10 Short But Inspirational Lives!
Some people die young but leave an impressionable mark on others life often to the level that they are remembered for long. Below are listed some of these inspirational stories of people who died young but are still remembered owing to contributions they made.
1. Terry Fox
Terry Fox, a Canadian boy of 18 years was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in the month of March, 1977. To boost the sagging morale of Terry, he was given a story about Dick Traum who had successfully participated in the New York marathon with an artificial leg. This inspired Terry to follow suit and he started his run across Canada.
The inspired teenager was able to raise about $11.4 million before he passed away on June 28, 1981.
2. Iqbal Masih
Iqbal Masih was born in a poor family in Karachi, Pakistan in 1982. He was unfortunately sold to a child trafficking gang at the age of four but managed to escape out in 1992 and eventually became active in campaigns for freeing children from slavery.
He won Human Rights awards and Brandeis University in Massachusetts offered him a scholarship to study. However, he was unfortunately killed by unknown people in 1995.
3. Nkosi Johnson
Nkosi Johnson in South Africa was born on February 4, 1989. His mother left him at a care centre for HIV people. He was later adopted by a woman and vowed to fight for cause of people suffering from HIV.
In 2001, Nkosi was invited to speak at the international AIDS conference where the youngster left an impressionable message with his speech. He passed away on June 1, 2001 after a short and inspirational life.
4. Sophie Scholl
Sophie Scholl born on May 9, 1921 was one of the core members of non-violent anti Nazi protest group by the name of White Rose. She distributed pamphlets asking people to oppose the Third Reich.
Sophie was arrested along with her brother for this act on February 18, 1943 and was executed four days later. Her pamphlet with help of allies was later airdropped in millions over Germany and she is considered to be a real hero in Germany.
5. Anne Frank
Anne Frank born on June 12, 1929 in a Jewish family became popular owing to publishing of selections of her diary in 1952. It listed her experiences during the time the family hid during the Nazi invasion.
She was eventually caught and sent to a concentration camp where she passed away but her writings have remained an inspiration.
6. Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith at the age of 10 in November 1982 wrote a letter to leader of Soviet Union, Yuri Andropov highlighting the dangers of Cold War. The leader was so inspired by her letter that he wrote back and invited her to visit the capital city.
She eventually became a goodwill ambassador and traveled the world advocating peace. However, her life was cut short and she died in an air crash along with her father on August 25, 1985.
7. Sam Burns
Sam Burns suffered for a rare disease Progeria in which children age rapidly. This however did not stop his passion for life and he wished to play in marching band of his school. He was featured in HBO documentary Life According to Sam and became much popular.
He was to become the honorary captain of New England Patriots but passed away a day before on January 11, 2014 at the age of 17.
8. Sadako Sasaki
Sadako Sasaki was a sufferer of atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima and eventually was diagnosed with Lukemia. On her hospital bed she heard of old Japanese story of wish being granted if 1000 paper cranes were folder.
She did so but passed away on October 25, 1955 at the young age of 12. Her story was adopted into a children’s novel and Sadako became an inspiration for others.
9. Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 15. He launched a website and blog where he wrote on his bucket list and things he aspired to do. He eventually did skydiving and played drum before 90,000 people at a prestigious football final match in 2013.
By the time Stephen passed away on May 14, 2014 he was able to raise 3.4 million pounds which eventually went to charity.
10. Edmund Thomas Clint
Edmund Thomas Clint was a self taught painter who painted over 25,000 pictures during his life span of six years and 11 months. He was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of three which eventually took his life.
Numerous books have been written on this child prodigy who was born in 1976 in Kochi in Kerala, India.