endeavor to not go mad with grief. I don't want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I'm greedy for more experiences with them."

The US comedian, who stars with Sharon Horgan in the hit show, then paid tribute to all the people who helped his family during their son's illness.

"The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry's illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.

"If you'd like to help other families in the UK with very sick children, please make a donation to Rainbow Trust (https://rainbowtrust.org.uk) or Noah's Ark (https://www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk) in Henry's name or in the name of someone you love. Our family would be in much worse shape right now if it weren't for them. I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can. Do not take it for granted."

He ended his post saying "Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much."

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