The brave kid who fell over while conveying the 2012 Olympic torch, however got up and continued with a big smile all over, has passed on from tumor. Kieran Maxwell had his leg removed in 2011, subsequent to being determined to have an uncommon type of bone malignancy matured only 12.

The next year, he was filmed staggering and tumbling to the ground while taking an interest in the torch relay in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.


At the age of 13, he dropped the Olympic Flame, yet captured hearts the country over as he valiantly carried on subsequent to being increased by security authorities.

On Friday, Kieran’s mum, Nicola, affirmed “with a heavy heart” that her child had passed away in his sleep, six years after his Ewing’s Sarcoma diagnosis.

In a heartbreaking statement on the Kieran Maxwell Legacy Facebook page , she said: “Unfortunately today Kieran at 5.26am gained his wings.


“He passed peaceful in his sleep. We are going to be continuing Kieran’s wish of providing research into Ewing’s Sarcoma through his charity.”

“I want to thank you all for the support you gave my boy while he was alive.”

Nicola, from Heighington, revealed that she had been wanting to take the kid to the silver screen to see the new Transformers film before his passing.


Kieran, a keen gymnast and athlete, was determined to have the aggressive disease in October 2010 and later experienced surgery to sever his leg beneath the knee. Seven months after the operation, he was announced tumor free. In 2012, he partook in the torch relay and tumbled to the ground because of his heavy artificial limb.

Their nice thought allowed the boy to be an “Normal kid”.


England’s greatest lottery champs – Colin and Chris Weir from Ayrshire, Scotland – had ventured into get him another, lighter prosthetic leg.

The couple – who scooped £161 million in an EuroMillions attract 2011 – found out about Kieran’s fight and gave a five-figure donation to purchase the limb outright.

Mum Nicola said at the time: “Kieran started yelling and dancing around when he heard. He couldn’t believe it. I am still pinching myself.”


“What they have done for Kieran will be a small drop in the ocean for them but for him it will change his life. He can go back to being a normal boy. He can be himself.”

“Words cannot describe what they have done.”

However, in May 2013, Kieran’s devastated family found his sickness had returned.


The young person experienced heavy cycles of chemotherapy, and in addition a stem cell transplant and an operation to remove some portion of his left lung.

Last October, he took in his disease was terminal.

Doctors said he had only weeks to live, but he went on to make amazing memories with his loved ones for a further eight months.


He decided against having any further treatment since he would not like to spend whatever remains of his life sick and hospitalized. He additionally needed to concentrate on “raising awareness of Ewing’s Sarcoma and improving the time it takes to diagnosis a child with cancer”.

Before his death, Kieran set up the Kieran Maxwell Legacy charity in a bid to fund research into the rare bone cancer.

Despite only being given weeks to live, Kieran fought on and had eight months with his family to make memories.