Young cancer patient who met Tebow passes away

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Blake Appleton, Tim Tebow

Blake Appleton, Tim Tebow

A nine-year-old boy whose courageous battle with cancer drew the attention of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, lost that battle on Tuesday.

Blake Appleton passed away at his mother’s home in Lake Wales, Florida, his family confirmed.

In a Facebook post, Miranda Appleton wrote: “Heaven just got a lot brighter. Blakey has earned his wings. Blakey was a fighter to the very end, he fought with hope, love, faith and courage.”

Blake underwent 20 operations and dozens of rounds of chemotherapy after doctors discovered a large tumor in his brain in 2008.

He met Tim Tebow, his hero, before a Broncos game in Denver last December.