Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer, died Thursday at 9:33 a.m.
"He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family."
Christopher was diagnosed in early January.
He was the first patient on record at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles — and among the youngest patients ever — to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital’s pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
As hospital bills begin to pile up, the Wilkes were overwhelmed by community support, which came by way of donations for medical bills and home-cooked meals for the whole family, Christopher’s father, Joe Wilke, previously told the Burbank Leader.
"I want to thank the community for their continuing love, prayers and support," Joe Wilke said.