To the editor:
Our son, Kelvin, passed away on Sept. 7, less than nine months after being diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma. He would have turned 4 on Sept 27.
Kelvin was a happy, playful, social little boy. He was active until the end, attending the Couch Freak Boogie and the Dayton Rodeo and Parade just a few days before his death. Kelvin thrived in spite of his illness. He loved meeting new people and visiting with old friends. His smile and giggle were contagious.
It is his smile and giggle that endeared him to many, even before he was sick. Since his passing, we have been told what good parents we must be to have raised such a boy. While we would like to think this is true, we believe that Kelvin's upbringing was bigger than us.
Kelvin was a lifelong resident of Fort Dodge. "Where are you from, Kelvin?" he would be asked when we were at Amplatz Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. "From Fort Dodge. You know, in Iowa," he would reply with pride, an ambassador for our city.
In Kelvin's world, strangers soon became friends because he looked them in the eye when he spoke with them, he smiled, and he listened. He did this because when people spoke to him, they looked him in the eye, smiled, and listened to what he had to say. He showed compassion for others, because he was shown compassion. He often asked if he could help with a task, because that is what he observed others do.
Kelvin was a reflection of our community.
We thank you for praying for our son, and for helping make his time here on Earth joyful. We miss him dearly, but continue to be humbled by the support of many.