Cade Watts dies, son of former football player Jason Watts cause of death explained


 Cade Watts dies, son of former football player Jason Watts cause of death explained

Cade Watts is the 15-Year-Old son of former Werribee and Western Bulldogs star, Jason Watts. He passed away after a long struggle with illness. Let’s see what happened to him, the cause of his death, and Cade Watts’s illness story in this article.

What happened to Cade Watts?

Eastlake Demons Football Club posted announced the passing news of Cade Watts on their official Facebook page, and the statement reads the following,

The Eastlake Football Club extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to Jason and Anita Watts and their family on the passing of their son Cade (pictured right) aged 15 after a battle with cancer. Jason is a 2001 premiership player and Anita was a member of the women’s team. Jason and Anita were very active in the club and made a significant contribution off the ground as well as on it. Our thoughts are with Jason and Anita in this very sad time.

Tina Bampton, Cade’s Fund Organizer statement

It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that the beautiful Cade gained his wings on Friday the 3rd of February. He was courageous until the very end. Anita and Jason and the boys are so very grateful for the amazing support you have shown them. Cade was able to spend his last weeks at home with his family and have them by his side. Cade also got to spend time with his best mates in the city which his mates will treasure forever. There are no words to thank everyone whose donations made this possible. Take care and thanks again for your support.

Who is Jason Watts?

Jason Watts was a highly capable small forward whose tally of 44 goals in 1996 was good enough to top Footscray’s list. He joined the Bulldogs from Werribee where he had played 16 VFA games and scored seven goals in 1992-3.

After his stellar ‘96 campaign, he dropped down the pecking order and played just five more senior games over two seasons. All told, he made 57 appearances for the Bulldogs and booted 51 goals.

Watts spent 1999 with Eastlake in the Canberra league. He later coached Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League clubs Red Hill (in 2011) and Mount Eliza (in 2012-13).

Cade Watts cause of death

As per Cade has started receiving chemotherapy for his uncommon and aggressive cancer. We hope to raise $1100 to send Cade and Jason on a hot air balloon flight above Melbourne thanks to the generosity of friends, past teammates, and members of Werribee FC.

Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma

Cade is 15 years old and, in May 2021, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the bone and soft tissue. When first diagnosed, multiple tumors were discovered and Cade immediately embarked on an intensive regime of chemotherapy and radiation for nine months.

Ewing (YOO-ing) sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. Ewing sarcoma most often begins in the leg bones and in the pelvis, but it can occur in any bone. Less often, it starts in the soft tissues of the chest, abdomen, limbs, or other locations.

Cade showed grace, determination, and an attitude that was extremely mature for his age. His favorite saying, when faced with treatments and procedures, was “It is what it is!” and was just happy to be alive. Never wavering in his positive attitude.

Chemotherapy Treatments

First-line chemotherapy worked and Cade was considered to be in remission after 9 grueling months of treatment; Cade’s family was told that the odds of his cancer returning were very high; however, always remained hopeful. Cade had his porta Cath removed; his hair started to grow back, and he started back at school and began to enjoy life again.

Devastatingly for Cade and his family, after only 5 months recent scans revealed that metastatic tumors had returned. Cade is currently back on a toxic chemotherapy regime which his Oncologist has made clear is not a cure, it is palliative only.

Exploring more treatment and giving Cade the optimal ability to battle and fight this awful disease comes at a cost. Research into different treatment regimens and clinical trials in Australia has drawn a blank and is unfortunately not an option, they simply do not have any!!! Novel clinical trials exist only overseas, and these are expensive and are likely to be $500K or more. How much is a life worth?

“Cade’s strong fight with cancer”

During Cade’s battle with cancer, his family has exhausted all of their savings. Anita (his mum) has decided to dedicate herself to Cade’s care, doing his chemotherapy from home and ensuring he has everything he requires. His parents and brothers want quality time with Cade and, with costs accumulating, this has added an extra layer of stress for the family.

We would also love Cade to experience some ‘firsts’; he has started a bucket list of things he would like to do. At 15 years old, Cade should be attending school, playing sports and just being a teenager. Instead, he is battling this relentless disease every single day and struggling with his own mortality.

We are reaching out to you, to please help Cade and his family to find a way to beat this despicable disease or allow his family to spend as much time as possible with Cade without financial worry. If you are unable to donate, please share this GoFundMe so that we can look for a cure and help Cade with his bucket list. We won’t give up!!

Funeral Arrangements

If you would like to celebrate the life of our beautiful son and brother Cade Watts, please see the service details below.

Date: Friday the 10th of February

Where: Frankston Arts Centre

Address: Davey Street, Frankston

Time: 2 pm

You are then invited for refreshments at Frankston Dolphins Junior Football Club.

To honor Cade, please wear a touch of blue (his favorite color) If you would like, please bring a sealed personal message in a card or letter for the family to read over the years. A memory box will be provided at the service.

Private burial/cremation

Condolences posted on social media

Western Bulldogs posted,

Vale Cade Watts. We send our condolences to the family + close friends of Cade Watts, the son of former player Jason Watts, who sadly passed away last week following a brave battle with cancer. Cade is a Bulldog through and through – whose passion for the Club will live on.

Alan Bampton posted,

Didn’t want to give the wrong impression with my previous post. Just lost the most beautiful young man just shy of his 16th birthday. No more pain beautiful Cade Watts. You have your wings now

Ron Fowlie posted,

Sincere condolences to the Watts Family and Eastlake Football Club from associates of the Queanbeyan Tigers.

Vicki Maree wrote,

Devastated to hear of Cade’s passing. What a privilege it was to see his love of the Footscray Football Club firsthand. An impressive young man who displayed such strength and determination throughout his battle. Sending sincere condolences to his family at this sad time. Rest in peace, Cade


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