Bridge honors Elkhorn City child

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

A Pike County boy's brave fight against leukemia is bringing together, and inspiring the people of Elkhorn City.

11 year-old Kyle Smith was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia more than one year ago.

Since then, his family has tried everything to help him from bone marrow drives, to trial drugs, but unfortunately the cancer is still spreading.

"He accepts what could be his future, but he's not given up either," Shelly Smith, his mom, said.

Kyle's fight against the disease has not only kept him alive, but it has inspired the whole community.

"He's given us the courage that we can do anything. He has motivated these kids in so many ways," his principal at Elkhorn City Elementary, James Mercer, said.

"This little boy has the most faith and the most courage I've ever seen in a child," Mike Taylor said.

To honor Kyle, Taylor and others voted to name a bridge after him. Many in the city cross it each day, and it takes you to Kyle's school and his house.

"Whenever we told him about the bridge, he was so excited. I asked him how he felt about it, he said, 'I feel pretty freaking good,'" Shelly Smith said.

"I come across this bridge at least eight times a day, and that's a reminder of how much he means to this community," Taylor said.

Mercer says he hoped to build a family atmosphere at Elkhorn City Elementary, and he believes the way Kyle's classmates have supported him is evidence of that.

The family says they are thankful for all the support they have received from everybody, and continue to ask for prayers.

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