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A medical fund forSteve Schenkenberger

HELP Steve Schenkenberger!

Started by: Melanie Smith


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The amazing Steve Schenkenberger is in need of our help! Steve was riding his mountain bike on Super Bowl Sunday in February around 8pm on Niguel & Ridgeway Avenue and he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Steve sustained severe injures in his brain. He had emergency surgery the same night where they removed a piece of skull to relieve pressure. Steve was at Mission hospital for weeks and then transferred to another facility for additional treatment and care. He has had multiple surgeries and been under 24/7 care since the accident occurred.

Steve is currently in Colorado at Craig Hospital undergoing intensive brain trauma treatment. This is only the beginning of Steve's massive road to recovery. He is going to need SO much time and energy, there's just no way Lori can not do it all on her own. She needs prayers for Steve's young boys missing and needing their dad, prayers for trust... knowing nothing of the outcome of Steve having DAI, a severe TBI ( Lori needs prayers for support, paying for life with 5 young boys, medical expenses (are already well over $500,000) and that's just the beginning... Steve won't be capable of being the financial provider for many years to come....prayers for the reality of this new life when Steve comes back home, the chaos of raising 5 kids, cooking dinners, making lunches, taking them to schools, taking him to therapies, modifying cars for wheel chair accessibility, paying monthly bills, figuring out ways to pay bills, making sure each one of their kids are loved and cared for!

The #1 way to help the family right now is to either send them Trader Joe’s/Costco/Target gift cards, a check or donate online with the Plumfund link.

If mailing a check for $1,000+, you can make your donation TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Follow the instructions below for sending gift cards or donations made by check:

Payable to: Optivest Foundation

c/o Trish Van Mourick

187 Monarch Bay

Dana Point, CA 92629

Write “Schenkenberger” in the memo section of the check.

If you’d like to mail gift cards or a check under $1,000:

Payable to: Lori Schenkenberger

Mail to: The Schenkenbergers

Attn: Mike Perry

5200 DTC Parkway, Suite 200

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Thank you so much for following Steve's story, for praying and for everything you've given so far. The community God has provided is amazing. Prayers that the community of helpers sticks by their side!

Latest Update

We are asking desperately for donations to help buy a Sprinter Van. A Sprinter Van is the ONLY way that it is going to be possible to get Steve and all five kids transported to the weekly doctor visits, treatment appointments, and school/activities. A Sprinter Van provides wheelchair accessibility and enough seating to fit all five children. This is a VITAL requirement for the Schenkenberger’s to be able to survive as a family unit and for Steve to be given a chance to continue intensive care. Steve is getting discharged from Craig Hospital on August 31st, where he has been undergoing intensive in-patient therapy. They HAVE to purchase this van before his discharge in order for him to participate in out-patient therapy and continue vital treatment that will determine the course of the rest of his and his family’s life. Every penny helps; please spread the word and share this update on Facebook! Thank you!

Posted by Melanie

August 5 at 10:14pm

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Muriel Julian — 5 years ago

Spread the word please to help this family. So very sad.

Kate Shelton Braun — 6 years ago

Please read and SHARE to spread the word! And continuous prayers πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»

Lisa Stothers — 6 years ago

Please spread the word!

Nancy Flynn — 6 years ago

Wonderful family who needs our help and prayers. Let's surround them with all we can give. Thank you

Laura Maule — 6 years ago

Please read this post and share with friends. Thank you.

Melanie Smith — 6 years ago

Please read and SHARE to spread the word!

Steve and the family need your prayers now and help more than EVER. From Lori: "I don't have the words to describe the past couple of days so I'll just say this...I'm so sorry to any one who has gone through a traumatic life experience and to those who haven't, I pray you never do."

Posted by Melanie

July 11 at 9:40pm

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Shelley Kendall Revetta — 6 years ago

"Father, come rescue Steve, heal his body, & restore him completely. Guide the staff and give them expertise. Renew Steves weary family with energy, support, & hope. Protect Steve's brain and body. We lift up every detail to you. Every decision. They need hope. Allow Steve progress and good days ahead. Keep the enemies attacks far from this family in Jesus name. Lift their burdens, fill their minds with peace, and remove any doubts & fears. Refresh them. Be with the children. Guard them with your mighty angels and fill their days with love and laughter. We cry out to you on the family's behalf. We praise you. We claim victory in Christ. In Jesus name, amen." Sending love your way. Praying for a miracle!

An update from Lori: "Wednesday; Steve gets Ritalin to try and keep him awake to pass his Barium swallow test. He wasn't awake enough. Failed the test. Thursday; seizures start. Friday morning; seizures continue. Gets a CAT scan and shows more fluid buildup under his skull flap. Friday afternoon; move Steve to the neurological/epileptic floor of Swedish Hospital. Gets an EEG for numerous days. The seizures continue all day about every 5 to 10 minutes. He is given seizure medication to try and help. Friday night; 7pm Steve starts barfing and choking & barfing and choking. about seven different times through out the night. Steve is exhausted. And so are we. Seizures die down till about 7 AM Saturday morning; the last seizure happened. Finally. Sunday; still no seizure activity. Steve Steve is struggling and in pain. Strong meds are given to help Steve sleep, heal & not be in pain. Still waiting for the discharge date back to Craig hospital. Waiting to remove the EEG. Waiting on MRI."

Posted by Melanie

July 11 at 9:39pm

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Thank you everyone for the insanely generous donations for the Schenkenberger's! We are all speechless of how incredible it is that the community has rallied around their family through this hard time. As you can see, I have just upped the goal number amount. The bills are coming out to be much higher than we originally anticipated. Again, thank you to every person that has donated; every penny makes a difference. Let's keep praying and spreading the word! xx

Posted by Melanie

February 10 at 1:15pm

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Noelle Richardson — 6 years ago

Sending prayers for your families strength and your healing. You got this Steve πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’–

Ida Dailey — 6 years ago

Steve you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I am praying for complete healing from head to toe and continued strength for your beautiful wife, Lori and boys. πŸ™β€οΈοΈπŸ™

Kristel Namimatsu — 6 years ago

Heard about this thru our wonderful friend and contractor Rocky. Our prayers are with Steve and his family for recovery.

Jennifer Kirkman — 6 years ago

I don't know you but am following your journey on Facebook. I am praying for you and your beautiful family! Love from New Jersey!

Jennifer Kirkman — 6 years ago

I don't know you but am following your journey on Facebook. I am praying for you and your beautiful family! Love from New Jersey!

Jennifer Kirkman — 6 years ago

I don't know you but am following your journey on Facebook. I am praying for you and your beautiful family! Love from New Jersey!

Linda Surkin — 6 years ago

I heard about Steve's horrible accident through my sister, Laura Maule. I am so sorry to hear what you, your wife and family are going through. I have been praying that you will be completely healed Steve. May God's continue to comfort you and your family. God is good and the power of prayer is incredible. Wishing you only the best. Linda Surkin

Please visit Steve's Facebook page for updates. We'll be updating you here when we get news about Steve:

Posted by Melanie

February 7 at 10:09am

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Joanne Klausing — 6 years ago

Nancy, I met you at the hospital. I am a volunteer on Friday.My heart goes out to you and your family. I have been praying for Steve and I want to help in a monetary way. My email is God Bless all of you.

Rick Toohey — 6 years ago

Praying for you Steve

Evi Rosen — 6 years ago

I went to the prayer meeting last night in the Chapel at Mission Hospital tower 2. It was incredible and they prayers are heart wrenching and beautiful. It was optional to pray out loud for the group and those that did so were very effective and raw. I will continue to pray daily, boldly and I am sure the outcome will be complete health restored, God needs Steve on earth to do what he does best, being Steve.

Nuhnuh Chortan — 6 years ago

So sad, will pray & put him on the prayer chain πŸ™

Mark Kojac — 6 years ago

Steve has always been a great friend to me and has always kept me safe in the surf. I wish I could have kept him safe from the driver that hit him. I will do my best to keep him safe in my prayers. We all love you and miss your free spirit. I can't wait to surf with you again.

Vicki Faraca — 6 years ago

Prayers for Steve and his family. πŸ™πŸΌ

Scott Arnott — 6 years ago

Wishing Steve the very best. My prayers are with you my brotha. We worked at First Team together for many years, did transactions from time to time. Steve you are quality. Pulling for you

Dillan Moriarty — 6 years ago

Prayers to Steve and his family. We are all here for you one way or another. Godspeed!

Gina Freem — 6 years ago

Sending prayers to your family and friends for peace and comfort during this difficult and sad time as well as complete healing for Steve. God is good and He is watching over Steve and taking care of him as only He can.

Sepideh Tehrani — 6 years ago

Oh, I am so sorry. Not again. We just lost a great teacher due to an accident in Alicia, not again. What is wrong with people😯. Dear lori, I have a daycare in laguna Niguel, please if you need someone to watch your babies while you are busy taking care of your husband contact me. I will make sure to make them comfortable. My number is : 909-900-9522 Sepideh. Praying for a speedy and full recovery for Steve.

Sherry Harper — 6 years ago

My prayers for total & complete healing for Steve. Also for his family to be comforted. May God provide many miracles.

Cristy Russum — 6 years ago

We have been down that long and winding road. Our son suffered a devastating TBI 5 years ago and made a miraculous recovery! Sending prayers for you and your families miracle and total healing! Recovery is slow..........never give up and if you need to talk or have questions just send me a PM on FB.

Natasha Wetzel Shumate — 6 years ago

I am praying for you, the whole family. Our God is an awesome God and He will carry you through this. Sometimes we have to walk through it, not around it but with God, you will be carried through. He will provide, He will comfort, He will heal. Much love and prayers_Natasha Shumate

Garrett Erickson — 6 years ago

I wish and pray for you and your family peace, comfort and health.

Lauren Mezick — 6 years ago

Although I only knew of you in high school and didn't know you personally all of this has been weighing so heavily on my heart. My family and I are praying hard for you! Blessings to you and your beautiful family!! Keep fighting!

Shelley Kendall Revetta — 6 years ago

Friends of the Koopman's. We've been lifting your family up in prayer! Sending love your way.

Marta Kowalewicz — 6 years ago

Prayers πŸ™Lord we gather in your holy name and lift up Steve to be restored from his injuries in Jesus name Amen

John Kalvi — 6 years ago

My heart and prayers goes out to Steve's family.

Mfk Kirkpatrick — 6 years ago

Our prayer group is praying for you Steve for a full recovery and healing. May God, give your wife and sons strength during this time. Please let us know how we can further help.

Shaun Hurley — 6 years ago

We are praying for you Steve. You are young and strong and by your sheer will can make a speedy recovery.

Sue Spitznagel — 6 years ago

Praying for a speedy and full recovery Steve. Prayers and blessings to your family for strength as they all live through your pain.

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  • mary myers5 years ago sending lots of love and healing energy!!!
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  • Jacque dupont5 years ago Many prayers! We are so sorry for your pain! DuPont carlson family
  • Raquel Schneider-Canny5 years ago I will keep you in my prayers.
  • jennifer hutcheon5 years ago Best wishes.
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  • Octavio dossi5 years ago God bless you Steve and your beautiful family. I hope we get to meet some day. Praying for a full recovery. My heart aches for the pain you and your family are going through. Love from the Dossi family.
  • Lorette Harnsberger5 years ago Lori is in my prayers every night. Praying for her and Steve and the boys.
  • Rachel Anderson5 years ago We are sending you and your family so much love and prayers! Never forget that you are an incredible role model for your boys and an inspiration to others, including us.
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