Young cancer victim thanks local mayor for stepping up

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A second grader who is in remission after fighting cancer for three years wrote a touching letter to Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver, thanking him for issuing a city-wide shelter in place Monday following an effort nationwide to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

McKenzie Covert, 8 wrote the letter, at the bottom of which she drew a picture of her and her brother together in front of their home.

"Dear Mayor Deaver, thank you for issuing a shelter in place order for the City of Waco to help keep us safe. I will stay at my house and do my school work and play with my brother," 8-year-old McKenzie Covert wrote in the letter, at the bottom of which she drew a picture of her and her brother together in front of their home.

The letter was part of an at-home assignment to research a celebrity who had done an act of kindness over the last two weeks.

"We searched celebrities and couldn't find anything," McKenzie's mother, Tiffany Covert, said.

"I said 'how about our mayor?’"

McKenzie loved the idea because she felt she had a personal connection with the decision he made to close down nonessential businesses while ordering people to stay in their homes.

McKenzie is in remission after fighting leukemia from September 2015 to January 2018.

She said it was her experience of depending on others to help her healthy that led her to choose the mayor's act to highlight.

"I wanted to write the mayor because he helps us stay safe and I depended on other people to keep me safe when I had cancer," McKenzie said.

Tiffany sent the mayor an email with a copy of her daughter’s message and he immediately responded thanking McKenzie for her gesture.

"I appreciate your efforts to stay safe at home," he wrote.

"With everyone's cooperation we will get through this just fine and we will be a better and stronger community."

Deaver ended his email by encouraging the family to enjoy this unexpected time together.

"I hope you're able to take this time to make some special memories with your family. Judging from McKenzie's drawing, I feel certain you will!"