My Story

This is the journey for Collin Luitjens, a 16 year old sophomore that went from seemingly healthy to on the heart transplant list in less than a week.  Thank you for visiting and signing the guestbook with your thoughts and well wishes for him!

I have had several people ask me for how/where to donate so I figured I would put them all here!

Monetary donations to can be sent to Community Bank c/o Collin Luitjens Benefit: 951 East Madison Ave Mankato, MN 56001

If you would like to send a check/money order let me know and I can get you the bank information where we have an account set up for the fundraisers.


Matt Luitjens posted a new journal entry, "8/30/14".

We were once again shown the extent that Collin's journey has traveled.  We didn't make it home in time for a home cooked dinner last night so we went to Boulder Tap ... Read more

Matt Luitjens posted a new journal entry, "8/29/14".'s official!!!!!  We will be heading home today!  He still has his chest tubes in however, the pneumothraxes have stabilized enough that they are letting him ... Read more

Tammy Luitjens posted a new journal entry, "Close but not close enough".

Yesterday Collin had an appt with Dr Maciver (his heart surgeon) the appt was for a chest X-ray that would determine if Collin could get his 2 pesky annoying chest tubes ... Read more

Matt Luitjens posted a new journal entry, "8/22/14".

I realized that I have not updated Caring Bridge since they put the Heimlich valves on.  Well...Collin was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday!  We went to ... Read more

Jodi Meister signed Collin's Guestbook.

Glad everything is starting to improve for you Collin. I read Charlie's caring bridge site. I am sending prayers to the family. I am friends with Stacie who was there with ... Read more

Matt Luitjens posted a new journal entry, "8/20/14".

Last night they ended up putting the Heimlich valves on his chest tubes!  The surgeon wants him to stay in the hospital for 48 hours to monitor how they are working.  ... Read more

Matt Luitjens posted a new journal entry, "8/19/14".

Another x-ray this morning showed that the air has, once again, returned.  At this point we are talking with the surgeons and doctors to determine the next course of ... Read more

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