Feeling the Love ?

I had tears in my eyes opening my mailbox today. People have been so so generous to our family through our ups and downs in searching for a diagnosis for our sweet Gannon.

We were nominated to receive a monetary gift from a local non-profit called Kickin’ it Forward. I wanted to share about their mission on the blog today:

Kickin It Forward, Inc. is a foundation providing financial relief to families facing medical emergencies within the community. Our goal is to use quality family activities, outreach, and public involvement to best serve the needs of families in the area.

In June of 2018, 7-year-old Kort Steffens endured a UTV accident that caused serious soft tissue damage to his arm and hand. He spent 18 days in Mayo hospital, underwent 6 surgeries, and months of physical therapy that ultimately conserved the function of his hand. Friends, family, and the community gathered together to support the Steffens family with a benefit that helped Kort’s family tremendously with medical bills. 

This year, Kort’s family and friends have gathered together to repurpose the previously named Kickin’ It For Kort benefit and introduce the Kickin’ It Forward Foundation to help other families in need. This non-profit foundation will raise money to help families facing medical emergencies.  Fundraiser plans are underway to have a kickball tournament for adults and youth, silent auction and raffle, along with kid and adult games and activities. 

I remember when we first went to the first ever Kickin’ it for Kourt fundraiser – it was so much fun! I never dreamed that just a few years later our family would be benefiting from their non profit! We are on the first responders with their family and we are so thankful for the wonderful work they are doing in the community for families struggling with medical issues.

I wanted to share their website here if you feel so inclined to donate to their cause, please do!


We also have a local family who has sent us several cards in the mail for Gannon, each with a “no thank you necessary” note and words of encouragement for Gannon ❤️ You know who you are, your gifts are so appreciated.

Yesterday’s blog post has nearly gone viral and while I intended to reach out to the local parks and rec board, so many people have done so on Carver’s behalf. I posted an update yesterday afternoon:


Wow – so many people have reached out and today’s blog post has actually gone a little bit viral! Carver is just fine – we are all blown away with the response. SO MANY people have reached out to the board/parks and rec on Carver’s behalf and this is absolutely being dealt with!

I have no ill words for anyone – this was a pure accident. The bike trail is beautiful, if Craig wasn’t chopping hay today you can bet we would be back on that same bike trail. It’s the perfect distance, it has so many fun stops on the way, we will be just more careful. Please don’t speak ill of the parks and rec board/city council. They are actively addressing our (and many of your) concerns. This is no ones fault and a learning experience! Hopefully something good can come out of this!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out yesterday’s blog post about Carver’s near drowning incident:


Between the check in the mail, the messages in my inbox about the incident, the sweet sweet card, we are feeling the love ❤️ Thank you all for being a part of my people and community!

Oh – and my mom made a jello cake for Craig – that was super sweet – thanks mom!

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  1. Amy
    June 9, 2020 / 1:47 pm

    I am so glad Carver is ok. #kramerstrong

  2. Elle
    June 9, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    You and your family have given so much in your community over the years. How wonderful that you are now receiving from your community. Truly a day to celebrate life!

  3. Susan the Farm Quilter
    June 10, 2020 / 1:41 am

    Awesome news about Kickin’ It Forward!! I’m sure your mom has a quilt she could donate to the auction, right??!! LOL I had to pop over to see what happened with Carver…oh my!!! Glad you are all home safe and sound!!

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