SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Words of love and admiration continue to pour in to the family of 8-year-old Kyle St. Clair. Kyle, who was born with an undiagnosed illness that caused his organs to malfunction, died Tuesday. He never had a bite of solid food in his life, and spent much of his 8 years traveling to and from hospitals. But those who knew him say he left every person he met a little better off through his kindness and positive attitude.
11-year-old Morgan Maddock, who is good friends with Kyle's big sister, Alex, used to spend a lot of time with Kyle, just talking. "It was kind of cool to have him as a friend because he was a good person and he was kind of like a role model, even though he was like 3 years younger than me," she said.
Morgan's mother, Melissa Maddock, says Kyle was wise beyond his years. She said, "I just think being in his presence was an honor."
Kyle's whole life was a fight. He was hooked up to tubes from the time he was born, shuttled to hospitals in Portland, Boston and even Columbus, Ohio, thanks to volunteers at Angel Flights of New England, who give sick children free cross country trips. His family got a lot of help from doctors and nurses, Make A Wish, local businesses and community members who held fundraisers for "Team Kyle." Through the the "Team Kyle" Facebook page, they made sure the world knew he, and they, took nothing for granted.
Melissa Maddock says Kyle always said thank you. "He'd say thanks for coming to play with me. I love you!" And he'd blow a kiss.
Kyle lived the motto "live life for today." In February of 2012, he returned from the hospital in hospice care. He was given just 4 days to live. He didn't think he would see his 8th birthday. But he kept fighting, kept smiling, and kept inspiring those he met. This summer, the Scarborough Football Team did a fundraiser for him. Players made one visit to Kyle's home. And they kept coming back. Nate McLellan, one of the captains of the Scarborough Football Team, said, "Seeing him was just a smile and happiness all around."
Kyle made people want to give. Through " Team Kyle" bracelets, T-shirts, and walk teams, his family helped raise money for the March of Dimes, the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and Angel Flights among other causes. They made "pay it forward" cards, asking people to pass on random acts of kindness.
Maddock said, "You learn being friends with them to appreciate every single day for what it is. "
On January 8th, Team Kyle wrote on Facebook, "After 8+ years of fighting, our love doesn't need to fight anymore. Kyle William St.Clair passed away here,at home, this morning with his family his side. We can't say enough about what joy this boy has brought to us in his short time on earth. So much love. Thank you to all for the support you have given to him and to us."
Kyle's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, January 14 at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough. You can leave condolences at the Hobbs Funeral Home page for Kyle. Click here. Kyle's family asks that in lieu of flowers, people perform random acts of kindness in Kyle's name. And they may donate in Kyle's name to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, The Robbie Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, Angel Flights of New England, or March of Dimes Maine. You also can donate to Team Kyle; 41 Woodfield Drive, Scarborough, ME.