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Kyle's Wish carries on a child's legacy

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Pike County 11 year-old Kyle Smith lost his battle with leukemia three weeks ago.

His courageous fight against the disease is still inspiring many around the community. Before he died, Smith told his family that he had one wish, and that is to help others.

Kyle Smith passed away three Sundays ago, losing a year and a half battle to leukemia.

"We got a spend a lot of close family time that a lot of people don't get to the opportunity to spend," said Shelly Adams, Kyle's mother.

Every week when he was at UK Children's Hospital in Lexington, Smith would pick out something from Jarret's Joy Cart, which supplies toys to children. However, his mom said Kyle would not always find toys for boys his age.

"Kyle had said that backpacks are not cool toys. He said we need to get them some cool toys," said Adams.

The organization Kyle's Wish will carry on that message, and the first mission is a toy drive for Jarret's Joy Cart.

"He wanted us to do other things for the kids at the hospital," said Adams.

"Everyone needs to step up. These are children, and everybody needs to step up and help," said Mike Taylor, a family friend.

This week you can bring donated toys to Kyle's old school, Elkhorn City Elementary.

Adams is asking for new, fun items that can be easily cleaned. Things like games, remote control cars, and movies.

Even though Kyle is gone, Taylor is still helping the family, and hopes others will as well.

"I hope that everybody will stand behind Shelly, and support her to make Kyle's wish come true," said Taylor.

The toys will be delivered to Lexington on Saturday, the day after Kyle Smith would have turned 12 years old.

"He wanted to be 11 forever. Now he gets to be 11 forever, and he doesn't have to be sick," said Adams.

Once again, you can drop off donated items to Elkhorn City Elementary during normal school hours until Thursday. Adams says she plans to make the toy drive an annual event in August as part of remembering his birthday.


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