Colleen’s Story

Site created on May 1, 2018

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On April 25th, 2018, while on vacation with her husband Sam, Colleen woke up not feeling well. Within 24 hours she was in critical condition in a hospital in Waco, TX. Since then she has been on life-support, fighting for her life against a massive bacterial and viral infection. Its affected all of her organs, including her heart, and she remains in unstable, extremely critical condition. Please check back frequently for current prayer request and updates.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Nick Parsons

This afternoon at 12:55pm, Colleen entered the presence of Jesus. No more pain or sorrow, no more poking and prodding and tests and IV's. She's at perfect peace with her Savior.

The doctors believe that her septic infection returned and she didn't have the energy left to fight this round. Those of us who knew her best know that she was the strongest woman we've ever known, and she fought this harder than any of the doctors had ever seen, right to the very last minute.

Thank you so much for your outpouring of love, support and encouragement during this battle. Memorial details will be announced once Sam and family return home to California. Continued donations will be used to cover Colleen's medical bills, memorial expenses, and support Sam during this time. We love you all.
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