Thursday 22 August 2019

'Our hearts are broken but he is free' - tributes paid to 'brave' boy (9) who died after cancer battle

Nathan ‘The Brave' Flynn from Bray, Co Wicklow
Nathan ‘The Brave' Flynn from Bray, Co Wicklow
Bray boy Nathan Flynn, who is battling a brain tumour.
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Tributes have poured in for a nine-year-old boy from Bray, Co Wicklow who died after a long battle with cancer.

Nathan ‘The Brave' Flynn, who was a pupil at St Fergal's National School, was diagnosed for the first time in 2017 with a cancerous brain tumour. 

An operation, which removed 98pc of the tumour, saved Nathan's life, but last November it was discovered that a second tumour had developed. 

A gofundme.com appeal, Nathan the Brave's Cancer Treatment, had raised over €9,000 to help improve Nathan’s quality of life.

Nathan ‘The Brave' Flynn from Bray, Co Wicklow
Nathan ‘The Brave' Flynn from Bray, Co Wicklow

But despite taking his illness in his stride, Nathan passed away on Wednesday in the “tender loving care” of the doctors, nurses and staff at St John’s Ward at Crumlin Hospital. 

Posting on RIP.ie, his family said Nathan will be sadly missed and his memory treasured forever by his heartbroken parents Sam and Eric, his brother Adam, grandparents Joan and George Doyle, aunties, uncles, cousins, godmother, godfather, extended family and friends. 

Nathan’s aunt Liz Doyle led tributes on Facebook for the brave nine-year-old boy. 

“Our little warrior Nathan the brave passed away at 1.30pm peacefully surrounded with love, our hearts are broken but he is free thank you to everyone for your support and love over the last few years,” she said. 

‘Connect Ballywaltrim’ said its youth project were deeply saddened to hear of Nathan’s passing. 

“He brought a great light to our community and inspired our young members to take action for those less fortunate than ourselves,” a statement read. 

“He fought the bravest fight and was clearly loved by all of those lucky enough to have shared his company. We will be thinking of his family and friends at this very difficult time and of course our doors are open for anyone who needs us over the coming days and indeed weeks and months.

“Nathan you were a great inspiration to us all. You will always be remembered in Connect Ballywaltrim and your positive impact will be carried by our young members for the rest of their lives.”

Another mourner wrote: “We will never forget you, Nathan; there will never be another witty, funny boy like you. 

“You’re free from pain now, so go and play in them fluffy marshmallows and be forever young. We will keep a piece of you in our hearts forever... Sweet dreams, darling.”

Nathan’s funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 11am in St. Fergal's Church, Ballywaltrim.

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