Kyla Rae Tillem, daughter of Ellen and David Tillem, sister of Zara and Benjamin, passed away at home surrounded by her family on April 30, 2012 after a courageous battle with a rare pediatric cancer. Kyla, 16, was a junior at John Jay HS in Cross River, New York and a ballet student at the Ballet School of Stamford. During her battle, Kyla exhibited a strength and courage beyond her years and was an inspiration to many. She will be profoundly missed by all including her grandmother Rhoda, Aunt Janet, Uncle Burt and Aunt Cindy, her cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to Chai Lifeline (www.chailifeline.org); Kids of Courage (www.kidsoc.org) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley (www.hudson.wish.org).
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