York County boy who inspired community dies from cancer


YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A grieving mother isn’t giving up her fight against cancer, even after it claimed the life of her son.

For more than half his life, 12-year-old Wes Pak fought stage 4 neuroblastoma.

“Whether it was Seaford Elementary School where he went, or strangers on the internet, or in passing at the grocery store, everybody knew Wes’ name, and they told us often how much he’s impacted them,” Pak explained.

10 On Your Side was there on his first day of school.

He was a little boy so full of life, but Saturday he stopped speaking and his heart started slowing down. 

“You could see he was struggling to breathe and he was just staring at us and I think at one point he was trying to say mommy. He reached out to us with his hands,” she recalled.

Pak admits, she never thought the day would come, but he fought until the very end.

“I always thought that Wes would be the one that would be the exception to the rule, that he would be the one that had the story he could share as an inspiration on how you can get through it,” she stated.

While Wes may not have been the exception, he still has an important story to tell, one she plans on finishing. 

“He taught me to fight through it and make sure that I use my emotion and direct it towards the kids that are still fighting,” she said through the tears.

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Krista says Wes’ final wish was to inspire people to clean the environment, so she’s challenging you to go out and pick up some trash to help the animals.

Wes’ family is also in debt from all of the medical bills. If you are interested in helping them, click here.

The 8th annual Wes’ Wish Toy Drive is collecting gifts for the event on December 4. You can call or text Krista Pak at 757-597-8886. 

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