Grief as Lee, 8, loses battle for life
TRIBUTES have been paid to Lee Belgium, who has died after a three-year battle with cancer.
Eight-year-old Lee, from Lyde Green, was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2016 when he was just six, and had been going to Bristol Children’s Hospital three times a week to have chemotherapy, steroids and a new trial drug.
His family raised nearly £80,000 in four months in the hope that Lee could go to Turkey with his mum Clare Boxall for a treatment trial and a bone marrow transplant, which they hoped would save his life.
However, the plans went on hold when superhero fan Lee developed an infection. He died on April 6.
Clare told the Voice: “Lee died from a horrible fungus infection that took over his beautiful face and throat.
“He fought so much – his little body was tired.”
Since then, there has been an outpouring of condolences from those who were giving the family moral and financial support.
Many shared their feelings on the Fight for Lee’s Life Facebook group, which has over 3,000 members, with people praising how hard the youngster had battled against the odds.
Supporters of Lee and his family described the youngster as “a hero” who would be loved and missed, with one saying: “You will be remembered always, little Lee.”
Clare and Lee’s dad, Simon, plan to set up a charity in Lee’s name, using the money raised for his treatment, after giving him a fitting funeral.
They joined family members, friends and medical staff outside of Bristol Children’s Hospital, where Lee died, to remember him with a vigil two days after his death. Rows of flowers were left near the hospital’s entrance and candles were also lit in his memory.
Sports clubs have also paid their respects, with Mangotsfield-based Cleve RFC, Yate RFC and Wotton RFC holding a minute’s silence before their matches.
Lee’s funeral was due to be held at Westerleigh Crematorium on April 27.