A seven-year-old “warrior” who captured the hearts of the nation with her brave cancer fight has died – 14 months after being diagnosed with the deadliest childhood cancer.
Adorable Edie Jackson was just six years old when she was dealt a devastating blow in November 2019, and diagnosed with a high-grade Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
The cancerous tumour is the deadliest form of childhood cancer – with an average survival prognosis of just eight to 12 months.
Edie’s plight captured the hearts of celebrities including Made In Chelsea’s Nicola Hughes, and TOWIE’S Amber Dowding, who got involved with fundraising to send Edie to New York last March for costly clinical trials.
But despite raising almost £300,000, and Edie managing to undergo the intense, targeted chemotherapy in the States, the youngster, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, lost her cancer battle yesterday (Tues).
Edie’s aunt, Emmie Adams, announced the news on the Edie’s Fight Facebook page this morning (Weds).
She wrote: “It is with an indescribable sadness and a deep sense of pride that we write to tell you that Edie, our Warrior Princess and the bravest girl we know, passed away, surrounded by her loving family at 5.30pm yesterday.
“We are sad because she is no longer with us, although our seven years of beautiful memories of her will always live on, but also proud at the life she led and the legacy she left.
“Edie united the most amazing community around a cause you all held so dear and we want to thank you all for the support and strength you have shown us – we could not have done it without you.
“Edie is forever seven. She will never be forgotten and leaves the biggest, Warrior Princess shaped hole in all our lives.
“We will take some time to begin processing this devastating news and will update on arrangements for a celebration of her life in the coming days.
“Grief leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
The Edie’s Fight Facebook page had garnered almost 6,000 members – and dozens of people have already paid their own tributes to Edie.
Sally Holloway commented: “RIP beautiful brave princess Edie. You were an inspiration and a fighter who will never be forgotten.
“My heart and thoughts go out to Edie’s unbelievably amazing, brave and strong family, that did everything in their power to help Edie to try and fight this.”
Lyn Long wrote: “One of the bravest little girls I know who put up the biggest fight. Sweet dreams Warrior Princess.”
And Lesley Reynolds posted: “My heart goes out to you all, thinking of you all. RIP brave beautiful Edie, heaven has gained the most beautiful and brave girl, sweet dreams.”
Edie leaves behind mum Lois, 39, dad Craig, 40, and big brother, Charlie, 10.