Motorcyclists asked to accompany Sheffield boy on his final journey

The family of a Sheffield boy who lost a battle with cancer has issued a plea for motorcyclists to accompany the youngster on his final journey.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 15th December 2016, 9:01 am
Updated Thursday, 15th December 2016, 1:00 pm
Kasabian Newton-Smith

Kasabian Newton-Smith, who would have turned nine today, died last weekend after battling cancer for seven years.

The youngster, from Parson Cross, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was two and was given just a fortnight to live.

But brave Kasabian fought the illness and overcame a number of different forms of cancer, including a rare form of bone cancer, for which he was treated in America.

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In 2013 he was diagnosed with cancer in his neck and spine before developing inoperable brain tumours last year.

Last month his family was advised to bring his birthday celebrations forward when his condition deteriorated.

Friends and relatives tried to fulfill his last wishes, which included a meeting with his favourite footballer - Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

An online campaign went viral and Rooney, who was on England duties at the time, sent him a recorded message and a signed and framed shirt.

Kasabian's funeral, for close family and friends, is to be held on Wednesday, December 21.

A celebration of his life, for others who want to pay their respects, is to be held at the Wadsley Bridge Club, Halifax Road, from 5pm.

Motorcyclists who are able to accompany Kasabian on his final journey to Grenoside Crematorium should meet at the Civil Service Sports Club, Ecclesfield, at 12.30pm next Wednesday.

They will ride in convoy to the funeral directors in Wadsley, where the funeral procession will begin.

Motorcyclists are asked to wear something yellow, which was the bike-mad youngster's favourite colour.