Chicago boy with cancer dies just shy of 6th birthday

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Lucas Bear Cervone
Lucas Bear Cervone
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CHICAGO -- A 5-year-old Chicago boy with an incurable cancer died Sunday, just shy of his 6th birthday on May 7, according to a post on a Facebook page following his progress.

Lucas Bear Cervone, who battled cancer for most his life, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2.

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"At 506pm CST, Lucas BEAR took his last breath. He is cancer free and no longer in pain," read the Facebook post.

His family had held a party for him on Saturday because they worried he might not make it to the big day.

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Cervone was flooded with birthday cards in the last week after news spread that cards and letters would help him during a difficult time. The Chicago UPS Store where the cards were delivered was running out of space because so many letters were sent.