Vaughan Kaikaro Greening was born on September 26, 2014 in Orem, Utah. His family were anxiously awaiting the arrival of this very special boy. From the seconds of his birth they all fell in love with his beautiful golden skin, big brown eyes and incredibly strong and loving spirit. \n\nAs Kai continued to grow he magnetized anyone and everyone around him with his contagious laughter, kindness and charisma. He was always driven to connect with all of those around him - no matter the age. His early childhood years were nothing short of a party. He would spoil his family and neighbors with handmade gifts or personal possessions. Whether it was opening up doors for everyone everywhere he went or giving shoulder massages to those he felt were in need, he always looked to serve and put a smile on others’ faces. \n\nKai was known to many as an old soul and wise beyond his years. He was always very quick to invite, share and start a conversation with anyone nearby, but had a gift for noticing those in the room who may have been overlooked. As much as he loved others he had a soft spot for his mother and was endlessly showering her with love and adoration. He was very proud to be the oldest and took great responsibility over the care of his siblings. \n\nIn his 7th year Kai was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. Through over a year of neurosurgery recovery, radiation and chemotherapy Kai’s character shined through and many were impacted by his example. From the medical team, hospital staff, gift shop owners to the janitors, many knew him by name. He created special relationships with all who were in his path despite the fear and pain that he was feeling. \n\nKai deeply loved and respected his name-sake and father, Vaughan. An unbreakable bond formed as his dad figuratively and literally carried him through the most difficult times of his life. Their times were filled with laughter, love and lots of play fights. While on a zoom call with the Make A Wish volunteers they asked him what he wished for. After answering a few questions he eventually told them “It’s hard to decide what to wish for because everything I could have ever wished for I already have.” \n\nKaikaro, his middle name, is a Māori name for “protector” and that’s exactly what Kai did and will continue to do for the eternities. He shielded us all with his love and his light. To know Kai was to know the pure love of Christ. \n\nOn April 1st at 12:00am, Kaikaro, while held in the arms of his mother and father, peacefully took his last breath, fulfilled his purpose and completed his work on this earth. We know he was greeted with open arms by his great grandparents, aunty Maia, baby sister Aurora and many others. Kai is survived by his parents, Vaughan and Rylee Greening, his brother Teotane and sister Kozette. \n\nA celebration of life is being held on April 7th at Nelson Family Mortuary beginning at 6:00pm. Funeral services begin at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 8th at the Stake Center located on 80 South 280 East in Orem. Afterwards Kai will be buried at Eastlawn Memorial Hill. \n\n‘Till we meet again, our brave sweet boy.