Kate Middleton and Prince Williams have mourned the death of Fabian Bate, a young cancer patient. The 12-year-old boy desolately lost his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Nov. 9, 2014. He died during the celebration of the Britain's Remembrance Day, when the Royal family was commemorating the martyrs. Read on for further details.
A royal spokesman said this weekend: "The Duke and Duchess are sad to hear the news and their thoughts are with Fabian's family."
According to Daily Mail, the royal couple met the courageous youngster at Royal Marsden Hospital in 2011 when he was nine. They kept in touch afterwards with him through letters after their official hospital visit. In Oct. 13, 2011, Middleton wrote a letter to Fabian after meeting him, stating how she was moved by his "strength of character" and his "positive energy."
The letter written on St. James's Palace letterhead and signed simply "Catherine" was full of encouraging words. The emotive first letter to the young boy read: “Despite the enormously demanding course of treatment you are undergoing, I was so touched by your strength of character and delighted to hear the news that one of your big sisters will be able to donate bone marrow to you later this year."
“This must be a troubling time for you, your parents and your sisters, but I left The Royal Marsden assured by how incredibly talented, kind and clever the teams at the hospital are… Keep up the good work on the blog and, in the meantime, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers,” the Duchess concluded.
Duchess Kate and Prince William both sent two more letters after this to support him. His parents have also revealed that the letter will now be laid to rest alongside young Fabian.
It was also reported that Fabian was diagnosed with the disease in 2006. He underwent three years of chemotherapy treatment before going into a diminution. Sadly, the cancer worsened. He underwent a bone marrow transplant with his sister Cassia as the donor. Fabian died at home in Hampton Court, Surrey, surrounded by his parents and three siblings.
Fabian’s parents Lydia, 53, and Darrell, 52, have told Mirror of how their young son was strengthened by the Duchess’ correspondence.
"Just having the memory that the future King and Queen are rooting for you is pretty awesome to have in your armoury and for keeping your child going in the dark times. I want Kate to know that it wasn't just a letter, it was a message that meant so much. It has stayed with him and it is staying with him now that he is departed,” told Darrell to the Mirror.
Fabian’s family have set up a trust fund in his remembrance to aid families dealing with childhood cancer. For more information on how to donate, please visit the official site of the trust: www.faith4fabian.com.
May Fabian's soul rest in peace.
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