Tributes to Barrow teen cancer victim
Last updated at 16:11, Thursday, 03 October 2013
A POPULAR Barrow teenager who battled pelvic cancer has been described as a “gentle giant” who was loved by everyone.
Dominic Walker lost his brave fight on Tuesday and his mum said the 19-year-old never lost his sense of humour.
Lindsey Walker, 41, of Parker Street, Barrow, explain how the former pupil of John Ruskin School, Coniston, became ill about six months ago.
She said medics initially thought he had arthritis. He went through dozens of tests until five weeks ago he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer where cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue.
She said: “He was admitted to Christie Hospital in Manchester five weeks ago yesterday. He had a tumour in his pelvis, which fractured his hip bone, and another one behind his lungs. He ended up paralysed and was on a ventilator for the last 20 days. He didn’t respond to the chemotherapy. The hospital were amazing as were CLIC Sargent,who were the best people ever to me and Dominic.
“He was a lovely, funny person. He loved playing practical joked on his family, even at the end.”
Tributes have flooded into Mr Walker’s Facebook page as he was a well-known face around town and known affectionately as “Dancing Dom”.
Miss Walker added: “We have had some amazing messages from his friends. Dom was a very, very, very amazing person.
“He was a gentle giant. He would do anything for anyone and never judged anyone.
“He was just a real, genuine guy who was loved by everyone.”
His 15-year-old sister Niamh Walker said on behalf of her and little sister Keira, 10: “Dom was a lovely boy, he would never ever hurt a soul. People called him the gentle giant, he was one of the most loving people I knew.
“He was my big brother and I’ll never be able to replace him but what I can say is that there will be a place in our hearts for him forever.”
His aunt, Anne Hall, said: “It was a privilege to spend his last nine days with him, and he never ever lost his sense of humour even know he couldn’t talk. He was brave and I’m very proud of him.”
Close friend Nathan Lippett, 21, said: “He was an amazing person and always made everyone smile.
“Me and my other friend Paul were very close to him.
“He was a really, nice, genuine guy and a great friend.
The family has asked that people attending his funeral wear bright clothes. A date has not been arranged as yet. Donations will be collected for CLIC, which supports children with cancer and their families and The Christie, in Manchester.
First published at 16:06, Thursday, 03 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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RIP young man.You have left people thinking how to be the best they can. You have shown us all with a smile.Long may your memories last.
Shine bright Dom, you were an amazingly positive chap, and for that I will not forget you
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