His mother always thought he was such a special child. And she was right, because before he died last week from a brain infection, 6-year-old Leland Shoemake wrote his parents a note thanking them for all they had done.
When his parents discovered it on their living-room table after they arrived home to get the clothes in which he would be buried, his mom, Amber, posted the sweet message on Facebook for all to see.
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Amber is currently living every parent’s worst nightmare, and it’s hard to know what to write after something like that. Instead, we’ll just point you to Leland’s GoFundMe page that will help his parents with hospital expenses.
RIP, Leland. It sounds like you were a really good boy.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.