A 13-year-old boy's dying wish to have his paintings live on has been realised with the publication of a book dedicated to his art. The work of Ray Cheung Wai-chung, who died in March last year, is featured in the book My Little Creation, which has been published by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His mother Candice Cheung said it was her son's way of saying thank-you to those who loved and cared for him. Ray began painting when he was five. The book is a collection of 30 of his works in oil, pastel, coloured pencil, watercolours, charcoal and acrylic. They range from self-portraits to still life and landscapes. The book's preface, written by his aunt, Man Yee, on behalf of Ray, says: 'If it was not for the presence of God in my heart, I would most probably spend my days crying, feeling depressed and losing my appetite. 'Daddy laughs at me for speaking like a grown-up but this is, in fact, what I have truly experienced. 'My wish is to use this collection of drawings to let everyone who cares about me know that I will miss them.' Diagnosed with brain cancer in 1998, Ray was subjected to a series of operations, chemotherapy and examinations. 'The process was painful and draining,' said his mother. 'However his endless treatments during that time did not make Ray angry, scared, depressed or resentful. 'Chung-Chung was a very sensitive child, sensitive to the people and the things around him, and as he was not a talkative boy, he loved to express his feelings through his drawings. 'I think today I can still communicate with him through his paintings. During the last stage of his illness, Chung-Chung understood he would leave this world very soon, but he wanted to show his heartfelt thanks to everyone who had loved him and cared about him.' But to draw a picture for everyone he loved would have been impossible. So Mrs Cheung suggested he select some of his drawings to be published in a book. One of the doctors treating Ray contacted Make-A-Wish Foundation, which decided to publish the book. Make-A-Wish Foundation project co-ordinator Heidi Wong Kam-man said Ray's wish displayed his giving nature. 'It's not a wish for himself, he was a very generous boy and when he saw [the book] he was satisfied and happy,' she said. Mrs Cheung said the book also fulfilled Ray's other two wishes. 'It spreads God's love and lets people understand the meaning of death in Christianity and it gives some funding support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,' she said. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has published 4,500 copies, which are available by phoning 2579 2402.