By: Newsroom Staff on 09 May, 2014 09:23
OSCAR Knox, the brave little Bhoy from Belfast whose courageous fight against cancer touched the hearts of the Celtic Family, has passed away at the age of five.
At this desperately sad time, the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are with his parents, Stephen and Leona, his little sister, Izzie, and all of his family and friends.
The devastating news was announced by the family this morning. They said: ‘Our beautiful, amazing and much-loved son, Oscar James Knox gained his angel wings yesterday afternoon. Sleep tight little man Xx.’
Oscar was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, back in November 2011. And over the next few years, his courage, bravery and spirit inspired people throughout the world.
The Celtic Family responded to the fundraising appeal of Oscar’s parents, and more than £600,000 was raised to fund specialist treatment for Oscar.
And last July, when Belfast side, Cliftonville, came to Glasgow for their UEFA Champions League qualifier, Oscar proudly donned his green and white Hoops and led Celtic out before the game as team mascot alongside captain, Scott Brown.
Sadly, towards the end of March this year, Oscar’s condition deteriorated, and his family announced that he was moving into a hospice.
Celtic’s recent home game against Ross County saw supporters offer a minute’s applause during the match in support of Oscar as fans sent their best wishes to the brave little bhoy and his family.
Sadly, on Thursday, Oscar lost his battle with the illness that he had fought with incredible bravery for one so young.
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “This is absolutely devastating news and our thoughts and prayers are with Oscar’s parents, Stephen and Leona, and his little sister, Izzie, at this desperately sad time.
“We can’t even begin to understand the pain of their loss, but I hope that there will be a small measure of consolation in knowing that there was genuine love and affection for Oscar from the Celtic Family throughout the world.
“Oscar’s courage throughout his illness was truly inspirational, and it was a real pleasure for everyone at the club to meet Oscar when he was our team mascot last July.
“This is a very sad day for the Celtic Family but, more importantly, for the Knox family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them today.”