Shortly after attributing his back pain to a substandard mattress, a 21-year-old man tragically lost his battle with cancer.

At first, Gerald Green from Scotland attributed his back pain to a mattress in need of replacement. However, he soon began experiencing vomiting and eventually started coughing up blood, signaling a more severe underlying issue.

In an attempt to conceal his symptoms from his parents, Paula and Gerry, Gerald sought to hide his deteriorating health. However, when his condition worsened, Gerald’s mother intervened and promptly took him to the hospital on January 19, as reported by the Daily Record.

During the examination, medical professionals identified severe anemia and swiftly moved forward with surgery to drain Gerald’s kidney.

However, complications arose during the procedure, leading to Gerald momentarily ceasing to breathe. This required resuscitation and led to the necessity of inducing him into a coma.

When Gerald regained consciousness, he was confronted with the devastating news of an incurable, highly aggressive cancer ravaging his body. The diagnosis, delivered on January 26, left his family reeling in shock. They learned that the cancer had extensively metastasized, invading his bones and bloodstream.

Tragically, Gerald passed away on January 30, mere hours after being transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospice for end-of-life care, leaving his loved ones utterly devastated.

After this heartbreaking loss, Gerald’s cousin, Ailley Colquhoun, launched a GoFundMe page to honor Gerald’s memory and assist in alleviating the financial burden of his funeral arrangements.

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The page read, “In light of the unexpected loss of our dear Gerald, who was only 21 years old, we aim to gather funds to ease the financial strain on his mother, Paula, and father, Gerry, during this challenging time, and to contribute towards the funeral expenses.”

The page provided further context, stating, “This has been an immense shock to the family, as Gerald was only recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer on Friday, January 26th, after a week of extensive testing and anxious anticipation for results. His passing is a tragic loss.”

“Gerald was a charming, humorous, and courteous young man with his entire future ahead of him, deserving of a dignified farewell. His absence will be deeply felt by all those who knew him.”

The page has now stopped accepting additional donations, having raised £6,686 ($8,425) during its active period.

On February 14th, Ailley provided an update on the allocation of the funds, expressing gratitude: “We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone for their generous donations and words of support. Your contributions have been immensely appreciated by the family. Gerald was given a beautiful send-off, made possible by the kindness and generosity of all involved.”

Our deepest sympathies are with Gerald’s family and friends as they navigate through this challenging period of loss.

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