Daleville mourns loss of young cancer patient
A central Indiana community is remembering an eight-year-old girl who lost her battle with cancer last week.
Eyewitness News first profiled Katie Kline during a November fundraiser for her at Daleville High School. The students wore yellow to support Katie and raised more than $6,000 for her medical expenses.
The second-grader fought cancer five different times. Katie Kline passed away Saturday.
At Daleville Elementary School on Monday, school administrators put up purple message boards for the students and staff to express their emotions and to honor Katie.
The boards were full of hopeful messages that spoke to one young girl's impact on this community:
"Katie, you were brave. We miss you. Love Katylin."
"I hope you are having a great time in Heaven. Love, Dylan. PS. You are the strongest person I know."
Due to her illness, Katie Kline wasn't able to be at school often. Kline had recently started a homeschooling program to stay up to date with her studies.
"A lot of kids write about how brave she was and how strong she was. They get what she's going through. They understand what she's been through," said Principal Kim Beard.
Students at Daleville Elementary wore yellow to support Katie Kline.
Katie Kline's classmates also put flowers and letters on her desk.
"This little girl touched so many. Not knowingly, she brought a whole community together. She was an amazing, amazing little girl. And we all loved her very much," said Principal Kim Beard.
Tuesday morning, Katie's mom Terry Storer gathered her strength to come to the school to read what these young people wrote about her daughter.
"You will be missed. She touched their lives. They will carry Katie's message to shine and to care for others and to do your best and smile. This makes it worth it," said Terry Storer, as she read the message boards.
Fighting through her tears, Terry tried to read each message. She also collected the hand-written letters and drawings addressed to "Katie's parents."
The grieving mother said the school is an unlikely place of healing for both her and the community. Storer hopes her daughter's positive attitude continues to touch the Daleville community.
"It was her time. She did what she came to do. And she is so bright. She will shine. She will keep shining on us," said Terry Storer.
The purple message boards will stay up until the last day of school. Katie's mom, Terry Storer, will be given the message boards as a gift to honor her daughter.
A private funeral for Katie Kline will be held Wednesday in Daleville.
Friends are raising money to help pay for funeral expenses. There will be a benefit ride on May 19th starting at 10AM. The ride will begin at Daleville High School.