Saturday 24 March 2018

'No party bags to fill, no excitement' - Family pay tribute to 'Batman' Ben on his sixth birthday

The late 'Batman' Ben Farrell with is mother, Valerie. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The late 'Batman' Ben Farrell with is mother, Valerie. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The family of 'Batman' Ben Farrell have shared a heartbreaking message on his sixth birthday saying there is no "excitement" about the house anymore.

Little Ben passed away from cancer last August at the age of five.

The brave five-year-old captured the hearts of the nation after his family launched a vigorous fundraising campaign to raise funds for Ben to receive treatment in the US.

His parents Valerie and Alan, from Lanesborough in Finglas, brought him to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan but Ben sadly passed away before his treatment began.

"It's the day Ben was born but it's not a birthday as we know it.  No party bags to fill, no excitement, no Ben begging for his presents early," his fundraising page reads.

"We miss Ben so much every single minute of everyday, on days like today we find ourselves laughing one minute and crying the next. The memories are magic they bring us smiles and giggles amidst the tears.

Batman Ben
Batman Ben

"It will never be ok with us that we only got five short years but how well they were lived will always make us smile."

In a tribute to Ben, toys have been donated to the hospital ward where Ben attended in Dublin during his chemotherapy.

"We are also as always blown away by the support from our friends, family and neighbours who helped us send over all these toys for the new and until today empty playroom in St. Lukes."

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