Jacob Grecco lost his battle with brain cancer Tuesday night while awaiting a medical flight home from Germany, his support team Facebook page said.
The post read: "Jacob Austin Grecco entered into God's Kingdom at 9:26 pm. Jacob fought harder than 100 men. Jacob’s fight will not be lost, it’s just a lot of weight for one little boy’s shoulders to bear. So now it is time for him to rest, we will all be here to carry his strength forward into battle. To take what he has taught us and be better moms, dads, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to those in our own lives. We will live in the moment, not in the past, and not in the future. We will cherish those we love and have patience for those that test us. Jacob brought us together to fight with him, but now we must let our angel fly. Rest in peace Jacob."
Grecco was scheduled to be back home by Wednesday. Tuesday the family secured him a medical flight home.
Jacob Grecco's stepfather tells us small donations by a lot of people and Nazareth-based charity Angel 34 that were to pay for the medical flight from Germany.
"I've always tried to describe him as the straw that stirs the drink, he is always the one who's, he's sorely missed at the dinner table," said Mike Grecco, Jacob's father.
"He was very energetic, very creative, kind of the link between his older brother and his younger brother."
That energy started to fade last year when Jacob was diagnosed with brain cancer.
His parents tried every treatment available.
The community even raised $20,000 to help save Jacob's life.
"He went to Germany, as one last ditch effort," said Grecco.
"He was over in Germany for treatment for two weeks and he was supposed to be done on Saturday and started having complications," added Gary Gravina, Jacob's stepfather.
Grecco's family wanted to bring Jacob home to die, surrounded by his loved ones.
"We called every representative and senator within 100 miles," said Gravina. "We called the U.S. Embassy in Germany and nobody could help us. These friends of ours put the word out on Facebook. Friends told friends and they kept sharing it."
That sharing turned into donations.
"Thousands and thousands of people, five, 20, and 50 dollars at a time have pitched in over the past two days and got it together," said Gravina.
The boy who loves superheroes was expected back in the Lehigh Valley Wednesday afternoon but again, he lost his battle with glioblastoma Tuesday night.
"They opened their hearts and minds," added Gravina. "They love this kid. It's unbelievable."
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