Kylie M.

$1,667

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From the time she was an infant, Kylie earned the nickname Smiley Kylie because of her joy-filled, engaging smile that never left her face. In fact, joy just seemed toMore...

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From the time she was an infant, Kylie earned the nickname Smiley Kylie because of her joy-filled, engaging smile that never left her face. In fact, joy just seemed to exude from her. You didn’t have to know her long to realize that the world just seemed to get brighter when she walked into a room. She genuinely loved people. She looked for kids at school who seemed like they needed a friend. She was the first to include someone new to a group. Whenever her sisters had an argument, she was the self-appointed peacemaker.

She loved her three older sisters fiercely. In fact, she was her happiest when she was able to spend time with them. She loved to sing, dance, and act. Her natural charisma translated to the stage, and when she was there, you couldn’t take your eyes off of her! When she was finally old enough to audition for plays at her school, she was given the title role in the musical Annie. As a 10-year-old, she commanded the stage, kept a dog (who happened to weigh more than she did) in line, belted out “Tomorrow” like a pro, and never even realized that it was an impressive feat.

In March 2014, while she was in a production of Anne of Green Gables, she began to experience knee pain. After many trips over the course of a month to an orthopedic surgeon who dismissed her symptoms as an inflamed ligament, Kylie was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing sarcoma. Her immediate reaction was to state unequivocally, “God must have a really big plan for me.”

She embarked on her 10-month grueling treatment regimen with incredible courage, never losing her characteristic joy. Despite being in intense constant pain, being unable to walk, and suffering severe side effects from chemo drugs, she searched hard for moments of joy, tried to make her family laugh, and looked for ways to encourage other younger children who were battling cancer, too. She taught all those around her how to live joyfully, in spite of her circumstances.

In February 2015, Kylie thought she was nearing the end of her treatment and was full of plans for the future, including her Make a Wish trip during which she was scheduled to make an appearance in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. However, we discovered that her cancer had spread, and the limited treatment options available for Ewing sarcoma had not been effective. She spent the last few days of her life on earth at home surrounded by those who love her. Her last wish was that her family continue to fight for a cure for childhood cancer so that no other children have to go through what she endured.

Our hearts long for Kylie every second of every single day. In Kylie’s memory and in honor of that wish, we ask you to consider joining us in the fight to end childhood cancer. Kylie put it best, “I think cancer should die, not the kids.”

CURE's Kids

During September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, CURE Childhood Cancer hosts CURE's Kids. CURE's Kids empowers families to make an impact in the fight. Each day in September, we honor and remember children who have battled cancer as we partner with families to share their stories and ask the community to donate to critical research efforts. Since its inception, CURE's Kids has raised more than $2.5 million to further our efforts to conquer childhood cancer. 

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