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Rudy's Story

He who binds to himself a joy

Does the winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity's sunrise.

William Blake

Rudy was a very good looking young man and at 6’4” carried himself with a poise that far belied his young age. He had great taste but was never overindulgent where it came to clothes, accessories or things he owned. The one weakness were his UFC T shirts and his workout gear..there were never too many of those! He was always very well turned out and his style always gave the impression that I just threw this on.

By the time he turned 25, he had already been working at E.ON for 3 years.

In January 2013, after spending a wonderful Christmas with his parents and his brother, Rudy returned to his home in Nottingham, England. He was looking forward to getting back to his friends and his work but most importantly his gym and his training.

Life was good despite it being a ridiculously cold winter. Rudy settled back into his very disciplined routine of training at the gym and his work.

At the end of January, two weeks after he had returned to Nottingham, Rudy noticed he was missing a step on the step master at the gym and also that he was unable to lift the same weights with his right hand as he could with his left. Thinking that this was all due to the break he had taken from the gym during the Holiday period, he decided he needed to push himself harder.


By the first week of February, he started to feel a little drag in his right leg. After visits first to his GP and then the Neurologist, he was admitted to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he went through extremely extensive neurological testing. All the tests came back negative. By now he had started physically slowing down a bit. But we all still had hope as none of the tests had come back positive.


Since we could not get any answers as to what was causing the deterioration in Rudy's condition, we moved with him to the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in London. This is a premiere centre for neurology and has a reputation of being amongst the best both within the country and in Europe as well. 


After spending a month at the NHNN and undergoing further extensive testing, it was only after a biopsy was conducted that we were given the devastating news that Rudy had Gliomatosis Cerebri. A few days after this terrible diagnosis, Rudy slipped into unconsciousness, 18 weeks after he felt the first symptom at the end of January.


He left us nine days later, on the morning of June 4th, 2013, his 26th birthday.

With great workplace relationships with all his colleagues, here is what a colleague has written in his book of memories..

“I will never forget how much fun you brought to the workplace…..being our segment slugger champion and winning the tournament singlehandedly it seemed. You broke my pain barrier making me run uphill in 30 degrees heat on our lunchbreak summer runs just because you believed I could push harder. Your tireless passion and enthusiasm for life was inspirational and impossible to ignore. You leave a legacy behind you with every person your life touched. The world will be a little worse off for losing you and you will be forever missed but never forgotten. In my memories you are telling me to push harder, achieve more and make every moment count. I promise I will in your memory.”

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