Salk students don pink to remember inspirational friend



Posted on September 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 7:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Friends and family joined together to honor the legacy of a 12-year-old girl who died suddenly this summer from an aggressive form of cancer.

Kayleigh Keeble's battle with cancer began and ended in only 10 short days.  Her parents said, though, Keyleigh left a legacy in her short 12 years of life that will last much longer than that.

Inspired by Kayleigh, students at Salk Middle School wore pink Friday in honor of their fallen classmate.

“She was my best friend,” said classmate Emma Tolman.  “She still is and always will be.”

Kayleigh’s parents Jeramie and Courtney Keeble also broke out pink outfits Friday as a community remembered their daughter.

“I used to tease her I'd never wear pink,” joked Jeramie.

Just a month prior, the Keeble’s were raising a healthy, strong young girl.  Jeramie and Courtney's world turned upside down with just one trip to the hospital.

“She never missed a day of school,” they said.  “Never an ear infection, never anything, so for her to get this was a huge shock.”

Kayleigh died on August 22.

“[This was] an extremely aggressive form of cancer, “ Jeramie said. “They said it probably started less than ten days by the time we got to the hospital and it had completely taken over her whole abdomen by the time we got her in there.”

At Salk Friday, where Kayleigh had just graduated from 6th grade, it was a day of celebrating how the 12-year-old lived her life before the illness tragically cut it short.

Family and classmates recall Kayleigh never let anyone walk by without first getting a smile on their face.

“She always wanted people to be happy and have fun,” said Kayleigh's father Jeramie.

“She would want me to be happy and try my best in school and be brave and think about the positive things and that's what I'm trying to do,” Emma said.

Kayleigh's family made “fight like a girl” bracelets as reminder of her life.  The Keebles have already sold 500 of the bracelets for cancer awareness.  People could purchase them at Lollipop Lemondrop in North Spokane or online through the Kayliegh Keeble Facebook memorial page.