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Collin’s 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.

Latest Journal Update

One year ago today...

One year ago today we didn't sleep a wink.  Literally not at all.  I stood in the shower crying once again, fully expecting more terrible news.  I said something that I never thought I would say; and something no parent ever wants to say.  " it is.  God I give you my son.  Do with him what you will.  I ask that you give him more time on Earth and use him as a beacon of hope."  (Up until this day I wasn't entirely sure He existed.)  We got dressed and went to the hospital.  Tammy and I walked hand in hand down the hall...millions of thoughts racing through our minds.  We turned down the hall where his room was and saw doctors inside and outside his room.  My heart stopped; my stomach dropped; and I felt like I was going to vomit.  We picked up the pace and as we approached the doctors his doctor turned around and looked at us.  I will never forget the look on her face.  She said "He did better last night than we ever could have hoped!  We need to start talking about long term recovery as opposed to certain death."  Words cannot explain the relief and pure joy we felt.  Collin was responding to commands; giving thumbs up and wiggling his toe.  In a 24 hour period we went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs!  One year ago today God blessed our family and showed that He truly is a merciful God.  One year ago today...
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Lucy Goblirsch
By Lucy Goblirsch
God bless you all.
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Ann Aeschliman
By Ann Aeschliman
I kept praying for a miracle and well, miracles do happen. Collin is your miracle. God bless you all.
I continue to pray for you daily.
joyce hennes
By Just a MN mom
thank you for sharing your story with us.
Carissa Hjellming
By Carissa
Collin's life is a miracle in progress. What a true blessing as you watch it unfold!
Kim Peterson
By Kim Peterson
God is GREAT, and God is GOOD! It is just so wonderful to watch how He takes care of EACH nada EVERY detail. Thank you for sharing... in so many ways!
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Marcia Morphew
By Marcia Morphew
Thank You Lord!
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Bernie Wiese
By Bernie Wiese
Praise God. A real Miracle.
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Heidi Radford
By Heidi Radford
GOOSEBUMPS from head to toe!!! Praise God for such a miraculous outcome and testimony! AMEN!
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