He was suffering from terminal Osteosacroma and died on Tuesday surrounded by his family.
Rhys Langford, 19, donated $1,144 from his savings to help save six-year-old Jacob Jones. He began fundraising for the kid to potentially obtain neuroblastoma treatment in America. During this, Langford was undergoing treatment and chemotherapy for osteosarcoma, per Daily Mail. He thought he had beaten cancer after receiving regular treatments. However, last December Langford learned that his cancer has returned and this time it is terminal. His family revealed that the teenager died on Tuesday at his home after a long and fatal battle with the illness.
Rhys Langford closed his eyes for the last time last night.— Nathan Wyburn Artist (@NathanWyburnArt) February 9, 2022
Rhys’ legacy will forever live on in the memories of those who’s lives he touched, of which there were so many.
His selfless fundraising will help little Jacob continue his fight. £60,000 in his last weeks. More ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/x1xKcaPGat
His mother, Catherine Langford, shared the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post. She wrote, "Rhys Langford my warrior, my hero, my son, my baby, has given up his fight he lay down his sword and died peacefully at home with all his family around him he closed his eyes for the last time at around 7pm yesterday evening 08/02/2022. We are heartbroken my life will never be the same again a part of me has died also .. He battled a long hard fight...."
Jacob's family paid their respects to Langford in a statement to Daily Mail, "Jacob’s hero Rhys has sadly passed away, our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Fly high Rhys and we are all so proud and thankful for what you did for our Jacob."
Catherine revealed that Jacon and Langford had not met each other despite being from the same South Wales Valleys town of Ebbw Vale. Jacob was diagnosed with neuroblastoma but had been cancer-free for a year when his family discovered suspicious tumors.
Catherine spoke about the fundraiser for Jacob last month, "Rhys is bedridden now and he called me and asked me if I’d heard about Jacob, this little boy who was battling cancer again." She continued, "He said, ‘Mum, I want to donate some money to him. He’s six years of age and he’s been ill since he was two. I’d be over the moon if someone would save him.' He said about how sad it was and asked if he could donate money for him to go back to America for more treatment." He personally gave Jacob $1,144 from his funds, but he wanted to contribute more, so he asked his mother to create a GoFundMe page.
It really is with the heaviest of hearts that we tell you- Rhys Langford passed away yesterday evening after a long battle with cancer.— My Shining Star Children’s Cancer Charity 🌟 (@myshiningstaruk) February 9, 2022
Thank you all so much on behalf of his family for the support given to Rhys to reach his hero @KSI ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BMjMZZhR5k
According to his mother, Langford said, "There’s nothing more they can do for me so if I can help save this little boy." On the GoFundMe page, Langford has written, "I know nothing can be done for me now but as one of my many last wishes I would like to help Jacob and help him fight this awful disease. I know what the treatments and awful drugs does to your body! It’s hell." He added, "Jacob is now six and has been fighting this disease most of his life. It should not be this way! Jacob’s family are looking to raise money again for treatment. I have transferred £1,000 to Jacob’s family privately but its still not enough."
The GoFundMe page has been able to raise more than $72,000 until now.
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