Leland Shoemake, a remarkable 6-year-old from Georgia, left an indelible mark with his intelligence and joy. Tragedy struck when he was diagnosed with a brain infection caused by the amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris, leading to his passing on September 25, 2015.
Amid their grief, Leland’s parents found a touching note he had written, expressing gratitude and love. His mother, Amber Shoemake, shared his passion for learning, Spielberg films, and Adam Sandler. She treasured his radiant smile that brightened any room.
Leland’s life may have been brief, but his memory endures. Sharing his story is a tribute to his legacy, reminding us to value every day. Let’s honor Leland Shoemake, a bright soul whose impact lingers. “Still with you… Thank you mom and dad… Love,” a simple note that speaks volumes.