Lily Douglas, 14, from Perth, Scotland, has tragically died after a five-year battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma which attacks the bones and surrounding tissue.
Image: Jane Douglas)
A brave teenager has “danced her way to heaven” after her tragic death from a rare cancer, her heartbroken mother has said.
Lily Douglas, 14, from Perth, Scotland, bravely battled Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the bones and surrounding tissue, for five years.
His grief-stricken mother, Jane, shared the devastating news in a social media post yesterday.
He was taking part in a potential breakthrough drug trial at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary when he suffered a brain haemorrhage and died, the Daily Record reports.
After being admitted on January 14, doctors told Jane they weren’t sure if Lily would survive that night.
But if she did survive, “they didn’t know what damage would be done.”
Lily, who won the Teenager for Courage award at the Pride of Scotland awards, managed to open her eyes on Sunday and talk to her mother, grab a bite to eat and even check her phone for messages.
But her condition worsened and she passed away at 7:17pm last night, with her mother confirming that she had “danced her way up to heaven”.
Announcing the tragic news on Facebook, Jane wrote: “Her heart failed but she was on the couch at home, snuggled up to me where she wanted to be.
“She will leave a huge hole in my heart. If love could have saved her, she would have lived up to a million years.”
“She is at peace and finally has no more pain.
“Even with cancer, Lily lived her best life and was loved by all. I hope I made her proud.”
“I was his mother, we were a great team. Please keep Leon in your prayers, he will need a lot of love and support.”
“It’s not goodbye, she’ll be waiting for me. It’s only time that will keep us apart.”
“She looks so beautiful and peaceful and she even died with her beautiful blonde hair.
“Thank you all for your love and support. I couldn’t have done this without all of you.”
Lily’s inspiring struggle saw her win a Pride of Scotland award last year, where she was crowned Teenager of Courage.
His tenacity did not go unnoticed by a host of famous faces.
Strictly Come Dancing icon Dame Arlene Phillips built a strong bond with the schoolgirl heroine.
Lily’s bravery even inspired the reality star to take part in last year’s I’m A Celebrity. . . Get me out of here!
Arelene, 78, said on the show: “One of the bravest and bravest girls is a girl I know called Lily Douglas, she’s so brave.”
“I thought, I’m afraid of so many things here. What better way can you push yourself than to do something like this?”
Closer to home, Lewis Capaldi gave Lily “the best day of her life” when he invited her onstage when he performed at TRNSMT in 2019.
The Something You Loved singer sent Lily a video message at an awards ceremony before striking up a friendship via Instagram.
He invited her and her friend Yasmin Chan to meet him at the artists’ village backstage, where he surprised her with the opportunity of a lifetime to hang out stageside.
The couple also wowed fans online when they participated in a popular TikTok challenge together.
Gorgeous Lily’s talent didn’t end with dancing.
In October last year she took to the catwalk, modeling prom dresses alongside Miss Scotland Claudia Todd, who praised the teenager as “beautiful and talented”.
Loved ones paid tribute to Lily en masse, hailing her as “an amazing girl” with “a beautiful heart.”
One said, “OMG Jane I’m devastated for you, you were a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart.”
Another added: “Jane I’m so heartbroken over your loss she was an amazing girl.”
A third said: “Jane, I’m so sorry.
“Lily was a beautiful and special girl and she touched so many lives.
“I’m heartbroken for all of you. Much love.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.