Parents of Toledo girl who died of cancer working to help others

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Seven-year-old Kaylee Turney died of cancer last month. Her parents are working to ensure that other families going through the same struggles get the help they need. They’ve started a non-profit called Team Kaylee, and they’re in the process of opening a home base for their work.

Kaylee was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was just two years old. She lost her five-year battle with the disease on September 7.

“She had to tell us before she couldn’t talk anymore that she loved us,” says her father Lee. “Those were the last words she had to say.”

That love inspired Kaylee’s parents to start a nonprofit in her name. “We’re going to take something bad and make it good for other people and hope their journey is better than ours.”

Lee and his wife Kara both took months off from work, something many parents and loved ones of children with cancer have to do. “We know what we’ve been through. What help is not there, so we want to try to set it up for someone else.”

Team Kaylee’s focus will be to fill the gaps many families face after a child is diagnosed with cancer. “It’s miserable. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. It’s just hard.”

The help offered includes living expenses, toys, food, gas cards and simple gestures. One of the first things the Turneys did after they founded the nonprofit was deliver a cart full of Halloween goodness to kids in the hospital. “Kaylee would like to make other children laugh and make other people happy. So that’s what we’re going to do with our next trip.”

The Turneys say this is all to keep the memory of their beautiful daughter alive. “Helping others will help us. It really will.”

Team Kaylee’s headquarters is located on West Alexis Road. There will be a festive opening on Saturday 6 November. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about the organization’s work, click here.

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