Dad said goodbye to his two-year-old son who succumbed to brain cancer – just six months after his mother’s death.

Sara Chivers learned she had developed three brain tumours in March last year – just months before she and husband, Leigh, would learn that their youngest son, Alfie, was also battling brain cancer.

When her own treatment began to fail, she turned her attention to preparing her young family for life after she was gone, penning a beautiful letter to her “proudest accomplishments”. (read her letter here)

Sara sadly passed away, aged just 34, on January 28.

But on Monday night, less than six months since Sara passed away, Leigh revealed Alfie had died.

Taking to social media to share a photo of Alfie, he wrote: “Rest in peace little man, we love you forever.”

Tributes and condolences began to pour in for the brave toddler and his loving dad.

Rest in peace little man, we love you forever ❤️❤️❤️

A post shared by Leigh Chivers (@leigh_chivers) on

Our thoughts are with Leigh at this heartbreaking time.

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  • So sad for the father to have to lose two of his loved ones so closely together. Hope he is getting lots of help.


  • Oh my what a sad situation for the dad. So much sadness for one family.


  • So very sad. Unfortunately we are not the ones who decide which genes are passed on to our children.


  • Heartbreaking ! My thoughts & prayers go out to this dad and the wider family & friends.


  • So very hard to deal with one tragedy like this, but two?


  • What a horrible tragedy for this family. So unfair.


  • Terrible that brain cancer stole away two people so important in his life. :-(


  • This was very hard to read, I feel such deep sadness for the father and other relatives. :( my heart goes out to Leigh


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