Kurtz Family Expenses
We felt a strong presense of God asking to create something that will benefit the Kurtz family in such a tragic time. Vinny will be missed but is with his forever family and will one day be in the presence of his family here on earth. Unfortunately, Vinny passed away as a result of a bicycle accident. He graduated High School in 2013.
There will be medical expenses, funeral expenses and travel expenses that are forthcoming.
Any amount matters. Give what you can, please!
We are just a few dollars short of the goal that has been raised many fold. It will not be raised again as folks can give for the next week or so. So if you can reach out to your network just a few more lengths more we should be be able to reach the goal.
Thank you all for your love, support, sympathy and willingness to stop your lives for our family. Obviously we are in shock over all of this as it is still surreal. I think we all expect to wake up from this nightmare and go back to normal. But, the words of encouragement and the outpouring of love is so overwhelming to me and our family. Thank you all for being exactly what we need in this time.
I wrote this on Facebook the morning that Vinny passed away and several DC alumni said it echoed their feelings, so I'm leaving it here for you, Kurtz family. "I remember when he was born." This is what I thought as I laid in bed last night praying for Vinny Kurtz, a young man who, when I was, I think, a junior in high school, was born to the senior English teacher, Greg Kurtz. As a kid I always made note of those things. So, I remember when Vinny was born. Vincent. He was in all his cute infantness when I was a senior, and his dad was our class advisor. My kids go to that school now, Dayton Christian School, the one Vinny's dad still teaches at, the one Vinny graduated from just three years ago. I was praying for him last night though I've not seen him since he was a tiny kid, didn't really even know anything about him anymore, just that I have always held his parents in high regard. I saw his mom at an event at the school last year, and she had two of her tiny grandchildren with her, and she was so happy. (Also, she looked EXACTLY THE SAME!) In her element with those two, I'd say. Her life changed in an instant last night when she got the news that her son had been hit by a car while riding his bike. My heart seizes with fear just thinking about it. A whole community rallied to pray last night and this morning. God answered our fervent prayers by bringing Vinny into His arms. Today I know his parents must be grieved beyond belief, taking comfort only in that Vinny is with Jesus. I remember when he was born, what JOY there was at his birth. And the joy only grew as he grew. I wasn't there to witness any of it. But I can imagine. Because I am a mother now. I get it. I know the void he leaves. The grief will be as big as the joy. All I really remember about Vinny is that he was born when I was in high school and his dad was my teacher. But he has made a mark on me. Every life leaves a mark. Every life is precious. The tears I have cried today for a young man I do not know surely prove that. Thank you, Vinny. I look forward to meeting you one day, the day I will be, like you were today, reborn.
The last two weeks have overwhelmed us with sadness and heavy grief at the news of Vinny's accident. But your generosity, texts, posts, calls, and prayers overwhelmed us with love. As we read your kind words to us and your tributes to Vinny, we cried, not at the dollar amounts (which we shielded from our eyes) but at the far-reaching arms of the body of Christ.
My love is so strong for you all....I remember when Vinny was on his hat kick and on our travels, Doug and I found a Davy Crockett hat for him! I have pictures of his big smile and him wearing that silly hat...his love was contagious, and that came from the great parental guidance and christian lifestyle you taught your children. Through the many losses I have endured GP and Jim have never left my side, as family does. If it was not for that LOVE I wonder if I would have made it back. Now I know with GOD'S LOVE we are all family, and Vinny is with all those that love God, and he will stay in the hearts of those that loved him. I love you all so much and if tears fill the Oceans than we will continue to make more Oceans all over the world, only these will be a new biology experiment for Vinny as these are our tears that are tears of LOVE. May God's peace and grace show you comfort.
Our hearts are breaking for your family. May God wrap his loving arms of comfort around each one of you. Continued prayers for your family.
Kurtz family My heart hurts for you all. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time! You're family has been such an impact on us all we love you very much.
Words cannot begin to express how sorry we are for your family. Our hearts are broken as we lift you all up in prayer knowing that God is with you in this pain and He will be your comfort and peace as you go forward. We love you all...Mike and Doreen Grubba
There are truly no words but HIS. Praying Psalms 23 over your family tonight from North Africa. Jesus, give the Kurtz family the peace You speak of, that can pass all understanding.
I am so sorry for your family's loss.. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!
We are SO sorry for your temporary separation . Our hearts are broken for the Kurtz family. Please know that we are praying for you all. David and Mary Beth Faile