Charlie, in his own words, was "Epic". He didn’t do things by half!
Charlie had a love of gaming and was a huge football fan (he a dedicated supporter of Crystal Palace FC) both of which he continued to enjoy despite being so unwell. He even got over to Selhurst Park to see his beloved team play with the support of the CPFC Disabled Supporters Association.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of Sarcoma tumour in February 2018 after we noticed what looked like a cyst on his spine. When he was given an MRI it showed that the tumour had wrapped itself around his spine and was compressing his spinal cord.
Charlie showed such strength, such fight and such determination to fight such a cruel disease but in the end it was just too much. He defied the odds by learning to walk again. He lived for longer than even the doctors expected.
He is and always will be my little warrior, my champion and my super hero.
We, as a family are just glad, and proud, to call him a son, a brother, a grandchild.
He will be greatly missed by myself, Sarah, Rae, Matthew and Owen. It hurts right now but we know in the weeks, months and years to come, we can look back on his short life with such fondness and happiness.
Throughout everything he would still laugh and make jokes about his condition but most of all he fought with such determination and always with a smile on his face and a glint in those beautiful blue eyes of his.
We love you buddy and we always will.
And you were right......you were Epic!
Words by Charlie's Dad Jon, just 24 hours after Charlie passed away aged just 15.