PIKE CO., IN (WFIE) - Sad news to share.
Gage Besing's mother, Tiffany, tells 14 News that her son passed away early Thursday morning after being able to come home from the hospital for Christmas.
Before and after his March DIPG diagnosis, Gage Besing stole the hearts of everyone he met. At first, he was still able to do the things he loved physically but over time, he lost a lot of his abilities. Those challenges never affected his spirit.
Gage's story quickly spread, inspiring thousands of people including Brian Sullivan, who works with Trucks 4 Kids - a group that had fundraisers for the family.
"You just fell in love with him immediately," says Sullivan. "When you looked into his eyes, you just, sweet kid. He'd steal every inch of ya."
So to give back to Gage after all he gave to others, friends of the family are asking for only two things: awareness and support.
"Wonderful family, and they just need a lot of prayers and everybody stay with us, stay by their side and hopefully we can come together and beat this thing," says Sullivan.
DIPG primarily affects children and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 7.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gage's family.