Kaylee Elizabeth Brady, 15, of the Town of Ulster, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City after a courageous battle with Burkitt's Leukemia. She was born on December 5, 2002 in Kingston. Kaylee attended Miller Middle School and then most recently was a Freshman at Kingston High School.
Kaylee was the most fierce, brave, courageous, fearless person anyone could have had the pleasure to meet. Her spunk and sass made her adored by many, especially during her fight. The staff of D7 at Albany Medical Center will tell you she spoke her mind and was never afraid to challenge what was being done. She controlled her health care, which was impressive at only 15. She became educated, asked questions, and never failed to voice her concerns if something wasn't being done by protocol. There was never a doubt in her mind that she wanted to win this battle. She approached her treatment with grace and her head held high, without hesitation, complaint, or fear. Kaylee left an impression on everyone she met, leaving each with memories and lessons, which is exactly what she would have wanted most. She will forever be her family's hero, and now their guardian angel. She will continue watching over her parents and her siblings just as she did here on Earth.
Kaylee is survived by her parents, Allison and Todd Blankschan, her siblings, Lauren Brady, Lucas Blankschan, and Kayden Blankschan, her father, Andrew (Lisa) Brady, her maternal grandparents, Pamela and David Rhodes, and Kevin Godbey, her paternal grandparents, Diane Gehrer and Peter Stefancich, and Ted and Kathleen Blankschan, her great grandparents, Carmella Cusatis, and Robert and Mary Ellen Gehrer, her aunts and uncles, Kyle and Carrie Godbey, Kaitlyn and Mitchell Hughes, Amy Rhodes, Mary Brady and her fiance Jerome Lagrada, Jamie Blankschan and his fiance Beverly Schneck , and Kortney and Donald Markle, III, her special friend, Margarita who stayed by her side and helped care for her, as well as many other family members and dear friends. She is predeceased by her great grandparents, Eugene Cusatis, and John and Elizabeth Godbey. The family would like to thank the nurses at Albany Medical Center, Unit D7, for their care and compassion and the families of Aunt Jenn's Early Learning Center for all of their support.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY, 12401 where family and friends may visit from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday July 15, 2018. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11am at St. Catherine Laboure RC Church. Burial will follow in Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Kaylee may be made to St. Baldrick's Foundation at https://www.stbaldricks.org/memorial/128 To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com.
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Drew and Lisa Brady and all of Kaylee’s relative ‘s our deepest sympathy , and heart felt condolences , she touched so many hearts in the community , may she Rest In Peace , and god bless
Dear Allison, Todd and family,
We are deeply saddened to hear about Kaylee’s passing. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time. Thinking of you today and always.
Uncle Tom and Aunt Marilyn
This breaks my heart. R.I.P. to you Kaylee. Prayers of comfort to this beautiful family. My condolences
Unfortunately circumstances did not allow either my wife Beth or I to know this beautiful young lady but our hearts go out to my son and Allison as well as Lauren and other family members as they mourn her passing .I know words cannot take away such a profound loss but please know that Beth and I are praying for you in your grief and loss of Kaylee
My sincere and deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious Kaylee. I pray for strength and peace for all of you. May God bless you Kaylee...In the arms of the angels ..fly away..
I didn’t know you I am sorry that I didn’t . May god bless you family and loved ones . My deepest condolences to your family and prayers . May be Rest In Peace sweet angel fly high..😇💔
Kaylee was an extension of my family. Her strength during her battle with cancer is representation of outstanding young woman Kaylee was. She will always have a special place in many hearts. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness felt. Sending love to Allison, Todd, Lauren, Lucas, Kayden and the entire extended family.
~Patty and Tomio
I loved having you as a health student at Miller Middle School. I really looked forward to having you at Kingston High School. You were sassy and full of life in middle school. It’s so hard to believe that life inside of you is gone. Please watch over your sister, Lauren and your other siblings who I hope to teach in the future as well.
Fly those wings and watch over your family and know how much you will be missed by us.🙏🏼❤️
Allison and family, I am so sorry the loss of your beautiful girl. My heart breaks for you.
I'm so sorry about your granddaughter. my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at your time of sorrow.
Our family is so sorry for your lost.
Tho no words can take away your pain; our prayers and love are with all of your family.
May the grace of God and His loving arms embrace all your hearts.
Dear Kathy, Ted and family, My thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this time. May you find comfort in knowing others do share in your loss this day. Remember that life has only changed not ended. Our God who loved and sustained this beautiful child on this earth now will holds her in his arms forever. May God be with you and bless you in the days ahead. Fondly, Ron Smith
She’s in the sun, the wind, the rain, she’s in the air you breathe with every breath you take. She sings this song of hope and cheer, there’s no more pain, no more fear. You’ll see her in the clouds above, hear her whisper words of love. You’ll be together before long, until then listen for her song... Bigga hugs
Me and Kaylee met because we found out we were both sick , I found out they thought she had ( itp ) what I have and they thought I had what she had (cancer) , I am sooo sorry for the loss of Kaylee , she was strong and a fighter and I’m happy I knew her and that we were able to talk about our stories , I’m torn . Rest In Peace Kaylee
Kevin and family, so sorry for your loss. I know your hurt as we lost a grandson 4 years ago. Wish I could be with you, but our sympathy and love with big hugs go out to you and your family. Vonda Metcalf (Cousin from Kentucky)
I met Kaylee and Allison in D7. She was the sweetest, most spunky kid in the unit. I used to stop by her room to just chat, and we would joke around. She approached the most difficult battle of her life with such grace, that she made a place in my heart. I met her less than 2 weeks ago in clinic, when Kaylee and Allison were upbeat about being finished with chemo and heading to normal life soon. I am so heartbroken that cancer stole that from both of them. Lots of love to Allison and the family as they deal with this most painful and unexpected loss of a beautiful soul.
I taught Kaylee English in her 7th grade year. She was bright and mature far beyond her chronological age. It was truly an honor to be a small part of her life and read her poetry about her dreams, questions, struggles, and joys. Kaylee lived life without fear of judgement or criticism. I will always remember her strong spirit. My condolences and prayers to the entire family and all the friends that will miss Kaylee beyond words.
Mrs. Burns (Miller 8th Grade)
With Love and Sympathy for the entire family and friends. Your presence will forever be part of all those that loved you and knew you. Marsha Shapiro-Marra
Meatball LOVES U Kaylee Elizabeth! I will forever miss you!
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