10-year-old St. Jude patient featured on CNN dies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

10-year-old St. Jude patient featured on CNN dies

(Source: Save Josh Facebook) (Source: Save Josh Facebook)

A 10-year-old boy with a big battle to face and an even bigger heart died Thursday morning.

According to Fredericksburg.com, Josh Hardy passed away at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Hardy fought several life threatening illnesses since he was just 9 months old. He was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called a malignant rhabdoid tumor.

Click here to read more about Josh's story.

His family started the Facebook page "Save Josh" a few years ago while trying to convince a drug company to give him an experimental treatment for a virus he contracted during a bone marrow transplant. The page continued to share updates on Josh's story and encourage followers to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The post alerting followers of Josh's death was solemn, but it carried messages of hope.

"This is a time for heroes, the post read. "We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. We will do what is required. We will find a cure."

A day after his death, the group posted a photo of him smiling--a poignant reminder of the joy he spread around him wherever he went. The group also changed their profile picture to one of Josh posing in an army uniform--a fighter to the end.

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