Despite Terminal Conditions, Boone Girl is All Smiles Ahead of 8th Birthday

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ANKENY, Iowa - You can help make a little girl's birthday special Friday, simply with a card.

Kaylah will turn eight on Friday. Her family, from the Boone area, travel about 90 minutes weekly to visit her at a ChildServe home in Ankeny. Kaylah's staying in this home because she's battling numerous conditions - some of which are terminal. Her family says it's been a tough process, but Kaylah, who is always smiling and laughing, keeps them positive.

"No matter what she's going through, she's always got a smile on her face," her mom, Sara Patton, said. "Giggling, always really nice to everybody. You never know that something's wrong with her, because she doesn't let it bother her."

Patton decided she wanted to do something special for her daughter's eighth birthday. After posting on Facebook, asking for suggestions, a total stranger started a campaign to get as many birthday cards as possible sent to Kaylah. Over the month of December, those cards came flooding in.

"It's pretty amazing, you don't realize how generous people are in a time that's really hard on you," Patton said. "I mean, they don't even know you and they're going out of their way to do something special for you."

While her birthday is Friday, January 6, the family doesn't plan to celebrate until the following weekend. Kaylah's mother says there's plenty of time for anyone who wants to lend a hand in this effort.

Cards can be sent to: P.O. Box 195, Boone, Iowa 50036.