Welcome to Kylie's Page
Kylie was born on February 24th, 2002. From her earliest days she was called Smiley Kylie because a smile was never far from her face. The youngest of four sisters, Kylie became the family peacemaker with an uncanny knack for settling any dispute. She lit up any room with her infectious joy and always made it her goal to seek out those in need of a smile, which she happily shared.
We joke that we stole some other family’s first child because Kylie had all typical tendencies of an eldest child. She was a perfectionist, eager to please, and a diligent worker. Everywhere she went she passed out her “Velcro hugs.” Kylie grew up singing and dancing. At the age of nine, she landed the role of Annie and never looked back. Theatre became her passion and the stage her second home.
Kylie’s knee began to hurt in early 2014. On April 9th she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. When she heard she had cancer, she simply said, “God must have a great big plan for me.” She started chemotherapy with hope and her signature smile. The chemo treatment Kylie received has changed little in forty years. It took a harsh toll on her body. Her weight dropped to a state of malnourishment due to nausea and constant mouth sores. Though there were bad days, Kylie developed a unique ability to steal joy even from cancer and fought back with a smile and positive attitude. She made pictures and silly videos to share her joy with other cancer fighters and her growing social media following.
During her treatment, her family created SmileyforKylie for friends and family to post pictures that allowed others to smile for her when she couldn’t. Pictures poured in from people we knew and many we didn’t. We decided to see if we could get a picture from every state, figuring it would take a while. It only took three days. She then got pictures from nearly 100 countries, celebrities, and many Broadway stars as word spread. These little tokens of kindness helped her through some of the toughest days.
For a time, the chemo did its job and beat back the cancer. But it could never kill it completely. Toward the end of the radiation cycle that should have marked the end of her treatment, new tumors were discovered, and her cancer was deemed incurable by standard treatment. Before she could enter clinical trials, she died on February 13th, 2015. We miss her every day.
Concerned about others to the end, her last words to her family were directives to take care of her baby kitten and to cure childhood cancer so others wouldn’t have to suffer as she had.
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