Posted by: Meagan | December 21, 2011

Family in Need

Recently I have seen so many families going through hard times, it seems to me that a lot of these people are having medical problems and my heart just breaks for them and I thank God that my family is healthy! There is a lot of people in need, my cousin Nina posted this on her blog on December 16th and I thought I would pass it along.

Several weeks ago I learned that a good family friend had been involved in a horrible car accident.  Katey Winterholler, who is about my age, was nine months pregnant when she rolled her pickup on an icy highway in Wyoming on Nov. 15.  She was life-flighted to Billings, MT. where her baby was born healthy that day.  Immediately afterward she underwent emergency back and neck surgery.  Her family does not have health insurance.   The road to recovery will be a long one for Katey and her family, as she also has a young toddler at home.  It is unsure what the long term outcome will be for Katey, but she has suffered paralysis and swelling following the accident.
This story broke my heart, I wish I had the means to be able to help them in a BIG way because that is what they really need.  I have wrestled with different ways that I might be able to help them, and each time have told myself that anything that I could do would not make that much of a difference.  Katey’s husband was my brothers best friend growing up and so this story means a lot to me not just because they are good family friends, but also because I am a mother to young children and I can only imagine the difficult journey Katey and her family are going through at this time.  What I finally decided is that even though I don’t have a lot to give, I do have a voice and I do have the ability to write. So I am sending this message out in hopes that others might be willing to step up and help out in any way that they can.  No donation is to small, this family has a great need, and anything will help.  If you feel impressed to do so please send donations to a benefit that has been set up in her name at:
The Katey Winterholler Fund
Big Horn Federal Bank 
8 East Main Street  Lovell, WY 82431-2002
(307) 548-2703
Please feel free to share this message so that we can get it out to as many people as possible.  I know that many of you may not know this family, but they are an awesome, beautiful family that is deserving of any help that can be offered in their behalf.
Thank you,
Nina Shelton
My plea is that if you can help please do so, if you can’t please look around to people in your churches and communities and help out someone else.


  1. Thanks Meagan!

  2. Thank you for posting this story. My sister has had many surgeries in 3 years (some back) and I can understand a bit of what this family must be going through. I will share this story and send a donation. Prayers go out to this young family, I hope they find hope in their faith for continued healing!

  3. I knew Katey in high school and she was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I mailed a check to the fund. I hope she has a full recovery.

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