Leland Shoemake, a bright and joyful 6-year-old from Georgia, left a lasting impression with his intelligence and zest for life. However, tragedy struck when he was diagnosed with a brain infection caused by the amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris, ultimately leading to his passing on September 25, 2015.

In the midst of their sorrow, Leland’s parents discovered a poignant note he had penned, expressing gratitude and affection. Amber Shoemake, his mother, shared his love for learning, Spielberg movies, and Adam Sandler. She cherished his radiant smile, which had the power to illuminate any room.

Leland may have had a short life, but his legacy lives on. Sharing his story is a tribute to the imprint he left behind, reminding us of the importance of cherishing each day. Let us honor Leland Shoemake, a radiant spirit whose influence continues to resonate. The simple yet profound note, “Still with you… Thank you mom and dad… Love,” speaks volumes about his enduring presence.