YouTuber PeeWeeToms Has Died After Brave Battle With Cancer
It's a sad day, as the YouTuber who goes by the alias PeeWeeToms has sadly lost his battle with cancer.
Breaking the news on social media, the family wrote: "After a long fight, Dans journey is over. He drifted away peacefully this afternoon and is now out of pain which is all we could ask for. He has inspired so many people and will continue to do so even after this sad day."
It was only three weeks ago when the 32-year-old named Dan revealed his terminal diagnosis, and yesterday his family took to his YouTube account to announce his death and offer up an inspirational message of hope.
Dan's parents, brothers and wife (and cat) all mused 'Don't give in, don't give up!' after delivering the sad news.
For those of you who hadn't been following, Dan had been sharing his cancer journey with his followers online since his diagnosis of a rare type of cancer called a sarcomatoid carcinoma back in 2015.
Offering hope to hundreds of followers, he shared his own personal experiences with the illness while posting information in blogs and Q&A sessions in a bid to help others, raise awareness about various forms of cancer and also urge viewers to be persistent at the doctors if they were suffering from symptoms.
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He truly was an inspiration, as can be seen in the video above in which his brother Matt says: "We really want to thank you, you've been so supportive of Dan's journey. We know how much he's helped all you people as well; words can't express how we feel right now, but I hope that we can continue our journey with you."
It must be a huge blow for the family and for the followers who had been rooting for Dan since the start. But it's a blessing he's no longer in pain and a blessing that he has helped so many on his journey - and will continue to do so even after his death.
Dan's YouTube channel description reads: "Be your own advocate, always follow things up yourself, persist, make sure they follow up regularly and that you don't hide symptoms. Explain everything even if it seems trivial!
"Don't be scared to get stuff checked, even if it's nothing it's better to be safe than sorry."
Hats off to the family for continuing this message of hope and faith. As his dad remarks at the end: "We want to keep encouraging you to keep going on, whatever place you're at, whatever the state of your life and your family, because that's what Dan would do."
Rest in peace, Dan.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/PeeWeeToms