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An eight-year-old boy whose limp turned out to be an incurable type of cancer has tragically died with his dad revealing his son was more interested in his family's wellbeing than his own as he took his final breath.
Lego-obsessed Chandler Tran, 8, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma - a rare form of bone cancer - after he started struggling to walk in April and his parents spotted a pea-sized lump on his shin.
Chandler tragically succumbed to the cancer on Friday morning after battling the painful disease for seven months and his family decided to stop treatment.
His father Cong Tran, 42, told Daily Mail Australia that even as Chandler lay dying and in pain he was more interested in making sure his family was OK as he passed away.
'Chandler chose to leave us peacefully in his sleep at 2am on Friday, November 25, 2022,' Mr Tran said.
'He waited until everyone had come to say their goodbyes that day and then for mummy to go to sleep before taking his final little breath.
'We already miss him so much.'
Mr Tran said he was now telling Chandler's story to 'anyone who will listen' in a bid to raise awareness about osteosarcoma.
A family has been left devastated after their eight-year-old boy Chandler Tran (pictured) lost his battle with a rare form of cancer
Chandler threw himself into LEGO after his dire diagnosis, completing more than 30 sets and could recite the history of the company
Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer beginning in the cells that form bones.
It is most often found in the long bones, most commonly the legs, but sometimes the arms.
A GoFundMe page set up to help the family cover medical expenses and funeral costs has raised more than $100,000.
Mr Tran previously told Daily Mail Australia in in November the family originally believed their son had just bumped into something when they noticed the bump, no larger than a pea, on his leg.
'It was Good Friday and he had just finished up vacation care when he came home and we saw he was limping a bit,' Mr Tran said.
'We thought he must have bumped his knee or his shin on something but he told us that nothing had happened.
'It was just a little bump on his leg, like the size of a pea and I was poking it.
'I had a feel of it and it was quite firm but it wasn't causing him much pain other than when I was poking it so we thought let's sleep on it and see if anything changes overnight.'
His father Cong Tran, 42, (standing) told Daily Mail Australia the family originally assumed their son had just bumped into something when they discovered the small lump
After multiple scans, doctors discovered Chandler had osteosarcoma in his leg - a rare form of bone cancer - as well as cancerous tumours on his lungs
Mr Tran took his son to Fairfield Hospital, in Sydney's west, where he received an X-ray and MRI scan.
Results came back on May 4, confirming their worst fears that Chandler had a rare form of bone cancer in his leg, osteosarcoma, as well as cancerous tumours on his lungs.
Chandler began chemotherapy and was put on a limb salvage plan in an attempt to save his leg.
However, the cancer continued to spread and after his leg continued to deteriorate the family decided to make the difficult decision to amputate above the knee.
However as treatment continued Chandler's leg got progressively worse and the family made the decision to amputate it to remove the cancer
'We explained it all to Chandler and he was very understanding and knew what it was all about,' Mr Tran said.
'In the couple of days before his amputation he was having a good think about it and said he was fine with it. He was very good with that.'
Just before the surgery, Chandler asked his father to help him