The story of Steven Walker’s bravery in the face of a debilitating illness touched thousands of people across the world.
The 16-year-old died at home in Polmont last week, with mum Joyce at his side, from lymphoblastic lymphoma, only ten months after being diagnosed with the disease.
The news was posted by his dad Gordon on a Facebook page entitled ‘Steven’s Big Fight’, which was originally set up to let friends and family keep up to date with Steven’s condition.
But the page struck a chord with many more, and has to date been ‘liked’ by almost 12,000 people.
Among the thousands of messages of condolence left on the page in the past week are posts from those who had never known Steven, but had still taken inspiration from his bravery.
One message, from Brenda Kelly, said: “As a parent, I cannot think of anything worse and I am sure your pain is unbearable and your hearts are broken.
“I know you will find comfort in all the love and support you are receiving from total strangers like myself who have been touched by your son’s bravery.”
A further public tribute was paid to Steven, a keen football fan, on Saturday.
Exactly 16 minutes into the match between Rangers and Brechin at Ibrox, the home fans led a minute’s applause in celebration of Steven’s life.
And on Tuesday evening Camelon Juniors held a minutes’ silence ahead of their game against Sauchie at Carmuirs Park.
Gordon told The Falkirk Herald he was humbled by the number of people who have offered support in the days since Steven’s death.
“The reaction has been unbelievable,” he said.
“More than 160,000 people have viewed the last post I made on the Facebook page, and more than 3000 left comments.
“As a mark of respect it will be the final message posted on the site.”
Steven, a pupil at Graeme High School, had a huge passion for cars.
In January, he was taken for a spin in a supercar courtesy of Scotsman motoring journalists Tom Hunter and Mark Liddel.
The day out was arranged by Tom’s wife after she read about Steven’s condition on Facebook.
Steven’s funeral takes place tomorrow (Friday) at Camelon Crematorium.
His family have asked that any donations in his memory should be given to the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation or Cancer Research UK.