Two young brothers have been left without their parents after losing both of them to cancer within two months of each other.

Julia Watts, 47, passed away from breast cancer on March 10 and only 10 weeks later her 45-year-old husband, Jason, lost his battle against B cell lymphoma on May 15.

Dylan and Connor, 10 and 13, now live with their grandparents as the rest of their extended family help raise the young boys to have a normal life.

Their uncle, Shannon Watts, told Daily Mail Australia they were a very caring and loving family unit.

Mr Watts said his brother and Julia’s love and dedication to each other was something that would live on in their boys.

‘They taught their children to love one another and look out for each other in life,’ he said.

‘Family was everything to them.’

Mr Watts said Jason and Julia were the most positive and strong-willed people he had ever met.

‘They both only ever looked at beating this nasty horrible disease and not once did I hear them say the word death,’ he said.

‘Right down to the last 12 hours of Jason’s life, he was telling us that he will be going home in a few days and the cancer wasn’t going to beat him.’

In 2008, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer and went into remission for about two years until it returned.

Jason was soon diagnosed with B cell lymphoma and similarly went into remission but it returned.

Our thoughts are with the boys and the family at this terrible time.

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  • i hope that the rest of their family can re-build a decent life for them. It will be hard but i hope they can find the strength to be brave.


  • Two young boys have to cope with this double tragedy made even worse by the fact they watched both their parents suffer so much before they passed away. I hope everybody respects the boys’ and their relatives privacy. Hopefully they will all receive counselling to help them come to terms with the dreadful situation they find themselves in. I hope the boys never have to be separated.


  • Such devastating news. My heart goes out to the boys who will now have to grow up without both their parents at such a young age. It’s good news though that they will still have family members to help raise them. Be brave boys and know that your Mum and Dad loved you very much.


  • How sad and devastating for the boys to go through. Hope and pray they find the comfort and strength in their parents positive few on life. One thing struck me in this story and that is that both parents only ever looked at beating this nasty horrible disease and not once did they say the word death… Just hope they did talk with their kids that it was possible they wouldn’t win this fight and somehow prepared them on the possibility of their death, otherwise these kids might well struggle a lot to come to terms with this.


  • Great wishes go out to these young boys – they have known of their mother and father’s courageous struggle for life and how much they loved them – hopefully this will see them through with the supportive help of the grand parents and other extended family. RIP Jason & Julia.


  • That is enormously sad. It’s good they have other family support.


  • What a horrible thing for the boys to go through. Thoughts are with them and their families.


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