Aboout 250 people gathered today at St. Mary's Parish of Barnegat to attend the funeral for Kyle McGetrick, who passed away last week at the age of 12.
Kyle was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of five, seven years ago.
The procession slowly made its way down West Bay Avenue with the casket resting atop of a Barnegat Fire Department engine. The engine was was led by a police motorcade from Stafford and Ocean township police departments.
Father Ken Tuzeney of St. Mary's Church, who performed a traditional Catholic service, said that those who have gathered to see Kyle off today, came together in grief to say "thank you" to Kyle, for the difference he had made in their lives touched by his courage.
"We cannot change the wind, but we can change our sails," Tuzeney said. "Kyle did."
Kyle's sister Mariah, 17, shared funny memories of her brother. She spoke about the candles around the room reminding her of Kyle's warmth.
"You will always be the man of honor on my wedding day," she said.