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"The Last 380"

by Moseley Andrews

... In Memory of Will Newell ...

On April 21, 2014, Will Newell, the most compassionate and warm love-spreading soul I have ever met, passed away after a fight with the shittiest fucking thing called cancer. He was only 17. This project documents the 380 days of Facebook posts on Will Newell???s Timeline, from the time he was diagnosed to several days after his passing. For the privacy of those who made these posts, their names have been removed from the text. The documentation takes the form of a book and includes posts (text, images, links) from the family and friends of Will and Will himself. Below is a link to the PDF File of the book.

The Last 380 Will Newell

A banana.

The Writers

This book is made possible by the incredible writing and expression of Will's friends and family.

"I wish that people would live before it's too late, and touch people before they are out of reach."

Excerpts

April 26, 2013 Hi Will...here's the link my friend sent over for you...he's the one I said has hands like you, the kind it seems all the great guitar-uke-bass players have. Here he is playing some South American music with one of the bands he plays with, he also plays bass, and electric guitar. A nylon string guitar like he's playing here might be a good kind to start with if you ever think of trying guitar, since it will feel a lot like a uke. The next post will be of him just jamming on the bass. you'll see the finger thing there, too. Enjoy!...????

Fitzhugh Jenkins and Altiplano Performing next Friday , Mar 11 at Sedona Studio Live!!!! With Gabriel Brown, Joel Reick and Michael Solomon.

April 29, 2013 Tebow. Lawl

May 12, 2013 Will Newell was tagged in 4 photos in 's album Prom 2013.

May 12, 2013 Will Newell was tagged in 3 photos in 's album Prom 2013.

May 13, 2013 Will Newell was with and .

May 13, 2013 Prawm13 (60 photos) Up a little late. Deal with it, I have cancer.

March 31, 2014 WILL!! You have been on my mind a lot lately. I am sending love your way all the time. I love you so much darling and I miss you! ??????

April 2, 2014 So i had another pretty major back surgery on friday and there was an earthquake while i was on the operating table. The surgery was successful but i mean come on, an earthquake? Then and there?

April 20, 2014 Ukulele Jam with family friend Will Newell, wherein he is expanding my view of what a Ukulele can do. "Do you know Miley Cyrus' 'Party in the USA?'"...No, but I do now. Who'd have thought, right? Can't get this tune out of my head, Will...Or my Ukulele fingers......Big hug and much love from all of us!... . Photo by Susan Berin. Thanks Susan!

April 22, 2014

RIP Will. You were a great person who always managed to keep a positive outlook on life and see the good in others around you. We will miss you!

Rest in Peace Will.

love you Will

Thank you Will for being one of the kindest most caring generous people I know. I miss you already.

When I woke up this morning, I noticed the sky was an unusual shade of deep, bright blue. Heaven has gained yet another angel. Will, you had such a kind heart and everyone in Tiburon is so lucky to have been in your presence. Growing up with you and going to school together for so many years, you were always one of the sweetest kids. I remember when we were young our families would get together at one of our houses for dinner; I loved spending that time with you. With the frequent updates we received from your family, I've kept you in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time. You are at rest now and I can feel your presence around our beautiful home town. You will truly be missed, Will. Thank you for teaching us such a valuable life lesson... You will never be forgotten. RIP Will Newell

I keep thinking maybe I'll get a random message from you, asking about school or my writing or what adventuring I've done lately or if I have any wonderful stories of youth to swap. That maybe all these people have been misinformed, and that you're not really gone. That maybe I could tell you I love you just one more time. I wish I could pull myself together long enough to write an eloquent, beautiful message to you, but the truth is I can't. It feels like just last week we were talking about how you were gonna pull through this, come down to San Diego, let me show you sea caves and everything beautiful in life. You were always there for me, always always always. You knew me well enough to ask what was wrong even from miles away. If there is one thing I could have in life, I would ask the world to make sure that you know exactly how loved you are. Wherever you are. Not once have I ever met someone so genuine, so positive, so absolutely immaculate. Someone who believed in me so much even when I couldn't. You know, I'm a year sober next week and it would've never happened without you. I can't believe you aren't here to share this with but I know how proud you would be. You never gave 146anything less than 200% in everything you ever did and you have made more of a difference than you'll ever know. I wish I could've told you how much you mean to me every single day. You taught me so much over the last 3 years I've known you. Perseverance, altruism, strength, are only a few. Things I will carry with me forever. Most of all, you taught me that time is flying whether we utilize it or not. You lived your life how everyone should, loving as much as possible and never being anything less than extraordinary. I'm not going to keep making the same mistakes I've made in life. We always said we'd get the hell out of California and see everything there was to see, and I promise to keep my end of the bargain for both of us. I love you, Will.