Celtic fan, 17, supported by Neil Lennon and Tyson Fury dies after cancer fight

A brave teenage Celtic fan sent support by Hoops and Rangers stars has died after battling a rare form of cancer.

Daniel Caplan, 17, died months after his shock diagnosis when doctors told him he was suffering from a rare and deadly brainstem (DIPG) cancer.

The young Celtic fan received messages of support from the team's manager Neil Lennon, captain Scott Brown and former Bhoys and now Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sponsored a fundraising charity match while boxer Tyson Fury also sent a message of support.

But his parents Brian and Alison have revealed the heartbreaking news that Daniel has lost his seven-month battle with the deadly disease, reports the ScottishSun.

They wrote: "Daniel was the bravest boy who dealt with such a terrible cancer, a DIPG brainstem tumour, the monster of all monsters in the world of cancer.

"He coped with his illness with courage and humour. He rarely thought of himself only those around him.

"We miss him more than words can say. He was the heart of our family. We are lost without him.

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"Dan Dan, we love you to the Moon and back. We are so proud of everything you achieved in your short life.

“Memories are not enough. We are devastated you aren’t here with us anymore. Our hearts are broken forever."

Daniel's parents are fundraising to petition for more research for childhood cancer research funding.

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They are being supported by the charity Finding Neuro, who aim to accelerate the development of new treatments for brain conditions.

A petition calling on the government to increase childhood cancer research funding received more than 100,000 signatures and was debated in parliament on Monday.

There is currently no known cure for the condition Daniel suffered from.

The charity match held in September raised more than £62,000 to support the fight against the condition.

It is believed a small funeral will be held on Friday following a drive-by at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow, where Daniel attended, to allow friends to say goodbye.

Only 10% of children survive longer than two years after being diagnosed with DIPG, and less than 1% survive longer than five years.

Finding Neuro hopes to begin a clinical trial within the next year to 18 months.

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