Vigil in North Walsham after brave Ryan Wright dies

Friends gather at North Walsham market cross in memory of one year old Ryan Wright, who has lost his

Friends gather at North Walsham market cross in memory of one year old Ryan Wright, who has lost his battle with cancer.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Candles were lit and tributes left on a town centre market cross as dozens of people gathered this afternoon for a vigil to remember courageous Ryan Wright, who died early today.

Tributes to Ryan Wright, who has lost his battle with cancer.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tributes to Ryan Wright, who has lost his battle with cancer.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Little Ryan, 22 months, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends at just after midnight, at his home in Fairview Road, North Walsham.

Ryan Wright with his parents Hayley and Darren and brothers Keenan and Ethan at Christmas last year.

Ryan Wright with his parents Hayley and Darren and brothers Keenan and Ethan at Christmas last year. Photo: STEVE ADAMS

His death signalled the end of a brave battle against the rare cancer neuroblastoma, which was diagnosed when Ryan was seven months old.

He suffered a relapse last month when doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, discovered he had an inoperable brain tumour.

His parents Hayley and Darren Wright brought him home to care for him during his final days, before he died this morning.


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Mrs Wright said her son had battled to the end, surviving a week longer than the maximum two weeks doctors had predicted.

She said: 'He was so strong. He fought and fought until his last breath.'

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At 3pm, family friends gathered at North Walsham's market cross to light candles and lay tributes, including his favourite Mickey Mouse cuddly toys, flowers and messages.

Maz Stringer, one of the organisers of the vigil, said: 'We thought it would be a nice idea to do this. We just wanted people to be able to come and go and remember Ryan.'

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