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GLANCING THE GALLANT | Local Shooting Victim Remains In Good Spirits, A Beer for Kim Fundraiser Set


“……typical Kim, always happy and positive thoughts and looking at the bright side”….these are the words shared by her husband Mike Weibring on a website journal setup for his wife Kim after she was dragged from her parked car by two men just days ago in a Wendy’s parking lot on North Orchard Road in Aurora. They shot her in the back and stole her car along with everything in it.

Just days after being transferred to a trauma center, with a bullet lodged in her spine, Kim remains in good spirits while recovering from the first of many surgeries to stabilize the vertebrae that were shattered, and have left Kim without feeling from the waist down.

Even with the knowledge that she may never walk again, and the inability to have any visitors in the hospital, including her husband and young sons, she has been actively engaging with the site journal and appreciates all the kind words from friends and family.

“OMG!!!! Thank you to EVERYONE for all the thoughts, prayers, love, messages, smoke signals and overall good vibes being sent my way..,” Kim shared via a Facebook post. “I am truly speechless and grateful for every single one of you. Please don’t stop reaching out - it is the highlight of my day. The cool part(s) are being able to say I took a bullet (“Check THIS

out, Mr. TSA Dude!!!”) and that after this I’ll be in rehab. I think both of those are pretty “Hollywood”, if you ask me. I have been trying to laugh and keep a sense of humor through this, and for those of you who know me... get that. My main focus, after this, is to thrive for my two little blessings (no matter how that may look). Owen and Nolan will be taught that life is precious, it c

can change in an instant and it is all about the people in your life who you have the opportunity to love and to be loved by. It truly takes a village and I LOVE ours. I love every single one of you and am so very grateful for my life and every one of you. Keep praying, I myself pray for many of you and truly believe He hears our prayers.”

Friends of Kim say “she has the inner fire that some people call determined even though she has a steep mountain of challenges ahead. She is a fighter…..with the will to walk again. To achieve that goal will be expensive.

Kim needs help with medical expenses, loss of income, rehabilitation residential center costs, and the need to adapt her home/vehicle to be ADA accessible. She has been told to expect multiple surgeries and weeks or months of live-in rehabilitation. Average yearly cost for a first year spinal cord injury is $347,484 according to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Without hesitation Werk Force Brewing is brewing a batch of beer for Kim and will be donating the profit to her GoFundMe.

“Kim is a big fan of our beer and we can't wait to have her back to the taproom once she is healthy! Kim is one of the strongest women we know, so if anyone can recover from this, it is her.”

A Beer For Kim is a West Coast Style IPA loaded with Citra, Nelson Sauvin and a really cool experimental hop EXP 10416.

Continuing to share the GoFundMe page is essential to Kim’s ongoing support. If you are on social media, please share the link there; after all, it takes a village! -Kristen Kucharski

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