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West York boy who inspired community dies after battle with brain cancer

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

An 8-year-old West York boy whose eight-month fight against cancer inspired his community died Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Hudsen Wolfe was 7 when he was diagnosed in January with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor.

Hudsen Wolfe, an 8-year-old from West York, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, after an eight-month battle with an aggressive brain tumor.

“My heart absolutely breaks for (Hudsen’s) family,” said West York Mayor Shawn Mauck. “They all fought very hard to battle Hudsen’s cancer.”

Mauck said he met Hudsen and his parents, Shawnta Ross and John Wolfe, during a fundraising event for DIPG research. He commended Ross and Wolfe for the amount of love, support and help they gave to Hudsen and other children and families struggling with similarly heartbreaking diseases.

“They are extraordinarily wonderful people,” Mauck said. “They did everything they could in their power to help their son. Their commitment to him and their family is amazing.”

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When news of Hudsen’s diagnosis spread, support and donations poured in from across York County.

West York Borough officials collected donations and delivered Valentine’s Day cards to Hudsen, volunteers sold blue-and-white “Team Hudsen” wristbands and T-shirts, and a Thomasville bakery raised money through pie sales.

Valentine's Day cards, bracelets, fundraiser forms and a money jar sit in the West York Borough building, ready to help 7-year-old Hudsen Wolfe, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

A GoFundMe page set up the week of Hudsen’s diagnosis has raised nearly $25,000 from more than 350 people to help with medical costs.

Mauck said he hopes residents will keep Hudsen’s family in their thoughts and continue to donate to cancer-research organizations.

“I hope we all continue to pray for a little bit of relief for them, that they can find some peace as the days come to not only mourn but cherish the wonderful memories they have of their son,” Mauck said.

Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory will hold a viewing for Hudsen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The funeral home is located at 1551 Kenneth Road in West Manchester Township.