Little cancer victim: Grieving joburg family show how they'll cherish him forever

By YOU
28 July 2017

"You were just the loveliest, with the most beautiful heart!"

Little Jacques Esterhuizen (7) from Johannesburg, lost his battle to cancer on 9 July, but his family will cherish him forever.

A cast of his hand stands alongside the urn with his ashes in the front portal of his parents’ home and a special garden has been planted for him in the front yard.

Jacques had cancer thrice, but unlike the previous two occasions, he couldn’t beat the disease again.

Jaco (37), Lizel (31), Jacques, Rian (5) and Carika (2) had casts made of their hands five days before Jacques’ tragic death.

“We had the casts made a few days before Jacques went to heaven. This afternoon, we received the urn with his ash and our church gave us the beautiful candles,” Lizel wrote on the Facebook page, Gebed vir Jacques (Prayer for Jacques).

On Tuesday, Lizel shared a picture of Jacques’ garden on the Facebook page.

“Your garden looks beautiful, Jacques. Grandpa put the birdhouse on a stand. It’s going to look so beautiful once the flowers bloom and the birds gather to eat. All it needs is a water bowl,” reads the caption of the picture.

Following Jacques’ death, many friends and family gave the family pot plants and even trees. Lizel then decided to make him a mini-garden.

“We also planted the two rose trees, the fig tree and the olive tree,” Lizel says.

“Jacques, my love, God made us out of dust and as dust we will leave the earth, with many memories. You were just the loveliest, with the most beautiful heart!

“We will keep you in our hearts forever and we thank the Lord for the time we had you with us here on earth. You made our lives colourful,” she writes with the photo of the cast and urn.

Jacques was diagnosed with euroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2013. Since then, he beat the sickness twice with the help of chemotherapy.

In November 2014, test results showed that he was in remission. But a few months later, in April 2015, the cancer returned.

The following year, in September 2016, test results showed, once again, that the cancer was in remission.

But in December 2016, Jacques had another relapse and his condition deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t walk any longer.

Jacques was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in January 2017.

“His brother and sister miss him terribly. They regularly ask where he is,” Lizel told You.co.za on Wednesday.

“Jacques’s condition deteriorated quickly when we took him to the Wits Hospice on 1 July. He was only discharged two days later. On the way home, we stopped at an arts and crafts store and bought the material. The casts were made five days before his death.”

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