A FAMILY has paid tribute to a man who lost his brave fight against leukaemia, aged just 27.
Sam Muldoon, a student at New College Stamford, died after a nine-month battle with the cancer a week before Christmas.
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”. She said he was a caring and generous son, brother and friend.
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 was an inspiration to us. He’s going to leave a big crater in our lives.”
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.
Sam was a committed member of Deeping Baptist Church and would assist in the preparation of services.
Mr Muldoon said much of Sam’s resolve 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.”
Sam, who had a brother James, 40, and sister Morag, 35, was also a volunteer at the Age UK day centre in Deeping St James.