Liam Charles Shipley died peacefully at the age of 8 years old in the loving arms of his Mommy and Daddy on Friday, July 8th at 9:24pm at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. His final days were spent surrounded in love by his family and friends. Liam was in remission from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, yet the effects of the chemo weakened his immune system and he developed a very rare fungal infection. He never quit fighting until his body could fight no more. God needed Liam to fight in his army to promote peace, strength and bravery to others. We are comforted knowing that each day Liam spent here on earth was a gift to all of those who came to know him. Whether they spent one day with him playing catch and taking pictures or hours in the Cancer clinic listening to him tell jokes or do magic…they just couldn’t help but love him. Liam taught us many things this past year. Liam taught the nurses how to dance, laugh, and all about Pokémon. He taught the doctors that Liam was following his own medical book and not theirs. He taught his family and friends that you never know how strong you are until it’s the only choice you have.
Liam leaves behind many amazing caregivers from Children’s Mercy Hospital. The amazing nurses from 4 Henson, 2 Henson, the PICU and all of the other clinics we had to visit this past year, have always been so kind and loving. The doctors and surgeons truly gave Liam the most excellent care and showed us their true compassion for children’s lives. Our family was blessed to be a part of the Children’s Mercy family and we will always be grateful for their amazing care.
Liam is survived by his loving parents, Trevor and Stacy Shipley, sisters Madeline and Lorelei, and brother Declan, as well as numerous great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and fairy godmothers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City Or BradensHope.org
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