8-year-old Josh Adcock loses battle with disease

POSTED: 5:44 PM May 10 2013   UPDATED: 6:00 PM May 10 2013
8-YEAR-OLD JOSH ADCOCK
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

A little boy with a magnetic personality battling a rare form of dwarfism has passed away.

The parents of 8-year-old Josh Adcock wrote a message to friends, family, and loved ones on their website Thursday; we spoke with their pastor, who says the family simply asks for prayers.

A little boy with a contagious smile, 8-year-old Josh Adcock was diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism causing kidney failure, bone marrow failure, seizures, strokes, and a shortened life expectancy. "Things that most people won't face in a lifetime, he's faced several times. He came through those with joy and a smile on his face," said Pastor Jon Reed of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church.

The happy-go-lucky little boy who captured hearts across the Tri-Cities passed away Thursday afternoon. "I think every single person in the community knows of Josh and knows Josh's story," added Pastor Reed.

That's because the entire community rallied behind the little boy and his family from T-ball tournaments to parades, even fundraiser breakfasts.

We were at one in February 2012 where folks were hoping to raise money for a kidney transplant. Click here to read more about it.

For months Josh had been sleeping while hooked to a dialysis machine. The family has spent the last few months making trips back and forth from Vanderbilt Hospital.

During this struggle Pastor Reed says the Adcock family used a verse from the Bible as their rallying cry. "Though we're separated from each other, once you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us and our God will fight for us," read Pastor Reed.

Funeral arrangements are still in the works, but we've learned the service will be at Boone Trail Baptist Church.