HIDDEN VALLEY, Ore.-7-year-old Kaylee was adopted into the Hidden Valley High School Sparrow club this morning. Students gathered for an assembly where they learned more about her and welcomed her in with warm applause and cheers.
Kaylee was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October of 2017. Kaylee was transported to Portland and soon after began chemotherapy. Since then Kaylee has fought through treatments while maintaining a happy outlook on life. “She's doing amazing. We got sick last week and were in the hospital for about a week because her counts dropped. She's a fighter," says Kaylee’s mom Brandy Carpino.
Kaylee’s mom says that the Sparrow club approached her when they were doing a fundraiser for Kaylee about two months ago.
The Sparrow club is a non-profit organization that raises money for children who are in need financially or who are sick. They help raise money through community service, and the funds go directly to the family for things like medical expenses.
Today at the assembly high schoolers stood up to signify they would help by volunteering for community service to help Kaylee and her family.
Since October is also Kaylee’s birthday month, the Sparrow club presented her with an elephant cake and presents. "It's pretty amazing and special for her because she's going through stuff no little kid needs to go through," says Carpino.
After the assembly concluded students came up to Kaylee telling her how much she inspired them. Many students brought little trinkets as gift to Kaylee and others admired her fight. "She radiates good energy, she's really sweet. She came out and she's this bright little girl," says Sparrow club members Hope Gettys and Rosa Zuenas.
Student at Hidden Valley High School now have the opportunity to devote as many hours of community service to Kaylee and her family. Brandy says while this all is a little overwhelming, she is excited and grateful.