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In August of 2015, Kayla Fletcher was diagnosed with leukemia just three months after she graduated from Maine Central Institute (MCI) with the class of 2015. Kayla passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 5, 2015. “Babies From Kayla” was founded in her memory and seeks to collect donations of baby dolls to comfort children at the Pediatrics Unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where Kayla received most of her care. “Babies from Kayla”, now in it’s 3rd year, will provide a new doll or toy to aid as a special comfort or distraction when children are admitted to the hospital. For health purposes the hospital has requested that the dolls must be brand new and in a box. Also, no stuffed animals. In addition to baby dolls, “Babies From Kayla” will also be collecting Lego Kits this year. Kayla was a cheerleader at MCI, enjoyed spending time with her family, and caring for baby dolls of her own. She was a light wherever she went and spread joy to all she met, and will continue to do so, through “Babies from Kayla”. 
Kayla Fletcher, the inspiration for Babies From Kayla, pictured with one of her dolls.
The community is encouraged to bring a donation to a drop-off box located at Bud’s Shop n’ Save located at 101 Main Street in Pittsfield beginning on Sunday, September 23rd through Saturday, September 29th. For your convenience you can also purchase an item(s) on and have it shipped directly to Kayla’s family, simply select “Find a List or Registry” and search “Babies From Kayla”.