Jonathan Chamberlain described himself as an 'author hijacked by life'

But his response to the challenges that life threw at him was unique.

His daughter Stevie had Down Syndrome, so he founded two charities to help affected families: the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and Mental Handicap Network China Ltd.

His wife Bernadette died of cancer, so Jonathan worked ceaselessly to provide information on cancer-related issues through his books and websites.

Family and friends and all those supported by his passion will miss him.

His abiding message will be, 'whatever challenges life puts in your way, fight back.'