Ohio teenagers Kyle and Madison Nester became orphans after their mother, Tammy, passed away 14 months after their father, Roy, died.
Kyle, 18, a senior honors student, wants to become his 15-year-old sister’s legal guardian, Us Weekly reports.
“She’s all I’ve got left, so I have to do everything I can for her,” the college-bound football player told ABC 6.
Their mother died on Feb. 16 from kidney and liver failure at the age of 46. Their father died at the age of 42 on Christmas Eve, 2015. Tammy did not have a life insurance policy, so her children need all the financial help they can get.
“She was a really good mom and she was trying her best to make sure we got everything we needed,” Kyle told ABC 6.
The two siblings attend Groveport Madison High School, where Kyle is a senior and his sister is a freshman.
Kyle is a dedicated student and returned to school a week after his mom’s passing.
“There are very few people who would not only be able to deal with the loss of both parents, and at the same time focus on keeping his family together,” Kyle's football coach Bryan Schoonover told Babble. “People have asked if I was shocked he was trying to gain custody of his sister and my answer since I first found this out was no. This is something he wants to do and never thought twice about.”
The teen’s grandparents live two hours away from them and support the guardianship plan. Residents of their town have been rallying around them and raising money to cover legal costs. They have raised over $39,000 so far.
Kyle filed his petition for guardianship and is waiting for a court date. “I know it’s not going to be easy, but I know I have the whole community behind me,” Kyle told ABC 6. “They say it takes a village to raise a kid.”
H/T Twitter / Us Weekly