Kai Parker Rezendes

Kai Parker Rezendes, 2 Grafton – Kai Parker Rezendes passed away at Children’s Hospital in Boston on November 27, 2012. Kai was born on September 5, 2010 and diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in May of 2011. He will be remembered by his parents, Kerri (Padgett) Rezendes and Mark Rezendes, grandparents Scot and Susan Padgett and Tu Thi Rezendes, his extended family, his caregivers and his “village”. He and his family spent the past 18 months fighting his disease with the help of an incredible team of caregivers at UMass Medical Center, Dana Farber, Children’s Hospital, and the Jimmy Fund Clinic. His journey also affected and inspired an entire community of family and friends. Emerson said, “It is not length of life, but depth of life” and Kai’s short life has had a deep and profound impact on many. Kai’s family will gather with family and friends on Friday November 30th from 4pm to 7pm at Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton MA 01536. Memorial services and burial will be private at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to honor Kai may be made to Kai’s Village c/o Grafton Suburban Credit Union 86 Worcester St. N.Grafton MA 01536 or The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center 112 Main St. Hopkinton MA 01748. To learn more about Kai’s story visit www.kaisfightclub.orgDirections and an online guestbook to share memories of Kai are available at: www.RoneyFuneralHome.com

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from November 28 to November 29, 2012


22 thoughts on “Kai Parker Rezendes

  1. Such a sweet baby boy angel. Kai I just know you are running, playing and pain free now. Rest peacefully sweet baby. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and your family and friends.

  2. Precious baby boy. ….your Mommy and Daddy need your amazing strength right now as they miss you terribly. Be with them always . You have changed our families life….and countless others. Rest sweet little man, play, run, giggle and let your heart be joyful for you have earned it!! xo

  3. As I lay here wiping the tears that fall down my face, I wanna first give my condolences to kerri and mark, may you find peace and comfort in your time of need! after reading every post from the beggining till now , I can’t. Help but feel amazed and inspired by Kai’s Strenght and courage! Only at the age of 2 has he fought and endured More than some people endure in a lifetime! Although I have never met Kai, his loving and Kind spirit has touched my soul! You’ve earned your wings baby Kai , may you guide and protect your mother and father! I hope my lil sister has greeted you up above with warm smiles and hearts! Rest in peace Kai! I love you

    “the pain is gone
    All of the bad feelings have disappeared
    Here is the rainbow they’ve been praying for
    It’s gonna be a bright bright day!”

  4. So sorry for your loss Kerri and family, stay strong. My heart breaks for you. Kai was an amazingly strong little guy that fought so hard. May you rest in peace little man… May God greet you with open arms and guide you through the heavnly gates to fly with all the beautiful angels. You have deserved your wings… Hugs

  5. Such a beautiful boy, beautiful family and a beautiful legacy. Thank you Kai, so much. For teaching me and helping me grow. Your job is complete and I know God is very proud of you and your family. May your family be forever blessed.


  6. My heart aches for you. Kai is beautiful and his love will always surround you. You gave to him the most important gift of all, love. He is a precious angel. Praying for peace and comfort for you.

  7. Kerri, I have been so moved by your strength and courage. My life is forever changed by reading your beautiful and often breathtaking words. I love Kai and not a day will go by in my life where he won’t be on my mind. You are a remarkable woman and while this is never the ending I would have wished for, I feel so blessed that I virtually know such a wonderful person. My family and I continue to pray for you.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss he is such a handsome lil boy. My heart is broken as I found out today I’m sending prayers to you and your family, he is pain free now running around with all the other children that we have lost. He will live in our hearts forever and he will always be watching over you.

  9. Sorry, for your loss Kerri/Mark and family-My heart aches for you both and your family. Kai will be watching over both of you and his love will live in all our hearts forever. Peace, love, hugs to you all. RIP Kai. xoxoxox

  10. I can’t get this beautiful little face out of my head. Thinking of you constantly, too, Kerri.

    I have this theory about heaven that has comforted me in times of loss… Heaven is a state of being that is beyond time. There is no past, or future. So in heaven, you and Kai are already together. On earth, you are still alive and he is gone, but since there is no time in heaven, you can already be together there now.

    That’s my theory, anyway. 🙂

    You are both in my thoughts, prayers and heart.

    a friend you haven’t met

  11. My thought and prayers are with you and your extened family at a time of heavy hearts and great sorrow. I never knew Kai but the war he had to battle I knew and the road is a difficult one to stand by and watch as your baby go though it .There is laughter ,smiles and many tears .I hope one day you will find comfort hold his memories like gold I have lost a grandson to cancer on November 29th it will be 9 yrs in March I have also had my daughter go though 7 yrs. of chemo radiation and then a bone marrow transplant . I have walked in your shoes the roads you drove so May God wrap his arms around all of you’s. Kai is ok now he is free and being the little child he is meant to be in Heaven with all your love ones who passed before him God Bless You and give you strength today and forever<3

  12. I joined Kai’s village a month or so ago. I haven’t posted anything but have been following his story. I can’t imagine the pain you must be enduring right now. I know it’s hard and some days will be harder than others. But remember that sweet smile. Kai was a beautiful boy. Cherish the time you had with him. Like others, he touched my life, and I’m so grateful for that. I’ll always remember him.

  13. Kerri, my heartfelt, caring thoughts are with you on the loss of precious Kai. Although my reading of your blog is very recent, I work with your Aunt Margie; and Kai and you have been in my prayers since diagnosis. Am very sorry I couldn’t extend my sympathy in person on Friday, due to being away. I admire all you have done and your all encompassing love for Kai. I wish you well going forward. Warmly, Mary

  14. So very sorry. He is an amazing lil man. Thank you for sharing him with us. You sweet family will be in my prayers & thoughts. I’m so deeply sadden & at a loss for words…….love peace & comfort be with you

  15. You were and always will be an incredible mom to Kai as his spirit lives on with you always. He will be with you always and one day you will experience him laughing, playing and running into your arms. The love, tenderness and compassion you gave to him is the most precious gift he could have experienced in this world. As a mother, I read your words and cannot stop the stream of tears that flow from my eyes as you allow me into your world for a moment to experience the loss of your dear son. Your strength, honestly and courage is remarkable and I hope I can be of comfort to you as a new friend in your life.

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