A total of $5000 was raised for Konner’s van. Konner and his family need a van with a lift because he is growing up fast.
The KT Humble Hearts Foundation was formed after Kaylie Hogue passed away due to an epileptic seizure on June 5, 2013. Kaylie is the daughter of Scott and Deb Hadley of Sleepy Eye and Jeff and Shelly Hogue of New Ulm. Nine months and 2 days later Kaylie's brother, Tyler Hadley, tragically passed away in a car accident on March 7, 2014. Tyler is also the son of Scott and Deb Hadley. Since the passing of their children, these families have bonded together, along with an outstanding committee of volunteers and strong community support, to form the KT Humble Hearts Foundation (K - Kaylie and T - Tyler) to make good come from something so sad and tragic in their lives. The mission of the foundation is to help fight against epilepsy, fund school scholarships, and help families who are grieving.
Kaylie and Tyler's 5K colorful run/walk was held in 2014, and again in 2015 and was renamed Kaylie and Tyler's Faith Jam. It included a 5K colorful run/walk, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, silent auction, music, games and guest speaker, Coach Jerry Kill of the University of Minnesota football team. With the success of these two events the families used the funds raised to donate $20,000 to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, $3000 to families struggling with hardships and over $20,000 in scholarships to Martin County West High School (where Kaylie taught), Sleepy Eye Public School (the school both Kaylie and Tyler attended), and Sleepy Eye St. Mary's School (the church Kaylie and Tyler attended) to enhance higher education.
This year the families decided to reach out and help someone who was struggling with epilepsy, and Konner Mathiowetz of New Ulm was the chosen recipient. Konner was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was six months old. Right before he turned one, a three hour seizure deprived his brain of oxygen stealing the life he once knew. He is diagnosed with Epilepsy and Dravet Syndrome, which is a seizure causing syndrome. Konner is wheel chair bound, trach dependant, feeding tube dependant, has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and is legally blind, just to name a few ailments. At the age of seven, he has the physical and mental capabilities of a 0-3 month old child.
Konner and his family were surrounded by love and hope as the surrounding communities purchased KT Humble Hearts Foundation T-shirts, with all proceeds going to Konner's family. In addition, free will donations were collected at Faith Jam. A total of $5000 was raised for Konner’s van. Konner and his family need a van with a lift because he is growing up fast.
Foundation founder, Deb Hadley said, “We are so happy we could help this family. Epilepsy claimed the life of our daughter, Kaylie, and we want to find a cure and help those in need. Konner and his family definitely fit the bill.”