SHARPSBURG, Md. (WDVM) — The Sharpsburg neighborhood got here collectively on Saturday to rejoice the lifetime of 9-year-old Ryett VanCleave, who was recognized with leukemia final 12 months. The occasion was initially imagined to be a time for the neighborhood members, household, and buddies to help him in his battle, however VanCleave misplaced his life simply someday earlier than.
“He had the brightest smile, big dark brown eyes, his charm just he just lit up a room. He was just fabulous. Just a great little human,” stated his grandmother Kami Hoffman.
That’s how VanCleave’s household all the time remembers him. Vancleave was recognized with leukemia on April 21, 2021.
“We’ve been going through this journey with him for the past year. He went through nine treatments in 10 months and never went into remission,” she stated.
VanCleave determined to write down a bucket record of all of the issues he needed to do, and that included visiting his household in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Unfortunately, simply someday earlier than the Sharpsburg neighborhood deliberate on having a parade, and getting collectively to rejoice his struggle with leukemia with him, VanCleave’s battle got here to an finish.
“366 days of fighting and it was peaceful. It was peaceful,” stated Hoffman.
That didn’t cease them from honoring his life on Saturday.
“We kind of knew that it was coming, and we just decided as a family we still wanted it to go along with his memory,” she stated.
The mayor of Sharpsburg even awarded Ryett’s household with a key to town, and a certificates making him mayor for a day. Although VanCleave didn’t make it to his celebration, his grandmother says she is aware of he would actually get pleasure from it.
“He knows how special he was. He knows like everywhere he went. He felt so much love from everybody that he encountered,” she stated.