Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth will hold its first annual Kyle's Care auction and dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22. Proceeds will go to cover the cost of meals for families of critically ill children being cared for at the hospital.

The fund, called Kyle's Fund, is named in memory of Kyle Bradley Staples, who was born on April 24, 2009, with a congenital heart defect.

Only 72 hours after his birth, Kyle had his first open heart surgery. Due to complications, seven days later he had another open heart surgery. With compounding complications, at 11 weeks old, Kyle died in the loving arms of his father and went to heaven.

In the weeks and months following those procedures, Kyle’s parents stayed by his side day and night. As those devoted parents stood watch over their son, it became evident they did not need to incur additional burdens.

Cook Children’s Hospital has a cafeteria to serve both staff and families, but eating there on a daily basis can become expensive, placing a financial burden on families. Kyle’s Care will make it possible for families of children in the pediatric ICU to eat in the cafeteria at Cook Children’s Hospital for free while their child receives treatment.

As Kyle’s Care grows, the hospital hopes to feed more and more families. Ill children from the Glen Rose and Somervell County area are among those treated at Cook Children's Hospital.

Silent and live auctions and a barbecue dinner will be held during the event from 6 to 9 p.m. Rachael Beaudin is the event coordinator and may be reached via e-mail at kylescarebenefit@yahoo.com.

Tickets for the event are $15 and are now on sale. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the night of the benefit. Sponsors and donors also will be recognized at the event.