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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

Heart day

One year ago today, we stopped in to visit Collin before we went down to the Vikings training camp. We were of course excited about our VIP tickets, but this was the first time Collin was going to be left "alone" at the hospital all day. Either Matt or I were always there with Collin. One of our regular nurses was there and she had planned on staying with Collin and watching movies.

Just as we were about to leave that morning our transplant coordinators came into Collins room (nothing new) and they say "How bout a new heart today?" This was also nothing new....everyday since we started waiting for Collin's new heart we always would say "Today is the best day for a new heart" we of course thought nothing new. They are like "no.....really....we just got offered a heart.....and we accepted" We had all these rushes of emotion, happiness, relief, sadness, and fear! The surgery was set for 5:30 all we could do was wait. We called our friends and family, we cried, we hugged everyone and we tried to breath.

Collin was so excited and he just wanted to go to the OR right away, but we had to wait for the rest of the organs to be assigned. He actually did not start at 5:30 pm but more like 10:30 pm. Matt and I sat in that room with Collin, waiting for them to come get him. We had to kiss our baby and tell him "see ya later" but we knew there was a possibility that would not happen. Those emotions again......Collin's heart day is kinda weird. He technically got offered the heart today July 30th, but because his surgery kept getting pushed back his heart was not placed till July 31st.

This last year has been a battle and it has not been easy. we have watched our baby boy turn into a young man right in front of our eyes! We have watched him fight through exhaustion, pain, fear....struggles that would have brought us to our knees. We have also been held up by God, our family and friends! We feel blessed and lucky. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers! God is Good!!!!!!