Billy Lee, the young man who captured the hearts of thousands when his diagnosis with bone cancer prompted an appeal for a bionic leg, has died at the age of 21.
The popular trainee electrician had to have his leg amputated last year but community support for his Back On My Own Two Feet fund meant the money needed to buy him a prosthetic limb was raised in just a matter of weeks.
But on Thursday his family made a devastating announcement that Billy had passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday morning (May 17).
Anyone wishing to pay their respects is welcome to attend a memorial service for Billy at Wisbech St Mary Church on Saturday, June 4, at 11am.
Tributes have been pouring in for Billy, who worked for Bloom and Wake after studying electronics at the College of West Anglia.
Hundreds of people offered their condolences and left messages of support on the Billy Lee Walk On My Own Two Feet Fundraising Page on Facebook, from those who knew him and those who didn’t but said they had been touched by his story.
Billy’s mum Rebecca wrote in reply: “Truly touched and overwhelmed by everyone’s response.
“When I lost my darling boy I also lost a part of me and life will never be the same.
“Utterly heartbroken but seeing everyone’s posts and comments prove how special my ‘Billy Boy’ was to everyone that had the pleasure to be in his wonderful company.
“Thank you, it is of great comfort.”
Throughout Billy’s ordeal his mum and dad Spencer had praised their son’s optimism in the face of such adversity, but said losing a leg was a lot for a young man to go through.