Tragedy in the Vogel Family

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Hi everyone, 

My name is Connie and I'm writing this on the behalf of my friend and colleague, Kirstin. If any of you know Kirstin personally, you know that she is one of the bubbliest, happiest, most kind-hearted people you'll ever meet. You also might know that Kirstin just recently had a serious skiing accident in which she had a cervical fracture and thoracic break on her spine. She had to undergo neurosurgery to fuse the cervical fracture and shattered disc, a procedure that will take 6 months to a year until she is fully healed. Her accident may still leave Kirstin with limited mobility in her neck. 

A few months before Kirstin’s injury her mom, Whitney was hospitalized with a rare intestinal disease and still battles this illness. And now just about a month past her surgery, another tragedy has struck the Vogel family.  Kirstin's little brother Connor had an accident which resulted in a coma that he never woke up from. Connor being the loving and giving person that he was donated his organs to those in need. Connor was only 22, a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying software programming and coding. He was a kind soul that hated inconveniencing people and had a contagious smile and personality. Due to their closeness in age and personalities, Kirstin and Connor were extremely close. 

Needless to say, the Vogel family is devastated and in shock from the tragedy. Before his unfortunate passing, Connor and Kirstin had discussed going on a backpacking trip across Europe together. With how chaotic things have been for her in the past few months, myself and Kirstin’s loved ones would love to make this happen for her. It’s the least we can do for our beloved Cheerstin. 

This GoFundMe was set up to help send Kirstin on the European backpacking adventure in honour of her brother and help her get the closure she needs. Funds will primarily help support the financial burden of Connor’s loss, current medical turmoil on the Vogel family, and funeral costs, etc. Kirstin has helped so many people with her smile, unending positivity, and loyal friendship. We’d like to return the favour and help her in this time of need. 

Thank you for reading. Every little bit helps.
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Friends and donors. I just wanted to write a more detailed message of thanks now that life has calmed down tremendously for the Vogels. Of course there are still challenges that we each face everyday. The pain of missing Connor will always be with us. I am back to work in New York City, while my sister and parents reside in South and North Carolina. Your donations were able to pay for my brothers funeral costs and hospital bill that was incurred before his organs were deemed fit for donation. In death my brother was able to save the lives of four other very ill people. The remaining donations were then able to pay for medical bills for both my mother and myself. Because of your generosity I was able to spend much needed time out of work to grieve with my family in Wilmington, NC. This was by far the best gift of all, to cry and laugh and remember the good times spent with my brother. I cannot thank everyone enough for your incredible kindness, loving words, and unwavering support. I can honestly say you all have made this tragedy so much more bearable. I am eternally grateful.
<3 Kirstin Vogel
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Anthony Perry
22 months ago
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Hey my name is Anthony Perry I operate a new restaurant downtown! I was browsing through my news feed and heard the unfortunate news! Words can't explain what your going through! My prayers are sent to the Vogel family. I would love to help raise some money for you and your family so im willing to open up my restaurant in downtown Wilmington for a day/night just for your initial me events and whatever we raise I would like to donate 20% to your family! I'm not sure if your interested but it would be a great place to meet up and have a good dinner for close friends and family . If interested please contact me via Facebook @ grace on 2nd . We have great food and nice atmosphere ! Thank you and God bless

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Beth Helms
19 months ago

I am in a bible study with Kelly Vogel. I love her and her family very much. The tragic loss of Conner crushed Kelly, her dad and her kids. Kelly heart is huge and gives to so many people. God lead me to her bible study and we have grown closer to God through our fellowship. I am praying that the money shared from her friends is for Kelly and her dad as the grieve the wonderful life of Conner. God bless the Vogel family as they try to heal and find peace knowing he is in heaven with the Lord. Amen

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Hey my name is Anthony Perry I operate a new restaurant downtown! I was browsing through my news feed and heard the unfortunate news! Words can't explain what your going through! My prayers are sent to the Vogel family. I would love to help raise some money for you and your family so im willing to open up my restaurant in downtown Wilmington for a day/night just for your initial me events and whatever we raise I would like to donate 20% to your family! I'm not sure if your interested but it would be a great place to meet up and have a good dinner for close friends and family . If interested please contact me via Facebook @ grace on 2nd . We have great food and nice atmosphere ! Thank you and God bless

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Beth Helms
19 months ago

I am in a bible study with Kelly Vogel. I love her and her family very much. The tragic loss of Conner crushed Kelly, her dad and her kids. Kelly heart is huge and gives to so many people. God lead me to her bible study and we have grown closer to God through our fellowship. I am praying that the money shared from her friends is for Kelly and her dad as the grieve the wonderful life of Conner. God bless the Vogel family as they try to heal and find peace knowing he is in heaven with the Lord. Amen

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