Please help the Kelsey family

For: The Kelsey-Murphy Family of Topeka
Organizer: Cassandra Taylor
of $20,000 goal
92% Complete
Raised by 227 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Brenda (Murphy) and Sean Kelsey, along with little Oliver, were planning for this fall to be an extremely joyous time. They were expecting the delivery of their newest family member, a baby girl.

After a normal exciting pregnancy, in early September Brenda gave birth to Rebecca Faye Kelsey. Rebecca was not able to breathe on her own and was rushed to the NICU.  Shortly after childbirth Brenda suffered a massive stroke and was rushed to the Emergency room and spent almost two weeks in ICU. 

Even though they were both in critical care, the doctors were able to let Brenda and Rebecca visit and hold each other twice in that short time frame. Tragically, Rebecca was only able to stay with us six short days.

Their story is beyond heartbreaking. Sean and Brenda are coping, together, by taking it one moment at a time. Brenda is currently at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE. Sean is up there supporting her.  Their goal discharge date is November 12, 2013.

The current family home cannot be easily modified for Brenda to live in since she will be coming home in a wheelchair.  So, in the next few weeks we need to prep their old house to sell and we need to get their new home ready for Brenda to move in.

We started out by asking for volunteers to help pack, paint and move.  The response has been fantastic.  There have also been so many people asking how they can help from far away or because they don’t have the time to donate. That is why this page has been set up. 

Please donate whatever you can afford.  The money will go towards repairs on the old home, paint and supplies, and retrofitting the new home for Brenda's return. 

Please know should there be any money left over the family has opted to set up a memorial fund in the name of Rebecca Faye Kelsey and will be used to pay ongoing expenses for the family. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 13, 2015

Posted on February 13, 2015 

Kelsey Family Army - We've been silent and letting the system do it's job. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment revoked the birthing/delivery rights of the Birth & Women's Center this month; much in large part we believe because of what happened to Brenda.  A group of people in Topeka is organizing to protest and get the rights reinstated.  Please help us and show that KDHE made the right decision by signing our petition through the included link.  Please share it and let's get this ball moving!

Posted on January 29, 2014

Posted on January 29, 2014

a letter to the army from Brenda

Dear family and friends, 
I know many of you have heard us say thank you more than enough times.
But honestly we can't say it enough.
One of my concerns when I was in Nebraska awaiting news of the move
and my return home was that it wasn't going to feel like home because
it wasn't the home we left, and that Oliver would struggle with never
going back to what he always knew as home.
With your help, neither of those happened. It felt like home almost
instantly. Oliver's room was set up and ready for him to play in when
he walked in the door. He was so happy he played in there for an hour.
We were also able to enjoy our thanksgiving and christmas in our new
Even if you only helped a little, wether it was a donation, which
allows me to work part time so I can go to therapies in the mornings,
paid for Rebecca's service and both our hospital bills and
medications. Bringing or sending us meals so Sean didn't have to cook.
Taking Oliver out to play or to Disney on ice. Prepping the old house
to sell. Moving our truckloads of stuff, which we will be selling some
of in the spring garage sale. Words of encouragement support and love,
helping more than you think it would.telling me a joke, to make me laugh and take my mind off things. Providing therapy to strengthen
me physically and mentally. We honestly can't thank you enough, no
matter how big or small a part you had in helping in my recovery.
Because we had so much help I was able to focus on recovering so much

Thank you all so very much. You all have a place in our hearts.
And if I haven't had a chance to personally say it to you. Thank you.

Love always,

Posted on December 6, 2013

Posted on December 6, 2013

The memorial service for Rebecca Faye Kelsey will be held Tuesday, December 10th at Penwell-Gabel’s Midtown Chapel at 10th and Lane.  The service will begin at 3 pm.

The graveside service will occur in the spring.

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