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Kelsey's Courage

Psalm 63:4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

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"Wipe the Tears Away"

Posted by kelseyscourage on November 15, 2021 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We would like to announce that we are putting on a “Wipe Away the Tears” Campaign. We are partnering up with Dakota College at Bottineau - Valley City, ND Nursing program to donate soft facial tissues to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo, ND. We are running this campaign from November 29th- December 16th. The drop off locations will be announced soon. If you would like to be a drop off location or would like to donate, please contact Kendra Huffman Via Facebook or email [email protected]

2022 High School Seniors

Posted by kelseyscourage on October 24, 2021 at 8:15 PM

 2022 High School Seniors please do not forget about your community service hours for this scholorship! You need at least 50 hours of community service hours to qualify. 

2021 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on October 23, 2021 at 1:10 PM

Leeds High School senior, John W. Fischer, son of Kelly and Cheryl Fischer of Leeds, North Dakota, has been selected as the 2021 Kelsey's Courage Scholarship recipient. The Kelsey's Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek family of Adams, North Dakota in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Kelsey was an energetic and determined 15-year-old who had a strong desire to become an orthopedic surgeon. Due to Kelsey's interest in medicine the Misialek family decided to award an annual $500 scholarship to a North Dakota high school senior pursuing a degree in a medical field.

Fischer was selected because of his exceptional dedication to volunteerism with his community, outstanding academic achievements, work ethic, and his drive to positively influence the lives of others.

John plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall to achieve his career goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

2020 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on October 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Valley-Edinburg High School senior, Kaylee Pastorek, daughter of Darrel and Kari Pastorek of Hoople, North Dakota, has been selected as the 2020 Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship recipient.

The Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek family of Adams, North Dakota in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Kelsey was an energetic and determined 15-year-old who had a strong desire to become an orthopedic surgeon. Due to Kelsey’s interest in medicine the Misialek family decided to award an annual scholarship of $500 to a North Dakota high school senior pursuing a degree in the medical field.

Pastorek was selected because of her exceptional dedication to volunteerism with her community, academic achievements, work ethic, and her drive to positively influence the lives of others. The scholarship committee believes that Pastorek best represents what Kelsey believed in.

Kaylee plans to attend the University of North Dakota in the fall to achieve her career goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist.

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on October 23, 2021 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

North Star Public School senior, Mya Halverson, daughter of Rod and Jamie Halverson of Cando, North Dakota, has been selected as the 2019 Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship recipient. The Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek family of Adams, North Dakota in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Kelsey was an energetic and determined 15-year-old who had a strong desire to become an orthopedic surgeon. Due to Kelsey’s interest in the medicine the Misialek family decided to award the annual scholarship of $500 to a North Dakota high school senior pursing a degree in the medical field.

Halverson was selected because of her exceptional dedication to volunteerism with her community, academic achievements, work ethic, and her drive to positively influence the lives of others. The Scholarship committee believes that Halverson best represents what Kelsey believed in.

Mya Halverson will graduate from North Stare Public School this spring. Mya plans to attend Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, North Dakota in the fall to achieve her career goal of becoming a nurse.

 

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on October 23, 2021 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cavalier Senior, Austin Urlaub, son of Jeff and Michele Urlaub of Cavalier, has been selected as the 2018 Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship Recipient. Urlaub will graduate from Cavalier High School this spring and plans to attend Mayville State University in the fall to achieve his career goal of becoming a physical therapist.

Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek Family of Adams in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Due to Kelsey’s Interest in medicine the Misialek Family decided to award the annual scholarship of $500 to a North Dakota high school senior pursing a degree in the medical field.

 

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on May 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Cando senior, Peyton Halverson, daughter of Rod and Jamie Halverson of Cando, North Dakota, has been selected as the 2017 Kelsey's Courage Scholarship recipient. The Kelsey's Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek family of Adams in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Kelsey was an energetic and determined 15-year-old who had a strong desire to become an orthopedic surgeon. Due to Kelsey's interest in medicine the Misialek family decided to award an annual scholarship of $500 to a North Dakota high school senior pursuing a degree in the medical field. Halverson was selected because of her exceptional dedication to volunteerism with her community, academic achievements, work ethic, and her drive to positively influence the lives of others. The scholarship committee believes that Halverson best represents what Kelsey believed in. Halverson will graduate from North Star Public School this spring. She plans to attend Valley City State University in the fall for Health Sciences and later transfer to the University of North Dakota to achieve her career goal of becoming a Physical Therapist.

2016 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on May 9, 2016 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Kindred senior, Naomi Marie Losing, daughter of Steve and Michelle Losing of Oxbow, North Dakota, has been selected as the 2016 Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship recipient. The Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek family of Adams in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Kelsey was an energetic and determined 15-year-old who had a strong desire to become an orthopedic surgeon. Due to Kelsey’s interest in medicine the Misialek family decided to award an annual scholarship of $500 to a North Dakota high school senior pursuing a degree in the medical field.

Losing was selected because of her exceptional dedication to volunteerism with her community, academic achievements, work ethic, exceptional character, and her drive to positively influence the lives of others. The scholarship committee believes that Losing best represents what Kelsey believed in.

Losing will graduate from Kindred Public School this spring. She plans to attend the University of North Dakota in the fall to achieve her career goal of becoming a surgeon.


2015 Scholarship Recipient

Posted by kelseyscourage on April 10, 2015 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Munich senior, Kari Hoffmann, has been selected as the 2015 Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship recipient. The Kelsey’s Courage Scholarship was initiated by the Misialek family of Adams in memory of Kelsey Misialek who passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in June of 2012. Kelsey was an energetic and determined 15-year-old who had a strong desire to become an orthopedic surgeon. Due to Kelsey’s interest in medicine the Misialek family decided to award an annual scholarship of $500 to an area high school senior pursuing a degree in the medical field.

Hoffmann was selected because of her exceptional dedication to volunteerism with her community, academic achievements, work ethic, and her drive to positively influence the lives of others. The scholarship committee believes that Hoffmann best represents what Kelsey believed in.

Hoffmann will graduate from Munich Public School this spring. She plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall to achieve her career goal of becoming a surgical nurse.

 

Donate Life Donor Sabbath November

Posted by kelseyscourage on November 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Mother Encourages Organ Donation


As I remember my beautiful energetic 15 year old daughter, Kelsey Mae Misialek, during “Donate Life Donor Sabbath November,” it doesn’t take long for me to have a smile on my face. Kelsey was a type of person that put others first, paid it forward and gave 110% in anything that she did. Kelsey was witty, loved country music, hunting, and her Ford truck but most importantly she had a dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.


It’s been almost 2 ½ years since Kelsey was taken from us. The pain of losing a child never goes away; you have waves of good days and bad. Sometimes you feel thankful, sad, happy, scared, angry and at peace all at the same time. It’s during these times when I try to remember what Kelsey was all about and how she gave the gift of life to so many people. I’m honored and very proud that Kelsey chose at the age of 14 to become an organ donor. She was well informed and wanted to help others even in her death, never thinking how quickly that day would come.


Kelsey may have died June 26, 2012 at a young age of 15 years old but on June 28, 2012 she gave the gift of life to 60-100 people, of which we have the personal stories of 4 recipients. Kelsey being a donor gives her death a purpose to her short life. She has shown me and thousands of others how precious life is and when one door closes an entire new world opens up. For this I am blessed. Our family has grown in leaps and bounds because of the sacrifice Kelsey gave. I won’t deny, the pain can be overwhelming and can turn our world upside down as this is our new life as grieving parents. We are still learning our “new normal” and we trust in God to find our way in the trenches of grief. Our family cherishes the past, lives for today and finds courage for tomorrow as many of the donor recipients do on a daily basis. We are honored to know that Kelsey lives on in others through her organ, eye and tissue donations. Kelsey has saved a 49 yr. old man that is married and has 4 children; he was on the waiting list for a year and half. As well as a 62 yr. old woman that is married and has retired, she was on the waiting list for over 2 years. Kelsey has also saved a 3 yr. old little boy that is now 5 years old; he has a twin brother that also received a transplant from another donor. His family reports they are both doing very well. Kelsey gave the gift of life to a 50 yr. old single mom of 3. She was on the waiting list for over 3 years and very ill. She states her goals are to get well, to finish college and to enjoy watching her children grow up. These are true miracles and I know Kelsey is very proud of her legacy.


As November is known for “thanksgiving” and reflecting on giving to others, I hope that you will pray about becoming a donor or at least have the conversation with your family members about your decision to be or not to be a donor. It’s the unknown that leaves family members in turmoil of what their loved one would want. I want to share with you just a few important reasons to become a designated donor.


1.) Over 110,000 people are waiting across the US for an organ transplant

2.) 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant

3.) Every 12 minutes a new name is added to the waiting list

4.) There is no age limit and no cost to the donor families

5.) You can still become a donor if you have had cancer or another serious illness

6.) You can still have a traditional funeral

7.) It is possible for one person to save over 60 people


Many families haven’t discussed whether to be a donor or not and many families are left with a difficult decision.


If you choose to become an organ, eye and tissue donor you can simply check the donor box when you renew your ND driver’s license or log onto www.donatelifend.org to become a designated donor. It’s that simple. As Kelsey would say “life is short, live it, don’t waste it!”


 

Article written by Michaela Misialek

Article printed in “The Walsh County Record”

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 Issue

 


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