If you would rather send a donation by mail, please see the information below. Please make checks payable to: Nicole Kinkaide Checks can be mail to: Nicole Kinkaide c/o Well Wishes For Nikki 54289 Blair Court Elkhart, IN 46514 Thank you once again for your generosity!
It seems there is some confusion when trying to donate. After your donation amount and information is filled in, this site will direct you to donate via PayPal. Nikki's PayPal account is set up under "Robert Klinger", on her behalf. For those who don't know him, Robert is her boyfriend of 4 years and will transfer the funds to Nikki at the end of the fundraising period. Don't worry. He's a trustworthy guy.
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! Nikki is amazed so many kind people have helped.
Life can change in an instant.
That's exactly what happened to Nicole Kinkaide on the evening of November 29th, 2013. The day
following Thanksgiving, a time when we all give thanks for life, love, freedom and good health, Nicole suddenly fell to the floor, paralyzed with seizures.
The 29th, also referred to as "Black Friday", went as usual for Nikki, a nickname that her family and friends know her by. She returned home from 523 Tap & Grill, the Elkhart restaurant she manages, to prepare for a performance with SWC Band. She was scheduled to sing with the band later that night as she has done for the last 9 years.
She never made it to the performance.
As usual, Nikki nervously prepared for the bands performance and without any warning, she suddenly felt dizzy and numb as her legs became weak. She called out to her boyfriend of four years to come and help her. By the time Robb raced up the staircase, he noticed Nikki unconscious in the hallway, convulsing with fear and desperation in her eyes. He knew instantly to call for help.
Nikki was raced to Elkhart General and then to Fort Wayne's Parkview Regional Medical Center, where she was diagnosed and treated for a ruptured aneurysm in her brain.
To treat the aneurysm, the neurosurgeon performed brain surgery, or an endovascular coiling procedure. Essentially, the procedure "fills" the aneurysm with platinum wire coil that that is inserted into the femoral artery in the patient's groin and is lead up through the body, finally reaching the aneurysm in the brain. A relatively newer surgery that avoids shaving the patients head and entering the skull.
After Nikki unconsciously fought and won the 50% chance of surviving the procedure, she spent the first ten days in the Intensive Care Unit, followed by fifteen days of neurological care. She was finally released a few days before Christmas. The last three months she has slowly continued making a victorious recovery, free of any brain damage or long term side effects.
Her story is truly one of facing great tragedy and opposing odds. We sometimes have to remind her and ourselves how close we came to losing her. Although we are endlessly grateful and she herself is happy to be alive and healthy, Nikki now faces another battle. One that doesn't end quickly or easily, without your help.
Nikki strives to live a simple, harmonious life. One that includes playing by the rules and keeping within her means. However, she now faces an extreme debt. Without any warning, that one night in November has changed her life. A life that involves losing everything and becoming a prisoner of bankruptcy.
By an exceptional coincidence, she was uninsured and planned to apply for the President's Health Reform Act. Unfortunately, her aneurysm caused a delay in becoming covered. In January, she applied for Medicaid and was denied. Since then she's tried to find information if the HRA would cover any of the expenses from December and has been told that it would not. She is now looking at an extreme amount of medical expenses without assistance or funds to care for them.
Your donation, in any amount, will help pay off the $200,000+ in medical expenses Nikki has accrued. Our goal is to raise enough funds to ensure Nikki can keep her home by avoiding bankruptcy and to dissolve this financial hardship.
Throughout the past three months Nikki has received an overwhelming amount of love, compassion, prayers and support from hundreds of people who all had a part in her recovery. We ask all of you now, to find it in your hearts to "pay it forward" and help Nikki with her medical expenses in any way you can.
Any amount you can donate is an enormous help. We hope that by reaching out, we as a community can all pitch in so that Nikki can continue living her life as if this unexpected and near tragic event never happened.
Eric, Chris, and myself send you the best wishes possible. You are Awesome!
BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY. GREW UP WITH MY CHILDREN, KATY AND ROBERT. ALWAYS FEEL SHE IS PART OF OUR FAMILY. PLEASE OTHERS WHO READ THIS DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO HELP HER OUT.