Kurtz Family Expenses

$81,136 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 680 people in 35 months
David Becker
on behalf of Greg Kurtz
 MIAMISBURG, OH
Our family knows the Kurtz Family in an educational sense. Our children have known Linda and Greg through their education.
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!
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For those of you that made it to Vinny's Celebration of Life, you can see all those wagon's that Greg referred to in his latest post. Most of our family made it early on Sunday. The youngest chose to attend with friends early today. Most of us understand that beyond prayer, there is little more we can do for the Kurtz's family. Love, prayer and support will be what they will need in the short term. As the years come and go, Vinny's life will be reflected upon with laughs, deep thought and fond memories that will carry most a lifetime. As this campaign comes to a close I firmly believe that what we saw was the body of Christ in action. Now if we could just get the world to see what that can look like.
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
~Dave
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If this isn't a testimony of the power of God when faith is put in motion then we need to pay attention a little more often. I had a young lady from North Carolina reach out to us to ask if there where any tips we could give her because Vinny's GFM campaign was generating so many views. The simple response was not being afraid to put your faith out there so God can do work. We raised the bar one more time. Some data to be shared. In 3 days, almost 40k people have visited the campaign. There have been 2600 Facebook shares. The total funds raised so far, which I know you can see, are over 75k. That is powerful stuff people.
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God is huge! When you talk about the body of Christ in motion sometimes those marks aren't measurable because God isn't sharing those on his time. $1500+ short of the goals set. God bless!
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The last update for tonight. I have the permission of the family through Linden K. to share with you that Vinny was an organ/tissue and eye donor. Exactly who Vinny impacted won't be known for several months. This was my career path for the better part of 20 yrs. Safe to say that Vinny has the potential to impact the lives of 60-100 people + based on my experience. Compound that by the fact that many recipients tend to follow Christ because of their circumstance Vinny may well have touched more peoples hearts in his short 21 years then most of us will do in a lifetime! Powerful.
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Linden Kurtz
35 months ago

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.

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Jenny Michelle Rapson
35 months ago

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.

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Diane Reid
35 months ago
6
6

May God's unfailing love be your comfort according to His promises to his servants. Ps. 119:76

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Jeniece Lyons
35 months ago
5
5

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalms 34:18

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Greg Kurtz
34 months ago
3
3

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.

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Cheryl Sims
35 months ago
3
3

Greg & Linda: We grieve over your loss but find peace in knowing our loving Lord will sustain you and the family. May His peace overwhelm you and His arms of comfort surround you.

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Christine Brown
35 months ago
2
2

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.

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Jenna Washatka
35 months ago
2
2

We are so devastated by your loss; our thoughts and prayers are with your family. -Nathan & Jenna (Marcum) Washatka

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Janet Bailey
35 months ago
2
2

We will be praying for your family and that you continue to feel God's love and comfort in this hard time.

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Marion Stolle
35 months ago
2
2

My heart goes out to you! The Lord will gather you in His arms and gently carry you.

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Marilyn Emch Miller
34 months ago
1
1

No words can express our sorrow for you and all your family. Just sending hugs and love to you all. We have loved your family since we knew you back in the early 70's and have enjoyed seeing God's work in each of you. Love you.

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Sherry Buehler Wright
34 months ago

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.

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Nicole Mumaw
34 months ago

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.

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Doreen Grubba
34 months ago

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

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Jenny Brown
34 months ago

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.

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Alisha Lewis
35 months ago

I am so sorry for your family's loss.. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!

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MaryBeth Wojnarowski-Faile
35 months ago

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

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Anonymous
34 months ago
AB
$30
Ashley Brooks-Garman
34 months ago

We are absolutely heart broken for you all! Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts. May God give you peace! Sending hugs!

$30
Anonymous
34 months ago
AB
$50
Alissa Brusky
34 months ago
$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
SC
$40
Sue Cutting
34 months ago
JL
$100
John & Julie Lansford
34 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Losing young men is such a shock. May the Father hold you tight during this tragic time.

$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
$100
Abby DeLange
34 months ago

Praying for you and your family, Mr. Kurtz. It hurts to know that someone we love and appreciate so much is hurting so deeply. Praying that you will find unfathomable peace through the promises of Christ.

DH
$50
Dylena (Brunk) Holsinger
34 months ago

Continuing to pray for the entire Kurtz family. You all have been on my mind this past week. We are sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort in the coming weeks. Corbin, Dylena (Brunk) and Credeyn Holsinger

Linden Kurtz
35 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Jenny Michelle Rapson
35 months ago

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.

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Diane Reid
35 months ago
6
6

May God's unfailing love be your comfort according to His promises to his servants. Ps. 119:76

+ Read More
Jeniece Lyons
35 months ago
5
5

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalms 34:18

+ Read More
Greg Kurtz
34 months ago
3
3

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.

+ Read More
Cheryl Sims
35 months ago
3
3

Greg & Linda: We grieve over your loss but find peace in knowing our loving Lord will sustain you and the family. May His peace overwhelm you and His arms of comfort surround you.

+ Read More
Christine Brown
35 months ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Jenna Washatka
35 months ago
2
2

We are so devastated by your loss; our thoughts and prayers are with your family. -Nathan & Jenna (Marcum) Washatka

+ Read More
Janet Bailey
35 months ago
2
2

We will be praying for your family and that you continue to feel God's love and comfort in this hard time.

+ Read More
Marion Stolle
35 months ago
2
2

My heart goes out to you! The Lord will gather you in His arms and gently carry you.

+ Read More
Marilyn Emch Miller
34 months ago
1
1

No words can express our sorrow for you and all your family. Just sending hugs and love to you all. We have loved your family since we knew you back in the early 70's and have enjoyed seeing God's work in each of you. Love you.

+ Read More
Sherry Buehler Wright
34 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Nicole Mumaw
34 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Doreen Grubba
34 months ago

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

+ Read More
Jenny Brown
34 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Alisha Lewis
35 months ago

I am so sorry for your family's loss.. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!

+ Read More
MaryBeth Wojnarowski-Faile
35 months ago

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

+ Read More
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