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August 18, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 18, 2013


Coming together to help a family

On behalf of my family and I, we want to thank everyone who came out to support my daughter, Kaylynn Zehner. My husband, Curtis, and I are so thankful for all the donations and kind words from everyone who came out.

We want to personally thank Penny Davis and the employees of the Vigo County Jail for organizing the whole benefit for us. Without Penny this event wouldn't have taken place. Penny has mentioned on several occasions that her heart was pulled to us and she felt from day one of finding out about Kaylynn’s surgery that she had to help in some way.

From that point on we went from ordering bracelets, to donations of food and drinks for the benefit. T-shirts were then donated for immediate family and also the very cute tutu that Kaylynn was wearing. I could never have imagined the turnout that we had. We have been given enough money to take care of many of our medical bills and put some away for the actual surgery and travel costs.

I am so thankful to our community for coming together and supporting my family the way they did. I was able to meet with others whose lives have been affected by a congenital heart defect much like Kaylynn’s, even some with the same condition she has. It has given me a peace of mind to know that everything is going to be just fine — a feeling I haven’t felt in a while. So not only do I thank the community again for donating money and time but also sharing a piece of their hearts with my family.

It truly is wonderful to see the community come together to support one of its own the way Terre Haute came together for us.

— Kelsey Zehner

Terre Haute

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