Heartfelt tribute to young victim of leukaemia
TRIBUTE has been paid to a “caring” and “courageous” man who lost his fight against leukaemia, aged just 27.
Sam Muldoon died at Spalding Johnson Community Hospital after a nine-month battle with the cancer a week before Christmas Day.
Family members have described Sam, who also had Down’s syndrome, as an “inspiration”, not just for his fortitude during his treatment, which included 12 bouts of radiotherapy as well as chemotherapy, but also in overcoming the challenges of his lifelong disability.
His mother Lynn (66), of Ascendale, Deeping St James, said she felt “humbled” by Sam’s strength of character, describing his battle against leukaemia as “very courageous”.
His father Paul (67) said: “He never complained at all.
“He never said ‘why have I got this’ or anything. “He just got on with it.” He added: “He has been an inspiration to us. He’s going to leave a big crater in our lives.”
Sam was a student at New College Stamford.
Despite his learning difficulty, in 2009 he achieved a prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
As part of earning the award, which he received in a ceremony at St James’s Palace from TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson, in London, Sam had to demonstrate a range of outdoor skills during a week-long camping expedition in Norfolk.
Mr Muldoon spoke of his pride in seeing his son receive the award, putting it alongside his other son and his daughter’s graduations from Cambridge and Sheffield Hallam universities respectively. He said: “It was terrific. “To us, it was as good as a graduation.”
Sam was a committed member of Deeping Baptist Church and would assist in the preparation of services.
Mr Muldoon said much of Sam’s re- solve came from his faith - a strength his family shares.
He said: “It gave him the assurance when he did die he would go to Heaven. That’s the assurance we have got as well. That’s what has given us so much comfort, knowing where he is and we will be there too having trusted in the Saviour as well.”
During his treatment for leukaemia, Sam’s family would read him stories from the Bible.
Mr Muldoon said: “Even when he was really in the thick of it that always settled him very well.”
And despite contracting the disease, the family’s faith remains undiminished.
Mr Muldoon said: “We have never asked ‘ why’. God is sovereign and the fact we know where his spirit has gone is the biggest comfort we could have.
“We have had tremendous support from church friends, not just here but from far and wide.”
He added: “If we had not got our faith we would be in absolute bits, no two ways about it.”
As well as helping prepare for church services, Sam would further show his generous side by volunteering at the Age Concern Day Centre, in Deeping St James.
Mrs Muldoon described him as “very gentle”, “loving” and “caring”.
She said: “He would ask people how they were. He would pick up on me if I was unhappy.”
Mr Muldoon describe him as “a very happy man”.
He said: “He was always smiling. People called him “Mr Happy”. A lot of people said he was a lovely man.”
Sam is also survived by his brother James (40) and sister Morag (35).
A service of thanksgiving for Sam take place at Deeping Baptist Church, in Bridge Street, tomorrow, at 3pm, following his cremation in Peterborough.
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award: Sam Muldoon receiving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at St James’s Palace in London.
inspiration: Sam Muldoon, pictured on holiday in Canada, who has been described as an “inspiration” by his family.