'It means so much': Josie King's family remember Sunderland teenager as they mark two years since their loss

The family of Sunderland teenager have spoken about how much it means to them that their girl is remembered across her home city as they helped mark two years since she died of cancer.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 7:00 am

Josie King, from Thorney Close, died when she was just 15 after doctors had first thought she was clear of the Ewing Sarcoma bone cancer which had developed in one of her leg bones.

The Sandhill View student, who loved boxing and caring for animals, had helped other children through their treatment as she underwent her own programme of drugs and surgery at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

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Jessica King, sister of Josie King, with her 10-month-old girl Josie Rae, as they released ballons on Roker Beach.

Donna said: “All the family has done their own balloon releases as well.

”It means so much to us, because we don’t want her to be forgotten.”

Jessica added: “I want to do something so that Josie Rae is involved and it’s something we can do together to remember Josie, because she would have been the best auntie.”

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Josie King, pictured at home as she began her cancer treatment.

Josie also leaves dad John King, 53, and brother Jack, 16.

The anniversary was also marked by Josie’s friends, who gathered at Penshaw Monument, one of Josie's other favourite places, as they held their own balloon release.

The family invited everyone to light their own candle in her name at 7pm.

Jessica King has said she will make sure her daughter knows about her Auntie Josie.

Josie's family are in the process of choosing a memorial spot in a cemetery so that her family and friends have a place to leave flowers and spend time in a place dedicated to her, with her school already planting a rose bush in her memory, while Plains Farm Boxing Club has a bench set aside in her name.

Her loved ones are also busy planning to mark what would have been her 18th birthday, which would have been in December.

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Josie King pictured with her sister Jessica and mum Donna Doneathy.

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