A courageous 20-year-old man just before starting university after losing his three year battle with cancer.

Jack Shufflebotham was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2016, a month before his 17th birthday.

Since then he has gone through two intense rounds of chemotherapy and battled sepsis .

But his mum said he ‘never gave up hope’ and was excited to start his ‘dream course’ in film production at the University of Salford.

Jack had postponed starting on the course in 2017 after he was told his cancer had returned, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.

He was set to start the course this September, despite doctors telling him there was nothing more they could do for him.

His mum Julie Shufflebotham said he tragically died on Monday, September 9, at his home in Biddulph, Staffordshire.

Julie, 51, said: “Jack was smiley, happy, selfless and positive.

“He was a very courageous person.

“He was diagnosed in 2016. He took it on the chin and at the time the doctors told us it was something he would be able to survive.

“He was a keen photographer and did a B-Tech in photography. He lived films and he was really artistic.

“He had a place to study film production at the University of Salford but at the end of 2017 they found more cancerous cells.

“He had more rounds of chemotherapy and just lately had started to get a little bit better.

“At the end they told him there was nothing they could do but he never gave up hope – doctors gave him everything in their arsenal.

“He was desperate to be positive and wanted to go out there and live his life.

“He had so many friends and was just such a smiley person – he wouldn’t share everything with his friends because he did not want to upset them.”

Dad John says family and friends are looking at ways to raise money for The Christie Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust – including a charity gig in Manchester.

The 54-year-old added: “Jack had incredibly high hopes for the future. He will be a massive loss to everyone.

“The thing we will miss most will be his big smile. He was such a smiley person. Losing a child like this changes your life – it’s not easy at all.

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“We had three-and-a-half years of Jack living with this illness and now we don’t have to worry about that anymore. It feels strange.

“We wanted to get his friends involved in the funeral so they will be giving tributes and have put together music, photos, and videos that will be played at the reception.”

Jack had attended English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School, in Biddulph, before moving to St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, in Tunstall.

As well as film and photography, Jack was a passionate Catholic and a keen member of English Martyrs Church, in Church Road, Biddulph.

His funeral will take place at the church today.

His bereavement notice states: “Please pray for Jack who died peacefully while in the loving care of his family at home in Biddulph on September 9, aged 20.

“Treasured and truly unique son of Julie and John.

“A loving and much-loved brother to Amy-Jane.

“A dearest grandson, nephew, cousin and friend who was fortified with the rites of the Holy Catholic Church.

“We pray he now rests in peace.”