After living with a terminal illness for three years, 7-year-old Marshall Clark died last week in his mother's arms.
But he didn't leave without saying a final goodbye to his friends. The child sent a farewell by way of a letter written by his grandmother, Elsie Clark.
The letter reads,
The North Devon Journal reports Clark suffered from late infantile Batten disease, which causes cellular disorder within the body.
Clark was diagnosed with the disease in September 2013. But his condition appears to have worsened in the past 10 months. The North Devon Journal reports he was left bedridden during that time period.
But according to the letter, Clark kept smiling through it all:
Grandmother Elsie Clark told the North Devon Journal that Marshall had been through an "evil journey" with the disease, which can leave kids blind and unable to walk.
But with the letter she wrote on behalf of her grandson, she emphasized the silver lining of his passing away: He's "free."
Marshall was set to turn 8 years old on November 8. The North Devon Journal now reports he will be buried on that day.