Boy sent home to die escorted on motorcycle by 100 kind-hearted bikers

A boy sent home to die after battling a brain tumor has been given an escort of nearly 100 cyclists.

Tom Horne has an incurable brain tumor

A boy with an incurable brain tumor has been escorted home to his death by nearly 100 good-hearted cyclists.

Some of the motorcyclists had driven 400 miles just to escort three-year-old William Horne and his parents from Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff to the family home in Pontypridd, Wales.

The little boy’s father, Tom Horne, is a member of the Silurians Motorcycle Club and since his son always loved looking at bikes, he thought he’d see if any of his biker “brothers” would be willing to accompany the boy on his final ride.

After posting a call on social media, Tom was stunned by the reaction.

He told Wales Online: “I thought a couple of my brothers who weren’t working would come over and walk him home a bit. William always enjoyed watching and listening to the boys from our window,” he explained.

“Obviously my call got traction and all the other clubs took notice. We ended up having close to 100 bikes there. They just kept coming.”







Members of motorcycle clubs from England and Wales appeared.
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“Some of them had traveled 400 miles from England to get to us. It was totally mind blowing for me and it was an incredibly moving moment. The support from Outlaws MC, Valley Commandos MC and my brothers in Silurians MC has been amazing.”

The family made headlines in 2019 when William’s parents turned down chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, which doctors say could extend his life by two to three years, in favor of cannabis oil. Tom says that the oil helped stop the growth of the tumor for 18 months.

William, described by his family as a “bouncy and happy” baby, fell ill just after his first birthday with cold-like symptoms and an upset stomach. He then began to develop a sprained neck and his condition deteriorated to the point where he required a trip to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant. Within hours a CT scan was performed which revealed a rapidly growing cancerous brain tumor known as an anaplastic ependymoma.







William has endured a long battle with cancer.
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William was then transferred to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Wales, where he underwent two urgent operations to remove 85% of the grapefruit-sized growth. However, a biopsy confirmed that he was classified as stage three, which meant that he was located in both his brain and his spinal column.

To his parents’ horror, William was given a life expectancy of three months, which doctors said would be extended by about three years if he was given radiation therapy. However, the family rejected it in favor of other treatments.

“It’s impossible to explain the emotional pain you feel at a time like that. Words can’t do it justice. All I wanted to do was hug William and hold him, but I was afraid I might hurt him or dislodge the tubes and machines that I had”. connected,” her mom Kylie said.







Tom says that William has always liked to look at bikes.
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“He didn’t look like our William – he was on a ventilator and still fully sedated. My overwhelming emotion was total panic that just wouldn’t go away.”

Dad Tom also recalled, “The gravity of the situation was monumental. I had never felt anything like it. It was like the news took all the emotion out of me. I felt like a blank sheet of paper.”

The surgery left William unable to suck, swallow, speak, move his left side or open his eyes properly. But Kylie added: “We knew immediately that he was still in there somewhere. William had always had a strange obsession with navels and after the operation, he instinctively reached for his own. It’s a small thing, but it gave us hope.”







Some of the members traveled 400 miles to join the escort.
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As the weeks went by, Tom and Kylie began to adjust to the “new version of William” and made some small improvements in their communication. “Little by little he became more alert and learned to communicate the difference between happy and sad: a movement of the body for happy and a drop of the lip for sadness,” Kylie added.

During the first nine months of the covid pandemic, the family made the decision to live in a caravan on the grounds of the University Hospital of Wales so they could be as close as possible to William during his treatment. “It was me, Kylie and the four kids, we even spent a Christmas there,” Tom added.

The clutch went into gear in the caravan, so we were stuck outside the dialysis unit. Every two days I had to walk to Tesco with jerrycans to pour diesel and run the engines. It was pretty tough at the time, but we did what we could to stay together as a family. We finished a lot of puzzles and I had USB chargers in all the bunks, so we spent a lot of time watching movies on a small TV.”







William’s parents refused to treat him with radiotherapy in favor of cannabis oil.
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Instead of radiotherapy, the family opted to use cannabis oil to help William, and for 18 months his tumor did not grow. “We kept him in limbo when we constantly increased the dose of cannabis oil we were giving him, but then we decided to stabilize the amount of oil. It allowed the tumor to grow and work its way to the point that now nothing can be done about it.” the”. that.

We should have continued to increase the dose and now we are paying the price. But we managed to give him two years of good quality of life with his family,” added Tom.

Now William has lost all mobility and can only move his eyes. Staff at the children’s hospital said the best thing to do now is to send him home and let the family enjoy what little time they have left with him. On May 9, an ambulance took William, Tom and Kylie back to their home in Pontypridd, accompanied by a huge motorcyclist convoy.

Tom added: “I’m so proud of William and how strong he’s been, but to see his frustration at not being able to move is just heartbreaking.”

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