Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Dream Train" a song inspired by Reesa's life.



This beautiful song was written and performed by Annie Cowden and accompanied by guitarist Trevor Price.

This song is meant to capture the the message of hope that Reesa lived for shared with others. As you listen to the words and music you can feel the emotions captured in her voice and you can't help but feel there is a reason to keep going forward in life no matter what happened in the past!

Special thanks to Annie and Trevor for sharing their talents with us! They are truly amazing artists!



Reesa's Legacy continures with Safe Hearts app!


Reesa's Legacy continues with SAFE HEARTS!

As part of Reesa's Legacy we have just introduced a FREE phone app called SAFE HEARTS. It can be downloaded at the Android or Iphone store. Once you have downloaded the app please make sure you share it with others.
(Read below to see the description.)



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Description

This app will be full of resources, links to support groups and phone numbers for help. (The resources are already out there. People just need to be pointed in the right direction.) It will help parents and family members, as well as classmates and friends. It will give tips and help to answer tough questions. Here are some of the topics this app will be addressing: Suicide Abuse Family Life Eating Disorders Help and resources Emotional & Mental Health Addictions Running Away Teen Pregnancy Self Harm But it won’t stop there. We want to help remove the stigma and misconceptions surrounding those that have different type of struggles in their lives. This will help educate classmates, family members and friends. We want to empower people to overcome their challenges and be an advocate to help others do the same. The app will be designed to help uplift and give daily encouragement as well as providing opportunities to volunteer and give service.

Available for free download @


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Reesa's 2nd Celebration of Life & Project Announcement

We will be having a celebration tomorrow! We will be celebrating Reesa's life, memories & the legacy she left.
We will be meeting at Provo Cemetery @ 7pm and will be having treats & music.

We will also be announcing the launch of Reesa's Legacy Project (phone app) and an original song written, sung and played by two local artists. It is a beautiful tribute to her memory!

Bring a balloon or two for the balloon launch @ 7:20pm.

See you there!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Reesa's Legacy to continue with a DVD and phone App

Reesa’s Legacy

My daughter, Reesa Kammerman, was involved in a tragic car accident on July 12, 2013. She died three times that day, each time being resuscitated. However, 16 days later she died for the last time.

Ten months after her death a video she had made was discovered on the computer. It is a heart wrenching video that lasts only a few minutes but ends with a beautiful message of hope!  In the video she tells of her challenges in life and how she overcame them. And she tells it all without saying a word!

We had an overwhelming feeling to share it. We call the video “Reesa’s Legacy”.

When the video was uploaded to YouTube we received several phone calls from various news outlets asking to tell her story.  


Once the stories were out we received so many comments and learned how Reesa’s message has helped so many people. The response was so great that I knew we had to do something more to help even more people.  

We are making a short documentary of her life. We have hired an interviewer and videographer to create a documentary of Reesa’s life. It will document her challenges and triumphs, her fears and faith and her ultimate triumph of unlocking the secrets of coping with her challenges.

Teachers, counselors, hospital staff, relatives and friends will be interviewed to get different perspectives of her life. We have also hired singers, songwriters and musicians to write songs using her journal entries as the inspiration for the songs so it will be from a first person perspective.

Once the DVD is completed, we will be launching a free phone app that will give resources and help to those that have similar struggles in life.  

Our family had learned the hard way how to deal with and overcome these obstacles. We don’t want others to have to learn the same way.

I remember the first time that I walked into Reesa’s room and saw her cutting and the blood was everywhere. I didn’t know what to do and was almost frozen with shock. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to call the counselor. She was able to guide me and helped us with the next steps.

And then there was the  bulimia and suicide attempts as an additional way she tried to deal with the pain of the rapes and sexual abuse and the resulting court trial.

There was so much trial and error as we tried to find the best way to help Reesa and our family. Over time we learned so much and acquired the tools to help us. It turned out that all the resources were out there but we didn’t know where to find them.

How much better off we could have been if we learned of these resources earlier. But we ended up stumbling thru things while we found out about the answers we were looking for. Everything from support groups and counseling to crisis lines and hospitals.

Unfortunately during this time we also had to learn how to deal with and ignore the stigma and labels people put on us. To say it was difficult is a gross understatement. 

How I wish we would have had a place to go to so we could have learned sooner and spared weeks and months of trial and error. As a result of our experiences we are designing a phone app that will be a one stop shop to learn about the topics and the resources to help individuals and families know where to get help.

We will be working closely with counselors, hospitals, teachers and law enforcement to put together a very practical and helpful app. It will be full of resources, links to support groups and phone numbers for help. (The resources are already out there. People just need to be pointed in the right direction.)

It will help parents and family members, as well as classmates and friends. It will give tips and help to answer tough questions. 

Some of those questions are:  
Why does my daughter have an eating disorder and what can I do to help?
My child is cutting, what should I do?
What can I do if I am being bullied at school and I'm getting so angry?
My friend is talking a lot about suicide...what now?

One night while pondering what to do a stream of ideas came into my mind and I started writing. Reesa had gone thru so many different types of struggles throughout her life and I started to list them. After I listed them I realized that she was able to relate to so many people and that they could relate to her. Other teenagers seem to relate more to her than the adults in their life. Here’s 
the topics that we will be addressing on the app:

·             Suicide (hot lines, prevention)
·             Self-harm
·             Eating disorders
·             Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
·             Bullying
·             Step family
·             Depression & metal illness
·             Substance abuse & addictions (drugs, alcohol, porn, gambling)
·             Dating violence
·             Grief, death, dying, illness, counseling
·             Teen pregnancy
·             Running away

But it won’t stop there. We want to help remove the stigma and misconceptions surrounding those that have different type of struggles 
in their lives. This will help educate classmates, family members and friends. We want to empower people to overcome their challenges 
be an advocate to help others do the same. The app will be designed to help uplift and give daily encouragement by sending out messages 
of hope and inspiration to their phones throughout the day.

This project is being made possible by people donating their time and talents and discounting their services. We are self-funding this project but will be open to donations should anyone be inclined.

This app and documentary will be free to everyone!

You can get to know Reesa more by looking at the past posts on this blog.

The launch will be on her Celebration of Life on July 28th.




Sunday, January 25, 2015

We are working on a video of Reesa's life. If anyone has any pictures or videos with Reesa in them, please post them on her facebook or email them to michaelkammerman@gmail.com. Thanks!!!
p.s. You can view Reesa's Legacy video in the May posting of this blog.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A dedication to all those who helped Reesa Kammerman.

A dedication to all those who helped Reesa Kammerman.
Even though its been a while
I remember your help with a smile.
It mingles with the tears that roll down my cheek,
As I think of your care of Reesa and how it was so sweet.
I lost my precious daughter that day
My heart was torn in two.
But through the darkness of that day
I saw a ray of sunshine come our way.
You may not think that you did any good
Or you may wish you could have done more
But please know this,
We know you did all you could.
While I was holding her hand as she slipped from this life
My heart was full of agony and love.
Yet in that room I felt as if
It was a piece of Heaven on earth.
Doctors, nurses technicians and staff
Pilots, paramedics, truck drivers and troopers...
Your efforts were heroic!
Your care was divine!
You not only helped Reesa
But you helped our family too.
Thank you so much for all of your time and dedication to be where you are. You have such a profound impact on families' lives and we want you to know that you are appreciated for all that you do.
With warmest thanks and gratitude,
Michael Kammerman and family

Donor Medal of Honor Ceremony

Reesa was recently recognized with the Donor  Medal of Honor. The ceremony was held at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa and was sponsered by the Nevada Donor Network. Chris Klug (an Olympic Snowboarding Medalist and Liver Recipient) spoke. We also heard from Karen Brill, a donor mom and enjoyed listening to Claudia Crouse, a sopranist.

Ammon Kammerman came with me and helped set up the table of Reesa's momentos. We also enjoyed a catered lunch before the ceremony. As the ceremony commenced they had Reesa's picture and a brief description of her life in The Rememberance Book.

Reesa had just got her drivers license and had checked the box to be a donor. She was very adamant about being able to help others even after she passed away. Her Grandpa, John C Kammerman was also a donor.

Please consider being a donor if you haven't already made the decision. Then tell your family so they know what your wishes are. We never know when its our time and it would be a great thing to be able to help others and leave a legacy of love for others to follow.