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Kaitlyn’s Hope Helping Children Cope

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By TEENA DRAKE
Special to The Trimble Banner
Have you ever had to rush to the hospital in an emergency situation, only to arrive with the clothes on your back, purse on your side and car keys in hand? This scene is probably the norm for many parents, who have found themselves in a devastating situation. One family has decided to make a difference, during such a difficult time and leave a legacy for their daughter who passed from this life at the young age of 17. Kaitlyn’s hope evolved through a great deal of thought, preparation and experience.
“Kaitlyn’s Hope is in loving memory of Kaitlyn Boehm,” her mother Lori Boehm explained. “Kaitlyn lost her fight to an unknown illness Sept. 1, 2014 at age 17. She was a very active, energetic teenager. She loved playing sports, playing bass guitar, and volunteering with children. She became ill in February 2013 and despite the efforts of several physicians and medical testing, she was never diagnosed with an illness. On August 30, 2014 she suffered a heart attack and was on life support for three days. Her health declined rapidly and most of her organs had went into failure. As her parents, we made the hardest decision of our lives and had her removed from life support the evening of September 1, 2014.” Before they conceived this organization Paul, Lori and Jared (Kaitlyn’s brother) remembered how they didn’t want to leave Kaitlyn’s side at such a critical time, in fear of something happening. However, they didn’t have any personal hygiene products and all the hospital provided was a cheap toothbrush and toothpaste. They also recalled the lack of activities for small children who were in the hospital and couldn’t go out to play. Now combine the loss of their precious daughter, the over a year-and-a-half long battle of an unknown illness, suffering and a great deal of reflection, this is a perfect combination for a legacy in Kaitlyn Boehm’s name. Just like their slogan which was created by her daddy, Paul Boehm, Kaitlyn’s Hope Helping Children Cope. “We wanted something to do in memory of Kaitlyn. She loved kids so we came up with the idea of totes for kids.”
Their first fundraiser is coming up on March 18, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lide White Boys and Girls Club in Madison.
“Get your tickets early, advance tickets are only five dollars per child and includes getting to meet a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Mickey, games, crafts, snacks and face painting,” Lori Boehm said. “You can visit Ghost Note to purchase your tickets early. We will allow tickets to be sold at the door provided we have enough supplies and space, so we encourage you to buy advance tickets.”
The Boehm family would like to take the time to thank everyone who has helped throughout this difficult time of their lives and for those who are supporting Kaitlyn’s Hope: “Ray Black for allowing us to utilize the Lide White Boys and Girls Club. Brooke Reindollar for selling raffle tickets and for providing a place for locals to purchase tickets for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party. Also the three local businesses who allowed me to set up donation boxes: Dattilo’s, The Sweeter Life, and Beauty & Grace Hair Salon.”
If you would like to be a part of such a great movement, “Others can help by volunteering at events, helping fill the bags and spread the word,” Boehm said. “They can also help by donating items for the kid or parent totes. A list of ideas may be found at www.kaitlynshope.org. We would love to have companies get involved and do donation drives for us also.”
For more information contact Lori Boehm, 502-663-3259 or email www.kaitlynshope.org

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