Community unites in tribute to 3rd grader fighting cancer

9:12 AM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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CLEARWATER, Minn. -- Third graders at Clearview Elementary School are getting more than a lesson in math and reading; they are learning that sometimes in life things just aren't fair.

On Wednesday, classmates celebrated "Kayleen Larson Day" by wearing orange. The mayor of Clearwater declared May 1 Kayleen's day to honor the third grader who is battling Leukemia.

"I think she's my best friend and I think that she's really important to me," said Jordyn Ehlert, who has known Kayleen since kindergarten.

Jordyn, her classmates and the entire city of Clearwater went orange to celebrate Kayleen's life and her battle with Leukemia.

Kayleen was diagnosed with Leukemia last March. She's gone through chemotherapy twice. It failed both times. She hasn't been in the classroom since December.

Kayleen has become tired from constant doctor visits. She didn't want to talk on camera, but her parents say the support has been healing.

"When she woke up the first thing she said to me when she rolled over was 'Mom is today May 1? And she said it's Kayleen Larson Day,' and I said 'Yes it is.' And she said, 'That's really cool,'" Sarah Larson, Kayleen's mom said.

There is no cure for Kayleen, but there is hope that love will make the journey easier for her and her family.

In addition to Kayleen Day, there's also a 5k planned in June. You can find more information on Caring for Kayleen.

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