Services set for inspiring Salisbury 19-year-old Robert Stephen Gilmore

Services set for inspiring Salisbury 19-year-old Robert Stephen Gilmore

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.



**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**