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

Joseph Yeandle’s devastated family have paid tribute to the three-year-old over the way he “inspired thousands” after he lost his battle against an aggressive form of cancer

Joseph Yeandle died just days after Christmas from an aggressive cancer
Joseph Yeandle died just days after Christmas from an aggressive cancer

The family of a three-year-old boy have told how he fought like a “true superhero” against cancer and “inspired thousands” of people following his tragic death.

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

The youngster’s love of superheroes and children’s entertainer Blippi led to a fundraising campaign called ‘Help Joseph ‘Hulk Smash’ Cancer, but on Monday his loved ones revealed he had lost his battle against the illness.

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

“Today, we lost you in body and our hearts have broken into a million tiny pieces, but your beautiful soul will live on in the hearts of your Mammy, Daddy, brother Liam, all your family and the thousands of people you inspired every single day with your smile, courage, and strength.

His family said he inspired thousands in his short life

“You have achieved more in your three short years than most people do in 60 and we are so immensely proud of you. You fought so hard, like a true superhero, and hulk smashed your way through everything you unfairly faced.

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

“You have taught us, your family, so very much. You have taught us how to be brave, how to keep going when it gets really tough, you have taught us how to laugh and smile and the biggest of all, you have taught us how to love so very deeply.

“We are going to miss you so much and the pain of knowing that we won’t see your beautiful smile or hear you laugh again is unbearable.

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

His love of superheroes and children’s entertainer Blippi led to a fundraising campaign called Help Joseph Hulk Smash Cancer

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

Joseph became ill before the Easter holidays when he “turned grey” and struggled to stand up.

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

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

His mum, Katy Yeandle, said: “Finding out Joseph’s diagnosis was the hardest moment of our lives. Hearing that your child has an aggressive cancer with a poor survival rate is a feeling that can’t be described and a feeling that I wish no other family must endure.

“I have tried to think of the words to describe that pain and gut-wrenching feeling, but nothing will ever come close. We couldn’t understand how this was happening to Joseph, in fact the odds of him getting neuroblastoma was harder than winning the lottery. Why did this happen to our sweet and beautiful little boy?”

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

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

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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