Isla’s fight has come to an end but her legacy will live on forever

February's issue of Blowing Bubbles is dedicated to brave Isla Caton

Gone but never forgotten. This issue of Blowing Bubbles is dedicated to brave Isla Caton.

We were – like the entire West Ham family – devastated to learn of young Isla’s passing last month, aged just seven, five years after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Isla’s story and her fight against the rare child cancer saw her taken into the hearts of not only West Ham fans, but supporters of football clubs across the world as well as dozens of former Hammers and world champion boxer Tyson Fury.

The fact that her battle had crossed fierce divides with support coming from the likes of Millwall too, further highlighted the depth of feeling towards her.

All too often supporters hail their favourite players as heroes but Isla was and will always be a true West Ham hero.

To bravely battle against the odds for so much of her young life, she will forever be an inspiration to us all.

Her legacy will be the huge amount of awareness she and her family and friends raised around this awful and rare disease.

I’ll never forget watching Mark Noble carrying her onto the field as mascot in 2018, or seeing Isla named in West Ham’s squad for the Premier League fixture with Southampton on Boxing Day, wearing the No12 shirt.

Memory of her will live on forever, and poignantly as her mum Nicola said recently: ‘No more pain, no more doctors and nurses being the only people she sees; Now she can be pain-free and have a childhood again in heaven.’

Everyone at Blowing Bubbles sends our deepest sympathies to Isla’s parents Nicola and Michael and her wider family and friends at this saddest of times. 

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