It is with great sadness that we share this news with you. Taliq Davis, a Killeen boy diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer who became well known around the world after an appeal last year from his mother Tanisha for birthday cards to lift his spirits went viral, passed away on Friday according to KWTX.

Taliq's story gained world wide notoriety including meeting his hero Steph Curry last year after the community spread the word through social media about his condition and people from around the world sent him cards and gifts to lift his spirits for his birthday.

Since that time Taliq's condition worsened as the tumor in his brain began to grow again. According to KWTX, In February 2015, doctors diagnosed Taliq with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or DIPG, a rare form of cancer that affects the lower rear portion of the brain and causes the body's nervous system to lose function.

The Davis Family has launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for the costs of Taliq's funeral and there will be a fundraiser for his family on October 1st in Belton. The Townsquare Media Family sends its deepest condolences and sympathy to The Davis Family.