HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There is an eight-year-old girl from Hartselle who’s waiting to find out if her artwork will be featured on the front of the national calendar.
Kaylee Claybaugh has come along way since last summer when she drew a special picture. She had gone into kidney failure because of a bacteria she picked up somewhere. Kaylee had to undergo eight sessions of dialysis.
While she did, she wrote about her experiences and drew a picture depicting what she went through. She also included encouraging words for other sick children who were in the hospital. Then she submitted it for the new American Kidney Fund calendar.
Her mother, Stephanie, wasn’t surprised that she turned to creativity during her recovery.
“She is very much an artist and her doctors told her about the contest, so she was more than willing to give them a picture about what was going on,” said Stephanie Claybaugh.
Kaylee explained why her picture included encouraging words.
“So that the kids who are in the hospital, so they would be happy and have joy when they’re out of the hospital and hope and that they would be home and happy again,” said Kaylee.
Kaylee’s Picture will be featured in the calendar but could be on the cover if she gets enough votes online. The deadline to vote is tonight (March 31st) at midnight. Kaylee will find out who won on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Kaylee is all healed and doing great. The American Kidney Fund reports there are 31 million Americans who suffer from kidney disease. Some of them may not even know it.