Kids for Kyla was founded by Kim and Ryan Mayeda in 2010....
They have a heartbreaking story that has touched the hearts of 1000’s. The journey that has brought them to the point of developing the foundation is long and filled with what seems to be more tragedy than joy. However, God has used their journey to not only touch the lives of people around them, but to mold them into the people that He has needed them to become. In the midst of serving others, Ryan and Kim have found their happily ever after!
Kim and Ryan were married in ‘05 with dreams of building a family. Kim has worked with kids her whole life and has spent time working in an orphanage in China. Ryan also loves kids and worked with orphaned children in the Czech Republic. They were married hoping to have biological children as well as the opportunity to adopt. Kim had medical conditions that made it very difficult to conceive. In 2006 they started down the road of infertility treatments. After spending nearly all of their savings and struggling with the challenges of Kim’s reactions to the meds, they decided to do just one more round. THEY GOT PREGNANT! Nine weeks later they experienced their first loss, a miscarriage. In the midst of all of this, they were battling a business that they had bought that had more problems than had been presented to them. They ended up closing the business and taking a big loss. Shortly thereafter, their home was hit by a tornado, and they were forced to come up with money to pay the insurance deductible.
Discouraged, broke and childless, they decided to try to change their lifestyle and detox to get Kim’s body to heal. Meanwhile, they struggled with where God was and why He wasn’t healing them. After a year of radical life changes, Kim ovulated and they became pregnant. The pregnancy went well with no complications. On Feb. 5th 2010 they gave birth to little Kyla Ann Chiyoko--perfect in every way except she did not start breathing on her own. The lack of immediate oxygen caused irreversible brain damage. After 6 days in Children’s Hospital the doctors determined that she would never regain consciousness or breathe on her own. They then made the courageous decision to donate her heart to a 62-day-old girl and her kidneys to an unknown recipient. On Feb. 11, 2010 Kyla passed away as they held her in the operating room. They found themselves heartbroken, lost for words, numb to the world, still childless and facing a pile of medical bills. The doctors were stumped; they could only shrug and say, “This is just that 1 in a 1,000,000 case.”
Kim and Ryan started the adoption process before they were pregnant with Kyla, and chose to put it on hold during the last few months of the pregnancy. Shortly after losing Kyla, they decided to re-enter the process. They got their paperwork completed, home study finished and all of their classes done. They were chosen by a birth mom on July 21, 2010, and on August 21, 2010 she gave birth to a baby boy. In Colorado parents sign papers on the 4th business day following birth. On the 3rd day the birth mom changed her mind and wanted the baby back. They were discouraged that they no longer had the finances to go through another adoption, making the loss and the heart ache even worse. But their agency was gracious and willing to keep working with them. In October 2010 Kim and Ryan were chosen by another birth mom. A young girl in the foster system. The agency said that it was a virtually a done deal. On their way to the hospital on Nov. 5 to meet the baby girl the agency called, birth mom was changing her mind and it didn’t look good. Another loss…
On December 31, 2010, the last day, of the worst year of Ryan and Kim’s life, a little girl was born. Five weeks later, after all legal risk was cleared, they went and met little Makyla Joy for the first time and brought her to her forever home. Makyla was the answer to countless prayers, late nights and shed tears.
A year and a half later Kim became pregnant again. Because of the journey with Kyla, the next nine months would be filled with anxiety, hope, fear, joy, confusion… On May 27, 2013 Kim delivered a healthy baby boy, Asher Timothy Masayuki Mayeda.
Like many of you reading this, Kim and Ryan know the emotional stress on a marriage that both infertility treatment and the adoption process can cause. Then to add the financial stress of it all can make things sometimes feel hopeless. So after the disruption of the adoption Kim and Ryan decided to start Kids For Kyla, in honor of their little girl Kyla. The foundation has been a way for Kim and Ryan to reach out and help people who are walking down a very difficult and often time’s lonely road. Even though Ryan and Kim have a beautiful family and a home filled with the sounds of children, they never want to forget the journey that they walked to get there.