SCOTT COUNTY, Kentucky (LEX 18) – Kayla Christian was a devoted mother and teacher, a loyal friend and a light to those who knew her.
“She had one of the best personalities I could ever imagine,” said Brent Guiliani, a parent at the school Kayla taught and a friend. “She always beamed. When she smiled, you smiled, your children, everyone else too. It was contagious.”
She beamed with positivity, even though she was battling breast cancer. The Scott County High School graduate was diagnosed in 2017 at the age of 29.
She later went into remission, but the cancer came back last year. A close friend said her cancer had become more aggressive in recent months and she passed away on Friday.
Kayla was a teacher at the Grace Early Learning Center in Georgetown for 10 years. Two parents who became friends said that Kayla leaves a legacy as a caring and compassionate teacher.
“She has made a huge impact and she is also a community leader because of her passion and love for her children,” said Shelby Calvin.
“She treated my children as if they were her own,” Guiliani said. “She loved them, she showed them mercy, she was always a light to them.”
Most of all, there was no end to Kayla’s love for her 9-year-old son Wyatt. Kayla’s closest friends tell LEX18 that she battled her cancer so she could stay with him as long as possible.
Thanks to Kayla Christian’s family
“Wyatt lit up her life,” Guiliani said. “You just say the name Wyatt in front of her and she starts to smile.”
Now that she’s gone, the love she has for Wyatt will live on forever. And the love the community has for her will too.
Anyone who wants to donate to Kayla’s family can do so here.
The money will go towards funeral expenses and then into a school fund for Wyatt.