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Parents pay tribute to inspirational Sam
THE parents of a Ringwood teen who died earlier this month from a life-limiting heart condition have spoken of their ‘inspirational’ son.
Sam Cheetham, 15, who had idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, meaning that his heart struggled to pump blood through his lungs, leaving him at greater risk of heart failure, passed away at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Saturday, September 7.
His parents, Karen and Tim, have spoken of the pride for their son and his dreams of one day becoming an engineer in Formula One racing.
In a joint statement, they said: “Sam was a much-loved son and brother, a real character and an inspiration.
“He packed so much into his life and didn’t let his condition get in the way of trying everything from skiing to sailing and wakeboarding.
“Sam’s dream was to become a Formula One engineer and he was thrilled to meet the drivers and engineers behind the scenes at the British Grand Prix last year.
“Despite all the challenges he faced, Sam was determined to help other children at Great Ormond Street Hospital and put his all into fundraising.
“We are so proud of him, and we’ll miss him every day.”
Tim Johnson, chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital, also paid tribute to Samuel.
He said: “Sam was an inspiration to everyone who met him and we will always be tremendously grateful for all the ways he supported the charity.
He added: “He spoke of his experiences at many of our fundraising events, encouraging people to dig deep and helping us raise more than £620,000 to help patients and families – a truly incredible achievement.
“Sam will be remembered by all of us as bright, fun, determined and generous. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
His funeral was held on Friday, September 20, at Poole Crematorium and was attended by his family and school mates from Ferndown Upper School.
For more information on Great Ormond Street Hospital, go online to gosh.org and to learn more about Sam’s condition, go to phassociation.uk.com
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