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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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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 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


Kelsey's Courage YouTube Video

Posted by kelseyscourage on September 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

We are very honored that the Edmore High School Tech. Ed class along with their amazing teacher Mr. Hanson created this YouTube video in tribute to Kelsey's 18th heavenly birthday.  The students edited this video to Kat Perkins song "Fearless."  Not only did this video touch our hearts but also reached Kat Perkins' heart.  Kat sent us a beautiful note along with an autographed t-shirt, CD and hat to help raise more funds for Kelsey's Courage Scholarship Foundation.  It reminds us "it's the smallest of gestures that mean the most."  Thank you Mr. Hanson, Edmore Tech Ed students and Kat Perkins for all that you do.

Kelsey's Courage 2014 Scholarship

Posted by kelseyscourage on April 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Morgan Uriell, Lakota High School

Lakota High School senior, Morgan Uriell, has been selected as the 2014 Kelsey's Courage Scholarship recipient.  Morgan was selected because of her exceptional academic achievements, dedication to volunteerism, strong work ethic, and most importantly her willingness and determination to bless the lives of others.  The scholarship committee believes that Morgan best represents what Kelsey believed in.

Morgan will graduate from Lakota High School in May.  She plans to attend the University of California in Berkley, CA in the fall to achieve her career goal of becoming a pediatrician.

Cares For Kids Radiothon and Y94 FM Remember Kelsey Mae Misialek

Posted by kelseyscourage on February 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (4)

We want to thank Y94 FM for giving Kelsey a voice.  Bless you all!!

Kelsey's Courage Scholarship 2nd Annual Benefit Picnic

Posted by kelseyscourage on September 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Paying if Forward is Awesome!!!







2nd Annual Kelsey's Courage Scholarship Benefit Picnic

Posted by kelseyscourage on September 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all of our sponsors, communities, friends and family for another successful fundraising year.  We couldn't do this without your continued support.  Thank you for paying it forward in loving memory of Kelsey Mae Misialek.