Derry was a former Deaf Mute who had his life changed by a specialist who did an implant surgery giving him the ability to hear and speak. His blog was where he wrote about his struggles. When I shared that link he was dealing with a tumour on the base of his brain stem.
His brain cancer returned and took his life in October. I had lost touch with Derry's blog and only found out about his passing today when someone tipped me off.
It's just sad. He was a brave kid.