Jackson Byrnes passes away after brave fight with tumour
CASINO teenager Jackson Byrnes has passed away after a long battle with an aggressive brain tumour.
Friends of the family confirmed Jackson passed away this morning at Casino Hospital.
Since then, tributes have flooded in on social media.
The 18-year-old was diagnosed in March this year after his family noticed he had a slight limp on his side.
MRI scans at the Lismore Base Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital revealed a large brain tumour.
The only hope was to appeal to the country's top brain surgeon, Sydney-based Dr Charlie Teo.
However the highly technical surgery came at a cost of $80,000 which the family and friends had less than a week to raise,
Overwhelming community support saw the $80,000 target reached and exceeded and the surgery was successful, removing more than 95% of the tumour.
Despite the success of the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, new growths formed and ultimately took the young man's life.