After a long and drawn-out battle with cancer, well-loved Rutherford teenager Kallan Egar has passed away.
The 19-year-old died on Friday night, almost two years after he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
But his cancer journey started long before that. Kallan was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma at just 10-years-old.
He went through three months of chemotherapy and a major operation to remove the cancerous bone from his arm, followed by a prosthetic replacement and six more months of chemo.
“Everything looked pretty good,” Kallan’s dad Darren said. “He had his issues along the way, but for the most part he was cancer free for the best part of seven years.”
Kallan relapsed in December 2015.
It was thought he had pneumonia, but doctors later found the cancer had returned and was not operable.
The family began to mourn after the second diagnosis, but Kallan’s positive attitude held them together.
In his last months it was recommended for Kallan to enter into hospice care, but he decided to remain at home to be close with his family.
“He had determination and courage like no one else I’d ever seen,” Darren said. “He was so caring, he always had other people at heart even in his darkest moments.”
The talented lawn bowler and avid sports fan was the light in the life of Darren, his mum Karina and sister Shaylie.
“He meant the whole world to me,” Darren said. “He was such a funny kid, he had an infectious personality.
“He’s going to be sorely missed.”
Kallan’s story touched members of the Coalfields American Motorcycle Club, who held a fundraising ride for him earlier this year.
The ride raised $5500 to help Kallan finish his bucket list.
Members of the club will escort Kallan on one final ride after his funeral, which will be held at St Peter’s, East Maitland at 12.30pm Friday.