Woman uses photo of Wigan youngster who died from cancer to make money

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The parents of a young boy from Wigan who died from cancer have spoken of their disgust after a woman used his photo pretending he was her sick son.

Braiden Prescott’s mum Stephanie was alerted to a woman using a photo of her poorly boy, taken during his third battle with the disease before it eventually took his life in September.

The American woman was sharing it in a Whatsapp group and asked for well-wishers wanting to ‘send anything’ to address it to her son Blake.

In the posts she wrote: “There’s nothing worse than watching your baby fight for their life. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”

Braiden's parents contacted the woman who admitted using Braiden’s photo and apologised saying she ‘didn’t know the story’ behind it.

Braiden's family say what the woman did was unforgivable. Credit: MEN syndication

In a message to the boy's mother, she said: “I wish I’d looked into it because this never would have happened. I hit rock bottom the other day, my husband just lost his job and with Christmas right around the corner we had no way to make rent or pay bills and I guess I just wanted sympathy. It was a pretty pathetic way of doing it and I regret it to the full extent.”

But mum-of-three Steph, from Ince, Wigan, says what she has done is ‘unforgivable’.

Braiden battled cancer three times before it eventually took his life. Credit: MEN syndication

Braiden was just two years old when he was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma and despite treatment including chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and immunotherapy in America, his cancer returned for the third time at the end of last year.

Mel Barham reports: