So many to thank following accident [UPDATED]Published 9:29am Friday, October 12, 2012 Updated 11:30am Friday, October 12, 2012
In the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2011, a tragic car accident occurred
that shattered and forever changed the lives of eight individuals, their families, friends and people throughout the surrounding communities. Among those individuals was our daughter, Kaylee Holte, who suffered severe head trauma resulting in a traumatic brain injury which she is battling to overcome and will be for the rest of her life.
Kaylee survived 12 brain surgeries, an 8-day stretch of 89-degree body temperature and a myriad of infections and complications before she arrived to where she is today.
Kaylee is currently a resident of the PioneerCare Center in Fergus Falls where she is undergoing intensive and aggressive physical, occupational and speech therapy. Everything she once knew must be relearned, memories need reawakening and muscles and bones strengthened in order to walk again. Although we are seeing improvements, she still has a long way to go before the dream of her coming home can be realized.
On March 16, 2012, the people of this and the surrounding communities came together at the Red Horse Ranch for a benefit on Kaylee’s behalf, and what a benefit it was. Upwards of 2,000 caring people attended, selling out raffle tickets, buying up silent and live auction items, enjoying the food, entertainment and the company of others who were there to show their faith, love, hope, support, encouragement and belief that God has a plan for Kaylee.
It was the most uplifting, emotionally fulfilling night of our lives, leaving us humbled and in awe over the concern, the caring nature and the generosity of these fine folks.
With the continual changes and complications that have occurred with Kaylee since the benefit, we were remiss in offering our heartfelt thanks to all who attended her benefit, to those who sent the many cards and flowers, money, baked goodies at Christmas time, to those who dropped by to offer a shoulder to cry on, words that calmed during unsettled times, a hug when it was needed most or to quietly sit by our side when there were no words of comfort.
Thank you for showing the world how small communities can rally around the fallen in a big way, offering their gifts of time and talent to assure us that Kaylee’s needs will be met.
We wish we could thank each and everyone in this letter, the list is endless and the fear is that we might inadvertently leave someone out, but know that we know who you are, how you helped and how we can never repay you for the kindness and love you have and continue to show us.
A special thank you to Team Kaylee, for their dedication and tireless determination to make this benefit not only happen, but to make sure it was one to remember for quite sometime.
From the very first spark of an idea to the culmination of the benefit, you made sure every detail, no matter how large or small was taken care of, resulting in a night of sheer joy and comradery unparalleled by any.
We thank you for your time and energy, your excitement, your enthusiasm and your selfless nature that made Kaylee’s benefit such a huge success.
May God bless you all.
Blaine and Lisa Ecker