Earlier this year, Kayleen passed away from leukemia. But, her life continues to be celebrated. On Sept. 16, neighbors, friends and the Children’s family came together at Children’s in Minneapolis to honor what would have been her 10th birthday – and her last wish.
She was a huge fan of Star Studio and the Dude, and she asked that every year on her birthday, her family stock Star Studio’s shelves with toys for patients. Toys arrived by the truckload on her special day.
“Kayleen liked to have fun, and we liked to have fun together,” the Dude said
The tradition started a year ago. When Kayleen turned 9, she asked for prizes for patients instead of presents for herself.
“We’re not done. This will go on,” the Dude said.
Thee Viking World Order will host its home opener party in honor of Kayleen on Friday and will collect gifts. Learn more here about the event.
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Watch friends and family sing “Happy Birthday” to Kayleen.