Saturday, February 05, 2011

Muncie Newspaper Article on Kelsey

MUNCIE -- Kelsey Koch's dream to help others through medicine is finally a reality.

It was Kelsey's wish that after her death her body be donated to National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Md., the hospital where she spent so much time as doctors fought against the clock -- ultimately unsuccessfully -- to cure her of a rare genetic condition known as Dock 8 Disease.

Kelsey died Wednesday. A memorial will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 in the main sanctuary at Union Chapel Ministries.

Even in death, however, Kelsey's generosity toward others shines through. Not only did Kelsey struggle with Dock 8 Disease throughout her life, her younger sister Karly also has the condition. Dock 8 Disease is so rare only a handful of people have it.

"Kelsey was an inspiration," her mother, Tammy, said. "Kelsey did think of others before herself. She certainly cared about people. One of her missions was to save the world."
She may yet do that. Now doctors have the opportunity to learn more about the condition and hopefully find a cure.

No one is surprised by Kelsey's generosity. When others would complain or become selfish, Kelsey had a smile and kind words. She didn't dwell on her troubles, instead looking for joy in even the smallest thing, and she encouraged others to do the same.
Family friend and dance instructor Michelle Jones remembers how Kelsey sent her a kind message through Facebook around Thanksgiving although Kelsey was ill and in the hospital.
"Just the little things that she did to let people know how much she loved them and cared for them," Jones said.

That was typical Kelsey, family and friends say.

Her desire to go into medicine stemmed not only from her love of science, but from first-hand knowledge of being a patient. She had compassion for those with health issues and wanted to help them, family friend Rita Moore said.

Kelsey's love for others was rooted in her faith in Jesus Christ and her family. One of six children of Tracy and Tammy, Kelsey was taught that when this life ends, a newer, better one will begin in heaven. She never faltered from that belief.

"They're saying good-bye to Kelsey is only temporary, and they know they're going to see her again and celebrate her healing," family friend Carmel Read said.

Before one of her most recent surgeries, Kelsey had rare moment of fear. It was then Tammy told her the only options were to come back to her mom or go to Jesus.

"So either way you're going to win," Tammy told her. "She said, 'Yeah, you're right. I want to be with Jesus.' That makes it easier. I gave her those two choices. She didn't even want to come back to me. She wanted to go back with Jesus ... She went very peacefully. (When) she left us, we were singing and it was very peaceful. We knew she was ready because she had already made that choice on Monday."

21 comments:

Brown Shoe said...

Beautiful "Lid"....Linda J.

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

What a beautiful tribute. I lost a niece several years ago who was only 18 at the time and in her short life experience more than the average share of suffering. But the glory that she gave to God and the people that she pointed toward him leave such a legacy behind. I will pray for those she left behind that they not be too heartsore in the knowledge they will meet her again.

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

What a special person...

~Beth

Mocha with Linda said...

Just saw this as I wasn't on any blogs yesterday. What a beautiful article. Wish I could have met her, but I will one day!

jenny said...

Oh what a beautiful life she lived.. and oh will her life ever live on. Thank you for sharing this beauty of faith.

Faith said...

Oh I'm just seeing this and the post below it for the first time....wow...you give a nice tribute here..how mighty is God...that girl is with Him now perfectly made whole. Thanks for sharing a touching testimony.....

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

I would have liked Kelsey I am sure. I have lost 3 dear friends in the past 2 weeks and they all left such a christian legacy behind. They are all gone but not forgotten and we will reunite with them one day. The Beauty of God's grace.

BeautifulDees said...

Oh my heart is so full of gratefullness for these special soul's that touch our live's briefly but leave such an impact....I have two boy's with muscular dystrophy (duchene's) and now a grand son. They are awesome people with so much to teach us. Love your blog...you have a beautiful soul.
Love,Debbie

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

what a beautiful post...and tribute..

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positivethoughts2011 said...

See the power of positive thinking within you. God bless you

Carmen said...

Hi Lid,
How are you doing? I know you have lots of people supporting you, but I haven't seen you in blogland lately, and hoping you're doing okay. Thinking of you!

Dawn said...

Just passing through and read the two posts about Kelsey. Heartbreaking...what a beautiful young woman. And I hope the family, particularly the younger sister, are doing as well as they can. And you too...

Pamela said...

Praying for you who are grieving. Rejoicing in Heaven's gain.

Hurting for you,
Pamela

The Tame Lion said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

Gilberte Hoi said...

I found Kelsey a caring and compassionate person. I really hoped that Kelsey care for other will be known to the other, whom will act just like her, caring for people around her.

Toyin O. said...

Very touching post:)

Andrea said...

I miss your blogging, Linda, and wish you would come back. Just wanted you to know.

God bless~ Andrea
xoxoxoxo

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Dawn said...

I miss your blogging and thought I drop you a note to check on you. Hope all is well.

Be blessed!!!

Susanne said...

Thinking of you and praying for you, Linda. Really miss you in blogland.