Tributes after Jack, 10, loses cancer battle
5:40pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular local youngster who died last week after a brave battle against a rare form of cancer.
Ten-year-old Jack Gow died peacefully at his home in Monington, near Cardigan, on Thursday, and the local community, which rallied to raise funds for his treatment, has been saddened the news.
Jack, the youngest of five siblings, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of cancer in 2011, when he was eight years old.
Jack was referred by the NHS for specialist new treatment in Oklahoma, which is not currently available in the UK.
He was believed to be the first child from Wales to receive this type of treatment.
Local people set up a fundraising team to support the family and organised various events to raise funds towards the eight weeks of treatment in America.
Friends, neighbours and local organisations raised hundreds of pounds towards the appeal.
Jack’s family said they were “overwhelmed” by the support they received for the Let’s Help Jack appeal, which enabled him, his parents Andy and Sylvie and siblings to fly out to America.
The head teacher at Jack’s primary school in St Dogmaels has paid him a moving tribute.
Elinor Thomas said: “It is with great sadness that Llandudoch School pays its tribute to Jack.
“He will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, his lovely smile and for his love of football.
“He was a valued child of this school much loved and will be greatly missed.
“In his short life, Jack has been a wonderful friend to many and a great pleasure to have in our school.
“It is not how long we live, as how well we live, and this was true of Jack.
"Rest peacefully in God’s love.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to Jack’s family at this sad time.”
A public funeral service will be held on Monday, at St Brynach Church, Nevern at noon, followed by a wake at the Trewern Arms, with an ‘odd socks’ dress code.
Children are welcome and are invited to wear onesies.
The family have asked for no flowers but donations if desired to LATCH, the children's cancer charity or the Dreams and Wishes charity,
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