THE family of a little boy with an unmarked grave say they have been overwhelmed by support.
After Connor Cassidy, five, lost his fight with cancer in March, his devastated family launched a fund-raising campaign to give him a themed headstone.
Mum Elaine Fraser, of Barnes, is hoping to raise the £4,000 needed to pay for a Lightning McQueen headstone – Connor’s favourite cartoon character.
After appealing to Echo readers for help, the family have so far managed to raise £2,000 for the tribute which will stand at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery,
Elaine, 23, said: “After the story appeared in the Echo we had people knocking on the door and donating clothes for our car boot sale. Everyone seems to have known who Connor was and they’ve been lovely.
“One lady even asked for money instead of presents for a big wedding anniversary so she could donate to Connor’s headstone.”
The brave youngster died just short of his sixth birthday at home with his mum and her partner.
The Barnes Infant School pupil was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer which forms in nerve tissue, when he was just two-and-a-half years old.
Specialists think the youngster may have been born with a cancerous tumour in his chest.
After 17 months of treatment doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle thought they had managed to rid his body of the disease only for it to return three months later.
Despite trying a host of treatments, nothing could be done to halt the spread of the cancer which towards the end put so much pressure on his brain that Connor was unable to walk.
To help find the remaining funds, a fund-raising evening will take place at The Alexandra, Grangetown, on June 2 from 7pm-1am.
It will feature a DJ, buffet, raffle and auction.
Tickets are £5 on the door or you can buy them from Elaine on 07809 728770 or Kirsty Rodda on 07950 905779.
Anyone wishing to donate raffle prizes can contact the same numbers.