By Juli McDonald

BOSTON (CBS) – Carson Lane has a sweet smile thinking of his mom, Courtney, watching him from heaven. No more pain, no more cystic fibrosis.

“She was brave, having to go to the hospital and getting needles in her everyday,” the 7-year-old from Manchester said.

This brave boy lost his brave mom one week ago. Courtney was just 25-years-old. It’s a grief no child should face.

Carson Lane (WBZ-TV)

“One of the last things I said to her when I said goodbye is your son will be loved and supported and cared for. That’s my vow to you,” said Courtney’s aunt, Lisa Lane McCarty.

Now the community is wrapping their arms around the family. They’ve received messages and cards from strangers states away.

“They sent me a Celtics hat and a basketball hoop,” Carson said.

Carson and Courtney (Family photo)

To basketball stars themselves, supportive tweets from Marcus Smart, who lost his mom, and Carsen Edwards. Isaiah Thomas sent an autographed jersey. Soon Carson will attend his very first Celtics game at the Garden thanks to generous fans who shared their tickets. Tremendous kindness for little boy who’s shown big strength.

“Courtney is smiling down and saying thank you to everybody. It just lifts your spirits that this still exists in the world. People want to help other people,” Lisa said.

The GoFundMe that once went toward Courtney’s care, will now help Carson. You can find more of the family’s story and information on how to support him here:

Carson loves to receive mail. If you’d like to send him a message, his aunt Lisa will make sure it gets to him.

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