Posts Tagged ‘GoFundMe’

Lillian and Amanda Stanwood

A nasty three-car accident Thursday has left a Coupeville family in need.

Amanda Stanwood, and her daughter Lillian, were hit in a head-on collision on Highway 20 in the vicinity of Dugualla Bay after another driver crossed the centerline.

Their car was pinned against the guardrail after the accident, and Amanda was one of three people involved transported to the hospital.

Seaside Spa and Salon owner Aaron Wiley, who is a family friend, posted this earlier today:


If you’re from Coupeville and a soccer family, chances are you know the Stanwood’s.

They personally mean a lot to me (Aaron) because they have been like family to my daughter and I since Emma was in diapers.

Their home has been her home away from home whenever she needed it, and our daughters will most certainly be lifelong friends. It’s just that kind of a bond.

Mandi & Lily were in that horrible wreck on North Whidbey this last Thursday. Hit head-on by an uninsured motorist who they think fell asleep at the wheel.

This family is the NICEST family I’ve ever met. They would give anyone the shirt off their backs and every last dime they had if someone was in need.

Mandi’s husband volunteers as a soccer coach and Mandi spends her time taking care of their household and helping all of her friends out when any of us are in a pinch with childcare.

They pour as much as they can into soccer for their daughter because it’s her outlet and is one of the things that has kept this sweet child sane through a terrible couple of years.

They travel off-Island multiple times a week for soccer camps and tournaments.

Now they are without a vehicle and not a lot of hope after this horrific car wreck that they miraculously walked away from … beaten up, cut up, bruised and shaken, but alive ❤️.

The paramedics were astounded they weren’t hurt any more than they were.

Please help them if you can. They need to purchase a car.

Thankfully they have been lent a vehicle to use temporarily from a friend until they can buy their own.

They need the stress taken off.

They may need help with medical bills because it’s unknown right now what their health insurance will cover.

Their car insurance was minimal and they don’t know what, if anything, it will cover to help them replace their car.

These are wonderful people and could really use some community support right now.


To help, pop over to:

Fundraiser by Melissa Talcott : Help the Stanwoods Recover from an Accident (gofundme.com)

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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)

The news is encouraging.

Alex Kortuem, father of three Coupeville grads, and a longtime general contractor on Whidbey Island, continues to show progress as he recovers from a hemorrhagic stroke.

The 45-year-old Wolf dad, a frequent presence at events featuring children KeeganMiranda, and Mallory, suffered a substantial brain bleed in late January.

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

While he has no feeling on the left side of his body, Kortuem has responded well to inpatient rehab, said sister Hilary Lott.

Alex has been learning a lot in therapies,” she said. “He is working on learning to get dressed and showering; with no movement yet in his left arm he is still needing a lot of assist with this.

“He can now move from sitting in his bed to a wheelchair with a therapist guarding him only. This is great progress, as he started with two-person assist and was not able to sit on his own.

“He also can stand with help and is moving his left leg forward on his own. Alex is making gains daily and the therapy team is so impressed with his work ethic.

“Not a surprise for all that know him.”

In the most recent update on his GoFundMe page, wife Heather Kortuem expressed the family’s joy in finding out Alex should be able to return home in less than a week.

“We are in countdown mode!,” she said.

“This weekend, several members of Alex’s climbing family will be helping the kids and I prepare the house for a safe homecoming; including building a ramp, mounting some grab bars, and moving furniture to accommodate his latest set of wheels.

“I have no words to express what your support has done for our peace of mind. Just knowing we have a safety net is priceless and has let Alex focus all his energy on rehab.”


To aid the Kortuem family, pop over to:

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

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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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