It’s a tragic conclusion to a story we first told you about last year, a young Richmond boy in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
Now, after a year of battling an aggressive form of leukemia, seven-year-old Joshua Weekes has succumbed to his illness.
A Facebook post by family friend Tania Fernandes-Silva says Joshua passed Thursday in his mother’s arms.
“We were so hopeful up until his last few days that Josh would come through this regardless of what we were told. He defeated so many odds but at the end it was just too much and he was so tired from fighting this battle so long. All Joshua wanted was to stay.”
She says the family is thankful to everyone who reached out, donated, and supported the family during their battle.
“In seven short years Joshua has left an imprint on everyone who knew him that will last an eternity. He has returned to his angel form and we will miss him terribly everyday that he is gone.”
Joshua’s mother, Lia, family members, and friends held several OneMatch clinics to find a bone marrow donor, but because of his mixed heritage, it posed a challenge.
A funeral will be held this Thursday.