“This was his mother’s idea, so that people would have a chance to see him and have a celebration. All these people here don’t know Kyler. They have been posting messages on Facebook and he has followers all the way in England,” she said. “His mother has been by his side 24/7; she didn’t come home until he came home. They are a blessed family.They are holding up as well as can be expected, and this really nice turnout shows they have a great support system.”
The crowd packed the church and lined up to hug Rebecca and Kirk and catch a glimpse of Kyle who was by his mom’s side in a medical bed adorned with his cherished Pikachu doll. “Team Kyler” and ‘Kyler Strong” shirts were worn by many as they watched the brave young child move his hands and show what the church’s lead pastor, Drew Wilkerson, called a heart-warming showing by Kyler, his family and the community.
“We love the Bradley family, and they attend the church here. We have been praying for them,” he said. “The miracle is knowing that their family is bringing so many people closer to each other and closer to God as we’re praying together and as we’re learning how to unite together as a community around this need and around Kyler.”
Captain American and a Jedi (the costumed duo interacted with Kyler as a surprise), along with folks from all walks of life, put smiles on the family’s face and offered support during the celebration that boosted the spirits of Kyler’s parents, Wilkerson said.
State Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., was in attendance, and he felt the celebration was very inspirational.
“This is what life is all about — this is people who never ever give up, and they keep fighting for life and you can just see the outpouring of affection from their friends and neighbors. It is just wonderful,” he said. “You can’t say enough about the people at Ford who work with Kirk, great people of Fairfield Twp., the Fairfield fire chief and firemen. This is great to be a part of.”