Blake was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001 when he was just 13 years old, but Blake's life was not about having a brain tumor. Blake embraced his world with all the enthusiasm that a young man could have, and his life was a testament to the many people who loved him. His parents, Jacque and Ed, fondly recall the countless interests that Blake passionately enjoyed. He always loved baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves, and the family attended spring training in Orlando last March, with Blake keeping score for the team. Bowling was another favorite sport, and Jacque remembers his five strikes in a row the month before his relapse last year.
Blake and his older brother Drew shared a love of cars, and Blake was proud of his 1965 Mustang. He also dreamed of one day getting his pilots license and flying an airplane. Along with a collection of model 747s and other jets, he kept books about jet engines and was very knowledgeable about the subject.
Blake was something of a Renaissance man. Music was important to him, and he played drums and bass guitar - and he loved bagpipes. His favorite band was AFI (A Fire Inside), and he enjoyed many different types of music - from Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton to Social Distortion and Nirvana. The musical "The Lion King" was one of the highlights of a recent trip he took to New York with his family. He was also interested in old architecture, especially Notre Dame and ancient Irish castles.
Through his many friends at BTFC, Camp Sunshine, the Lighthouse Family retreat, his schools and churches in Georgia and Alabama, Blake deeply touched many hearts. He lived life to the fullest, and on his own terms. He passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville with his loving family at his side on October 5, 2005.