I have written so many posts about this young boy. I have shared the long road traveled from his diagnosis of Leukemia, through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow transplant, and infection. So many of you have walked that road along side me. I have tried to describe, as well as I could, the character that was Daniel, the boy behind the illness. Many of you may have even thought you ‘knew’ him to a small degree. Well today with the backing of his Mom and Dad, I will give you photos of Daniel. The boy who continues to live in the hearts of all who knew him.
This is the Daniel we all knew. The cheeky, fun loving, sports mad, handsome, outgoing, young boy, who lived twelve years of a charmed life before illness came his way. During that time he made an enormous amount of friends, who continue to be loyal to him today.
This day last year his junior school principle stood up at his funeral mass and said, ‘where ever Daniel was, there was fun’. His friend spoke another time and said, ‘No one will ever forget Daniel, for Daniel was unforgettable’. After we lost Daniel so many stories were heard, all with a common theme, Daniel’s zest for life, and mischief.
Daniel can be descibed in so many ways, a lovable rogue, a real charmer and great fun to be with. However as you can see by his photos, his mothers description is the most apt. For regularly on our walks together she describes him as ‘my beautiful boy’.
Yes indeed, he is a beautiful boy, and he is much missed today and everyday. I will leave him sign off on this one himself, in the photo of him which I love so much. Today many hearts around our village and beyond are breaking, remembering a young boy who was always larger than life.