SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - This is a great picture of Robert Stephen Gilmore. The meaning behind it makes it even better.
"He really wanted to graduate last Thursday," his mom Wendy told Anchor Molly Grantham over the phone. "I believe he waited to get his diploma before really letting go."
Robert died Sunday night. His service is this Saturday, February 20th, at Livingstone College in Salisbury. Visitation at noon, funeral to follow at 1pm.
Last week's graduation was a major personal milestone for the 19-year-old who inspired many with the "?#KeepPounding" attitude he used to fight cancer three different times in his short life.
Wendy was with her son through all three of his battles… when he was diagnosed at the age of three, then again at 15, then again last year.
Wendy says on Sunday, Robert was anxious to give her a Valentine's Day card he made. Hours later, she was with him when he passed.
She wants everyone to know how much she and Robert's 15-year-old sister, Sydney, appreciate the outpouring of love and support.
As Wendy wrote Sunday night, "Today heaven gained its newest angel. I thank God he loaned him to me, to us. Thank you for loving him and us."
A remarkable mother, expressing herself so beautifully in that raw of a moment.
Again, services are set for Saturday.
And, you can always leave a message on Robert's Facebook page >> Do It Again - Robert Stephen Gilmore's Journey.
PREVIOUS ARTICLES AND FACEBOOK POSTS ABOUT ROBERT:
- February 15 Facebook post
- Molly's Kids: Stephen Gilmore graduates high school in hospital ceremony
- January 16 Facebook post
- Football team manager gets to play in game and be the star
- Molly's Kids: Salisbury teen fighting cancer 3rd time, celebrates his 19th birthday!
- PHOTOS: Salisbury teen fighting aggressive cancer leaves hospital to go to prom
- May 15 Original Molly's Kids Facebook post