FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The 10-year-old Fairfield boy who was battling a rare, aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer passed away Tuesday evening after being taken off life-support.
Kyler Bradley was diagnosed with DIPG last October. DIPG is a fast growing type of brain cancer which mostly affects elementary school-aged children and there is no known cure.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma is the same form of cancer Lauren Hill battled.
"Kyler is now in heaven with God, celebrating free of pain and suffering," Bridgewater Church pastor Drew Wilkerson said.
Supporters of Kyler understood that the little boy didn't have long to live, as they gathered outside his home Tuesday in tears. Their prayer was that he would pass peacefully.
"He's touched so many lives and people just want to be there for them and do for them, so many people not just me. He has such a large circle," said Cathy Blevins, a family friend.
That was clearly evident as supporters gathered. In the crowd, to show her support, a mother who knows all too well the pain of losing a child to DIPG.
"From a parent's perspective, I've been there. It's amazing to have that kind of support to know that the community is rallying behind you and that you're not alone," said Tiffany Taylor.
Rebecca Bradley, Kyler's mom, posted to Facebook over the weekend that the Kyler was put on a ventilator after his heart rate went up and his oxygen level dropped.
Kyler's family took him off the ventilator on Tuesday evening, a few hours before he passed away.
"The difficult tragedy for all of us is to watch a 10 year old little boy struggle and to suffer, but the miracle here is how he has touched thousands if not millions of lives around the world," said Taylor.
He also was battling pneumonia in one of his lungs, according to Rebecca's Facebook post.
"I've never met a young person who's so strong. But I know I'll see him again and he will be well again," said Blevins.
Firefighters and community members came to support Kyler Tuesday night by holding a community prayer in front of his Hamilton home.
The Bradley's thank everyone for the support, prayers and love.
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