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Durham boy dies after battling cancer

Posted May 20, 2012

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— A 4-year-old Durham boy whom the community had rallied around in recent months has lost his battle with cancer.

Preston Winslow died Saturday afternoon, according to his family's website. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age two and got a bone marrow transplant, but last December he was given only months to live.

"Preston took his last breath and went to Heaven," his mother, Celeste Winslow, wrote on the blog. "We are deeply saddened, and although knew this would happen soon, we were not prepared to lose him today.

"He is the sweetest, strongest and the most amazing boy ever. We were so lucky to be his parents and to have him watching over us now."

Strangers and friends came together to make three of Preston's wishes come true.

In March, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow threw passes with Preston at a training facility in Tampa that Tebow co-owns.

Volunteers at the new Hope Valley Railway in Wake County finished winter maintenance early so that in February, the boy could sit in the engineer's seat of the 1941 steam locomotive as it rolled down the tracks.

Earlier, he got to go to Disney World.

"We are in disbelief that this is all happening for our son and what people are doing for him," Winslow said after her son's train ride.

Funeral arrangements haven't been announced yet.

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  • Mom V May 22, 2012

    Many people are here for a much longer time than this little guy and do not make half the impact he did. My thoughts and prayers are with the family on this little angel.

  • westernwake1 May 21, 2012

    Very sad. Sorry to hear this news. My best wishes and prayers to Preston's family.

  • lilreno is in the wind May 21, 2012

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • connieleigh4 May 21, 2012

    I so agree with you jlane19939! Wonderfully said!

  • jlane19939 May 21, 2012

    Sometime the shortest lives have the longest profoundly meaningful effects on people, it's amazing. Sorry to hear of the little guys passing.

  • smokeybear May 21, 2012

    This little man is in heaven now with the angels and the Lord.

  • sdegaetano2 May 21, 2012

    Preston touched us all at the New Hope Valley Railway, and it was an honor having him as our littlest engineer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • HowManyOunces May 21, 2012

    This absolutely breaks my heart.

  • simplelogic May 21, 2012

    Children who come into this world and leave so soon teach us so much about life and what's truly important. Their short lives are anything but wasted; their purpose is profoundly meaningful. God bless his brave soul and bring comfort to his family.

  • sssh.. whisper May 21, 2012

    Prayers to your family. Rest in peace little one.

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