Adam Watson: Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ Banbridge 9-year-old after death from leukaemia

Tributes were paid to the “inspirational” 9-year-old Adam Watson after the Banbridge boy passed away on Wednesday.

dam was the inspiration behind his family’s charity B-Positive, which supports people living with acute leukemia while the boy himself battles the disease, when he was diagnosed in 2019 at the age of seven.

In 2020, Adam completed his last chemotherapy regimen and ended his treatment, but he relapsed just three months later.

A cord blood transplant at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital last year was also unsuccessful.

According to an obituary, Adam passed away peacefully at home surrounded by parents David and Sara.

Tributes from across Northern Ireland were bestowed on the boy for his significant fundraising efforts.

The Downshire Guiding Star Flute Band celebrated Adam as a “star”.

“The band is devastated by the news today of the death of Adam Watson following his long battle with cancer. Adam and his parents Davy and Sara are longtime friends and big members of our band family,” they wrote.

“Family has been at the heart of all the charity work we have done over the past decade and the dedication and effort they have put into helping others is remarkable.

“The fact that during their toughest struggle as a family they started B-Positive, a charity to help others in their position, is a testament to the Watsons’ kindness.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David and Sara and the entire family at this time. Adam’s story and the way the family faced the disease so bravely will be an inspiration to others who find themselves in the same situation.”

Football club Glenavon also posted a tribute from their academy page.

“The Glenavon FC Academy is deeply saddened by the news that young Adam Watson passed away this afternoon,” they said.

“Adam and his family are the driving forces behind the charity B Positive, which has supported and encouraged the Academy over the past few months.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David, Sara and the extended family at this time.”

Family friend Colin Girvin shared a poignant video of the boy in happier times playing in the garden.

“Sadly Adam lost his greatest battle with cancer this afternoon,” he wrote.

“Adam, you are now free of all pain and are now in Heaven’s playground. Adam was with us only a short time, but his legacy will live forever.

“To David and Sarah, Adam could never have had a better mother and father.”

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.

“Will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his mother, father and the entire family circle,” the statement added. Adam Watson: Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ Banbridge 9-year-old after death from leukaemia

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