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BEST NEIGHBORS EVER | Naperville Family Grateful for their Lifesaving Neighbor, Michelle To

by Brianna Bartemeyer


Did you know that 52% of young adults currently live with their parents? This number has been steadily rising since the 1960s. One of the resulting benefits of this trend is watching neighborhood kids become adults. That has certainly been the case for Steve and Kathy Kalkofen, as they’ve watched Michelle To grow into a caring, wonderful young woman.

Since 2002, the To and Kalkofen families have enjoyed many shared memories in Naperville. With five children between the two households, there were countless birthday celebrations, sleepovers, pool parties, trick-or-treat adventures and school events. This past spring, Michelle returned home after completing her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. While a blessing for Michelle’s family, it proved to be a blessing for the Kalkofens too.

On May 2, 2020, Steve and Kathy Kalkofen were outside enjoying a beautiful night by the fire. Abruptly, it became apparent that Steve was in medical distress. Michelle, her boyfriend and younger sister were in their backyard enjoying a bonfire as well, when they heard Kathy yell for 911. Without pause, they hopped a 6-foot fence and rushed to assist. Michelle knew CPR and immediately began chest compressions until the paramedics arrived. It was later discovered that Steve suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Due to the kindness and swift-decision-making from EMTs, police/fire departments, doctors, nurses and Michelle, Steve survived.

It’s true, 2020 has not been what any of us have wanted - but, it has been a reminder to be grateful for what we have. Grateful for family, for our health ... and for the best neighbors ever!



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