Family, friends and supporters of Ethan Maull released 1,000 balloons at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday, May 11, in memory of the inspirational 10-year-old who lost his battle with cancer.
Ethan, who was from Torksey near Lincoln, was diagnosed with a rare form of Osteosarcoma, a children’s bone cancer, when he was 8 years old.
Over the last two years his foundation has raised almost £100,000 for cancer research and accommodation for patients who travel long distances.
The balloon release and vigil on May 11 saw hundreds of people pay their respects by donning bright colours.
After a few words of remembrance by Reverend Canon John Patrick, Subdean of Lincoln Cathedral, balloons bearing the Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ Foundation logo were released into the sky.
Family friend Di Fell (Belle) said: “Sam, Darren & Ben would like to thank everyone for their kindness and love for Ethan. He was their golden boy – kind,funny, bright, courageous and inquisitive.
“He never let his illness get him down and stayed positive right until the end when he fell asleep for the final time snuggled up with Sam and Darren.
“They are immensely proud of everything he achieved in his short life, especially the Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ Foundation which will continue in his memory.”
After the event she added: “The balloons released tonight were all filled with love.. One more angel in heaven, one more star in the sky.
“It was a wonderful sight, so colourful and vibrant just like Ethan.
“Sam and Darren have been reading the messages and comments and are overwhelmed with the kindness and love sent to them via Ethan’s Facebook page. It’s been a great comfort to them.”