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After A Seven-Year Battle With Cancer, Kyle McGetrick Passes Away

Friends and supporters of the 12-year-old who inspired the town with his strength and courage will hold a candle lighting event tonight for one of Barnegat's dearest residents.

After battling with cancer for seven years, 12-year-old Kyle McGetrick of Barnegat died Tuesday at 1 p.m.

During his battle, which the doctors did not foresee would last as long as it had, his family said, McGetrick had inspired his entire town with his strength and courage.

Barnegat's entire community showed support, as Kyle's terminal disease slowly consumed him. Friends, family and hundreds of residents from the area and beyond cheered Kyle on as he held on to life for as long as he could.

Kyle was diagnosed at the age of 5.

"He could have succumbed to it five years ago," Gene McGetrick, Kyle's father told Patch this morning. "They sent him home from the hospital in December telling us that he probably wouldn’t live till the New Year. But he was a fighter. Even yesterday, at the house, he fought to the end."

That's been Kyle's nature, always, said McGetrick, 39.

"His motto was never to give up," McGetrick said.

His friends and supporters created an initiative called "Courage for Kyle," but in his last days Kyle wanted to change it to "Courage from Kyle," McGetrick said. Kyle wanted to pass his courage on to others.

"One of his couple of last wishes was that [Courage for Kyle] be turned into another fund to help other kids in Barnegat" McGetrick said. "There are a couple of other families who are dealing with this right now."

"That's Kyle," McGetrick added. "Even though he's gone, he still has that presence."

Kyle's family and his stem cell donor from North Carolina shared Kyle's last moments with him Tuesday, at his home, Gene McGetrick said. He said his son was glad to be home, with his family and friends when the final moments came.

"He told his mom and his sister that he loved us," McGetrick said. "He died as he wanted to."

Audibly struggling with his emotions, McGetrick said he wanted to thank Barnegat for everything the town has done for his son.

"Everything that the town and the community gave, we can’t speak enough of," McGetrick said. "This is truly the best town, anywhere, and on behalf of the whole family we just want to thank everyone."

In particular, McGetrick thanked the fire department, Dee Lynch, the resident who had been the driving force behind "Courage for Kyle," and Ocean of Love, a non-profit organization in Ocean County which provides assistance and support to kids with cancer.

But the support does not stop with Kyle's passing.

One of Kyle's many supporters in the community, Jillian Grobelny, is organizing a candle lighting event for Kyle tonight, to say goodbye while commemorating his life, his courage and his inspiration.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. along Barnegat Boulevard in front of Cecil S. Collins School.

"Anyone and everyone is welcome to come with a candle and light in remembrance of a little boy who has touched all of our lives and has brought our town together as one," said Grobelny of Barnegat. "I dont care if I am standing alone or if there are a million people with me. Kyle deserves it."

karabecker May 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
theirs a thing for kyle at collins at 8 please come still crying i love u kyle 
karabecker May 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
:( rachel
karabecker May 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
i love kyle :)
Eric Thomas May 02, 2012 at 10:56 PM
A lesson in true valor taught to us by one so very, very young. May you rest in peace, Kyle. Your courage will live on as an inspiration to many. And may we all ask Almighty God to grant humankind the wisdom to prevent and cure the horros of cancer and other devastating diseases.
kathryn becker May 02, 2012 at 11:03 PM
i feel sooooo bad we raised 2000 dollers :) for him
kathryn becker May 02, 2012 at 11:03 PM
kyle i sooooo sad
karabecker May 03, 2012 at 01:07 AM
hi
kathryn becker May 03, 2012 at 01:22 AM
i rember that two
kathryn becker May 03, 2012 at 01:25 AM
kyle was loveing and awsome
Sherry Kriss-Dillane May 03, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My prayers are with you and your family. One of my friends son is doing a baseball tourdament for childhood cancer at the end of this month.. I will now make that in honor of your son Kyle. May God Bless your family.....
Patti Basista May 03, 2012 at 02:13 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you. GOD BLESS
kathryn becker May 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
rip kyle pray for u
kathryn becker May 03, 2012 at 02:54 AM
<3 u kyle love kara
britney adams May 03, 2012 at 03:01 AM
kyle,you were my insperation you made this whold town smile your smile lit up the whole universe,you were a great friend an u will be missed forever no one could ever replace you,but u r in a better place now you dont have to shuffer,everytime u look down on us we smile and pray you broughthappiness and courage to many people,you were such a great person you deserved to live but your in a better place where u know ur safe with god.....R.I.P. kyle<333 WE LOVE U!!!<333
karabecker May 03, 2012 at 03:15 AM
i loveeeee kyle hes safe now in heaven so he wont suffer
Melissa May 03, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Kyle's story has reached so many......he is a true inspiration to others. Please know his family and friends are in our prayers
karabecker May 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
when i think of kyle i think of happy things and rainbows and awsome things his smile is perfact he is mire then a kid he might b difrent but hes sweet loving cheerful and he is the best kyle u rock we all love u sooooooo much
karabecker May 03, 2012 at 03:20 AM
i will never forget kyle :) he is the best thing ever
Nicole Gomez May 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
The candle lighting was amazing and I'm sure Kyle is smiling and is proud of us for coming together. we were once a small little town, but now were a family. and it's all because of Kyle<3 He gave us a reason to be a family, and a reason to live life to the fullest. he is beautiful in his own way and is now in a great place with no pain or sorrow. Kyle, you're my idol and my rolemodel(: You will never be forgotten, your memory will carry on. I hope you know how much of an impact you made on our lives. Rest easy Kyle~
michael A. Vorpahl May 03, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Kyle was an inspiration to all of us. We should all have the strength and zest for life that he had. We will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
wendy pomarico May 03, 2012 at 09:33 AM
r.i.p young you are very strong and brave the courage you have shown grown ups spend there whole like never experiancing! god bless you and your family i could imagine the pain they must fell but may god ease it for them.
Nicole McGetrick Gagliardo May 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Kyle was and always be my nephew, he will live in the hearts of all those he touched. My brother Gene, and sister Francine raised a remarkable young man. Mariah showed much courage and strength durring her brothers battle, and Kyles courage lives on through her, and the many people he shared his life with. Our Nana ( Marilyn King ) came and wrapped her arms around him and lead him to heaven where there he will feel no pain. Kyle will live on in our memories, hearts, and in his message. NEVER GIVE UP... Spike, now you are able to play all the sports you were unable to do in life. I will be cheering you on as always. Till we meet again, I love you, and THANK YOU for being an incredible nephew, I could not have asked for a better one.
kathryn becker May 03, 2012 at 08:58 PM
kyle is awsome loveeeee u kyle the candle was great
kathryn becker May 03, 2012 at 08:58 PM
R.I.P. kyle
Larry Cataldo May 03, 2012 at 10:19 PM
perfect tom!!!
Larry Cataldo May 03, 2012 at 10:25 PM
there's a fire station in heaven, heaven #1,our son is on it, he will welcome a station 11 brother!
jessica fiorentino May 03, 2012 at 11:17 PM
i love u kyle may u rest in peace my love
jessica fiorentino May 03, 2012 at 11:21 PM
nicole u made me cry oh kyle i love u so much and my u rest in peace and u took the the life and sole out of everyone u will never be forgotten <3 u and ur family will always be in my prayers i cant believe your gone
Camron corbley May 24, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Your the best friend I could ever have

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