Kirk Ingram's Recovery

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Dear Family and Friends,
Tragedy has struck, but hope remains. Kirk is alive. Yesterday, while enjoying a beautiful summer day with friends on Lake Minnetonka, Kirk playfully dove into the water, and unfortunately struck the bottom, injuring his neck. The injury is severe. He was rescued by his friends, a nearby doctor and EMT, and local authorities, then air lifted to North Memorial Hospital, where he underwent complex surgery for several hours. Melissa, baby Alexa, his parents, sister, grandparents, and more family and friends, gathered at the hospital and waited throughout the night. The doctor met us early this morning with news that the surgery to stabilize his spine was successful. However, Kirk's spinal cord was damaged, leaving him with little to no feeling in his arms or legs. This damage may be permanent. Those of you who know Kirk, know that he has amazing physical strength and will power. If anyone can defy the odds and overcome this injury, it is Kirk. No one works harder or demands more of himself than Kirk. In the ICU, he was awake and aware -- thinking first and foremost of the other people who are affected. He remains our hero. We will try to provide you with regular updates on this website. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers. Kirk has a long road ahead. Yet we know that, with God, all things are possible. (Written on behalf of the family by John C. - loving father-in-law)
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The support for the campaign has been amazing. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated - the money will help us make our home accessible for Kirk and provide for the extra care and rehab expenses along this long journey. A trust has now been set up for any future donations. If you still care to contribute to Kirk's expenses please donate to

"Lake Elmo Bank as Trustee of the Kirk Ingram Supplemental Needs Trust" and mail to: Lake Elmo Bank, Trust Services Dept., 600 Inwood Avenue North, Oakdale, MN 55128
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For those of you looking for more frequent updates, please follow Kirk's CaringBridge site.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kirkingram
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We will be raising the limit for this campaign due to the overwhelming support and generosity that's been seen! The family can't thank you enough for the kind words and support.
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Top 10 things to know about Kirk:

1. He doesn't sit still. Relaxing for him is playing yard games, working on projects around the house and inviting as many people as possible to any event.
2. He works harder than anyone I've ever known.
3. He hates spelling.
4. He loves MN sports - Gopher Football, Gopher Hockey, Twins, Wild, and tailgating.
5. His signature dance drove Melissa crazy with embarrassment.
6. Family, friends and faith are the most important things to him.
7. He treats everyone like family and can sweet talk anyone into a smile (or a discount).
8. He loves to travel and plans to visit every continent.
9. He plans every event, trip and day down to the minute driving many of us crazy - but most go off without a hitch and when the rest of us plan anything it doesn't go as well.
10. He is the best Dad and keeps asking everyone to take care of his girls.
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Christopher Hirdler
43 months ago

Hello Ingram family, I experienced the same injury 10+ years ago, so I can say I know what he is going through. I am able to walk today. I will pray for him and his family. If he ever needs to talk, I am available.

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Leslie Lynch Jablonski
43 months ago
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The Jablonski family is keeping Kirk and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Like our son Jack, Kirk is strong and keeping a positive attitude and that will make a difference. #Bel13veInMiracles

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Nancy Nordstrom
42 months ago
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You don't know me but I am part of a very special group of ladies called the LuLu's. One of our very special members is Indu, who told us about you. We will continue to pray for your full recovery.

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Geoffrey Morris
43 months ago
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May you find your creator now and whenever you seek him.

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Lloyd Clausen
43 months ago
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Kirk! We are pulling for you back at the bullseye!

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Mark E Felling
43 months ago
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Kirk, then there after surviving my airplane crash 12 years ago. It is extremely hard to stay in touch with family, friends, and other parts of your life or even as simple as picking what you want to watch a TV. I now make solutions specifically for people going through this type of traumatic life experience. Feel free to call -I have tricks for doubling your strength in weeks. www.BroadenedHorizons.com/blog/author

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Ben Johnson
43 months ago
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My heart just broke when I read this. My thoughts and many many prayers will be with you all through this process. I can't imagine what you are going through but know you are not alone.

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Jenna Blass
43 months ago
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Praying for your family, and strength and recovery for you Kirk. -- Jenna Blass & Travis Creel

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Gregory S. Vollmer
43 months ago
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My thoughts are with the Ingram's. Wishing a loving and close family the strength and support needed to get through this trying event. Love and Peace to you all.

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David W Fuhs
43 months ago
1
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Our thoughts are with you and your family. We are all praying for you for strength and guidance.

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Mike Pien
43 months ago
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Dear Ingram Family, our hearts are heavy on hearing this news. We will keep Kirk and the whole family in our prayers and thoughts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do....we would love to help in any way. Mike and Lynn Pien

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Jorge Ruíz de López
43 months ago
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... Dear Brian, Teresa, and rest of family. My heart receives those sad news in a heavy way for your child. Our prayer in this household is for peace and recovery on this tragic time for all of you. We lift Kirk to our Lord for a fast return home with all of you and his beloved wife and baby Alexa . In Jesus name we plead, we pray !

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Christopher Hirdler
43 months ago

Hello Ingram family, I experienced the same injury 10+ years ago, so I can say I know what he is going through. I am able to walk today. I will pray for him and his family. If he ever needs to talk, I am available.

+ Read More
Leslie Lynch Jablonski
43 months ago
9
9

The Jablonski family is keeping Kirk and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Like our son Jack, Kirk is strong and keeping a positive attitude and that will make a difference. #Bel13veInMiracles

+ Read More
Nancy Nordstrom
42 months ago
1
1

You don't know me but I am part of a very special group of ladies called the LuLu's. One of our very special members is Indu, who told us about you. We will continue to pray for your full recovery.

+ Read More
Geoffrey Morris
43 months ago
1
1

May you find your creator now and whenever you seek him.

+ Read More
Lloyd Clausen
43 months ago
1
1

Kirk! We are pulling for you back at the bullseye!

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Mark E Felling
43 months ago
1
1

Kirk, then there after surviving my airplane crash 12 years ago. It is extremely hard to stay in touch with family, friends, and other parts of your life or even as simple as picking what you want to watch a TV. I now make solutions specifically for people going through this type of traumatic life experience. Feel free to call -I have tricks for doubling your strength in weeks. www.BroadenedHorizons.com/blog/author

+ Read More
Ben Johnson
43 months ago
1
1

My heart just broke when I read this. My thoughts and many many prayers will be with you all through this process. I can't imagine what you are going through but know you are not alone.

+ Read More
Jenna Blass
43 months ago
1
1

Praying for your family, and strength and recovery for you Kirk. -- Jenna Blass & Travis Creel

+ Read More
Gregory S. Vollmer
43 months ago
1
1

My thoughts are with the Ingram's. Wishing a loving and close family the strength and support needed to get through this trying event. Love and Peace to you all.

+ Read More
David W Fuhs
43 months ago
1
1

Our thoughts are with you and your family. We are all praying for you for strength and guidance.

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Mike Pien
43 months ago
1
1

Dear Ingram Family, our hearts are heavy on hearing this news. We will keep Kirk and the whole family in our prayers and thoughts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do....we would love to help in any way. Mike and Lynn Pien

+ Read More
Jorge Ruíz de López
43 months ago
1
1

... Dear Brian, Teresa, and rest of family. My heart receives those sad news in a heavy way for your child. Our prayer in this household is for peace and recovery on this tragic time for all of you. We lift Kirk to our Lord for a fast return home with all of you and his beloved wife and baby Alexa . In Jesus name we plead, we pray !

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