Rick (Ricky) Kaufmann

First post: Dec 8, 2021 Latest post: Mar 11, 2023

Thank you all for the outpouring of support for Rick. We appreciate and recognize the concern for his well being.

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Barb, Rick, Madison, and Rylie are overwhelmed with your care and prayers. 


They say God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. And Ricky Kaufmann certainly fits that depiction of vigor.

Just ask those closest to him. As one friend put it, “Ricky gives 100% effort with everything and everyone he cares about.” Whether that’s cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers or supporting a friend, you knew you could rely on Ricky bringing maximum energy. It’s a trait that’s helped him build lifelong connections, become one of the best rowers Marquette has ever seen and find his dream job at Milwaukee Tool.

Right now, Ricky needs all the strength he’s got. He was severely injured at the start of December in an accident down in Florida, and while we all believe he has what it takes to get through, he’s likely going to need some help.

Ricky was down in Clearwater, Florida, vacationing with friends when the accident occurred. He dove off a pier, looking to get in a quick swim at sunset before going to dinner, but was unaware of the shallow depth of the water. Friends jumped in to get him out of the ocean and bystanders helped provide resuscitation efforts. Ricky was rushed to the local hospital before being transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

Ricky suffered a spinal cord injury and was deprived of oxygen to the brain. He is currently in the ICU, resting while receiving care from the hospital staff. The road ahead will be long and challenging, but if anyone can get through it, it is Ricky.

“There is no stronger, more determined kid,” Ricky’s mother, Barb, said. “He is well prepared to fight this battle. We are praying like crazy.”

While we are not yet sure what Ricky’s needs will be, it is clear there is a long journey ahead. His family greatly appreciates all the support and prayers. They are gratefully in a place where they can stay near the hospital to be with Ricky every day.

Everyone is looking forward to the day where Ricky can be a part of our lives again. 


We read all your posts, prayers and stories to Rick daily.  Please feel free to add images, prayers, or anything that gives you strength and comfort as we read these together as a family and over Ricky.  You help us find words when we are empty and fortify us in our weakness.