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Grieving Parents Find Sweet Note From Their Late Son

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Leland Shoemake, from Pike County, Georgia, passed away on Friday, September 25, Fox 59 reported. The 6-year-old had been receiving treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for an infection from an amoeba called Balamuthia mandrillaris.


After his death, his parents Tim and Amber Shoemake returned home to pick out clothes for him to be buried in, according to a post on the Prayers for Leland Facebook page. On the kitchen table in their home, they found a note from their late son. The note said, “Still with you. Thank you Mom and Dad. Love. Good day.”



He was the light of our life and the center of this family,” Amber Shoemake wrote. “When Tim and I came home for the first time to get him clothes to be buried in, this is the note we found from him on the table in the living room. We have no idea when he wrote it but you can tell he was always a special child. We will love you forever Leland. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

Read Amber Shoemake’s full post here or visit the family’s GoFundMe page to make a donation. 

Originally published: October 1, 2015
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