A much-loved young boxer died after battling a rare form of bone cancer just weeks after marrying the love of his life.
bailey lindsay, 22, lost her fight against the disease on Wednesday, announced isabel, the devastated wife of the newlywed.
Yesterday his widow Isabel published a heartfelt tribute to him on Facebook.
The amputee athlete from doncaster, yorkshire, refused to let his diagnosis stop him from enjoying his life, saying ‘yes i do’ in february.
Bailey, who was also a model, appeared on the television singing competition ‘I can see your voice,’ reports Yorkshirelive.
Friends and family posted moving tributes to him as they mourned his passing.
Keir Nicholson, who was a close friend of Bailey’s, said: “Bailey was the most beautiful, kind and loving young man you could ever meet, but Bailey’s journey in life was not planned to be the easiest.” /p >
“all we could do as friends was make this trip as fun and memorable as possible for our dear friend.”
“some of us knew bailey for a short time, but the impact and impression he left on our souls and lives is monumental. bailey would come into my life for the first time after losing my own mother to breast cancer bones.
“Bailey’s story resonated with me immediately and I wanted to do everything I could for this young man as a friend.”
went to his first ampcamp in June 2021. ampcamp was founded by ben lovell, a mutual friend of keir, and works with adult and child amputees to support and rehabilitate them.
“We would both come to feel like he was like the little brother we always wanted to protect,” Keir added.
“bailey inspired everyone he met at these camps with his dedication to staying fit and motivated, his passion for making sure future bone cancer patients were better supported, and of course, that beautiful smile from bailey was enough to inspire and enchant anyone.” I think a lot of us had a crush on our boy bailey.”
bailey joined the ampcamp climbers and took on the challenge of climbing ben nevis to raise money for children with limb differences. keir praised her “resilience, bravery, strength and courage”. bailey also worked with children who attended ampcamp.
bailey liked boxing and had once worn josh warrington’s belt to a game, and even faced tyson fury. he was also a huge fan of leeds united. Josh Warrington posted a tribute to Bailey yesterday.
sadly, bailey found out his cancer had returned around christmas 2021. he and isabel were able to marry in february, but had been married for less than two months before he died on april 6th.
keir said: “he was a dedicated older brother and a beautiful boy to his parents. on bailey’s death, he leaves behind a wonderful group of family and friends, as well as a beautiful and dedicated wife in isabel lindsay. a wife and friend you are all so proud to bring the care, devotion and love into the baileys life and those final months.
“we will all do what we can to honor bailey’s memory. bailey, you are loved bailey, we miss you bailey, we never forget you.”
isabel, bailey’s wife, also posted a heartfelt tribute to him yesterday on facebook.
she wrote: “my perfect beautiful husband got his angel wings in the early hours of this morning, holding my hand and surrounded by his family.”
“I feel like I have a lot to say about bailey, but right now I’m struggling to find the words.”
“bailey changed my life and in many ways saved me. he has taught me a lot about how to live life the right way, striving to make the most of every moment, every opportunity and every challenge as well.”
isabel added: “bailey will be in all of our hearts for the rest of our lives and i know that even though he is no longer with us in person, he is not done making an impact yet, and i will continue to do that for bailey.” /p>
ampcamp founder ben and amputee paul ellis will climb ben nevis on easter to raise money for kids with limb differences who attend the camps, but also in memory of bailey.
You can donate to the fundraiser here.