Dad who shared inspirational message in his final days dies from cancer aged 39
A dad who shared an inspirational message in his final days after a decade-long battle with cancer has died, his family confirmed.
Former soldier Mark Anthony Quinn, 39, last month posted a heartbreaking post from his bed in Ty Olwen Hospice in Morriston, Swansea, to thank his family and friends for their love and support throughout his life.
He wrote: "So Twitter its 2 an end for me, In @TyOlwenHospice looking after me so kind, had a gr8 life @LFC fanatic, gr8 family friends, met some heros, tried my best 2 help others, army & McDonald’s careers many more, just want the [world] 2 stop hatred discrimination etc we al just humans."
Now the Liverpool Echo reports that his family have paid a powerful tribute to him.
They wrote on Twitter: "It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Mark passed away peacefully at home this morning.
"He was in our family home as per his wishes with Mam, Kelly and us three sisters.
"He has fought hard in this battle, he is the strongest, bravest, kindest man that we as a family will love for eternity.
"For every ounce of his being was kindness and fairness.
"He was aware of everyone's kind wishes and appreciated every single one of them.
"Words that mean so much to him... "we are all just humans".
Mark, from Cwmavon, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx, head and neck.
He came very close to dying but, after a successful round of treatment, he pulled through and eventually got the all-clear in 2012.
After his cancer returned, the former soldier and McDonald's worker has spent his time fundraising to improve lives for others living with cancer.
He wanted to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre, which he said gave him the gift of his son, as a thank you for all their help.
Mark joined the army in 1999, serving with the Royal Signals. He was deployed in Germany, Oman, and Kuwait, before serving during the Iraq War in the early part of the last decade.
When he quit the army in 2004 he went on to work in the construction industry, before taking on a manager’s job at a McDonald’s and eventually having to give up work due to his illness.
An avid football fan, he started his #1MOREMATCH fundraiser, a game of Liverpool FC fans against "the rest of the world".
His tweet was accompanied by a selfie of him giving a thumbs-up, continuing to spread positivity.
The tweet led to former Liverpool players Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher tweeting their support for Mark.
Since the news of Mark's death, thousands of people have paid tribute to the dad-of-three.
Robbie Fowler said: "Rip Mark.... thoughts with family/friends and everyone that knew this amazing man."
Mark's loved ones have set up a JustGiving page to help support his family after his death.