Brave Luke loses brain tumour battle

Luke Collins with his mum Fiona. GM032801
Luke Collins with his mum Fiona. GM032801

A brave toddler has lost his battle against an aggressive brain tumour.

At just seven-months-old, Luke Collins, from Holystone, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour known as optic nerve glioma, that left him blind.

Luke Collins with his mum Fiona. GM032789

Luke Collins with his mum Fiona. GM032789

But after years of treatment and chemotherapy, the four-year-old passed away on Wednesday afternoon.

Mum Fiona said: “It is comfort to know that so many people felt love for Luke.

“Life today has been empty at times but I’m hoping Luke is now running, eating and seeing all there is to see in heaven.

“He has battled for nearly four years but with a cheeky smile and a glint in his eye. He had an inner strength that was incredible.

“Since the turn of the year he has suffered set back after set back which we all thought was another obstacle he would overcome.

“Three weeks ago he took a sudden and unexpected downturn and we have nursed him at home.

“He passed away whilst getting a cuddle off his mammy and he was comfortable and in no pain.

“Luke was an inspiration during his short life and his story has touched so many people. We are so proud to have had a son like Luke.”

Holystone School have a book of memories that will be open until Friday, June 20, for people to sign.