Thank you for visiting Michael's Memorial Donation page.
Michael was an autistic boy who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of nine. What followed was six years of treatment, hospitalisation, worsening disability, loss of vision, and all the anguish that came with it. Michael faced it all with a resolve that earned him much love and respect.
Throughout this time, every effort was made by so many to give him a better quality of life and to extend his life, but sadly his stem cell transplant gave rise to Graft versus Host Disease which led to complications that were ultimately unsurvivable.
It is our hope that we can channel some of the generosity and benevolence shown by many, many wonderful people into providing a contribution to ongoing research, so that perhaps one day in the future, the outcome of new treatments might yield better results.
A bright spot in Michael's last week of life was the gift of a professionally written and produced audiobook in which he starred, which may well have led you to this page. If not, it's a fantastic short story well worth your time and can be downloaded to read or listen to from the following links:
Author Drew Wagar's website: https://www.drewwagar.com/elite-dangerous-saga/michaels-story/
Drew Wagar's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/drewwa/michaels-story-an-elite-dangerous-audiobook
Fantastic Books Publishing: https://www.fantasticbooksstore.com/michaels-story.html
Read more about how Michael's Story came to be here:
How a video game community filled my nephew's final days with joy - https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/jul/04/how-a-video-game-community...
If you'd like to know more about Michael's leukaemia journey or his life as a whole:
Michael's Journey (Facebook group): https://www.facebook.com/Michaels-Journey-436731506755743/
Funeral Eulogies: https://michael-holyland.muchloved.com/Lifestories
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