CALIFORNIA (WTXF) -- - A California family was dealt another blow after three-year-old McKaylee “Boo” Grampp was accidentally killed by her father on August 12.
Her father, Eddie Grampp, had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just months after McKaylee’s birth and has spent almost three years fighting it. He accidentally struck McKaylee with his car.
It all happened in the parking garage of their multifamily home in Burbank. The young girl was treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital where she tragically died.
Eddie and wife Mary, both 32, have two young sons ages five and six, and are currently expecting a baby girl, due in November, the Burbank Leader reports.
Deseret News reports that before they had their first son, Mary suffered three ectopic pregnancies and almost died because of one of them.
The Grampps are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are turning to their faith and friends to help deal with the loss.
Mary said, “She is still close.
“We just keep reminding ourselves of what we know to be true, that we will see her again and she's in a good place with Heavenly Father.
“She has been a blessing in so many lives.”
Eddie still keeps the plastic egg McKaylee used to pretend to cook him breakfast with on the day she passed. He credits her with his resiliency in his long fight against cancer.
''She gave me a goal to fight for.
“She gave me love and encouraged me all along the way.”
Now, Eddie’s goal is to witness the birth of his second baby girl, according to Daily Mail.
Friends of the family have launched an online fundraiser that has already raised more than $50,000.
The creator wrote, “This is a family that even during their financial and emotional struggles have done everything in their power to be of service in their community.
“They are kind and generous people to a fault, and we feel that in light of this most recent travesty they are desperately in need of that kindness and generosity being returned to them.
“We wish to lend support to these sweet people who have been given more to bear than any human should ever have to bear.”