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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

Long overdue update (positive)

We have not posted on CaringBridge for about 4 months.  We have been updating the Team Collin page on Facebook on a semi-regular basis but it occurred to me today that there may be some people that do not follow him on FB but do/did on here.  So...Where is he now?  Well...we are about 1 year and 1 week since this entire journey started (2/12/14).  Most of you are well aware of what the majority of that year dealt him/us so I will skip to the most recent things.  Collin is back at school 3 days a week, full days.  He continues to have therapy twice a week for a total of about 6 hours.  We had a battery of tests a few weeks ago and they determined that he is not having seizures, he is not had any new strokes, and he continues to heal his brain; which means that he will continue to improve his eyesight, walking, use of his right side, and his memory!  In December Collin was granted his Make-A-Wish and our entire family went on a Hawaiian Cruise!  It was the most amazing time ever!  Norwegian Cruise Lines were absolutely wonderful with everything they did for us!  Collin had the time of his life and now wants to move to Hawaii!  Also, Collin has been working on his running at therapy (a HUGE step forward from where he was in March/April!!).  The goal for him...is to run the 5K in Mankato in October during Marathon weekend!!!  This is absolutely unbelievable to us!  So stay tuned for that update!!  In case you missed it here is the last year by the numbers...

5 - Hospitals he was in during his journey.

4 - Strokes Collin suffered on March 21st.

3 - Days his doctors gave him to survive the strokes.  (Thank God he proved them wrong!!!!)

2 - Open heart surgeries, including a heart transplant.

1 - Amazing young man that has inspired thousands of people!!