Community mourns loss of 10-year-old Fredericksburg boy with cancer

Community mourns loss of 10-year-old boy with cancer

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A 10-year-old Fredericksburg boy who battled cancer for several years and spent time at St. Jude's Medical Center in Memphis has died.

Josh Hardy fought life-threatening illnesses since he was 9 months old, when he battled a rare kidney cancer called malignant rhabdoid tumor. Shortly after Josh was cured of the tumor, doctors discovered a pre-leukemia like cancer that required a bone marrow transplant.

Two years ago, Josh's family was able to convince a drug manufacturer to give him the experimental drug brincidofovir to help him fight off a virus he received during a bone marrow transplant.

His story of getting the drug and then returning home made national headlines, including being featured on CNN.

On Thursday, the "Save Josh" Facebook page said that Josh had died.

"This is a time for heroes," the post says. "We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. We will do what is required. We will find a cure. God bless his memory, and God bless you."

The post had nearly 50 comments with condolences from friends and family. Com

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