12-Year-Old Boy Walks Mom Down Aisle Just Before Leaving For Heaven
12-year-old Keith Burkett, also known as Kourageous Keith, has been fighting a battle no child should have to endure. But his pain is over now. And Kourageous Keith passed away after walking his mom down the aisle – his final wish before leaving for Heaven.
Keith Burkett’s health battle began on Christmas Eve when he was only six years old. Chest pain led to an X-ray which revealed enough fluid in the little boy’s lungs to crowd the beating of his heart.
At first, they thought Keith just had pneumonia. But after surgery, the doctor told the boy’s family the lower part of his left lung “looked like hamburger meat.” From there, a lump formed around the incision and his cancer battle began.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the good in something as terrible as a little boy wasting away from cancer. But that’s just how Kourageous Keith got his nickname. Despite the arduous treatments and surgeries, Keith remained hopeful and positive.
He refused to give up and fought to survive, “So that maybe when I grow up I can have a wife and treat her right. I just feel like people should be treated the way you want to be treated.”
And while he won’t get that opportunity, Keith made more of an impact in his final years than some folks make their entire life. Thousands followed his story on the Kourageous Keith Facebook page. And the brave boy showed the world how God’s light can shine from even the darkest places.
The young boy could have easily been traumatized by the holidays after his health troubles began on Christmas Eve. But this inspirational fighter refused to let cancer steal his joy.
“Christmas is my favorite holiday because of all the happiness and joy in the world,” he said.
So, when Keith’s rare cancer returned for a fourth time with a vengeance, the entire community rallied to give him an early Christmas celebration in October so he wouldn’t miss out on the season he loves most.
“The idea [for Keith’s early Christmas] started with a small parade by his house,” said Andrea Metzler who helped organize the event. “It just got bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger … because no one, including the city, said no.”