CLASSMATES of teenage cancer victim Jak Trueman donned gold ties today to express their grief at the tragic death of their friend with “the handsome smile”.
The terminally ill 15-year-old, of Mid Calder, died yesterday from a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer, known as Gammadelta T-cell lymphoma.
A fundraising page set up in his final days has seen an extraordinary surge in donations, as thousands of people inspired by the courageous teen have helped to raise more than £50,000.
His fellow pupils at West Calder High School swapped their school ties for gold ones today in memory of the popular teenager.
Headteacher Fiona Rowland said: “It was devastating news, but we are all relieved that Jak’s illness was not prolonged.
“As everyone knows who has followed Jak’s Journey on Facebook, Jak certainly made the most of his last few months, and even his last few days, with help from his family and friends.
“We are very proud of the efforts made by Jak’s ‘school family’ both to support his fund-raising efforts and to honour his courage and compassion. We know that our collective efforts have helped Jak’s close family in recent days, and hope that will continue to be the case.
“Jak was a polite, popular, hard-working boy who enjoyed his sport and music, and who was always willing to lend a hand, whether at band camps, on Duke of Edinburgh Award hikes or on watersports trips, for example.
“His handsome smile will be very sadly missed.”
She praised staff and students for organising a prom specially for Jak on Saturday, which he was able to attend for a few minutes with his girlfriend Hannah Boyd before he became unwell.
His heartbroken girlfriend Hannah posted a poignant message on Twitter yesterday in memory of her partner of nearly two years.
She said: “Warms my heart that in Jak’s final hours he said “All I can see is Hannah and it’s making me happy”.
“Thank you for all the beautiful memories never to be forgotten. Sweet dreams my boy.”
To make a donation to Jak’s appeal please visit www.justgiving.com/AM-Barr.