K aylin Peters passed away last December after being diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. Both of her parents are trying to keep memories of her alive by purchasing a headstone. While most little girls grow up to have a senior ball with a dress and new shoes to match, Kaylin will not be able to have any of these luxuries.
Edward Peters wanted his happy baby girl to do all those things. "M y daughter was the happiest baby that I've ever known. She went through so much and she was so young and she always had a smile on her face and it brightened everybody that she met ," says Peters.
Her grandfather Kevin Hudson knows why this headstone means so much to her. "She'll never buy the prom dresses, the cars, the wedding dresses anything like that, so this is kind of a big thing for her. It means a lot to her for all these people that are here," says Hudson.
Dozens who were touched by Kaylin's story came by the American Legion in Cicero to help fundraise for Kaylin's headstone. This generosity overwhelmed Kaylin's family as the feeling of meeting people they have never seen before touched them deeply.
Krystal Peters is Kaylin's mother and seeing this outpouring of support is exactly what she needs at this time. "It's heart wrenching actually to see that this many people are coming together for her. It's not for us, it's for her. I'll never be able to thank everybody enough for supporting her," says Peters.
The family raised $3,500 dollars towards their headstone today, bringing them to $5,000 in all. They are also working to prevent this from happening to other infants, as heart defects are found in one in 100 births. hoping New York State will mandate testing to check for low oxygen levels at birth. Kaylin was not diagnosed for three weeks, as doctors did not recognize the signs of purple extremities at the very beginning. They hope that these tests can save future infants in the future.