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My Story

On February 29, 2008 Rick was rushed to the hospital with what turned out to be a strep A virus that had begun to attack his body. After several major surgeries including the amputation of both legs above the knee and three months in intensive care, he beat the odds. Click on MY STORY to read more about Rick and his family



On February 29, 2008, the lives of our family changed forever. My husband Rick had a sore throat and within 72 hours, our children (Raena, Ryan and Ross – seven year old triplets), Rick and I were rushing to the hospital. What is a common virus, Strep A, went into Rick’s system and turned into a super bug. The virus effectively shut down his system from heart failure (coding twice) to kidneys, to liver to circulation. He had toxic shock with only 5% odds of recovering. After several major surgeries (including the amputation of both legs above the knee) and three months in intensive care, he beat the odds. He’s physically changed but, his strength of will; great attitude and humor have stayed intact. He is an inspiration to me and the children. We’re now calling him ‘Super Daddy’.

We have begun a new chapter in our lives. We have made many modifications in our home to accommodate his needs including purchasing a wheel chair lift and remodeling rooms. We have great hope that he will be able to have prosthetic legs, but the cost of this is $60,000-$100,000 per leg plus physical therapy and fitting ranging approximately $25,000. Rick does not qualify for social security disability or medical assistance. A benefit is being planned to help with the expenses.

Despite all of this, we are united in our home once again. Rick returned home on June 27th, just two days shy of four months in the hospital. We are now working towards adapting to our new life. We live each day with great pleasure and joy. We are achieving our “New Normal” and facing our challenges with humor and determination. We will get Rick out in the community again, he will drive again, take care of our children again and with great hope and dedication, he will walk again. We have today and are blessed with each new day.

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My Family and I would like to thank John Michael for producing a wonderful story about our family and the Holm family, utilizing C-Legs, to get our lives back to normal by ... Read more

Sue West signed Rick's Guestbook.

It's been a long time since we've been in touch, Rick, but I have been thinking about you and praying for you folks...I hope all is well...and a very happy Father's Day to ... Read more

Chuck Kaiser signed Rick's Guestbook.

Hello Rick, I just heard about your story and wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  I too went to Brown Institute with you and ... Read more

Amanda Holm signed Rick's Guestbook.

Just checking in on you.  Spring time is in the air!  Hope this nice weather has got you outside some.  Thinking of you and wishing you well.   By the way, you and ... Read more

Kelly Cook signed Rick's Guestbook.

Good morning, Rick, We just wanted to let you know how special you are to us and what an inspiration you are, especially to our 8 year old going through cancer ... Read more

Rick Kemna posted a new journal entry.

My Family and I would like to thank John Michael for producing a wonderful story about our family and the Holm family, utilizing C-Legs, to get our lives back to normal by ... Read more

Char Hruby signed Rick's Guestbook.

What a great interview! You guys look like professionals at this interview business. It was great to seeing you walking. Can't wait til you can take that walk in the woods ... Read more

Errol Joki signed Rick's Guestbook.

Rick, I just saw your story on Fox/9 tonite..(3/23/09) ....heard a name that was familiar. I went to Brown Institute with you back in 1979-1981. Talk about courage and ... Read more

David A Duncan signed Rick's Guestbook.

Your doing great Rick, it is all worth it, god is with you, good to hear you are ok Dave Duncan Read more

DeeAnn Froelich signed Rick's Guestbook.

Hi Rick and family, Thanks for the update! Hugs to all of you! Take care and God Bless. Love, Aunt Dee Read more

lisa cano signed Rick's Guestbook.

Hey Rick Mom would of been so proud of you. I am sure she is looking down smiling. I think about you guys often. You both are a huge inspiration to alot of people. You ... Read more

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