My cousin Ali Hassan passed away in June 2017, he was diagnosed in August 2016 with MDS. This was a very difficult time for the family let alone imagining what Ali was going through.
However, throughout this time Ali Hassan was admitted at the Christie's Hospital he was so brave and strong, Ali Hassan was a very quiet and humble person, at the hospital everyone fell in love with his personality from the consultants to nurses, cleaners to the kitchen staff. Ali had an ore about him that I can't describe, he had a kind soul and heart of gold, Ali Hassan lived to help others.
Throughout his illness and treatment, the journey was full of emotions such as pain, tears and love but this bought our family together, we never believed he would pass. Even when he was told that he had two days to live Ali smiled, the family broke into pieces but Ali Hassan blossomed.
Ali told his mum that he wanted her to thank everyone for their efforts from the consultants to the cleaners. When his time finally came and he passed on it felt like the whole world stood still there wasn't a single staff member who didn't shed a tear for him. After his funeral we got together as a family and thought what would Ali want, what would he have done? The answer was clear the words Thank You or a box of chocolates weren't Ali Hassan's style, we decided to raise as much money as we can in hope that we may be able to contribute in saving a life or even making lives better.
To do this we held several different events; a fun fair day with different stalls, a charity bike ride and a skydive. A lot of money was also donated by family and friends, the love and support we received was amazing and our purpose was fulfilled. We wanted to create awareness, encourage others to do the same and most importantly make Ali Hassan proud. He was our motivation behind this, he may not be here in person yet he still continues to change lives and help others through us. Ali Hassan has changed our lives and taught us how to live we can't thank him enough.