Brave 14 Year Old Planned His Own Funeral. Thankfully, God Had Other Plans.

Young Deryn Blackwell was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2010.  Two years later, doctors would diagnose Deryn with yet another rare cancer.  Together, the two cancers gave Deryn the sad distinction of being the ONLY person in the world to have had both cancers at the same time.

Attempting to prevent the return of either cancer, Deryn’s doctors began several risky bone marrow transplants.  After 18 months in isolation, and several failed transplants, Deryn had no immune system and doctor’s gave him just a few days to live.

Faced with a bleak reality, the young 14 year old began planning his own funeral.  According to his plan, Deryn would be laid to rest in a suit and pink mohawk and would arrive in the same hearse that once carried Winston Churchill.  

Then fate had other plans.  


Now, Deryn and his family have set up their own charity – DoEveRYthiNg Foundation – with the goal of running camps for other young teenagers diagnosed with cancer.

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