These trips helped him to learn his
first words in English, which he often repeated
and loved to share with the rest of his school. Aged four and a half, he
was already bilingual, with a remarkable level in Serbian –
his mother’s native tongue – as well as French.
Open-minded and curious, his headmistress described him as
a child with “a strong sense of justice and
sharing”, who never shied away from speaking up,
even in front of adults.
As well as football and basketball, Stefan often showed
interest in other sports. He wanted
to try his hand at tennis, like his cousin who plays at a high level.
He would always ask his dad about his equipment when he came back
from his bike rides. His favourite films? Cars
and Days of Thunder, making him a big fan of
cars, like his grandad – a visit
to the Daytona International Speedway in Florida
had long been planned.
We lost Stef on a sunny Sunday afternoon in April 2019
in a car accident together with his mother
– together until the end. In
a bitter twist of fate, his final trip
was aboard a helicopter… his favourite toy. In his ultimate
sacrifice, Stefan helped saved the lives of
three children thanks to his organ donations.
A final, heroic act of kindness that
encouraged us to turn to prevention.
And save lives.
By creating the “Stef” association, we want to continue with this initiative
with authenticity, kindness, determination and inspiration.
We want to alert current and future drivers to the dangers of
sending and reading messages behind the wheel. Something that cost this
child his life.