Kirk Ingram’s Story
On August 1st, 2015, tragedy struck Kirk Ingram & family. He was enjoying a beautiful summer day with friends on Lake Minnetonka when he dove into the water and struck the bottom, injuring his neck. He was rescued by friends and people nearby and taken immediately to the hospital where he underwent spinal cord surgery. They were able to stabilize Kirk’s spinal cord but he was left with little to no feeling in his arms or legs. Married to his Woodbury High School sweetheart, Melissa, the couple gave birth to their first child, Alexa, 2 weeks prior to the accident. Currently Kirk is working closely with the amazing staff at Courage Kenny Rehab Institute and tackling his rehab with the expert staff to work towards the transition to outpatient rehab and ultimately moving home. As Kirk transitions through rehab, there are a lot of things that need to be updated in his home so that he can function alongside his family.
Karlyn and Cory Pranke went in to their 20 week ultrasound to find out the sex of their baby and were elated to hear it was a little girl. Immediately following the gender reveal, the room got quiet as the ultrasound tech left to find a doctor. The doctor confirmed that they were unable to find her arms or stomach and a 3D ultrasound was necessary. Multiple blood tests and genetic tests came back with no answer of why their daughter did not have arms or a stomach as they proceeded through weekly monitoring. Finally at 28 weeks they were able to find a small stomach. When Karlyn was 30 weeks pregnant she was admitted to the hospital due to preeclampsia (high blood pressure) and was put on bed rest. They were hoping to make it to 34 weeks when babies have a better chance of survival, but just 6 days later they had to deliver through an emergency C-section due to her high blood pressure. On April 19th, 2012 Ruth-Evelyn Caroline (RE for short) was born. She spent 103 days in the NICU before going home with a feeding tube. She has been through a lot of therapy as she has gotten older to learn how to use her feet for everything and she has adapted well. The biggest obstacle for RE is that without arms, if she falls, she lands on her face causing chipped teeth, split lips and lots of bruises. She is a very determined and strong-willed little girl who wants to do everything on her own. Recently the Pranke family purchased their first home and had to make sure that it had a nice easy layout for RE.
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf
There are times in life such as a job loss or illness that puts you in a situation that you need help. The goal of Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) is to provide food for those families in this type of transitional need. Located in Woodbury, CCEFS serves roughly 500 families a month with food, personal care items and other resources during their time of need. CCEFS proudly serves Woodbury, Oakdale, Landfall and a portion of South Maplewood. Food is collected through donations from community members, food rescues as well as food purchases which are made possible through donations.