Dad shares heartfelt goodbye to Sam Martin
HIS story touched the entire Sunshine Coast community but sadly Sam Martin lost his battle with cancer overnight.
The Coolum State School eight-year-old captured the hearts of Coolum as he battled the final stages of an aggressive form of Fibrosarcoma.
Sam was diagnosed with the cancer in July 2013.
After sharing Sam's story, his family quickly learnt they weren't alone through a Facebook community that's been inspired by the child's fight for life.
Last night Sam's dad Mark Martin shared a heartfelt goodbye to his son with more than 5000 followers on the page Sam's Journey.
"It is with mixed feelings that I write this, immense sadness and extreme pride...Immense sadness in that Sam passed away peacefully at 19.47 last night at home with Tanya, Ella, Roxy and I by his side," he said in the post.
"Sam simply drifted off to sleep without any further pain, anguish or suffering which is a blessing given what the little guy has been through the last 14 months.
"Extreme pride in Sam, for enduring what he has with little to no complaint, for his ability in bringing together a community in such a positive manner, for being the greatest son a parent could wish for, for being that spark that ignited all those around him, for being just SAM.
"Extreme pride in our beautiful daughter Ella. Ella has been the unsung hero of this whole deal. In her own special way she has been the glue that has kept us all together, her ability to lift both Tanya and I when we've had our moments has been priceless. While Sam has attracted a fair amount of our space and time over the past year and a bit the world better look out for this one, she has a fire, a strength and a determination that is scary.
"Extreme pride in my wife Tanya. To this day her strength and beauty blows me away and I could not have asked for a better partner to have walked the path we have so far. While the path ahead is daunting and unknown together I know we will be fine.
"While Sam is no longer physically here rest assured this won't be the last you hear of our special little man.
"Take care and well catch up again soon."
Earlier this week many of Sam's supporters came together for a paddle out at Coolum.
The Facebook support group also saw many community members lighting a candle each night for Sam and sharing a message of hope for him.
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