What People Are Saying
As I look down, even now, at the message on the bracelet, "A Helping Hand", and Kyle's initials, KC'05, as I have done so many times over the past year or so, it is a constant reminder for me to strive to "lend a helping hand to all who seek it" and to live each day to its fullest because you never know when it will be your last.

Testimonials

Guestbook Entries:


Most of the following entries have been submitted at www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat, where Kyle's original story can be read and where guest book entries are added.


I am a sophomore at UW and a member of Theta Chi. I never had the chance to know your son, but I have been told many stories about him by fellow brothers in the fraternity. I still remember the first time I learned about Kyle. It was during the first week at the fraternity, all of the seniors came up to the porch one night and told us about him, what a great guy and friend he was. When I am a senior I will do the same thing because Kyle and your family are an inspiration for what really is important in life. Especially with the recent tragedy of another brother it really puts life in a new perspective for me and what I value in my life. I am looking forward to meeting you at the golf tourney. You are in my prayers

Ryan Miller
Tacoma, WA USE - Friday, May 9, 2008

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat

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Glenn & Sheryl:
I just wanted to let you know how much Kyle has impacted me and changed my outlook and perspective on life. I think I can write on behalf of Theta Chi's Alpha Rho Chapter, that too often at our age, we take things for granted and it is amazing how much Kyle has opened our eyes to what really is important in life. I want both of you to know, that I disagree with anyone who has told you that you need to move on. You shouldn't have to hide your feelings or act like everything is OK. I don't believe you can ever truly move on, you will just learn to cope with your feelings. I still think about Kyle all the time and although I do not feel the same pain you do, I still find myself wiping tears from my eyes when I think about him. Every time I see his picture or watch his KOMO special, it is tough for me, even after over 2 years and truly puts a perspective on life for me. I think it shows how selfish we can be, when it takes something like a close friend battling brain cancer, to grasp a better hold on the truly important things in life. Any frustration, anger, sadness, pain, or lonelyness that you feel is completely fine. I am sure you have found who your true friends are through these tough times. I don't know whether, it helps or hurts to talk with friends and family about Kyle, but I am always available to talk to you about Kyle, who to this day, still plays a special role in my life.

I am looking forward to staying in touch for years to come. Cheryl, I will never forget when you told a group of us from the fraternity, that even though Kyle is no longer with us, you don't want to ever lose track of what is happening in his friend's lives. I want you to know, that I have taken this to heart, and you have my word, that we will stay in touch. Take care!

Danny Forbes
Seattle, WA - Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat

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I have memories as far back as 2nd grade with kyle. I was always jealous of how tall he was and the advantage it gave him in most sports.  I never got closer to him than saying hi in the halls of school but none the less when we saw each other we always said hello.
The last time I had the pleasure of seeing your son was summer of '02, I believe in Carson City Nevada. We were at the same baseball tournament nearly 1,500 miles away from home, the last place I had expected to see someone running over towards me calling out my name.  I was was both shocked and pleasantly surprised, I mean so far from home--think of the odds. We talked for a few minutes, pretty much just enough to find out that his team was doing much better than mine. We said our goodbyes and went off to our next games.
Now I think back to playing football with Matt, Eric, Nick Questad, Nate Mass, and of course your son Kyle. It's so hard to believe that only four of the six kids not even in junior high at the time would go on to live to see 23 years of age. I can only hope you are able to find a way to love him in memory and live life the way he would have wanted you to. You have two angels smiling down at you every day, both proud of the positive things you've done and the compassionate words you've shared for both friends of late. R.I.P. Kyle & Eric

Doug Davis
Woodinville, WA - Saturday, February 2, 2008

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat
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To the Charvat Family:

You don't know me and I never had a chance to meet Kyle, but being a Theta Chi alumnus from our Theta Kappa Chapter I learned about Kyle from two of his chapter brothers that attending the Presidents Conference and passed out brochures describing Kyle's situation.

I immediately thought about how I felt when one of my family members was taken by brain cancer and didn't think twice about motivating my chapter to start raising funds to purchase the Helping Hand bracelets, and do our little part to try and help.

I wear mine everyday...even on my wedding day this past July, against my new wife's pleading, I had it on my body as that daily reminder I've grown accustomed to seeing. As I look down, even now, at the message on the bracelet, "A Helping Hand", and Kyle's initials, KC'05, as I have done so many times over the past year or so, it is a constant reminder for me to strive to "lend a helping hand to all who seek it" and to live each day to its fullest because you never know when it will be your last. The present is just that, a gift from God and no one is promised tomorrow. I have been inspired by Kyle's courage, determination, and fight through his entire illness. Whenever I feel like quitting or letting down....I just look down at my right hand with that little red, (somewhat faded), bracelet on it and remember how Kyle fought against the most dismal odds of all...needless to say, it gets my butt in gear.

My comfort, about the only comfort I had, when my family member died was knowing that she wasn't in pain anymore....it was very painful for her at the end....as I know it was for Kyle. My prayer for you and your family is to find comfort in time and know that Kyle's life has touched the lives of many....many of those you will never know about....but I just wanted to let you know about one; he has touched my life and motivated me to never waste a single moment or take one day on this earth for granted. Thank your for sharing a piece of Kyle and telling your story.

God Bless you and keep you close.

Zach Edwards (Theta Chi, Theta Kappa '05)
Dallas, TX - Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat

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To Kyle's family,.. You do not know me,.. Yet my heart goes out to you... I lost my husband age 39, in an auto accident,.. not long ago,.. My whole world seemed shattered. Many look at how I have dealt with my loss and tell me I am strong and an inspiration,.. reading the words of Kyle's mom and what she has faced,.. I see strength and inspiration in her words!! If this is how others have seen me,.. I am honored.
I've read in the Bible that God is always with us,.. even until the end,.. and that those that are absent from the body are present with him,.. I would like to believe this means also that being in His presence,.. and He with us,.. that they are near us as well!
May God bless you all and give you peace that passes all understanding. Maybe one day we can all rejoice together on the other side!!!

Gina
KY, USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 3:20 AM CST

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat

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To the Charvat family,
I am so sorry to hear about Kyle. Your son put a smile on so many people's face. He was so bright, so funny, and so humble. He had a passion for life, for his family, and for his friends. You both raised a wonderful son, and Kyle helped teach us all a lot about life. He could always bring a smile to my face, even on the saddest of days; just as it made me smile when I read Kyle saying, "Maybe I can just blow this tumor out my nose."
My prayers are with you.

"God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun wihout rain. But he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and a light for the way."

Katie Hoffman
Renton (Woodinville-prior), WA - Monday, January 23, 2006

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat

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From Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, from basketball to grade school, and to the present, Kyle was a special person in all our lives. There are so many memories that I have shared with him that were the building blocks of the life that I live today, and I believe many people share the same feelings that I do. Some how, above everything else, Kyle always found a way to bring laughter and happiness to those around him. Because of this laughter and happiness, I will always remember him and treasure the time I was able to spend with him. I can not express how truly sorry I am to you and your extended family, but I can say that the son you raised and loved, was one of the best people I have ever known, and I will miss him dearly. Please know that Kyle and your family will be in my family's prayers.

Brian Mulligan
Woodinville, WA USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Originally posted at: www.caringbridge.org/wa/kylecharvat

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