Josh Wilson inspired his loved ones to set up a charity in his name which raised money for a family room in a new cancer suite at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
But sadly the 14-year-old lost his battle on Monday after long-standing medical problems caused by surgery to remove a brain tumour.
His devastated mum Dawn Fidler confirmed the tragic news, tweeting: “My superhero is sleeping now, no more pain big man, thank you for teaching us to smile xxx #hero @JourneyJoshuas #SuperJosh”
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity has raised £100,000 since launching to celebrate the Manchester youngster’s 13th birthday.
Dawn and Josh’s dad Colin said: “We are totally devastated by the loss of our boy who passed away peacefully at home on Monday evening and are immensely proud of his strength and determination to make everyone around him happy.
“We are missing him so much already but he’s sleeping peacefully now and no longer has to suffer the pain and discomfort he’s lived with for so many years.
“We will never be able to say a big enough thank you to all our family, friends and everyone who has touched Josh’s life for all the love, generosity and support they have given us over the last 10 and a half years of Josh’s journey.
“Josh was so proud of his charity and all the fun events and being able to help other children have been a massive drive to keep him going since we were first told he was passing last Christmas.
“Rest in peace big man, we love & miss you so much. Thank you for everything you’ve given to us, you’ve inspired the world with your smile & strength and will always be remembered xxx.”
On December 16 last year fundraisers climbed 13 of Birmingham’s tallest buildings to the 13th floor for the Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Centre Appeal.
Josh was first diagnosed with a brain tumour at three and a half years old.
From Christmas 2013 his mum was told seven times in eight months her son only had 48 hours to live, yet Josh defied all odds, and turned 14 this year.
• To support Josh’s charity go to www.joshwilsoncharity.org.uk