Support for Robbin & Her Family

For: Robbin & Aaron Kerner Family
Organizer: Robbin's Friends & Co-Workers
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The Story

In an instant on January 8th, the lives of the Kerner family were changed when they suffered a harrowing car accident.


Miraculously Aaron, Robbin, and their three little girls Hallie, Abbie and Finnley survived the ordeal, but all were all rushed to the hospital with injuries. Aaron and the girls were quickly released and are recovering at home, but Robbin is still fighting in the ICU.

Anyone who has ever met Robbin knows her vibrant personality and tenacious spirit. She is facing a tough battle, but Robbin is even tougher. While she is fighting this battle, her family will need the help and support of friends and family like you.

Robbin’s friends and co-workers have come together to ask for your help. You can help support the Kerner family through this hard and uncertain time with your gifts and words of encouragement. Your support will help with mounting medical expenses, their loss of wages, and any other unplanned expenses that come from this tragic ordeal. 

Thank you for being there for this special family during this traumatic time. If you have any questions about YouCaring or the Kerner family needs please contact us directly at slangdon@marionpolkfoodshare.org

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 9, 2017

Posted on March 9, 2017

Robbin and Aaron want to thank everyone who has helped them along the way.

"Thank you to everyone who has participated in this.  Honestly, thank you for even caring.  It’s truly amazing to see the outpouring of support that we’ve received and the power of people rallying around us.  I can’t tell you how much burden and worry this has helped relieve.  We have a long way to go still but this gives us a head start on what is to come. 

We are incredibly humbled by your support and are still grappling with even understanding why we deserve such great people in our lives.  We can’t thank you enough, and may never get the chance to thank you properly in person.  Just know that we felt your love, and that is worth more than any donation we’ve received." 

Love, The Kerners


Posted on February 2, 2017

Posted on February 2, 2017

An AMAZING day for the Kerners:

"Today was a day to remember. At about 10:30 this morning I received a phone call from Robbin. Which isn't out of the ordinary but this time it wasn't the normal "how are you feeling", "what are the plans for today", or "have you talked to the doctors yet?"
Instead of hearing about her night or morning or what they were going to do today she just said, "I get to come home today." A few emotions ran through me at that moment; excitement, happiness, and fear, among others. So excited that she was finally in a place where they felt comfortable letting her come to the house but terrified that she'd be away from the people that kept her alive and know what the hell they are doing.

So at about 2pm today I made it up to the hospital to pick up my beautiful wife. We packed everything up, got her dressed, and filled about 15 prescriptions before they brought the wheelchair to her room so we could go. We said goodbye to some of her nurses, who've become more like friends, and headed towards the door.

And the only way I can describe the feeling of heading towards the exit with her is likening it to being released from the hospital after having a baby. Things like "do you really think I can handle this", "what do I do now", and "are you really gonna just let us walk out of here without any instructions" ran through my head.

It was one of the most terrifying and exciting rides home I've ever had. And the look on the kids' faces was priceless. After a chaotic couple of hours with the girls I finally get to spend time with my wife, in my own house.

She is still very sore, tired, and a bit fragile but no longer needs round the clock nursing. She'll be able to move around the downstairs of the house on her own and only need help with certain tasks.

Mama's home."

Posted on January 31, 2017

Posted on January 31, 2017

An update from Aaron. The Kerner family definitely still needs our prayers and support:

I was able to spend part of the afternoon today with Robbin. I had a follow up Dr.'s appointment for my knee and shoulder at Legacy Emanuel to remove some stitches, so I got there a little early and (with the nurse's permission) kidnapped Robbin in a wheelchair and took her outside and across the street to my appointment with me.

It has been 3 weeks since she has gone outside and had a breath of fresh air. To say that she was excited to be out of that building would be an understatement. Seeing her emotion in enjoying that moment made me look at the gloomy, grey Oregon sky a little different today.

My Doctor was running about 50 minutes behind today, so all in all I spent an hour total at the hospital, about 7 minutes of which was actually interacting with the Doctor. But having those extra minutes with Robbin outside of her hospital room was worth the drive and the wait. I miss her.

We took a quick detour after my appointment. Instead of heading right back across the street to her room we used her newfound freedom to give her a glimpse of what else the girls and I have experienced at the hospital. From where the girls had their appointments, to the gift shop, the pharmacy, and even to the little cafe that I had breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week that I was up there with her. It was so nice to be able to share that walk with her, its these little things that matter.

Her situation has been a little up and down, as to be expected. It's been a little more down the past couple of days though. She's seen her pain level increase and it's been hard to keep much down. They've taken her in for another scan to try to find the culprit but just couldn't figure it out. So they've cut off food and most drinks until her stomach settles, and we are trapped in a waiting game that no one can realistically give us a timeline to. Our hope is that she continues to feel better (today was a pretty good day) and reacts well to any new tests or medications or food when they allow her to have it, and then we will go from there."

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