LITTLE Paige Williams who touched the hearts of thousands has lost her battle with a brain tumour.
Tributes have been pouring in for the brave three-year-old from Prestatyn who died on Sunday just months after being diagnosed with a grade three glioma in her brain stem.
Paige's story inspired a massive fundraising drive which saw family, friends, Journal readers and members of the community raising more than £40,000 to send the cartoon loving toddler to Disneyland in Paris for a once in a lifetime trip to meet her heroes.
Mum Rebecca Williams and dad Michael Rider have been left devastated by Paige's loss.
Rebecca thanked Tiny Tots nursery, Paige's CLIC Sargent nurse, Gail Waring and Jeanette Barlow, who helped organise a Disney-themed fun day in her honour, and everyone who was involved in the fundraising.
Family-friend Gail, of Colin Drive, Rhyl, said: "It is so sad. Paige touched the hearts of so many people. Everyone is devastated. People are heart-broken, even those who didn't know her.
“Paige inspired so many many people to do so much. She brought everyone together.
“She was very brave and always had a smile on her face.”
Tributes to Paige have also been left on social networking site Facebook.
Her funeral will take place on September 25 with Paige's family asking those attending not to wear black.
Tiny Tots nursery in Prestatyn led the fundraising and Paige and her family made the dream Disney trip to Paris only last last month meeting a host of her favourites including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
Nursery owner Tina Jones said: "We're totally devastated. We're just so glad to have been able to support the family throughout this."
The funeral will be held at Prestatyn Parish Church at noon with family flowers only and donations to Ronald McDonald House and CLIC Sargent.