Eight-year-old Dylan Rambo was tragically killed last month when his mother’s car plunged into Lake Cumberland. Now community members want to give the little boy who was known by so many the memorial he deserves.

The staff of Burnside Elementary — where Dylan attended school — along with members of the Burnside Fire Department and others in the community are teaming up to host a fundraiser to provide for the posthumous needs for the youth whose live was taken much too soon.

The fundraiser — a chili supper — will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Burnside Elementary. There will also be entertainment and a live auction, with approximately 20 to 30 items due to be auctioned off.

April Mounce, principal of Burnside Elementary, said plans began for a fundraiser after they heard of the limited funds for Dylan’s funeral costs and headstone.

“Our hearts still hurt here,” said Mounce of those at her school. “We have a void.”

Mounce added that the schoolchildren still talk about Rambo everyday, often bringing up the memories that remain with them. Rambo had been in and out of the school for the past six years.

In remembrance of Rambo, students at the school have planted a weeping cherry tree, and have also released 150 balloons in his honor — because “he loved balloons.”

Mounce said that through the fundraising event they hope to raise $2,310, which would cover the total cost of funeral expenses. All money will go straight to Lake Cumberland Funeral Home and checks can be made out to the funeral home. Additional money raised will go to a memorial to be located at the school.

“It’s a difficult thing for the community,” said Eric Henderson, fire chief of Burnside. He noted how the loss of Dylan really hits home, as the fire department is involved in many school activities including career day and fire safety day.

During the fundraiser there will be activities for the children in attendance, and entertainment will include the Christ Crusaders, Regina Halcomb, Lonnie King, Angela Ross, Peggy Johnson, David Smith, Lisa Thomas and Sage Knoll.

Also helping with the fundraiser is Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, which will donate food. The kitchen staff is volunteering to cook and Coca-Cola is donating all the drinks.

Dylan was only a third-grader when he died after his mother, Wynema Worley, drove into Cumberland Point during the early morning hours of August 19. Worley’s 6-year-old daughter, Misty Rambo, was also in the car. Both of them survived.

Since that time, Worley has been arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter. In a recent arraignment, Worley entered a not guilty plea.

In a preliminary hearing, Kwntucky State Police Detective Doug Boyd said that three drugs were found in Worley’s system, including alcohol, marijuana and Elevel, an antidepressant. Worley’s alcohol level was .032, which is not considered legally drunk in the state of Kentucky.

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