Kyler Bradley passes away
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - Kyler Bradley, after battling terminal brain cancer, has passed away Tuesday evening, April 12.
When doctors diagnosed Kyler Bradley with DIPG, the same brain cancer that killed Lauren Hill, the 10-year-old said he believed in miracles. He asked all of us to believe with him. His family asked again Tuesday. Kyler was taken off life support in his home. At 6 p.m. a community prayer service was held outside the family's home in Hamilton announcing they had taken Kyler off of life support.
Local 12 News first met Kyler at his fifth grade class at Fairfield Intermediate ten days after he was diagnosed. His face already drooped from pressure due to the brain tumor but the well liked, straight A student was still up for pranking classmates. That was in November 2015. His parents told him the truth about the highly aggressive inoperable brain tumor that turned the whole family upside down.
"It's almost like trying to read through a whole book and find when it ends it's hard. The pages are your days and when it ends it ends," said Kyler's mom, Rebecca Bradley.
Kyler got help with his battle with DIPG from all over the world. #KylerStrong showed up on billboards, Facebook messages and in hundreds of cards. Kyler spent 10 weeks getting radiation and chemotherapy at Children's Hospital to shrink the tumor that infiltrated the stem of his brain. The Fairfield Township rescue squad and a police escort brought him home. Known for his thumbs, up he managed a wave to those who waited for him; many of them strangers.
He seemed to thrive at home, his face was swollen from steroids but he was able to eat again and communicate in his own way. It was more than doctors thought possible. Kyler was also being treated for pneumonia but Tuesday, April 12, six months after he was diagnosed, Kyler's family made the difficult decision to take him off life support. He passed away the same evening.