A 7 year old boy who inspired a town to recreate Christmas in October has died.
Evan Leversage passed away in his mother’s arms, surrounded by family at Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford on Sunday morning.
He had been battling with an inoperable brain tumour since just before his 2nd birthday, having endured 100 rounds of chemotherapy in a bid to reduce the size of the tumour.
However, despite the treatment, his family were told in September that the tumor had grown to a point where there was no further course of treatment available.
Once it became apparent that Evan would most likely not live to see another Christmas, his hometown of St. George rallied to put on a Christmas parade complete with Santa riding his sleigh and artificial snow around the boy’s home, gaining international attention.
In a statement released on Sunday, Evan’s mother Nicole Wellwood thanked everyone who was part of Evans journey, saying ”I feel so blessed to have had this sweet little boy in my life for the last 7 years. It was like he was put on this earth with a purpose to share his love and light with everyone who met him. While my heart has broken, it is slowly being mended by the outpouring of love and support that we have received at this time.”
While Evan’s dad Travis described the parade St. George parade as ”the most magical night of my life” adding that ”to see more than 7,000 strangers line the street for Evan and our family, their compassion really gave me a renewed hope that there is so much love in the world.’’
A foundation has been launched by the family to raise funds for research into childhood brain tumors.