The Wight Family
Tragdey struck the Wight Family as they were driving to a hockey tournament in Denver from Salt Lake City. The family was in an auto accident, Bob and Dawn, the parents and our beloved friends, both passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. Kyle and Karson both sustained injuries, but are expected to make a full recovery. They are currently in a hospital in the Denver area.
The Wight family has made an huge impact on the Utah Hockey Community as the boys have played on several teams in the Salt Lake and Boise areas for many years. Bob and Dawn were a staple in the stands and around the rink. They were friends to all the other parents and players, always ready to shake your hand with a smile and share a crazy laugh. There will be a space in the stands and our hearts that can never be filled.
Brighton Hockey would be very greatful if we could help these two amazing boys by taking care of some of the expenses that are sure to pile up while they make their way though this tragic event. All funds raised will go to the family, to take care of medical expenses and help care for the boys.
Please help spread the word and contribute.
The boys have recovered well from the physical injuries suffered and we’re thankful to say both are back playing hockey. This has been critical to their emotional and mental recovery as the game and their teammates provide a much-needed support system. The boys have been placed in the custody of Derek and Brenda Pond, parents of one of Karsen’s teammates, and the Ponds other children Tyler and McKay have grown to love them like true brothers. The emotional recovery will take time and patience, but the boys are strong and the Ponds are ideal and caring role models and we are hopeful for the future. The money that was donated has been placed in trusts for the boys benefit, and no money has been spent or will be spent that is not directly for the well-being of the boys. This money has provided valuable security until, and after, the financial issues with the trucking company involved in the accident are resolved.
The hockey community can be proud for how it rallied around these boys even though the vast majority never met them or their parents. There is perhaps no better lasting tribute to the memories of Dawn and Bob Wight than to show the rest of the country the internal strength of the hockey community. Thank you again for participating and improving the lives of Kyle and Karsen Wight.
In the interim, the Ponds have expenses relating to transportation of the boys home, final expenses for the Wights, day-to-day expenses of the boys, and other ancillary costs.
To facilitate these needs in the short term, the creator of the GoFundMe campaign has asked Ms. Pond for an assessment of immediate necessary expenses. Once received, the creator will withdraw necessary funds and forward them directly to Brenda Pond for benefit of the boys. Confirmation of the amount and the transfer will be included in another update.
The balance of the funds will remain in the GoFundMe account until permanent custody is finalized, a trust is established, or additional requests are made by the Ponds pursuant to a custody order.
Brenda Pond and Stephanie Rowland were at the hospital looking after our 2 grandson's from day 1. They handled all necessary paperwork so that Grandma and Grandpa could spend time with the boys. This 2 ladies are pure Angeles as far as I'm concerned . The boys are doing well, Much thanks for all of the prayers and support from everyone. We do appreciate it.
To help my brother out, please type " constant teeth pain, help please " in the search bar for gofundme. Anything is appreciated no matter how big or small. And for the Wight family, me and my mom donated under her name. God it helps and God Bless
we love you Karsen and Kyle! Your Electra lane family is here for you!
My heart aches for these boys and their sister, Stephanie. She had never met them but was on a plane Saturday as soon as she heard about her Dad and Dawn to be with them at the hospital. I can only hope and pray that this terrible tragedy will bring together the 3 of them to have a new relationship together as a family. I love you. Mom
I was on here looking for an update on the boys. I hope they are both recovering well.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending many prayers your way. Fellow hockey family from Chicopee Massachusetts