A mum proudly collected her son’s brilliant GCSE results after he died of leukaemia earlier this year.
Adam Lacy died in March at just 16 years old after he was first diagnosed with the cancer five years ago, and went through years of treatment.
But because he sat his mock exams in December, teachers were able to assess his grades for the summer alongside his fellow classmates.
His mum Lynne, a midwife from the Wirral, near Liverpool, was emotional after learning her son had achieved one A*, five As and two Bs.
The 47-year-old said: ‘It’s really lovely he was recognised for his hard work – I think with this Covid thing and because of the predicted grades, we’ve been able to get something we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do before.
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‘If we didn’t have Covid, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to sit an exam. So it’s been a little bit of a blessing to have it this way.’
Described as ‘strong and determined’, Adam died just before the coronavirus lockdown came into effect.
He was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015 and went through three years of chemotherapy, beginning in his final year of primary school.
The Liverpool FC fan had to miss his first year of high school due to treatment, before his medication was switched to tablet form which allowed him to go back to school for Year Eight and Year Nine.
Adam relapsed in 2018 and had to have a bone marrow transplant in August 2018, which meant he was in hospital until November of that year.
Lynne said: ‘He was doing great then, he was getting himself back in the gym, back to school, doing football – he rang the bell, the one to mark end of treatment, in May 2019 and then unfortunately he relapsed again in November 2019.
‘But we didn’t know officially until the December. They said he’d need another bone marrow transplant and he sat his mock exams in the December and then we found out a week later he’d relapsed.
‘They didn’t officially say he’d relapsed until December and in the meantime, he sat his mock exams and he absolutely smashed it – especially considering all the time off he had.’
After receiving a second bone marrow transplant in February, it didn’t take and Adam sadly died in March.
‘We had his funeral planned for three weeks later and then lockdown came into effect – we got told we could only have 15 people in so we postponed it,’ said Lynne.
‘We had it on July 17 so we could wait and have at least 30 people – nine of his best friends came and then 21 of his family.’
Lynne was touched when people lined the streets dressed in red for her beloved son.
She praised her son’s school and the effort staff went to to ensure she could get her son’s grades on GCSE results day.
The midwife said: ‘Even if it was in the summer, he wouldn’t have had the chance to sit an exam and with it going off predictions this year, I asked if there was any way we could see what he would have done.
‘His teacher said to leave it with her and she’d see what could be done. Then she messaged me saying I’d get an email from the board.
‘We weren’t expecting him to have done as well as he did, though. He absolutely loved History, he loved everything about history – we were supposed to be going to Krakow – and he got a 7 in History, which is an A, and he loved science and he got an A* in Physics which is just amazing.
‘I was literally blown away to be honest and then we get his actual certificates in December that everybody gets anyway.’
To mark their son’s achievement, Lynne, her husband Paul and Adam’s older brother Matthew, will be going to the cemetery to release some balloons above Adam’s grave.
The balloons will have each of his grades written on them in celebration. Lynne said: ‘I know it’s been unfair for some children and I get that, they’ve worked hard and might not be getting their grades and I suppose I’d be unhappy in that situation, but on the flip side, it’s meant we could we have this achievement recognised.
‘Everything has been so surreal, the whole world feels as though it’s gone crazy so on the flip side of things, it has been nice for us to be able to have this opportunity and to have those grades forever and to know his hard work paid off and he’s been recognised for it.’
Lynne said Adam ‘took everything in his stride’ and left a lasting impression on those that knew him.
She added: ‘He was just so popular, so lovely – I’ve even had one of his best friends knocking on the door with some red roses for me [on results day].
‘They were all so close and they knew it was going to be a tough day. He was loved by everyone, not one person had a bad word to say about him.’
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