Kendyl and Friends Foundation is proud to announce that Kaydance Logue, one of our Junior Board Members, is officially the new owner of Special Needs Boutique, a boutique that donates a percentage of every purchase to the foundation. As the new owner, Kaydance just launched her first fundraiser through Younique. This small-businesswoman's goal is to have TEN orders by June 8th. To help support Kaydance and the Kendyl and Friends Foundation, visit this link to browse the items and place your order. For this fundraiser, ALL proceeds will be donated to go towards a double bay wheelchair swing!
P.S Don't worry if you live out of town, they ship right to your door!
Kendyl and Friends Foundation is excited to announce that the opening ceremony for Phase 1 of the Burgin Campus of Kendyl and Friends Playground went fantastic!
Many laughs and smiles were shared as the ribbon was cut for the opening ceremony that marked the completion of Phase 1 of the Burgin Campus of the Kendyl and Friends Playground. Memories will be made in the years to come as this playground promotes inclusive play and friendship among all those that play on it!
Kendyl and Friends Foundation wants to thank all of those that gave generously of their time, money and abilities to help make this possible. Thank you!
We are honored to WELCOME, Samantha Travillian to our Kendyl and Friends Foundation, INC team and family as our new intern!
Samantha Travillian is twenty years old and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Literature and is expected to graduate in December of 2018. She then plans to continue her education and attend Law School. She wants to study disability law. Samantha has a heart for helping those with disabilities and wants to advocate for them. She assists with the Mercer County Women’s High School Soccer program; this fall will be her third season with the team. Apart from that, she also studies American Sign Language and would like to earn her interpreter certification in the future.
Samantha is pictured with her best friend, Shelbi Hopper at Kendyl and Friends Playground in Mercer County!
Kendyl and Friends Foundation is excited to present the renderings for our Georgetown Campus of the Kendyl and Friends Playground, in partnership with Miracle of KY and TN!
If you'd like to donate towards the completion of this playground, which will benefit many families in the Scott County KY area, please click below and indicate that your donation is for the Georgetown campus.
Apart from our Executive Officers and traditional board members, we have a group of special board members that we refer to as our "Junior Board Members." Junior Board Members are those that are under age eighteen but still wish to play an active role in the mission of the Kendyl and Friends Foundation and each of the kids below have done just that. These kids have woken up and helped coordinate and set up different fundraising events as early as 4-6 AM and shown their dedication to the special needs community in so many other ways. We're so thankful to have them!
Lauren is a third grader that loves soccer, enjoys school and loves Lego's. She is interested in helping others on her journey through life and enjoys making new friends wherever she goes.
Kendyl and Friends Foundation would like to announce its new officers and board members for 2018!
Founder, Executive Director: Crimson Claycomb
Chairman of the Board: Joshua Snyder
Vice-Chairman of the Board: Danielle Gibson
Chief Financial Officer: Kevin Burdine
Secretary: Jamie Burdine
Voting Board Members:
Heidi McKenzie, Bryce Schultz, Sandy Richardson, Michael Rothacker, Kaylynn Rothacker, Brad Logan, Stephanie Floyd, Tammi Hopper, Dave Best and Sheila Best.
Each person listed above is committed to making the future brighter and is dedicated to the mission of the Foundation, so 2018 promises to be an exciting year!
The Georgetown-Scott Co. Campus of the Kendyl and Friends Playground was given a huge blessing on Christmas! Kiwanis of Georgetown and Kiwanis of Scott Co. donated $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, towards completing the playground. We cannot thank them enough for their support of the special needs community!
Every little bit goes a long way toward helping us accomplish our goal of building a fully handicap accessible playground in Georgetown. If you'd like to donate, please find the Donate button listed on our homepage and our "Sponsorship" page and leave a comment indicating whether or not your donation is for the Georgetown-Scott. Co Campus. Thank you!
"September 20, 2009
On the way home from a family visit, it was raining, and that was the last thing either of us remember. I was awakened by a policeman asking my phone number. I heard Shelbi moaning and saw her laying between the front seats into the back. I later found out that somehow I got off the road and overcorrected, causing the car to spin, then it landed against the only tree in a field. I had internal injuries. Shelbi, however, was much worse. Her diagnosis was Traumatic Brain Injury.
At first they said she would not make it, and if she did, that she would be in a vegetative state. They asked which nursing home we wanted to put our 12 year old daughter in. Since her head had hit the tree, then my head, her brain bounced causing global brain damage, with hydrocephalus (brain swelling). She had a broken neck (C-2 fracture), her hips were shattered, and her jaw was broken (the top dislodged from the bottom). She could not regulate her temperature or blood pressure. She had a neck brace for about 6 months, a trach for 2 years, g-tube for 2 years, part of her skull had to be taken out and wasn’t replaced for almost 2 years, and she got an infection from an air pocket and had to be taken out again. She lost most of her education; she could do some math and quickly remembered sign language, though she could not speak at first. She now talks fine and has relearned more than we ever thought possible. She has no use of her right arm, has all feeling but minimal use of her legs. She can lift them but is in a wheelchair. She continues PT/OT at Cardinal Hill Rehab Hospital.
It has been 8 years (since that horrible day). She has had 13 surgeries and more set backs than I can remember. She went back to school, was chosen homecoming queen, and graduated with an alternative diploma. Shelbi is an artist. She spends her time drawing, painting, and coming up with new ideas to make amazing art projects. She is kind, lovable, and does not dwell on what she cannot do. Instead she keeps surprising us with what she can accomplish. We both survived a horrible tragedy and seeing her smile everyday makes our lives worth living."
The Kendyl and Friends Foundation would like to graciously thank Shelbi H's family for sharing their daughter's and family's story with us to share.