Kailem, loving larrikin

HE WILL BE MISSED: Kailem Barwick with his dad Tony Barwick early last year, shortly after he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

HE WILL BE MISSED: Kailem Barwick with his dad Tony Barwick early last year, shortly after he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Kailem Barwick was a torment, someone who was always happy and a man who loved his family.

Kailem Luke Barwick died on Thursday, aged 19, after a battle with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

His grandmother Helen Rushton said Kailem was a man of amazing strength.

“He was a torment, he was a happy-go-lucky kid, he loved to go hunting, and he loved his dad. He really loved his dad. He even asked his dad to be best man when he got married,” she said.

“He was a beautiful kid. He was the best kid.”

On November 27, Kailem married Brandi-Lee Wadwell, in an intimate ceremony.

One eye will be looking down on us. We're going to miss him like crazy. - Helen Rushton

Ms Rushton said it was a special moment for the whole family.

“He hung on for the wedding. He hung on,” she said.

Brandi-Lee posted a heartfelt tribute to her husband on Facebook on Thursday.

“You're the brightest star in the sky tonight, I'll be looking for you for the rest of my life. I love you Kailem,” she wrote.

His dad Tony Barwick said simply: “I love you mate. See you later.”

He was one-of-a-kind, a cheeky bloke always there to help out, said friend Kirrily Bloink on Facebook.

“Everyone who knows you would agree that you were a top bloke and had the best sense of humour, such a funny person to be around, always doing something out of the ordinary to keep everyone laughing,” she said.

Kailem’s story has touched all of Dubbo since he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at the end of 2014.

The disease affects mainly children and adolescents, and accounts for one per cent of childhood cancers.

After leaving school, Kailem joined his father in the family plastering business, however it was put on hold as he underwent extensive treatments at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

“People who don’t even know him have followed his story on Facebook,” Ms Rushton said.

The grandmother said she was happy Kailem’s pain was finally over and he could be at rest.

”One eye will be looking down on us. We’re going to miss him like crazy,” she said.

A date for the funeral has yet to be set.

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