Skye Wilford pens a special letter to her brother before his passing


By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader

10-year-old Skye Wil-ford holds a copy of the letter she wrote to her brother Angelo.

Skye Wilford spent a lot of time travelling back and forth to Indianapolis, IN with her father Rev. Richard Wilford taking her brother Angelo to Riley Children’s Hospital for treatments he had to take for his cancer. She was always by his side even on his last day. Skye wanted to say her last good-byes to her brother in a special way and when her teacher Ms. Ortiz at Eisenhower Elementary School in Crown Point assigned her class to write a letter to someone special in their families, she knew exactly who she would be writing to. Skye used her school assignment to write a letter from her heart to her brother Angelo.

Skye wins Artist of the Month for her two pictures entitled, “A Gestor Drawing” (Bottom Photo) and “Love Comes in Different Shapes, Sizes and Colors” which features her and brother Angelo (Top right Photo).

The day Skye wrote the letter to Angelo she and her mother were on their way to Indianapolis to give it to him, but before they arrived he had passed away. She said it felt good to write the letter to him because she wanted him to feel better. Skye said her teacher read the letter herself and when she did she began to cry. She told Skye it was beautiful. Skye says she plans to have the letter framed and hung up in their home.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES for Skye Wilford’s brother Angelo Wilford were held at the Gary Genesis Convention Center on December 17 to accommodate the hundreds that came to show their support. Angelo shared his battle with cancer on social media and through a foundation he established named “Army of Angelo,” which raised money for other people with cancer.

Skye says she someday plans to become an artist and writer when she grows up. She was recently named Artist of the 4th Grade for the month of November at school for two of her winning pictures. The first picture is entitled “A Jester Drawing” and the second is entitled “Love Comes in Different Shapes, Sizes and Colors.” It features her and Angelo in it. These two pictures are framed in the hallway of Eisenhower elementary school.

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  1. In response to this wonderful, heartfelt article, I would like you to know that I and others in my community, Stamford, CT., have truly been blessed by the lives of the Journey of Skye and her family pertaining to her brother, Angelo. I have been blessed, through Pastor Wilford, for the last year, to have a front row seat to see first hand the strength and courage that Skye possesses especially being the comforter to her father before, during and after the loss of her brother and warrior. They truly are a unique family with a message of hope.

  2. Thank you Skye for sharing your love for art and love for Angelo. His legacy is truly an inspiration. You are a beautiful little girl.


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