Column: One life taken too soon, saved seven others

by Stephanie LeClair

Rylee Collins was just like any other sophomore girl at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Massachusetts.  She loved to dance, laugh, sing, practice makeup, and hangout with her friends.

Rylee Collins (Photo: Kevin Burke)

She was known for her contagious smile, great sense of humor, and her unbelievable kindness.

The morning of October 16th, 2013, Rylee had gotten up for school and arrived to homeroom as normal. She then felt sick and had to go home.

Later that afternoon, she was in Boston Children’s hospital. After tests, it was found that Rylee had a tumor on her brain stem. The tumor was in the way of the cerebrospinal fluid that was trying to drain out of her skull. This put an immense amount of pressure on her brain and she fell into a coma.

It was declared that Rylee would not survive the coma. The difficult decision was then placed on her family for whether her organs would be donated or not.

In just one day, out of nowhere, her parents lost a child, her classmates lost a friend, her siblings lost a sister, and her community lost a member.

A charity was later created by her family under her name called The Rylee Fund, who’s mission “is to inspire kindness and compassion in others,” according to The Rylee Fund.  The Rylee Fund helps many different causes and charities to spread the kindness Rylee loved to share. She is missed deeply and will never be forgotten.

But before the charity was created, they chose to donate her organs. Rylee helped save the lives of seven.


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