From an early age, Kaylee Carew wanted to help others. At 10, she made and sold anklets to raise money for the San Antonio Humane Society.
At 13, Kaylee was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood cells. She was treated for seven months in her hometown of San Antonio, continuing to do well in all advanced classes at Reagan High School and making the National Junior Honor Society.
"Kaylee's determination to end cancer never waivered," says her mom, Aimee. "In true Kaylee spirit, she started the Got Hope Club. She was concerned for others, especially young patients like herself. She wanted to bring joy to those suffering with cancer."
In January 2015, Kaylee relapsed. Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson. In April, she had the procedure, using bone marrow from her father, Lance.
Though Kaylee fought fearlessly through the transplant, she passed away in December of that year. Her legacy and never-give-up spirit live on, not only through the Got Hope Club, but also at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, with a plaque in her name donated by Energy Transfer Partners, Lance's employer.
"Employees at Energy Transfer want to contribute in a significant way in the fight against cancer," says Chris Curia, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. "We believe our efforts are most effective by aligning with MD Anderson and supporting its research and treatment programs."
Energy Transfer, majority owner of Sunoco, LP, the parent company of Stripes, Sunoco and APlus, raised nearly $2.8 million last year for MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital.
The Got Hope Club in San Antonio continues to reach out to children with cancer, coordinating activities designed to support and bring joy, as Kaylee would have wanted.