Bravest 4 year old loses cancer battle

By MORGAN TAIT

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Hawke's Bay's bravest 4-year-old, Lincoln Roberts, has passed away in his mother's arms after losing his battle with cancer.

The Hastings boy died at home in Flaxmere on Wednesday night surrounded by family and friends, after a two-year battle with myeloid leukemia.

In April, Lincoln's mother, Nancy Himiona, launched a campaign to make the last weeks of his life as enjoyable as possible and to leave behind happy memories for his eight siblings.

His grandmother Susan Himiona said last night the family were heart-broken, but supporting each other and remembering their "strong little man".

"Everyone is very sad," she said. "Very, very sad.

"He went very peacefully in his mother's arms, but my gosh, what a strong little man. The amount of things that he has been through my gosh, we are grateful he lasted this long."

Facebook page Lincoln's Courageous Journey, documented the family's plight during his illness, and yesterday was brimming with tributes for the youngster.

"Rest in peace our boy," said Angel Himiona. "You're the strongest 4-year-old Aunty knows and you've fought a wild battle.

"But the fight is over, no more hurting and no more pain for you little guy. ... Love you so much."

Tracy Berghan said: "You fought a brave fight little Linky. You touched many hearts with your determination, your smile and your personality in your short time. You are loved by many, fly high Linky, soar with the eagles ."

Hawke's Bay Today highlighted Lincoln's plight and received many offers of support, which were passed on to his mother.

Since the campaign was launched public support overwhelmed the family and Lincoln rode in fire engines, went to the speedway, paddled a waka and had exclusive access to Rainbow's End theme park in Auckland.

The Child Cancer Foundation sent Lincoln and his family to the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier in a Hummerzine.

His grandmother said the memories created were priceless.

"It meant so much, they haven't got the words to express themselves, how grateful they are for everything that everyone has done for them.

"They are really blessed with what they have been given from everyone and don't know how to say thank you."

A funeral for Lincoln will be held tomorrow, but final details were yet to be arranged.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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