Being diagnosed with cancer can be a devastating blow; one takes time to process. Anyone who has battled the disease or seen a loved one do so can confirm this.
In a heartbreaking story that will make your heart sink, a 38-year-old man has died 48 hours after fulfilling his final wish of meeting and cuddling his newborn daughter.
Jamie Hunter lost his battle to cancer on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Sutton United FC confirmed the news in a Facebook post.
“It is with deepest sadness that we have to announce the passing of our beloved Jamie,” their post read.
“A wonderful partner to Beccy and daddy to Harper-May. Please respect the families wishes at this time. No further information will be given out. Please allow the family to grieve in peace.”
According to Birmingham Live, Jamie worked as a PE teacher at John Wilmott school in Sutton Coldfield.
Phil Taylor, a family friend, disclosed that Jamie and his partner Beccy Flint were over the moon to find they were expecting their first child at the end of May 2020.
However, in October 2019, Jamie started experiencing crippling pain in his side and was diagnosed with kidney cancer in March.
Special moment for first team manager Jamie Hunter and partner Beccy on the birth of the beautiful Harper May. Been a long battle but he is a fighter and this photo says it all! Congratulations to the two of you and enjoy the family time ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rAKG3GOgEX
— Sutton United FC (Birmingham) (@SuttonUtdFC) May 12, 2020
A month later, his doctor broke the devastating news informing him that his cancer had spread to the liver, making it incurable.
Jamie Hunter’s final wish to cuddle his baby girl Harper-May was realized after she was delivered early on Monday.
Family friend Phil Taylor launched a JustGiving page to help support Jamie’s family and their new daughter. So far, the tally raised stands at £70,000 of a planned £100,000.
Jamie joined Sutton United as a teenager and returned as a manager and coach in 2018.
“As a PE teacher, he has touched so many lives and has been an outstanding role model, developing young people through all walks of life.
“The kids love him at school. He’s always helping kids. He’s always put himself out for everyone else before himself.” Phil told BirminghamLive
Thank you, Jamie, for touching the lives of many people while alive. May your soul rest in eternal peace!