Michigan boy raising money for friend’s gravestone gets wish

DETROIT (AP) — A 12-year-old Michigan boy who’d been working odd jobs to raise money for a gravestone for his best friend is getting his wish.

Funeral home owner David Techner was moved after reading The Detroit News’ story about Kaleb Klakulak and decided to donate a headstone.

Kaleb had been best friends since second grade with Kenneth “K.J.” Gross. K.J. died in May after years of chemotherapy to fight leukemia.

K.J.’s mother couldn’t afford a grave marker, so Kaleb started raking leaves and collecting bottles to raise $2,500.

Techner owns Ira Kaufman Chapel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. He tells The Detroit News that Kaleb “saw a need and did what needed to be done.” Techner says: “I’m just following this young man’s lead.”

Kaleb says he’s “glad.”


Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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