Service Project

October 20, 2017


This hard-working crew dedicated their time to creating a wheelchair ramp for the Kuculyn family! We are proud of their service and contributions!

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Letter from Nikki Kuculyn:

My name is Nikki Kuculyn. Mike and I have been married for 14 years. I was born in Utah and lived here until I was 10. Then I moved to the Seattle area and lived there for the next 20 years. Mike was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. He always wanted to move away from the rain. Since I have a lot of family in Utah and he was able to transfer with Comcast, we moved to Utah 10 years ago.

Our children are Hannah, age 11, and Ben, age 9. They were both born prematurely. Hannah was 7 weeks early, and Ben was 11 weeks early. Hannah does not have any lasting effects of her prematurity. However, Ben had a grade 1 brain bleed at birth. When a person’s brain bleeds, the tissue cannot repair itself as it does in the rest of our bodies. The damage is permanent, but it does not continue to get worse. Although we knew about Ben’s brain bleed when he was 3 weeks old, he didn’t receive a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy until he was 19 months old. Cerebral Palsy is defined as any damage to the brain of a person six months old or younger combined with developmental delays. There is a very broad range of severity, and Ben is on the mild end of the scale. He cannot walk yet, and he learns differently than most kids. Despite his challenges, Ben is a happy and social kid. He is bright, well-spoken, and he loves football, the NFL, and especially the Seahawks. Ben makes friends wherever he goes.

Words cannot express our gratitude to you for helping us make our home more accessible. Your kindness and generosity will affect our family for years to come, and we will never stop appreciating what you have done.

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