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Small town rallies around 5-year-old undergoing heart surgery

WARSAW, KY (FOX19) -

A small community in Northern Kentucky rallied Friday around a five-year-old girl as she undergoes her third heart surgery.

Adelyn Kluemper went into surgery this morning and in order to show their support, folks in her hometown of Warsaw practically painted the town purple, Adelyn's favorite color.

Signs and purple ribbons lined the streets in downtown Warsaw, symbolizing the community's support for five-year-old Adelyn Kluemper as she battles her way through surgery at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.

FOX 19’s Jordan Vilines talked with folks in Warsaw about their efforts to support Adelyn and has the full story:

Throughout life, we face challenges that define our days ahead, challenges that test the strength of the human spirit and the resilience that resides in 5-year-old Adelyn Kluemper is a true testament of just that. It's also a testament to the Gallatin County community that's stood by Adelyn's side throughout her lifelong battle with heart disease.

"It's a small community and we are a family here,” said Adelyn’s kindergarten teacher Emily Epifanio. “I love her like my own. I'm her school mom and it is her family that is right here and we have watched her since she was born "

On Thursday, community members held a parade for Adelyn, waving her on as she made her way up to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati for heart surgery.

"She was excited and waving at everyone. We were all wearing purple because purple is her favorite color,” Jen Stewart told us. Stewart works at a hair salon on Main Street where the parade was held Thursday afternoon. She and other co-workers have put in hours of their time decorating the salon’s front porch with purple ribbons, balloons and inspirational sayings for Adelyn. “She was excited, everybody was rooting for her."

Hundreds of bright purple 'Battlin’ for Adelyn' shirts were also anonymously donated to folks in Warsaw so that community members could not only voice their support but wear it as well.

"First grade students who don't even know Addy asked about why we were wearing purple and then they wanted to support it. Now they've made her a group of cards from the class, they decided to use their recess to make the cards for her," said Angela Bresloe, Adelyn’s guidance counselor and great aunt. “It’s just a huge outpouring of support from not only the community but the school community as well.”

In the days ahead, community members say they'll continue summoning strength from the little girl whose days are defined by defying the odds. "She is here and she's alive and full of life and we're just ready to see her keep on living and doing amazing things," said kindergarten teacher Emily Epifanio.

Adelyn will likely have to spend the next week or so at Children's Hospital but she hopes to return to school at Gallatin County Elementary School next month.

A walk is scheduled later this month to raise money for Adelyn’s treatment.

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