Boy, 3, who fought like a ‘true superhero’ tragically dies after cancer battle

Joseph Yeandle’s devastated family has paid tribute to three-year-old for how he “inspired thousands” after he lost his battle with an aggressive cancer

Joseph Yeandle died of an aggressive cancer just days after Christmas

The family of a three-year-old boy has shared how after his tragic death he battled cancer like a “real superhero” and “inspired” thousands of people.

Joseph Yeandle died just days after Christmas and his devastated family said he inspired more people in his short life than most people in 60 years, WalesOnline reports.

The boy’s love for superheroes and kid entertainer Blippi sparked a fundraiser called ‘Help Joseph ‘Hulk Smash’ Cancer, but on Monday his loved ones revealed he had lost his battle with the disease.

His family said: “Our dear Joseph, our funny, happy, Hulk and Batman loving boy.

“Today we lost you in your body and our hearts are broken into a million little pieces, but your beautiful soul will live on in the hearts of your mommy, daddy, brother Liam, your whole family and the thousands of people you have every time with your smile, courage and strength.

His family said he has inspired thousands in his short life

“You have accomplished more in your three short years than most people have in 60 years and we are so incredibly proud of you. You fought so hard, like a true superhero, and Hulk punched your way through everything you came across unfairly.

“You have brought us together as a family and as a community in a truly spectacular way. You have won the nation over and inspired and encouraged so many with your ability to keep smiling through the most difficult of times.

“You have taught us, your family, so much. You have taught us to be brave, to carry on when the going gets really hard, you have taught us how to laugh and smile and most of all, you have taught us how we can love so deeply.

“We are going to miss you very much and the pain of knowing that we will not see your beautiful smile or hear you smile is unbearable.

“Life will never be the same and right now we don’t even know how we will get by without you, but we will do it. We will do it for you, we will do it because we love you so much and we will doing it to make sure we protect and build on the incredible legacy you leave behind.

His love for superheroes and kid entertainer Blippi sparked a fundraiser called Help Joseph Hulk Smash Cancer

“You are a true superhero, Joseph James Rees Yeandle – fly high with Batman in the sky, our sweet, sweet boy.”

Joseph became ill before the Easter holidays when he “went gray” and struggled to get up.

He was taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, where doctors found a lump in his neck and then discovered he had a low platelet count.

He was transferred in March to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, where he was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma.

His mother, Katy Yeandle, said: “Discovering Joseph’s diagnosis was the most difficult moment of our lives. Hearing that your child has an aggressive cancer with a low survival rate is a feeling that cannot be described and a feeling that I don’t wish other family to endure.

“I’ve tried to think of the words to describe that pain and that heartbreaking feeling, but nothing will ever come close. We couldn’t understand how this happened to Joseph, in fact, the chances of him getting neuroblastoma were harder than winning the lottery. Why has this happened to our sweet and beautiful little boy?”

Swansea City fan Joseph, from Brynamman, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, underwent a special form of chemotherapy called Rapid COJEC, but his condition worsened and on Christmas Eve his family said the neuroblastoma in Joseph’s lungs, liver and bones .

They have said all fundraising efforts go to other children and families battling cancer and a Facebook page called ‘Help Joseph ‘Hulk Smash’ Cancer can be found here.

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