My name is Amanda Petersen, many of you may not know who I am or may wonder why I am the one creating this GoFundMe campaign, but if you choose to continue reading you'll understand the reason behind my actions and I thank you for taking the time to do so.
Although I only had the pleasure of meeting Jenny two times, in those two times she touched my heart. She had a smile on her face each time, and was holding the hand of a man she searched for her whole life. The second time I met Jenny it was for a very big evening, sharing vows with the love of her life, Rick Karboviak. From the smile on her face to the joy in her eyes, I do not believe I have seen a purer love and I am thankful that I was there to help capture one of her last blissful memories here on earth. From the rehearsal to the groom's dinner, Jenny was eager and elated to be practicing for the big day. I watched her go outside to practice a dance for her future husband with her bridesmaids, and I could see on her face that she could not wait to perform this for him. I wanted the night to move faster for her just so she could get to the altar quicker. The next morning was filled with laughter, tears and lots of make up and hair spray. I could see on Rick's face just how anxious he was to begin his life with Jenny and vice versa. She walked down the aisle for their first look so quickly that the photos taken were very few, until they were standing still in their moment. The night was filled with nothing but smiles from ear to ear, kisses that would make your heart melt and dancing that made your soul happy.
Jenny and Rick fell right into a married couple routine as they had been awaiting that for some time. From here I will let Rick tell the story of what happened after 3 beautiful days of marriage.
"Last night(June 7th), my world came crashing down with Jenny's unfortunate passing. I knew she was frail and fragile in her health, but I did not expect her to be gone this quickly in her life.
Through it all, I experienced the greatest joy and the deepest pain in this unfortunate time.
Jenny was an angel on her wedding day, when she revealed herself to me, she was an angel on earth that day! She smiled so bright through the day and evening. Sunday and Monday, her glow continued as we spent more time together with family, and then just with ourselves in Grand Forks on Monday. Tuesday, we woke up together, ready to head back to our daily lives at MSU. I even got to see her at her finest, when she was outside with the children of the daycare and her fellow co-workers, all joyous and congratulating us.
The events of what transpired in the evening was the worst I've ever been through. Jenny fell in the bathroom, went unconscious, and I dialed 911. a deputy was there in seconds, maybe 1-2 minutes' tops. He asked me to start CPR, then he took over, and paramedics arrived on angel's wings. Things did not look good and they tried everything, and I mean everything possible that they could. I can't thank the EMT's enough for their work in trying to save Jenny, but it was just Jenny's time to leave us.
The autopsy revealed that her iliac artery on her leg affected the most by her NF tumor was what led to her death. The arteries were very fragile and the immediate blood loss was what caused her to collapse while in the shower, and it was done in an instant. That is all I can really tell everyone in brief. Jenny had a painful, painful daily life, a pain I wanted to take away for her more than anything. I saw her struggles behind her smile every day. At least she is now free from that pain and is standing upright, and smiling big amidst heaven's glory."
Rick and Jenny were united as one for 3 beautiful days here on earth, and will be united again in Heaven one day. What we are asking with this campaign is to help Rick with the cost of the funeral for his loving bride. He has been through joyful highs and tragic lows in the span of one week. Anything you can donate, or the prayers you could send to Rick Karboviak, Jenny's family, and Rick's family will be graciously accepted and appreciated. Money donations will go straight to Rick. Thank you in advance for anything and everything!
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Organizer and beneficiary