Memorial fundraiser launched to remember brave Aston Clinton boy who battled cancer

The parents of a courageous Aston Clinton boy who battled cancer have launched a fundraiser for a memorial to keep his memory alive.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 3:31 pm

Brave Dylan Mitchell, eight, died on December 13 following a long fight with the disease, after being diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in May 2014 aged two.

The loving youngster was known for his fighting spirit and superhero t-shirts, and his parents Ed and Jess are grateful to everyone who supported his treatment fundraisers, which included a street party in Lime Grove, Linslade, in 2019.

They have now launched a fundraising appeal to create a memorial in the village, such as a splash park, so that Dylan is never forgotten.

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Dylan Mitchell

Dylan’s mum, Jess Mitchell, said: “Dylan was my son. He was the most loving child I have ever met. He would constantly tell me how much he loved me, hold my hand and cuddle me. He was also incredibly brave.

“He endured more in his short life than most adults will in a lifetime, and he endured it all with a smile.

“In between medical appointments, Dylan would attend Aston Clinton school with all his friends. He would pitch up for assembly, leave for chemo and be back in time for lunch. He would play football with his friends if the weather was good or play inside with play doh. He was never short of friends. After school he would run rings around his swimming teacher, often preferring to ‘teach’ with her rather than actually get wet himself.

“Outside of school and extra curricular activities, you could find him zooming around on his adapted hovercart.

“He’d play tag with his brothers and run rings around me. He was cheeky, playful and adorable. He was my son. He is still my son. Always and forever.”

The family wishes to thank the staff at ward 3 in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Kamrans, ‘picu’ at John Radcliffe Hospital, and staff at Surmons and Horwood Funeral directors in Crowel.

Dylan also leaves behind his two brothers Jake, 11, and Elliot, six.

>Symptoms of Medulloblastoma (a type of brain cancer) include: headaches, balance issues, and vomiting. To find out more, visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/childrens-cancer/brain-tumours/types/medulloblastoma> www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dylansmemorial