About Us

Who are we?

Founders/Executive Directors: Josh and Alyson Voelkerding, Colton's parents
 
Board Members: Robin Hurych, Sara Newton, Carrie Madigan, Bob Madigan, Chad Williams, Brad Voelkerding, Kyle Churchill, Jenny Churchill, Gayle Piepho

Our Story

My family and I have started the “Kindness for Colton” non-profit organization, and our mission is to provide funds for families with children who have severe, multiple, or unique medical needs.
 
Some of us think we know what courage is.  Maybe we have seen a glimpse of a miracle.  Our courageous miracle entered the world on December 12, 2012 (yes, 12/12/12!), arriving 6 weeks early.  Even before he was born, Colton was fighting against the odds.  Doctors told us that they did not know if he would survive his birth, and if he did, they did not know for how long he would live.
 
Colton spent 6 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a wide range of medical needs.  Diagnosed with a rare brain malformation, the doctors and nurses were not quite sure how to handle all of Colton’s needs.  He had multiple seizures per day, some that would pause his breathing and occasionally stop his heart from beating.  He persevered through these episodes and inspired all those around him.  His sweet and snuggly personality had all the nurses wrapped around his tiny little finger until finally, on June 6, 2013, we were able to bring our brave boy home for the first time.
 
Every day was a lesson in courage and inspiration.  Colton was the teacher of these big, mature ideas, and he was not even able to walk or talk.  We were fortunate to have many friends and family who supported us, and we had an insurance company that provided adequate benefits for our needs.  We met families who did not have this support.  Some do not have family surrounding them, and some do not have insurance to cover all the necessities for their child’s unique medical needs. 
 
Unfortunately, Colton passed away on December 7, 2013, and we laid him to rest on his first birthday.  Every day I still feel the hurt in my heart from losing Colton, but I know that I have been blessed in so many ways because he was a part of my life.  We have been called to care for those around us and, with kindness, to give back to families like us with babies like Colton.