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I would write “Happy Monday” to you all, but it really isn’t.  Today a wonderful family is dealing with unimaginable grief…the loss of a child.

This morning Kelsey Michelsen lost her fight.  As her dad wrote in a text, “My beautiful daughter went to dance with the angels in Heaven.” 


Kelsey taught a lot of people a lot of valuable lessons.  Stay positive.  Keep fighting.  Cherish every day.  Tell the people you care about how much you love them.

A young man I did a story on eight years ago was the same way.  Trent Miner also had a brain tumor.  He was also a great kid from a wonderful family.  He also died far too soon.

Of course this week the entire state is grieving for Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

Why do such horrible things happen to such good people?  To such young people?  There’s no way to make sense of it.

I can’t imagine losing a child.  What’s really amazing is what I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand when families and communities are going through these situations.  People come together to support those in crisis.  The people in crisis exhibit extraordinary strength.  Those left after a child dies almost always do something to honor their memory and help others.

Sonya has a story about this sort of spirit tomorrow night at ten.  You’ll meet two mothers who lost their sons in a car crash.  What they’re doing now will astound you – especially when you find out who they’re working with to spread a message of forgiveness and overcoming adversity.