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A mum has suffered unimaginable heartache after her five-year-old son died from a brain tumour earlier this week.
Milo Hughes was diagnosed with a brain tumour a mere few weeks after the funeral of his dad Ian, who also heartbreakingly died from the same condition.
The 49-year-old died in January 2020, just before his 50th birthday, with her youngest son Milo sadly dying on Monday, May 24, writes YorkshireLive.
Tragically, Ian's son and Milo's older brother Oscar, nine, also died from a brain tumour in May 2014.
It means mum Marie Hughes, 45, from Dunnington, York, has lost two sons and a husband to brain tumours in the past seven years.
The unthinkable tragedy has rocked the family and prompted an outpouring of support from the local community.
Marie and Ian had always spoken about taking their boys to America on holiday, but her husband and Milo's brain tumour battles – combined with the Covid-19 pandemic – forced them to put these plans on hold.
Now, friends of the Hughes family want to send Marie and her two children Seb, 17, and Lucas, 11, to the US, and in just over 24 hours, a fundraising appeal has raised in excess of £14,000.
Marie said: "We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of people who’ve been in touch since Milo died to tell us how much he meant to them.
"The support of our family, friends and the wider community means so much right now."
Oscar was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013 and went through months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. After he died in May 2014, his parents set up a charity in his name that focused on research into paediatric brain tumours.
So far, OSCAR's Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity has raised over £500,000 and funded numerous cutting edge research programmes, with Marie keen to carry on the fight in wake of the recent deaths of her husband and her youngest son.
Mum-of-two Zoe Rees-Gay, who has set up the fundraiser on behalf of Marie, said she and others were keen to give the family a break after "a terrible seven years".
"They have endured the worst heartbreak and heartache," she said. "Milo died on Monday and many people have said 'what can we do to help?'
"We'd been thinking about doing a fundraiser for a while and when I spoke to Marie she said that Ian and her had always wanted to take the boys to America.
"It happened really quickly. I put it out on Wednesday and the response has been incredible.
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"Holidays are expensive and I set the target at £15,000 but it won't just be for the holiday. It will pay for other things and now I just hope we can raise even more.
"People have been really generous and I really think it has just pulled on people's heartstrings."
You can donate to the GoFundMe to raise money for a holiday to the US for Marie, Seb and Lucas here.
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