Wednesday, July 17, 2013

***Latest update: posted Aug 3

Our beautiful Reesa Marie Kammerman, aged 16, returned to her heavenly home July 28, 2013, following a tragic car accident on July 12th.  Her beautiful smile captured our hearts from the day she was born on April 15, 1997. Reesa was a fun-loving, caring, and nurturing young woman, as was evidenced by her love for children and helping others. She loved to play the guitar, dance, ride horses, and sing in the Merit Academy Glee Club, where she also attended high school. She loved spending time with her family and being a loving big sister.
Reesa was preceded in death by “Papa” John Kammerman and cousin Emily Kammerman. She is survived by her father, Michael Kammerman, mother Billie Jo Barnum , and stepmother Missy Kammerman; sisters Brandee (Daniel) and Hannah; brothers Jared, Jozef, Ammon, Isaac, Zachy, and Zachary; nephews Acen and Emmytt, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
“Love, forgive, and be worry-free.”
Thank you to the doctors and nurses at University Medical Center Trauma Pediatric ICU in Las Vegas for all their support and assistance; to guardian angel Adrian Grocock who resuscitated Reesa immediately following the accident; the Ronald McDonald House staff and volunteers; and to the many friends, extended family, and strangers who have given freely and cared so much for our family.
Funeral Arrangements: -  

Viewing - Sunday, August 4th, 6-8pm 
Wheeler Mortuary - 211 East 200 South, Springville, Utah  

Viewing - Monday, August 5th, 9:30-10:45am
Funeral -  Monday, August 5th,11am
LDS Chapel - 355 North 400 East, Springville, Utah

Funeral Services for Reesa

Viewing - Wheeler Mortuary- 211 E 200 S Springville, UT
                 Sunday, August 4th @ 6-8pm

Viewing - LDS Church 355 N 400 E Springville, UT
                Monday, August 5th @ 9:30-10:45am
Funeral - LDS Church 355 N 400 E Springville, UT
            Monday, August 5th @ 11am

Updates on our sweet Reesa's progress...

(Thank you Jessie Kate for setting this up for us.)

On Friday, July 12 our sweet Reesa rolled the car and was ejected. She was thrown about 20 feet from the car. She was found an unknown amount of time later by a passing truck driver (Adrian Grocock). She was dead when he arrived so CPR was performed. She was able to be resuscitated before being life flighted. Originally, she was being flown to Dixie Medical Center, but the extent of her injuries required that she be stabilized there and then flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for further care. She has had much trama to her body, ribs, lungs, and head.

She has been in a coma (no physical responses) and on life support since arriving at UMC.
She is on an oscillator that keeps her lungs inflated to better get oxygen to her body.

On Saturday she developed a fever and was started on antibiotics. She is on a water blanket to help regulate her body temperature.

She has developed pneumonia and is being treated for that infection.

The hospital has limited visits to immediate family only, due to her risk of infection. (For those of you who are local or are headed down)

UPDATE...July 17
At a visit with Reesa today, she was making an effort to take breaths and the nurse said this is okay (usually they stop this effort because it fights against the oscillator, but the little bit she was doing was actually improving her oxygen level.) They welcomed this breathing effort she was making :)

***Michael just spoke with the truck driver who did CPR on Reesa. (I choke up typing that). He said he saw Reesa being ejected and got to her within a minute! That is very comforting news because that helps answer the question about how long she was without oxygen.(not as long as we had originally thought)

Our hearts are filled with warmth and our eyes with tears as we read all of your words of encouragement, comfort and love in the comments here and on facebook. We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives and Reesa will be blessed for all of your prayers. We have been talking to her when we visit and telling her about the many many people praying for her all over the country  world... if she can hear us, we know this will add to her strength to fight hard...she is loved by soooo many:)

UPDATE: July 18 10:30 am...

Some great news this morning. Reesa is almost off the epinephrine that was keeping her heart beating. That means her heart is getting stronger and beating on its own! The doctor made another attempt last night to switch her to the regular ventilator. Her lungs were again not ready for that and collapsed in that process. So he will wait a day or two until the switch is tried again. Keep up the prayers, they  really help.

UPDATE******* July 18, 4:21 (Vegas time)

REESA was just successfully switched to ventilator....thanks for your prayers, please keep them going! They are hoping to do the MRI tomorrow. :)

The name of the truck driver is Adrian Grocock. Prayers of thanks and blessings for him and his family would be wonderful.

UPDATE: July 19, 12:40 am (Vegas)
Reesa is off the meds to help her heart beat. She is beating strong on her own. She also is off the oscillator and now on regular ventilator. She is breathing quite a bit on her own. this is great news.

Tomorrow is a big day...Please pray for a miracle. Tomorrow we will know the extent of her brain injuries.
I believe in miracles. I know that Heavenly Father can take something that was once broken and make it whole again. I know that Reesa can be healed and make a full recovery. I also know that Heavenly Father has understanding and wisdom far beyond what we can comprehend. He sees the beginning from the end. We sometimes are not given the desires we seek for in prayer, not because we do not have enough faith, but our loving and wise Heavenly Father knows we need something different; he loves us and knows that sometimes what we ask for is not what we need. I do not know yet what Heavenly Father's will is for Reesa, in time we may know. What I do know, again, is that if it IS his will, through our faith and prayers, she can be healed.
Please pray and fast Friday for Reesa and our family.
Love you all...thanks so much for your love, concern and prayers that have brought her to this point.

Also, I want everyone to know that I was in Reesa's room tonight and read to her all the comments left here and texts that have been sent expressing your love and concern.

***UPDATE July 19, 8:23 am (Vegas)

Reesa is going in for her MRI right now....Please pray.

UPDATE July 19, 1:00 PM

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Both Reesa and the whole family will be eternally grateful for the outpouring of love that has been shown over the past week. The results of the MRI were not what we were hoping for, but we are putting our trust in our Heavenly Father. Reesa will be able to do what she loves to do, which is helping others. Through organ donation, she will be the cause of saving many lives and bring comfort and hope to other families. We will update this blog to let everyone know about funeral services. We will also update this blog over the coming months to keep you posted on the recipients who will be blessed to receive one of Reesa's organs.

Love you all.

UPDATE: July 22 2:40 pm

First of all, our family wants to thank all of you for your love, prayers, concern, and acts of service. This is a very difficult time for all of us and your comments here and on facebook continue to lift us up. Each comment or message received is read and they all give comfort and strength. I am sorry we cannot reply to all of you right now with everything going on, but we ARE grateful for your love and friendship.

Thanks to the Anonymous Spring Creek 7th Ward Members for sending a kind financial gift. It helped us with gas and food down in Las Vegas.

Thanks to the friends who cleaned our house and fed our (numerous) pets. :) Thanks for the fantastic meal that was waiting when some of us arrived back home last night.

Thanks for the huge sign on the garage door that says: "We Love You" It is so great to feel loved by the neighborhood so much.  

Tentatively, we think the viewing will be on Sunday evening (July 28) in Springville and the funeral Monday morning (July 29) in Springville. Exact times and locations will be posted soon.

There is an account set up at Chase Bank in Reesa Kammerman's name for anyone wishing to donate financially to help with funeral expenses. You can go into any Chase branch across the country to donate. Just give them Reesa's full name. If you have questions, you can direct them to Lilia at the Orem Branch (801) 224-4500.

To clarify some confusion, Reesa has been kept on life support for the past several days to prepare for organ donation. Recipients have been located and Reesa will be taken off life support tomorrow.

UPDATE: July 24, 2013 6 pm

There have been some unexpected delays and the viewing and funeral will not be Sunday and Monday. We are not certain when they will be so please check back and we will post as soon as we know when they will be. Thanks, love you all.

July 25, 2013 9am

This is Reesa's dad. There have been a few developments to make people aware of. A couple of days ago I spent what was thought to be Reesa's last night with us at the hospital. Before going to the operating room the next morning the neurologist ordered a final MRI and EEG. After the results were reviewed the doctors made a few changes to their original recommendation. The MRI wasn't definitive but the EEG shows some increase in brain activity. Since they can't determine whether this is just the normal reflex activity after the sedation wore off or from other sources, they have suggested that we wait a little longer before turning off the ventilator. Since the neurologist and all three doctors are of the same opinion we are following their advice.

We don't know what this means nor what the outcome may be, but we'll put our trust and our precious Reesa in God's very capable hands.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

July 28, 2013 8pm

Today, my Sweet Star Reesa passed away.  She was such a sweet and beautiful girl! I feel so blessed to have been able to have 16+ years of memories with her! I think the reason it aches so much is that we love her so much, and she loves us. 

I am at a loss for words right now. I will update with the time and date of the services once it is set.

Thanks again for your continued love, support and prayers.

There are two scriptures that stand out to me tonight.
Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Please give someone a hug! Then tell them to pass that hug along. That's one natural resource that can never run out!


  1. we love you guys and are praying for your family <3

  2. May the Lord be with Reesa and your family at this time. To Michael and Missy, sometimes things happen that just don't make any sense. Hold true, our Father in Heaven hasn't forgotten little Reesa.

  3. Hang in there! We love you and will continue to pray far all of you.

  4. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. The Jepsons

  5. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  6. We're praying for you all and know that the Lord is watching over your sweet daughter/sister. Thanks for the updates. We love you!

    Britt Family

  7. May you know of the Lord's love for you and dear Reesa. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Whittle Family

  8. Thoughts and prayers for you since learning of this accident. I'm glad to hear that Reesa is making efforts to breathe with the respirator and hoping that she will improve so much that shortly she will not need it at all. Know that you are loved. Joyce

  9. We just wanted to write you to encourage you to stay strong and to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that your beautiful daughter will pull through and be able to join her loving family quickly. Reesa will forever be in our hearts and on our minds.

    Thank you for keeping us all up to date during this time of personal tragedy.

    Adrian, Melanie, Sidney, Amber, Adam, & Zachary

  10. Thank you so much for the updates. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with Reesa and you all. Please tell her that we love her and to keep fighting. We love you all and will keep Reesa and you all in our thoughts, prayers and our hearts. Love, The Thorns

  11. Trying to understand God's purpose at times like these causes me to reflect on his love and understanding for us as eternal beings. Trials are put in place for us as opportunities to learn and grow. It is only by taking his hand and truly trusting in him that we can take full advantage of this growth opportunity. By embracing his plan as our own. Love you all, especially Reesa. May the Lord strengthen you all and ease your burdens, Reesa as well. We'll continue to pray daily for you all.
    The Beckman Family

  12. We have been wondering how all of you are doing and praying for all of you to be strengthen at this time. Luckily we heard about the blog last night so we can read about Reesa's progress. We will all continue to pray for each of you. The Heister Family

  13. Good to hear that Reesa is trying to breathe on her own a little bit. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts ache for all of you right now. We love you, we support you, and we want to help in any way you need. We hope you know this.

    Aaron, Patricia, John, Reed, Anna, Hyrum, Lizzie, Jacob (and Emily)

  14. Thank You for your update on Reesa. We will continue to pray for her. We love you all and hope that you feel our Heavenly Father's love and peace. With Love and Concern,
    The Draper Family

  15. Thank you for sharing your updates with all of us. I think of your family each day. Keep that strength of your family tight and know it's there in this obsticle. My heart is with you all. (Terri S)

  16. Thank you for letting us know about Reesa so that we can pray for her and all of you. We are thinking of you and want to share our love and let you know we will continue to fast and pray for peace, comfort, and healing for Reesa. Lots of love! Keri Dautel and family

  17. Thank you for the update. That is great news. We are and will continue to pray for Reesa. And for all of you as well. Tell her that we love her and to keep fighting. Thinking about her and you all always.
    Love The Thorn's

  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we have just heard about the accident and are praying for Gods arms to be around you all at this difficult time. It was my cousin Adrian who stopped and helped Reesa, he was in the right place at the right time, not by coinsidence, God knew Adrian could help. We are trusting that God will guide the doctors and nurses in how they treat Reesa, that He will comfort and strengthen you all especially Reesa. Love hugs and Gods blessings from John and Jackie Bradley in England.

  19. We love all of you and are praying for your family and Reesa. Thanks for the update. It's so nice to be able to hear about her progress.

    Lisa Langton

  20. Saying some prayers for Reesa and for your whole family. You are all loved, thanks for the update.
    Malinda Sizemore

  21. There are many friends, family, and complete strangers in Wisconsin who are praying for Reesa, your family, and the doctors and nurses. I pray you have calm amidst this storm, to know Heavenly Father's will for Reesa, and can feel his arms embracing you all. Love, Becky, Nathanael, and Naomi

  22. Our hearts and love reach out to Reesa and your family during this tender time. Reesa is continually in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God Bless you.


    Eric , Michele, Bradley, Michaela and family...

  23. We all love Reesa very much.... We are all praying for her and several of us are fasting with you. We love her. We miss her. We all hope and pray for the best. All of us are willing and ready to help however we can - and, we are currently in the process of organizing a benefit concert in honor of Reesa. Our hearts go out to you.

    with love,
    The Merit Academy Glee Club

  24. It is so wonderful to hear that Reesa is continually growing stronger and doing better. My amazing and wonderful better half, Terry Corbeil, was the other Truck Driver there helping Adrian with the efforts to bring Reesa back to life. He is on the road and will be so relieved to hear how God works in miraculous ways to give her the strength to heal and we all will pray for a miracle tomorrow. Love to Reesa and all her family.

    1. Many thanks to your husband and Adrian for everything they did.

  25. Your faith is amazing and a great example to everyone. Heavenly Father does have a plan and Reesa knows how much you (we) all love her. God bless you. Families are forever. Love you.

  26. My heart of hurting for u all....we love you all so much. Jeni, Shelly and Sharon.

  27. Missy, what a terribly difficult thing to do to share this news with all of us. And you did it so beautifully.

    What a blessing Reesa will continue to be in the lives of many others. You are ALL in our continued prayers. May you find peace, comfort and understanding in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. May we all.

    Love and hugs.
    The Britt Family

  28. Our hearts are breaking for you and your family, you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love to you all,
    Adam Poppleton family

  29. Our hearts are hurting for you and the family. May you find comfort through Heavenly Father. We love you all and you all will be in our prayers. Love The Thorn's

  30. Reesa and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers constantly since we heard the news. And now we feel even more sorrow. We hope that you can find comfort in the Lord. He is there. Turn to him and He will bring peace and healing in time. We love and care for you all so very much!
    Love, David, Jennifer, Mahonri, Ammon, & Megan Nielsen of Nephi

  31. I have followed this blog about Reesa because I am good friends with Gen Barnum...though I do not know Reesa personally, I have gotten to know who she is and had so hoped she would make it. My heart goes out to your family at this time. I am grateful for the knowledge that families will see each other again. HUGS to you all!

    Love, Kelly O

  32. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Continue to draw strength from those who love you, especially Heavenly Father. We will continue to pray for your sweet family. Maddie is very sad and sends hugs. Love, The Davis Family

  33. We love u, we want to hug and kiss u and try to take ur pain and suffering away, but i know we can't take it away....we can only bee there for u. I have never lost a child, grandchild, cousin, niece or i have no idea what ur going thru....but Pls know i love you, and u all r in our thoughts and prayers...and just a phone call away if u need anything. Jeni, Shelly and Sharon.

  34. I was Reesa's teacher. Not a day went by that Reesa didn't stop by and ask if how she could help. Put me to work she would say. I need something to do, I need something to keep me busy. She was so full of energy. I often joked that if it wasn't for Reesa the rest of my students would actually have to clean up their own messes. I know teachers aren't allowed to have favorites, but she was one of mine.

  35. Michael and Family,
    My heart is breaking for you. I will continue to pray that our Heavenly Father will continue to surround you all in His comforting arms of Love. Reesa will help so many. What a generous selfless gift you will be giving to others. The Lord knows your pain. May he help you all find some peace. Families Are Forever. Just imagine her in the arms of our Loving Father in heaven. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tammy (Tholen) Pitts and family

  36. I grieve for all of you. Especially for my sister and niece, Reesa's mother.

    1. This poem gives me comfort. I would like to share it with your fammily and friends here now, to lift others up.

      i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
      my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
      i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
      by only me is your doing,my darling)
      i fear
      no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
      no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
      and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
      and whatever a sun will always sing is you
      here is the deepest secret nobody knows
      (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
      and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
      higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
      and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
      i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

      (by Edward Estlin Cumings, my favorite poet)

  37. Reesa is going to be missed so much at Merit Academy. As her Glee coach, I was so proud of her this year. She worked so hard to overcome her self-doubts, fears, and let her love for people shine through it all. On numerous occasions she expressed to me bright hopes for her future, and I know she can continue to progress and work on her goals even after she parts this life. She was on a good trajectory forward, and I am confident she will continue on that path, and help a lot of other people along the way. I will miss you Reesa.

  38. Oh Missy, I'm so sorry for the pain you and the family must be going through. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us during this incredibly hard time. You're loved.

  39. My prayers go out to Heavenly Father that he will help comfort you in your hour of need. Much love and prayers continue as you go through this difficult time.

  40. Michael & Missy,

    I would like to start out by saying that I stand beside you in your grief process and this past week has been very hard for everyone. I only met your daughter the day of the accident but feel like I have lost a daughter as well.

    When Terry and I stopped on the highway, we could only think that it was one of our daughters laying on the side of the road. We are not heroes, we are just Canadian Truck Drivers that believe that you need to stop and help people that are in need when they can not help themselves.

    I wish that I could of done more to help your family, to bring your sweet Reesa home. I understand the loss that you feel as I have lost a child of my own. It is never easy to lose a loved one, especially a son or daughter.

    You will have solace in knowing that your beautiful daughter is still helping people by her organ donations, that her spirit will live on in the others that she helps and her memory will always be with her family, friends and people that have come into her life.

    I can not express my sorrow enough and hope that your faith, friends and family will be strong enough to help you get through this difficult time.

    I wish our families would have met on other terms, but I am grateful that I have been allowed to grieve along side of your family and friends. My family will always be here for you.

  41. Michael, Adam passed along the news to us. My heart aches for you and your family. My family prays for you and your family, in hopes that you will be comforted. Your daughter is beautiful, and is in great hands.

    She will bless so many families yet, on this side of the veil, and the other.

    Ethan Poppleton & Family

  42. Your family has been in our family's thoughts and prayers this whole week and will continue to be. We are so sorry about Reesa and our hearts are grieving with you. I know Heavenly Father will be with you through your sorrow and suffering and can give you peace, comfort and healing. Since our son's death there have been many quiet little ways Neal has let us know how he is and that he is close. The bonds of love are not broken by death, but grow stronger. Know we love your family! David and Katrina Harlan & Family

  43. Mike,
    I am so sorry to hear about Reesa. Your co-workers greatly care about you and the family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you


  44. Your family has been in our family's prayer. May the Lord bless you during your time of suffering and sorrow. She was very kind and thoughtful to my daughters and me at Merit this past year. Know that we are thinking of you and your family. Laura Salzman & girls (Kelsey, Rebecca, Jocelyn)

  45. I was lucky enough to have Reesa tend my kids on both the 3rd and 4th of July. I left my 12 month old with her for the entire day on the 4th. I could tell when I picked her up late that night that she had been pampered and loved. Reesa really loved to care for little ones. I had a neighbor tell me, "Reesa is such a good babysitter because she truly loves kids. She'll play with them and enjoy them." It breaks my heart to think that such a wonderful person was taken from this earth seemingly prematurely. Yet her mission of love and care will continue on the other side. God's purposes prevail. Your youthful beauty and loving spirit seem frozen in time Reesa, but you do not lay stagnant. May we keep your example in our hearts and strive to love unconditionally as your spirit continues on in eternal progression. Til we meet again. Love you Reesa

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  47. Bless you for donating her organs, Michael. Peace be with you all. I will never forget your sweetness when my son was in the NICU, the banner you made is still in his baby treasure chest, the poem you wrote, your kindness lives in my thoughts of you. Words fail to express the sorrow and sympathy I feel for you and for her brothers and sisters. Yet I know there is more to life than this world, this body, and I look forward to knowing Reesa in all her transcendant glory.

  48. We are praying for you!! Love you!

  49. Oh Mike! I'm sure glad you are SO STRONG!! Thanks for keeping us posted. And please know that there are LOTS of people thinking of you & your family and sending all the strength we can your way. I love you!

  50. Mike, Thank you for the update. Please tell Reesa to keep fighting and that we love her. Please know that Reesa, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, We love you.
    The Thorn's

  51. Thank you for the prayers for you all continue We love you, Special prayers for my little Primary class Zack through all of this. Joyce

  52. We continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Bless you all, through this difficult time. You are such a strong and courageous family. Love, The Davis Family

  53. My prayers and heart is with you and you family at this time... know that your Heavenly Father is so aware of all of you and in those moments when it seems to hard to handle you will feel his love the strongest. Know words can help at this time, just wanted you to know that you are being surrounded with love.

  54. Our hearts go out to all of you from the Mapleton 9th Ward. We love your family and will pray for continued comfort and peace to be with you during this time of sorrow and loss.
    We would love to help with the funeral luncheon.
    Please pass my email on to your Relief Society President.
    Sherrie Ash
    Mapleton 9th Ward RS

  55. Mike, Missy and kids,
    Hope you can feel the love and prayers continuing up to God on your behalf. Hope Reesa was indeed able to bless others' lives and even be an answer to their prayers.

    We love you and know that the Lord is holding and guiding you.
    Dar & Jim

  56. Mike and family,
    We are praying for you and your family and are so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from our Heavenly Father. We love you.
    Charlie, Sheri, Trina, Jeremy and Erika Thorn

  57. We love you.


    Sharon Shelly Jeni, Harley, Junior, Poodle, Shawnee and Seamus.

  58. Sincere condolences to your family. May you continue to feel the love around you and gather strength from it. Love, The Davis Family

  59. I am a friend of Adrian's and a trucker as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  60. I made sure Grandma Ruth Chan has the services information, and I spoke with Billie Jo minutes ago, she will call her cousin, Chelsea, with the details. We have shed many tears for Reesa and the whole family over the past two weeks. We are in California now, but with you in spirit as you gather in remembrance.

    With much Love,
    Aunt Carma & Uncle Oliver
    Cousins Chelsea & Keath

  61. Mike, we are so sorry to hear about Reesa. I am thankful for the knowledge we have that families are forever. I know you will be with her and all of your loved ones again. We are praying for you and your family.

    Andrew and Tressa Jackson

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