Posted by: tessarodes | May 17, 2011

In Memory of Hunter

William Hunter Maloy lived from May 16, 1990 to May 16, 2011. He was exactly 21 years old when he died.

Several years ago, Hunter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract. At the present time, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease and remission may not be possible, or prolonged if achieved. There is no known cause of Crohn’s disease, though genetic predisposition is probable.

Hunter was a young, active man afflicted with a complicated disease that through severe medication, unrelenting symptoms, and a negative psychological toll likely led to his tragic death. His struggle with Crohn’s disease was painful and, at times, devastating, though you would never know it by talking to Hunter.

On May 16, 2011, after receiving distressing news about his disease and being prescribed medication with “suicidal thoughts” as a side-effect, he shot himself.

Hunter’s family is interested in preserving his memory through helping others who struggle with Crohn’s disease. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America accepts donations in memory of Hunter Maloy and a card will be sent to his family’s home address or email address. To donate, see instructions here.

You can also text “CCFA” to 90999 to donate $5, though it will not be a specific to Hunter’s memory. If you choose to do this, please leave a comment on this post.



  1. I’m not sure whether I’m doing the right thing – I have just come across your website while looking for something else. My name is Rose and I live in England I also had a son who was diagnosed with Crohns Disease when he was just 14 yrs and can relate to how you feel at losing your son – and just want to share my thoughts and condolences with you – as I lost my son Graeme when he was 30. He had gone to America to work at 27 which was his dream and I worried about how he would get on with his Crohns like mothers do. To cut a long story short he had a couple of ops while in America and a couple of months after he came home 3 years ago he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It is nearly two years ago and we have our own charity set up in Graeme’s memory – it is a horrible disease and like your son my son never complained either – but I just can’t imagine what it is like for you to have Hunter shoot himself. Please take care and all I can say is I deal with it by thinking he is in a better place and not in any more pain but that doesn’t stop me missing him.


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