Clute was a bright and loving boy. Throughout his short life Clute was quick with a hug or a smile for all. On January 15, 1997 at the age of 5 1/2, Clute was diagnosed with a large anaplastic astrocytoma tumor in the center of his brain involving both sides of his thalamus. During the 16 months of his illness, Clute withstood and endured each loss of function and each new cancer treatment with grace, dignity, and humor. His love for his family, friends, doctors and nurses never waivered. Even in the time since his death, the depth to which he touched others' lives and the legacy of love that he has left for us continues.