Family in mourning as Jake Simpson dies
A TOOWOOMBA man who became famous through embarking on a bucket list after being diagnosed with cancer has died.
Jake Simpson, who had battled Ewings Sarcoma a form of bone cancer that attacks healthy growing bodies, died at 9.15pm last night.
In a statement the family said: "With our hearts in pieces and tears that won't stop, our family this morning wakes as four.
"With his brothers at his side Jake took his last breath around 9.15pm, aged 22.
"His smile forever in our photos, our love for him will always be filled in our hearts and his courage will help us stand and walk forward."
The family said he was courageous to the last moment.
"He was brave until the end and wanted us to be okay with his decision."
Mr Simpson had told his mother Karen Simpson: "I've tried to wait for a cure mum, tried to believe in your miracle but it's too hard."
"I want to walk again, run on the field, I can't do that if I stay here waiting for that cure."
Mrs Simpson said it was his way of asking her if he could go.
Mr Simpson's bucket list included flying over Toowoomba in a helicopter, speed dating and doing 100 good deeds.
His compassion was shown through his goal of raising $10,000 for cancer research and support.
His best friend Melissa Hollman, a Toowoomba school teacher, had offered to shave her golden locks at an event on May 22.
The family plans to spend today together "sharing many tears but remembering our gorgeous loving son".
Mr Simpson was remembered as a fantastic role model to his younger brothers, Connor and Brodie "who have been able to share such a wonderful brotherhood bond that will never be forgotten or broken".
The family said he was an inspiration to so many and loved by all those who called him mate.
They thanked all those who sent them messages of love and support.
"To his dedicated mates and our Willowburn and Rockville families, thank you for some of the most wonderful tributes we have been reading on Facebook this morning," they said.
A Facebook page dedicated to his struggle against cancer has been flooded with messages.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you," Lisa Janetzki said.
Wendy Hickson said Mr Simpson was "a legend".
"His smile would light up any room, rest in peace Jake."
Larissa Brady said: "He is such an amazingly strong young man.
"My hearts goes out to you all at this time, he definitely is such an inspiration."
Martin Hadfield said: "Even though I met him but once in my role of paramedic, Jake will be a guy who I remember for his incredible bravery but equally a young man who shone selflessness and love for his family and friends.
"Enjoy running again my friend."