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The flamingos are on their way.

The last fundraiser for the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 hits March 1-12, with an extreme likelihood of the pink birds showing up all around town.

For more info, take a gander at the photo above.

All proceeds go towards a safe, drug and alcohol-free graduation night party this spring.

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Mallory Kortuem (in red jacket) celebrates her CHS soccer Senior Night with mom Heather, dad Alex, and big sis Miranda. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One of the core families of Coupeville athletics is in major need tonight.

Alex Kortuem, father of three CHS grads, and a longtime general contractor on Whidbey Island, suffered a substantial brain bleed January 25, resulting in a hemorrhagic stroke.

After emergency brain surgery, he spent five days on a ventilator, and 10 days total in an ICU.

As he stabilizes, the plan is for him to be transferred to an intensive inpatient rehab facility in Seattle.

Currently, the 45-year-old Kortuem is still unable to move or feel the entire left side of his body.

Due to the severity of the stroke, it is unknown if or when he will be able to return to his work, which provides the majority of his family’s income.

Alex and wife Heather have three children — Keegan, Miranda, and Mallory — and he was a frequent fan at soccer games and track meets featuring his kids.

His offspring get a lot of their athletic chops from their father, who has been an avid mountaineer and backcountry skier for much of his life.


To read more, and help the Kortuem family, pop over to:

Fundraiser for Heather Kortuem by Hilary Lott : Alex Kortuem’s Stroke Recovery (gofundme.com)

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Morgan Stevens looks for an open teammate. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The young woman you sponsor today could be the first responder who makes a positive impact tomorrow.

Coupeville High School junior Morgan Stevens, a top scholar and athlete, has her heart set on attending fire academy.

“My dream is to become a firefighter to help serve and protect people,” she said.

Morgan, whose mother Kristi is a nurse at WhidbeyHealth, has launched a GoFundMe to help raise the money needed to fulfill the first major step on her path to becoming a first responder.

If you’re interested in helping a smart, talented, hardworking young woman achieve her destiny, pop over to:

Fundraiser by Morgan Stevens : Help Morgan go to firefighters academy (gofundme.com)

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Cassidy Kendall

A fundraiser is underway to help an Oak Harbor woman badly injured in a car/pedestrian accident New Year’s Eve.

Cassidy Kendall, 23, was struck by a car while crossing the street in Oregon December 31, and suffered life-threatening injuries.

She broke her ribs, femur, pelvis, and spine, and was put in a medically-induced coma.

In an update Wednesday, her sister, Bailey Pace, detailed what Kendall has faced in the first week of 2021.

The young woman has had multiple surgeries, with a rod inserted to brace her femur, which was broken at the hip joint.

Kendall also had screws, rods, and pins inserted into her neck during spinal surgery, which will limit her mobility in her neck.

After a third surgery to piece her pelvis back together, with plates, screws, and bolts inserted, she is on a ventilation machine.

One huge positive is Kendall is out of the coma, and is able to understand and respond to commands to do things such as wiggle her toes and squeeze hands.

It’s expected she will be in a wheelchair for a minimum of three months, and will need therapy to recover the ability to swallow and walk.

Her sister has started a GoFundMe to aid Kendall and her husband, Oak Wendler, during this time.

“Thank you for all your prayers, love, and help through all of this. We are so grateful for all your support,” Pace said. “Cassidy truly has touched the lives of so many!”


To help the family, pop over to:

Fundraiser for Oak Wendler by Bailey Pace : Help Cassidy with medical bills (gofundme.com)

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Your wallet could help save lives.

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is asking for the public’s help in purchasing a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, which would be a boon for professionals who handle medical calls from Coupeville to Greenbank.

CWIFR launched a fundraiser Wednesday to try and meet the $18,580 goal.

Many calls are for patients in cardiac arrest, and the chest compression system would be “a crew member who will never get tired, deliver perfect compressions, and can’t get hurt.”

The automated CPR device maintains “uninterrupted chest compressions over long periods,” while “ensuring chest compressions remain consistent and effective, no matter how long the call lasts.”

One recent call required CWIFR crew to provide chest compressions for more than three hours.

Having this device aboard the ambulance would also allow crew members to travel more safely, remaining in safety restraints while transporting patients to the hospital.


To find out more and donate to a good cause, pop over to:

Fundraiser by Jerry Helm : CWIFR- LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System (gofundme.com)

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