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Kevin Conwell Life Flight Transport

$35,840 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 442 people in 8 months
Created October 5, 2018
33511404_1538758048779777_r.jpegAs many of you know, Kevin Conwell, Bozeman High School's Principal experienced a recurrence of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017, requiring a stem cell transplant at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In his traditional spirit, Kevin focused on recovery and returned to campus earlier than doctors expected - resuming his duties with unwavering commitment and school spirit. If you have kids at Bozeman High School this fall semester, you have undoubtedly already seen Kevin in the halls and around the administration offices, back to work and back to his usual self.

During the last week of September, Kevin was battling what appeared to be a common cold. It quickly progressed and moved to his spinal cord by the evening of Friday, September 28th. The virus caused inflammation, rendering him paralyzed with a condition called Transverse Myelitis. At this point in his treatment, Kevin needs respiratory support and has extremely restricted mobility.

 While he has received excellent, stabilizing care at Bozeman Health Deaconess, Kevin’s best opportunity for recovery requires transfer to a larger, out-of-state medical facility with a specialty in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The Life Flight transfer and the temporary relocation for the family outside of Bozeman involves many expenses that are not covered by insurance. We are asking you to wrap your arms around Kevin and the entire Conwell family as they are faced with this enormous, but necessary, financial burden to provide Kevin with the best care and the best foreseeable outcome.

 While Kevin’s precise prognosis is uncertain at this time, we remain hopeful that he will eventually recover. Kevin's wife, Barb, three daughters - Laura, Jennifer, and Mary - and his grandchildren, Bridger and Emmie, are so grateful for the community's incredible support and are thankful for your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We will keep you updated as we move forward and would like to thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Kevin has made a tremendous impact on the lives of our children and in the larger community. Let’s help Kevin get the best care possible to speed his road to recovery.

Donations of any amount are much appreciated and will be used to provide Life Flight transportation and care during his out-of-state treatment. We will continue to provide updates on Kevin’s progress.
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We are home!! On Tuesday morning we said our goodbyes to the staff at University of Utah hospital and made the drive back to Montana! After five months of being in the hospital, it feels amazing to be back in the beautiful Gallatin Valley. Thank you to so many generous donors we were able to purchase a wheelchair assessable van that made our trek back to Bozeman possible! We are acclimating back to life at home. It is great to be back amongst family and friends. Kevin will continue with his therapies here in Bozeman and we are excited to see his progression continue! Thank you all for your continued love and support! We are blown away everyday by all the generous people we have in our lives.
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As much as I have enjoyed my time at home in Bozeman these past couple of days, I have really missed being with Kevin. We are hoping to be home sometime the beginning to mid March. I would be lying if I didn’t say how anxious we are about coming home and trying to figure out our “new norm”, but I also know how much love and support we have and that is comforting to our family. We will do our best at keeping you all up to date on his progress and arrival back to Bozeman! ❤️ Thank you all for your love and support!
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Happy New Year! We hope you all have had a great holiday season with your loved ones. We are very grateful that we were all able to be together over Christmas. We continue our stay at the University of Utah hospital with ups and downs as part of this process. Kevin is continuing to work hard everyday to make progress. The outpouring of love and support helps him stay determined during this very slow process. He is making gains in physical therapy as he continues to walk almost everyday with the support of a neck brace and his therapists right by his side cheering him along! He has been upgraded to a new eating plan by his speech therapist because he has gained more strength back in his swallowing. Right now his favorite is the tomato basil soup! His occupational therapist has been helping him learn how to transfer from his wheelchair to his bed with assistance. Kevin is still working very hard to wean completely off the ventilator. Right now he doesn't need the vent support during the day at all! He is working hard and building up the stamina to go through the night without it as well. We will continued to keep you all updated! Thank you for all of the prayers and support. Wishing you all the happiest new year!
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This is JOY! Wearing his Hawks gear and being able to venture out of the hospital to a Brewery! The Rehab team here is amazing! Every week they plan an outing to a place that the patient will enjoy! This week they wanted to take my dad to a brewery because he is starting to be able to drink and eat a tiny bit! It is also an opportunity to start to learn how to navigate the world now! He was so happy to get some fresh air and see the snow falling and the amazing Christmas decorations! We hope you all find this much JOY in each day!
Cheers ❤️
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Created October 5, 2018
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