Over 12 days in December, KML’s Student Council and National Honor Society work to collect money through student involvement to support families in need. Parents, federation members, alumni, friends, and the community are encouraged to donate as well.

In December 2020, we raised money to help the Guevin, Rodriguez, Scriver, and Wittig families. Read more about these families below.

The total raised in 2020 was a record-breaking $50,663!

Three of the four families were able to join us in person on January 13, 2021, after our chapel service for a special presentation during which they were gifted their individual checks.

Thank you to Coffeeville Company for partnering with us again this year to support this program through the coffee fundraiser, and THANK YOU TO ALL WHO GAVE SO GENEROUSLY to help this year’s 12 Days families. What a wonderful way to share the love of our Savior through our actions!

12 Days Families for 2020

Guevin Family

It was supposed to be like any other Monday morning, with the four members of the Guevin family getting up and getting ready for work and school. But before sunrise on Monday morning, October 19, their house was filled with first responders and police officers, soon followed by family, the medical examiner, and theirpastor. Todd had experienced a massive brain bleed during his sleep. He didn’t open his eyes and see his wife and kids that morning; instead, he woke up and saw his Savior. 

Todd leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Corie; his son, Nate, a sophomore at KML; and Lauren, a 7th grader at Bethlehem Lutheran. They trust in God’s good and perfect will. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV). 

Rodriguez Family

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rodriguez graduated from KML in May of 2018. During her first weeks of college, she had a number of perceived minor medical issues. After a number of tests, the Rodriguez family received the test results and were told to go to the hospital immediately. Doctors believed Lizzie had leukemia, and they had a team of oncologists waiting. After a bone marrow biopsy, it was determined that Lizzie had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After further study they determined that her leukemia would not be treatable with chemotherapy alone and that she would need a bone marrow transplant. Lizzie was in the hospital for a month receiving chemotherapy treatments.

After the month of treatment and recovery, Lizzie was in remission and sent home. Her father, who was a 50% match, became her bone marrow donor, and she had her transplant in June of 2019. After her transplant she had some difficulty with Graft Versus Host Disease. She was one-year post transplant and doing wonderfully. Unfortunately, God’s new plan unfolded as, on her one-year bone marrow biopsy, they discovered her leukemia was back. She had to start the process all over again.

In June she entered the hospital for another five weeks of chemotherapy, and in August for her second transplant. This time her donor was her brother, Sam.  Lizzie was doing well after her treatment. However, about five weeks after treatment, she started running fevers. They ran multiple tests and found out she had a brain infection. After two weeks of treatment, she developed a problem with her liver.

On October 20, the Rodriguez family received the phone call that Lizzie was having a hard time breathing and had to be intubated. She had developed pneumonia. The next morning, the family was called and told to come to the hospital and that Lizzie was not going to make it. She was only being kept alive by life support. They went and stayed with her until she was taken home to her Heavenly Father. Their beautiful Lizzie is finally at peace.

Scriver Family

In July of 2019, Phil was diagnosed with melanoma. After a small surgery to remove the cancer he was declared cancer free. In January of 2020, the cancer returned. After a second surgery, he was again told he was cancer free. In September of 2020, not only had the cancer returned, but it had metastasized to his brain in the form of multiple tumors. Phil has undergone radiation treatment and is currently doing targeted therapy to attempt to reduce and eliminate the cancer. 

He and his wife, Danielle, and their four boys, Rogan (10), Weston (8), Everett (5), and Whitley (3), currently live in New Ulm, MN. They have previously been WELS teachers in Milwaukee, WI, and Aurora, CO, as well as missionaries in China. Though the future is uncertain, they remain close to Jesus and find peace in knowing that God has already worked out their future.

Wittig Family

February 16 is a day that will forever be etched in the minds of the Wittig family. One is never quite prepared to hear the words, “We are sorry to tell you that your daughter has cancer.”

The first month for Emily was a whirlwind of chemo drug names and doctor visits. Things got worse, much worse, before they got better. Severe abdominal pains and some very long nights led to drainage tubes, which led to feeding tubes to allow her intestines to recover. With the ever-changing types of chemo, Em was introduced to the worst of the chemo drugs, Vincristine. The result was neuropathy, a weakening of the nerves in her hands and legs. This meant someone who was an accomplished pianist was struggling to work her fingers, and someone who ran at the state track meet needed braces to help her walk. Still, Em fought hard. After 7 weeks in the hospital, Em made it home before Easter and had an incredible welcome home parade to celebrate.

The Wittigs are grateful for all the prayers and gifts they have received to this point. God has definitely been their strength through these seemingly long nine months. Although they don’t know what God has in store for Emily, they know he will use this cancer diagnosis for his glory.