ROSEVILLE, Minn. – It was a time to remember the life a 4-yea- old girl, but it didn't have the look or feel of a funeral.
"Lots of memories, lots of laughter," said Katie Rudd, the mother of June.
June, or June Bug, as many call her, died last month from a rare disease called Aircardi syndrome. On Saturday, dozens gathered wearing bright colors in a Legion Hall decorated with bright balloons.
"She loved colors, big crowds, and had an amazing spirit," said Katie.
But she will be remembered for so much more.
While hospitalized, the Rudd family asked anyone that would listen to decorate a colorful heart and send it to June.
The idea caught on. Soon, her bedroom and hospital room were filled with them. In all, more than 100,000 hearts were mailed to June.
"It showed all of us that little girl with no physical voice does have a very loud voice. She reached so many people in just four years."