The following tribute was written by Mindy and Ed Mahlke, parents of Braeden Mahlke, who was almost 3 years old when he died of complications resulting from surgery. The Mahlkes made the decision to donate Braeden's organs.
Braeden was always our little sunshine, lighting up our hearts with his beautiful smile and contagious giggle.
He loved anything and everything musical - singing, his toys - especially his piano. He was always on the move - bouncing and dancing from here to there, learning how to climb. Other favorite things to do were to play in his sandbox, jump on his trampoline, and finger paint pictures.
Braeden was almost 3 when he died of complications resulting from surgery. Donating his organs just felt right to us. His love of life and his joy lives on in the body of someone else, and forever in our hearts.