Adam Watson: Heartbroken family ‘plead’ with public to take part in weekend fundraiser after nine-year-old’s death

The heartbroken family of nine-year-old Adam Watson have urged those taking part in a weekend fundraiser to do so even after the Banbridge boy’s death on Wednesday.

Mother died at home surrounded by parents David and Sara from an aggressive form of leukemia.

He was the inspiration behind his family’s charity B-Positive, which supports people living with the disease, after battling the disease himself in 2019 at the age of seven.

A 24-hour walking challenge is held at the weekend organized by Wander für Little Heroes to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Fund.

Adam was the focus of the fundraiser, and now parents David and Sara have “begged” people to donate even after the devastating news of his death.

“Today (Wednesday) has proven to be the most difficult day of our lives as we said goodbye to our precious son Adam,” the family said in a statement.

“The 24 Challenge was inspired by Adam and through Adam he showed courage and determination to the very last second of his fight.

“As a family, we ask, indeed we beg, that you do exactly that should you participate in the challenge this coming weekend.

“The challenge must go on, that was Adam’s challenge, it was based on his story.

“Please support Stuarty and the rest of the organizing committee this weekend. Let’s see how much we can raise for the Cancer Fund for Children charity.”

Tributes for Adam came from far and wide across Northern Ireland, including DUP MP Carla Lockhart, who said her heart ache at the loss.

“Losing a child has to be the hardest thing in the world to come to terms with and sadly that journey for David and Sara has begun,” Ms Lockhart said.

“There are no words that can ever be spoken that will take away the hurt and pain but we only pray that they will be given the strength to get through the difficult times ahead.

“When I think of Adam, I will always remember him as a little warrior; someone who has fought his battle with great determination and inner strength.

“He beat leukemia once and fought so hard when he received the devastating news that she had returned. Unfortunately, it was just too much to defeat her again.

“I recently had the most humbling and memorable time with Adam introducing him to Secretary of State Conor Burns. Conor was so taken with Adam and his quirky sense of humour, knowledge of local and American politics that he visited again (earlier this week).

“Adam certainly made such an impression, and I know he has been, and continues to be, mentioned in the corridors of power in both London and Washington as we seek to create real change for children and families who are opposed to this.” Feared fighting disease.”

A funeral notice confirmed a service for the boy will be held at Seapatrick Parish Church on Friday at 12.30pm, followed by a dedication at Banbridge New Cemetery. Adam Watson: Heartbroken family ‘plead’ with public to take part in weekend fundraiser after nine-year-old’s death

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