‘Sassy and brave’ – Tributes to schoolgirl ‘always smiling’ during cancer battle

The family of a ‘sassy and brave’ schoolgirl who tragically died following a cancer battle told how she was ‘always smiling’.

Darcy Wilcock, eight, from Small Heath, battled a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue undergoing treatment for the last 11-months at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Her loved ones created touching memories during the last four-weeks of her life, taking her on trips including Cadbury World, West Midland Safari Park and a seaside holiday to Skegness. She tragically died from a brain tumour at home on Friday, July 16.

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Darcy with her Cavapoo puppy called Teddy

The youngster – described as a “popular, cheeky and outgoing girl” – is due to have an orange-themed funeral as it was her favourite colour.

Darcy’s uncle Mark Wilcock, 36, from Sheldon, told BirminghamLive: “She was sassy, brave and outgoing. I used to call her ‘the cheeky one’.

“She was always pulling pranks on me, ringing me up and putting on voice with a cheeky little laugh.

“She had such an amazing personality. She had no fear and was always smiling. I knew her as ‘smiler’ and people also used to call her a ‘warrior’.”

Dancy had courses of chemotherapy, but doctors found she later had an incurable brain tumour.

“The hospital said the only thing they could do is give her radiotherapy, but she wouldn’t leave the hospital again,” he said.

“So we made the hard decision as a family that we want her at home and to make memories while she’s still here.

“When we were told there was nothing doctors could do one of her final wishes was to go to Skegness.

“Coming up to the last few days we did as much as we could with her. Her life hasn’t even really started yet. It’s such a cruel world we live in.”

Mark said she loved dancing, TikTok videos and Bruno Mars and her family got her a little dog Cavapoo puppy called Teddy.

'Sassy and brave' - Tributes to schoolgirl 'always smiling' during cancer battle
St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School organised ‘Darcy’s Day’ for their much-loved pupil

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, where she attended in Yardley, also organised “Darcy’s Day” where pupils wore orange t-shirts on Monday, July 19.

Her family would now like donations of orange balloons, which will line the route a horse drawn carriage will take on the day of her funeral.

“What we’d like to do is arrange for orange balloons to line part of her final journey from her mum’s to the church and Woodlands Cemetery,” he added.

“We wanted to get as many orange balloons on the route as possible as orange is her favourite colour.”

Darcy’s funeral is due to go ahead on August 6. Loved ones said immediate family members and teachers will attend Holy Family Church in Small Heath first and then friends can follow in after.

If you can help her family with orange-themed donations, please contact Mark on: 07969 545 925.

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