Keagan Evans, whose battle against brain cancer touched many Red Deerians, has died from his illness.
The community came together when the then-16-year-old was diagnosed with terminal stage-four brain cancer in 2018.
A GoFundMe page set up by friends raised more than $30,000 for the Hunting Hill High School student and his family in 2019.
Surgeons were only able to remove part of Keagan’s brain tumour, so the teen began chemotherapy and radiation to gain time. He also began ticking things off his bucket list, which included getting a tattoo, driving a sports car and jet-skiing in Maui.
Keagan was able to travel to the Hawaiian island with his family through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Now, another GoFundMe fundraiser has revealed that Keagan has died from his cancer after a three-and-a-half year fight. His mother said he got his wish to die at home surrounded by family.
“The life of the party, the best at hugging, and the hero in our world… Keagan has gained his angel wings and we know the love is overflowing,” says a fundraising page posted two days ago, to help the family hold a celebration for Keagan.
“This page offers a place for those who would like to send financial gifts of kindness that will be used by Shannon (his mother) to help cover any costs she will incur associated with Keagan’s passing,” says the post.
Whatever money is leftover will be used to help Shannon, who has been off work, and his brother Logan “get back on their feet so they can face the world – a little scared but with a new guardian angel.”
As of Tuesday morning nearly $12,000 was raised.
A family member wrote on Facebook: “Our hearts are broken, our family’s missing a piece,” but will always be proud of Keagan, who “earned rest and peace” after his long cancer battle.