JAMESTOWN. N.Y. (WIVB) – A large show of support gave a final farewell to a little girl in Chautauqua County. Kallie Swan, 3, died of leukemia last week.
Her story inspired a group to raise thousands of dollars to help fight childhood cancer. Orange ribbons line Southern Tier streets, all in honor of Kallie Lynn Swan who lost her fight with leukemia last week. Family friend Bruce Kerr came into town from Oklahoma to be there for the Swan family. “God bless Kallie and the community that is so wonderfully gathered here in support of the battle she fought,” he says.
Kallie was diagnosed at just two years old. She returned home after her third birthday to spend her final days with family.
Family friend Diane Marlatt from Falconer says, “When Kallie came home for the last time from the hospital everyone tied orange ribbons around trees. In Falconer- up in through Kennedy and Gerry, New York. Everyone has supported the ‘Krusade for Kallie.”
Before she died, Jamestown Police made her an honorary police officer, just like her dad Seargant Shane Swan.
Monday the community packed the Lady of Loreto Catholic Church in Falconer to celebrate her life. Family, friends, members of the Patriot Guard and the “Blue Knights” all sport orange to honor her cause- the color of leukemia awareness.
“It’s a heart wrenching and heart warming thing that’s taken place here,” says Kerr.
Now “Kallie’s Krusade” — the organization created in her honor — wants people to “fight like a girl.” Money raised through this group helps other families fighting childhood cancer. From medical bills to transportation, all of the money raised through the organization goes to helping area families in their journey. Through this, Kallie’s legacy lives on with those who knew her, and those who were just touched by her story.
“If you look and see what’s happened on the internet and how viral it’s went, it is affecting so many different people even people who weren’t from Jamestown were crying when she passed,” says Patriot Rider, Bob Servis.