Community members gathered Wednesday to support the family of Kyle Halcomb, an 11-year-old Anchor Bay Middle School North sixth grader who died last month from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident in Chesterfield Township.
The Maconce Elementary PTO sponsored a spaghetti fundraiser at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge on 24 Mile Road in effort to lend support to Kyle’s family and friends.
Kyle had big dreams, even bigger heart
Billie Halcomb, of Casco Township, and Karen Sherman, of Port Huron, are coping with the loss of their son more than a month after the minivan Kyle was riding in along with four siblings and his stepmother was struck by two vehicles at the 26 Mile and County Line intersection.
“The days just seem to kind of run together,” Sherman said. “Everything we see, everywhere we go, it’s Kyle."
Halcomb said, “You can get your mind off it for a second here and there, but you’re right back to mourning over him. Especially me at home, I have to see Kyle’s stuff--which I wouldn’t have it any other way. It just makes it really hard. I’ll remember a moment of him doing something in the living room or something he said to me.”
The accident caused Kyle’s spinal cord to separate from his brain stem, Sherman said. Doctors told the family he had technically died at the scene of the accident, but life support was able to keep him going until the next day.
“Even after (the accident) he was considered clinically dead due to no brain activity whatsoever,” Halcomb said.
“We still kept everything going, just hoping that a miracle would happen,” added Sherman.
Kyle was given three different medications to help his lungs function properly, none of which provided positive response.
“Then (the doctor) told us, he said, 'look his lungs are at the maximum amount of medicine. Medically, he’s not going to pull out of this. There’s no brain activity. There never will be because of the spinal injury.'”
Sherman, a nurse, and Halcomb, who works on military vehicles at Burtek Enterprises in Chesterfield Township, remember Kyle as a caring and generous boy with big dreams.
“He was a big dreamer,” Halcomb said. “It was always, ‘Dad, when I’m older I’m going to have this house and I’m going get a big RV, and we’re going to travel and see the world.’”
“(Kyle was a) very selfless, caring human being,” Sherman added. “He worried every minute of the day, caring about everybody else.
“The last weekend he was at my house he had about $16 in his pocket and he didn’t want to spend it at the store with the other kids; he wanted to save it so he could take us out to dinner.”
Both parents agree that support from the community has helped them get through some tough times.
“It’s amazing the things that people are doing,” Sherman said. “So many people who we don’t even know.”
“It’s very amazing how everybody’s coming together,” Halcomb added.
Donations to the family may be made to Bank of America: Kyle Halcomb Memorial Fund.