Letter from the Editor: Amazing inspirations | August 2013

“She’s been a fighter since the day she was born,” said Linda Butler, our cover girl’s grandmother. Eight-year-old Kaylyn Butler was sporting boxing gloves for her photo shoot — but that wasn’t what Linda was referencing.

“She’s been a fighter since the day she was born,” said Linda Butler, our cover girl’s grandmother. Eight-year-old Kaylyn Butler was sporting boxing gloves for her photo shoot — but that wasn’t what Linda was referencing.

Kaylyn was just 7 months old when her parents were told that she had just 24 hours to live. She needed a liver transplant in order to survive.

Her family brought a small album of photos to show me during Kaylyn’s recent photo shoot. The pictures captured such a fragile baby girl, seemingly fighting for her life with every ounce of her being.

Looking up from the photos, I saw a now-healthy and boisterous young lady hamming it up for the camera. Her grandma said Kaylyn received a life-saving new liver on Sept. 12, 2005.

“She is living life to the fullest thanks to the kindness of strangers in their darkest hour,” Linda said.

Kaylyn now speaks to groups about her story and the importance of organ donation. Now that’s an amazing kid, I thought. That turned out to be a recurring thought that day as the rest of the 2013 class of About’s Amazing Kids each came through for their photo shoots. One after another, each had a remarkable story to tell at their young age.

Ten-year-old Chloe Seifreit came to the office with a bag full of kids’ Band-aids. Turns out she started a nonprofit organization — Chloe’s Characters 4 Kidz — to help sick kids after she beat her own battle with leukemia. Chloe wrote out a list for me about her and what she remembers from her experience. I can’t tell you how many times I re-read and absorbed her neatly written words that recalled the day that she shaved her hair.

Read about Chloe, Kaylyn and all of our Amazing Kids. I have no doubt you’ll be amazed — and inspired by their energy, their determination and their smiles.

Good reading — will travel

As I came home from work one night, my daughter and her friend had just came in from swimming and were going into the sunroom to dry off. I heard a lot of giggling in there and I peeked in to see what they were doing. They were reading About magazine! They were surprised to see some familiar faces in there.

Where have you read About magazine? Send me your picture with an issue of About and you may see yourself in a future issue! I wonder what unique places the magazine will show up — and how far it can travel? Email your pics to darla.brown@cantonrep.com.

Blessings,
Darla A. Brown

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TO THE ABOUT TEAM
All of us at the North Canton Chamber appreciate your coverage of the events and people that make Stark County special. Of particular interest to me each issue is the “Last Look” photograph.The variety of subjects and the quality of the photographers’ work make it easy for that page to be a monthly “first look” for me.
-Doug Lane, president, North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce

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