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Kyle's Neighborhood Carnival a Celebration of Life, Community

Thursday, August 29, 2002

On Saturday, Kyle Link will celebrate his birthday. This won't be an ordinary party, however, because this 3-year-old is an extraordinary boy.

Two years ago, cancer was detected in one of Kyle's kidneys and the organ was removed. Not long after, Kyle's other kidney failed and required removal. Since then, the boy has also undergone regular dialysis treatments at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. Many specialists at Golisano Children's Hospital, including members of the divisions of pediatric nephrology and pediatric oncology, care for Kyle. He has made incredible progress, both physically and mentally. While Kyle still has a long road ahead of him, a kidney transplant may become a reality in 2003.

Last year, Kyle's neighbors hosted a neighborhood carnival in his honor that raised more than $800. This year's carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Kyle's home, 410 Banbury Drive, Greece. Money raised will help support efforts at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and CURE Childhood Cancer Association, two local organizations that have cared for Kyle and his family. A multitude of local businesses has donated food, products, and supplies to this year's carnival.

Michigan J. Frog from Rochester's WB16 will be in attendance to entertain the children. There will also be a clown, a face-painter, a magician, and live music. A $10 donation per family will be collected, which provides carnival-goers with pizza, hot dogs, cookies, and drinks. To learn more about Kyle's Neighborhood Carnival, call Kyle's mother, AnnMarie Link, at 585-723-0376.

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